Rottenstein Law Group Reiterates AARP Caution About Coffee Interference With Medications, Including Fosamax

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The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the severe side effects of the drug Fosamax, is repeating the warning given by the AARP that coffee might block the absorption or increase the effects of some medications.

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According to a piece posted at the website of AARP on December 5, “the coffee you drink in the morning with some of your prescription drugs can either block their absorption or increase their effects.” The AARP piece cites, in turn, to a piece that ran in late November in the New York Times.

“With some of these drugs,” reports AARP health and nutrition writer Candy Sagon, “the interaction is caused by caffeine; with others, its coffee’s other compounds that seem to be having an effect. Studies show that drugs like antidepressants, thyroid medication and osteoporosis drugs can be affected by coffee.

"A study found that taking the osteoporosis drug alendronate (brand name, Fosamax) with black coffee or orange juice reduced its absorption by about 60 percent. The drug needs to be taken with water on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before breakfast for optimum effect.”

But Fosamax itself is not without problems. Despite being the most popular osteoporosis treatment medication on the market, Fosamax has been linked to several serious side effects. In 2004, researchers found a causal connection between Fosamax and osteonecrosis of the jaw, a condition where the jawbone dies due to a lack of blood supply. More recently, people have suffered low-impact femur fractures after falling from standing height or less. Evidence is building that taking Fosamax or similar medications for the treatment of osteoporosis causes a dramatic increase in risk of this particular kind of rare fracture to the thigh bone.

As of June 30, 2011, according to Merck itself, approximately 1,650 cases, which include approximately 2,050 plaintiff groups, had been filed and were pending against Merck in either federal or state court. The Rottenstein Law Group urges anyone whose friend or relative has been prescribed Fosamax or another osteoporosis drug to reach out to that person and recommend that he or she consult a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer. The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a Fosamax Lawsuit Information Center at The site has features that allow for easy sharing, including links for automatic posting on Facebook and Twitter, specifically to enable visitors to spread the word about the dangers of Fosamax.

The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in dangerous drug lawsuits. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients hurt by defective consumer products.
The Rottenstein Law Group, LLP
Rochelle Rottenstein, Esq.
1259 Veeder Drive
Hewlett NY 11557
(212) 933-9500 (office phone)
(212) 933-9980 (facsimile)


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