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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