Bone-Busting Medicine Risks

8 Dec

Antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro and generic), and fluoxetine hydrochloride (Paxil and generic) may increase bone fracture risk.

In a recent study of 373,325 women ages 40 to 64. researchers found that those who took  SSRIs for a year were 76 percent more likely to fracture a bone than those who didn’t. Risk began rising within months of starting the drugs. Women in the study didn’t have documented psychiatric problems and may have taken SSRIs to ease menopausal problems, including hot flashes and night sweats.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health October 2015   Injury Prevention 6-25-2015

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