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I have been taking SSRI's on and off, but mostly on for 20 years, the last 15 years mostly Citalopram 20mg. In January I sustained a stress fracture of the pubic rami (hip bone near pubic area for the uninitiated) I am an ultra distance runner and I am 65 years old. Given that my bone mineral density was previously very good I did some research and discovered that Citalopram has been implicated in weakening bones. So two things here, I want to warn other women (and men if they are interested) of other long term hazards of this drug and since stopping them fairly abruptly I feel horrendous. Dizzy, no appetite, temper outbursts all the usual stuff that led me to be on it in the first place. The problem is I cannot run at the moment with this fracture but I am swimming. I feel strongly that our best friend is exercise of some sort to get us through this and beyond. Unfortunately, I have days when I feel that low that I really think I have some terminal illness and that I am going to die soon. Nevertheless, given that it has already buggered my bones up I am determined not to go back on it, I really just wanted to warn everybody about its lesser reported side effects which can have life changing effects for post menopausal women like me. Good Luck to you all
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