Can long-term use of SSRIs possibly contribute to osteoporosis?
I have been on 225mg venlafaxine (Effexor) for 25 years and I am now 68yo. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis about 13 years ago. I took a bisphosphonate for 5 years. Have been off for a few years now and my numbers went up again. Doc now wants to put me on Prolia. In my research I just read that taking SSRI antidepressants can contribute to osteoporosis. So I am thinking that this drug has given me a bone condition and now I need to take another drug to counteract it? I have tried to get off of venlafaxine a dozen times with very bad side effects. I kept asking my doctors what are the long term effects of taking this SSRI for so long and they didn’t seem to know anything. Also, they said that the severe side effects of going off meant that I needed to continue taking the drug! Anyone have an insight into this situation?