A recent study has indicated an alarming link between certain antidepressants and an increase in bone fractures. Women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) to treat menopausal symptoms are up to 76 percent more likely to break a bone, according to the study. This increased risk persists for at least 5 years following the SSRI treatment, suggesting that alternative drugs should strongly be considered.
Currently antidepressant drugs are the third most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. The study included more than 137,000 women ages 40 to 64 with no mental health issues who started SSRI treatment between 1998 and 2010. The investigators found that after just one year of treatment, women on SSRI’s were 76 percent more likely to suffer a fracture. The risk persisted at year 2 and at year 5 of the study.
It has been determined that the biological connection between increased fractures and SSRI use is at least partially attributed to antidepressant-related modulation of bone homeostasis, which causes bone mineral depletion.
So what to do? Well if you find that you need an antidepressant ask your doctor about one that will minimize the damage to your bones. Secondly, be sure to take a calcium supplement that contains chelated calcium and also all the known trace minerals that are needed for uptake to the bones. This may offset the negative effects of the anti-depressants by replacing lost minerals in bone tissues, keeping the bone density healthy.
The formula we developed at our Research Institute has been proven to not only stop bone loss in menopausal women but it has shown to be able to actually increase bone density through bio electrical re-mineralization.
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