One of the Most Widely Used Antidepressants Implicated in Breeding Antibiotic Resistance

A drug found in antidepressants such as Prozac and Sarafem may be contributing to antibiotic resistance, Australian researchers say. Fluoxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) in these antidepressants, was put to the test against E. coli, a common bacterium, over a 30-day period. Researchers found that the fluoxetine aided E. coli’s ability to mutate and increase its resistance to several antibiotics. What’s worse, up to 11 percent of fluoxetine goes through the...

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