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HEADLINE: DEPRESSION OR FRACTURES?

ANCHOR LEAD:  COMMON ANTIDEPRESSANTS MAY PUT USERS AT RISK OF BONE FRACTURES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

The class of antidepressant medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs may increase the risk of osteoporosis and subsequent bone fracture, a recent study found.  Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, says a careful balance must be struck.

MILLER:  Right now, it’s hard to tease out what puts a woman more at risk, the increased rate of bone loss that could result in a bone fracture from using SSRIs, or the possibility of untreated depression, which is certainly a big problem in the elderly, and depression alone can lead to poor mental status, increased risk of falls, so it definitely is a risk benefit analysis here.                       :22

Miller says women who are taking SSRIs may want to be vigilant about bone density measurements known as DEXA scans, so if problems develop they can be addressed right away.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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