London: Hundreds of thousands of women taking drugs for osteoporosis could be at risk of serious leg fractures.Doctors warn that the most commonly prescribed group of treatment, bisphosphonates, may cause breaks in the thigh bone.More than 1.4 million women in Britain suffer severe osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones, which usually develops after the menopause.
Patients suffered painful, aching thighs for several weeks before the fracture occurred.Ironically, the drugs are taken to reduce the risk of fractures, particularly in the hip where they can be dangerous.The Food and Drugs Administration, which approves drugs in the US, has issued a warning on the labels of the drugs.IANS
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