• Vol. 33 No. 4 (Suppl), 48S–49S
  • 31 July 2004

Bisphosphonates – A Word of Caution



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There have been recent reports from various centres of a possible association between avascular necrosis of the jaws and the use of bisphosphonates. This commentary reviews the available data and alerts clinicians to a possible adverse reaction in the oral cavity to a group of drugs that are commonly prescribed.

Bisphosphonates are commonly prescribed for the treatment (and prevention) of postmenopausal and corticosteroid induced osteoporosis, Paget’s disease, hypercalcemia associated with malignancy and osteolysis (and bone pain) associated with metastatic bone disease (e.g. in metastatic breast and prostate cancers).

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