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Antidepressant medication linked with increased risk of superbug infection
Fox News ^ | May 07, 2013 | NA

Posted on 05/09/2013 1:30:17 PM PDT by neverdem

Certain types of antidepressants may put people at an increased risk for developing a deadly superbug infection, a new study suggested.

Researchers from the University of Michigan revealed that individuals who suffer from depression and those taking antidepressants such as mirtazapine and fluoxetine had a much higher chance of contracting Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) – a life threatening infection that can cause severe diarrhea and inflammation of the colon.

One of the most common infections acquired by patients at hospitals, C. difficile has been occurring with more and more frequency, resulting in the deaths of 14,000 individuals in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention.

The rise of CDIs is often attributed to the overuse of antibiotics in health care facilities. While these medications destroy harmful bacteria responsible for illness, they also destroy protective bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract – leaving individuals vulnerable to C. difficile bacteria lurking on foods, surfaces and objects contaminated by infected feces.

“People knew (C. diff) was associated with hygiene factors, so it’s important to wash your hands and keep things clean (when in the hospital),” lead author Dr. Mary Rogers, research director of the patient safety and enhancement program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, told FoxNews.com. “But I was also given the charge of looking at other patient-related factors so that maybe we could predict and prevent transmission.”...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antidepressant; cdi; cdiff; cdifficile; depression; fluoxetine; microbiology; mirtazapine; prozac; remeron; sarafem; superbug
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To: steve86

I don’t know your views on God but prayer turned out to be the biggest help of all. The peace of God was the answer for me. I still take dietary supplements but haven’t needed anything for depression or anxiety since 2008. Didn’t need any before that year either but I was laboring under the illusion that I could do it all myself up to that point.

SAM-e does have health benefits above and beyond mood stabilization though, as I mentioned. I had a positive experience with the use of it, enteric coated caplets from GNC. Should I experience joint pain from inflammation I wouldn’t hesitate to use it again.


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