Risk of Bone Fractures With SSRIs Greater Than Thought


Researchers from McMaster University’s Department of Medicine, presenting at this year’s American Society for Bone and Mineral Research’s annual meeting, found that the magnitude of the effect of SSRIs on the risk of bone fractures is greater than previously thought. “We do a lot to prevent glucocorticoid fractures, but this study showed that SSRIs seem to have as great an association with fractures as glucocorticoids and in fact have a slightly greater effect,” said the lead author. “This is important because we have a lot of guidelines advising us on what to do about glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis, but we don’t have any on SSRI-induced osteoporosis.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].