Antidepressants May Cause Antibiotic Resistance


From Medical Xpress: “A key ingredient in common antidepressants such as Prozac could be causing antibiotic resistance, according to new University of Queensland research.

A study led by¬†Dr Jianhua Guo from UQ’s Advanced Water Management Centre focused on fluoxetine, a prescription drug used to help people recover from depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder or eating disorders.

Dr Guo said while overuse and misuse of¬†¬†is generally considered the major factor contributing to the creation of ‘superbugs’, researchers were often unaware that non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals could also cause¬†.”

‘It has previously been an invisible factor in the spread of antibiotic resistance, but we should consider this a warning.

‘Further work is required to investigate effects of¬†¬†on antibiotic resistome in¬†.’

Antimicrobial  has become a major threat to public health globally with approximately 700,000 people a year dying from antimicrobial-resistant infections.

This is predicted to reach 10 million people by 2050 unless global action is taken now.”

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