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Treating Depression In Children Could Lead To Poor Bone Development

by Medindia Content Team on  November 19, 2004 at 5:10 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Treating Depression In Children Could Lead To Poor Bone Development
A common class of drugs prescribed to children with depression may have an adverse effect on bone growth, according to a new study. Researchers say they found a reduction in bone mass and size in mice given fluoxetine, more commonly known as Prozac. Fluoxetine is the only prescription antidepressant currently approved by the FDA for children and adolescents.
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Other preliminary studies show the use of selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors, like fluoxetine, has been linked to increased bone loss at the hip in elderly women, decreased bone density in men, and decreased skeletal growth in children.

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In conclusion researchers say more research is needed on the use of these drugs in children since bone development early in life is believed to determine lifelong skeletal health.
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