Skelid (generic: tiludronate) assists in the prevention and treatment of those suffering from osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. However, patients who use this prescription medication may experience severe Skelid side effects. Those who take Skelid may dramatically increase their risk of developing debilitating conditions like osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) or suffering from atypical femur fractures.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Skelid, you should contact our lawyersimmediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Tiludronate, the active ingredient in Skelid, is used to treat osteoporosis and Paget’s disease (both conditions in which bones are soft and weak and may be deformed, painful, or easily broken). Tiludronate was developed as a bisphosphonate to prevent the deterioration of bone accelerating beyond that of bone regeneration.
Bones ultimately have a turnover rate which is kept in balance by osteoblasts creating new bone and osteoclasts destroying old bone. Those who suffer from osteoporosis or Paget’s disease, experience a degenerating bone mass at a more rapid rate than it is created. Skelid prohibits the breakdown of bone by preventing the osteoclasts from further destroying bone mass. Accordingly, Skelid maintains the steady growth of bone mass.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis medications that contain bisphosphonates have been linked to serious and crippling conditions in those who use them. Skelid patients may experience osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), musculoskeletal pain and diminished bone dexterity that can lead to an increased rate of femur fractures. Due to the severity of these side effects, our Skelid lawyers are ready to help represent plaintiffs in their potential Skelid lawsuit.
Side Effects of Skelid
The following side effects are being evaluated for potential Skelid lawsuits:
- Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ)
- Atypical femur fractures
- Swelling or infection of the gums
- Loosening of the teeth
- Poor healing of the gums
- Numbness or a feeling of heaviness in the jaw
- Exposed bone
- Hip Fractures
- Renal failure
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) is often referred to by many other names like Jaw Death, Dead Jaw disease, or Bisphossy Jaw. ONJ is a disfiguring and disabling condition in which jaw bones suffer from literal bone death through infection and rotting. ONJ develops when the jaw fails to heal after minor trauma such as a tooth extraction that results in bone exposure. ONJ has also been linked to the use of Skelid.
Bisphosphonate Osteoporosis Medications
JAMA Study Links Bisphosphonates to Unusual Bone Fractures
On February 22, 2011, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published an article titled “Long-Term Use of Bisphosphonates Increases Risk for Atypical Fractures”. This article describes the dangers associated with long term use of Bisphosphonates. Over time, the drug may increase the risk for atypical subtrochanteric or femoral shaft fractures in older patients. Furthermore, concerns have emerged that these drugs may inhibit bone restructuring, leading to unusual fractures.
Do I have a Skelid Lawsuit?
The trial lawyers at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP have decades of experience navigating through complex legislative and regulatory issues and litigating high stakes cases all over the nation. Our law firm focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in Skelid lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Skelid, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-(949) 557-5800. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.