Sunday, September 13, 2009

SSRI Use May Correlate With Lower Bone Mineral Density in Middle-Aged Women: Presented at ASBMR

A study presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) found that use of some antidepressants may have a correlation with reduced bone mineral density (BMD) in women.

While data have been circulated since the late 1990s associating the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) with an increased risk of hip fractures, the studies have been in elderly women.

"They were based on database studies and were not able to control for important variables such as bone density and other health conditions," said Susan Diem, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 12. "Basic science data in the last few years have also found that serotonin transcriptors may exist on bone cells. SSRIs, which block serotonin transcription, might then have an effect on bone density."

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