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Jaw Pain
Janemarie55 posted:
For the past 2 days I have been having really bad pain in my lower left jaw (right below the ear). I take Evista and a long time ago (1 year), I took Boniva and another Osteoporosis drug. I can't remember the name of that one. I think it began with an "A".Actenol I think. Anyway, could any of these medicines cause jaw pain? It's almost a piercing pain that comes and goes. Soon I will have the once a year, Reclast, so I want to be sure this is not related.
Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
You should make an appointment with your dentist today to rule out common causes of jaw pain.
phototaker responded:
Absolutely CHECK THAT OUT, BEFORE you get reclast. There have been problems with taking osteoporosis drugs and jaw problems, just look on the net. I read about that 1 1/2 years ago when I was researching Fosamax. It's not in too many people, but there are some people who had major problems. It also may just be something as simple as TMJ. It's better to check it out with your dentist right away.
Michael Lewiecki, MD, FACP, FACE responded:
There are many possible causes for the type of jaw pain you describe, including "TMJ Syndrome"- an inflammation of the jaw joint. I suggest you see your dentist or healthcare provider for evaluation.
Louisa2006 responded:
Yes, taking an osteoporosis drug sure can cause jaw pain. I experienced this a few years ago after taking Rocaltrol for a number of years and then once a week Fosamax. At first I thought that the sharp pain in my jaw, that came and went from various parts of my jaw at seemingly random times, was caused by dental problems. The pain was strong enough to need pain killers at times. I went to the dentist on a few occasions only to be told that there was no problem that the dentist could identify, either with my teeth or with TMJ. Eventually, I heard about osteonecrosis of the jaw as a side-effect of Fosamax. I immediately stopped taking that drug and within a week or two the number of jaw pain attacks lessened. It took about two months for the pain to go away completely. Now, some years later, I get the jaw pain very, very occasionally, but it is very minor compared to what it was. I can only assume that what I get now is a result of the damage that was done when I took the Fosamax. Hope my story helps you make decisions about your future treatment.

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