Lots of people (especially my readers) know all about the risks of antidepressant drugs for teens and young adults. But I'll bet the downsides of these drugs for the elderly aren't nearly as well known. Here's just one of them

According to the Archives of Internal Medicine and other sources, a pair of American studies has concluded that certain drugs within the most popular class of antidepressants (SSRIs like Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac) can contribute to a higher risk of osteoporosis in both men and women.

Both an Oregon Health and Sciences University study of nearly 6,000 men over 65 and a University of Minnesota study of over more than 2,700 women with an average age of 80 found that hip fractures were measurably more common among those taking SSRIs

As it turns out, the same protein that carries a chemical these drugs inhibit in the brain (serotonin) also exists in high concentrations in the bones. Clearly, inhibiting it in the whole body - which is what happens with anti-depressant taking - makes your bones more prone to breakage.

No studies have yet concluded whether or not this is as depressing to someone on Prozac as it would be for an un-medicated senior citizen