- The Facts:Many commonly prescribed medications have been found to have a drastic affect on the “good bacteria” in our gut.
- Reflect On:It is important to be aware of all potential side effects before taking a new drug to decide whether or not it’s worth it for you.
The link between a healthy gut microbiome and overall well-being has been established in recent years as we are learning that around 95% of the serotonin (commonly referred to as the “happy hormone”) produced in our bodies actually comes from our gut! This is one of many reasons why it is important to take care of our health, be mindful of the foods we are eating and be aware of adverse reactions from any drugs we are taking.
A recent study presented at UEG Week 2019 (United European Gastroenterology) has found that 18 commonly prescribed prescription drugs extensively affect the taxonomic structure and metabolic potential of the gut microbiome. Another eight drugs from different categories were also found to increase antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in study participants, and that’s not good.
According to the official press release regarding the findings of the study,
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Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) – used to treat dyspepsia which affects between 11% and 24% of the European population. PPIs are also used to treat peptic ulcer, H. Pylori eradication, Gastro reflux and Barrett’s oesophagus.
Metformin – used as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes, affecting 10% of European adults
Antibiotics – used to treat bacterial infections, taken by 34% of the European population each year
Laxatives – used to treat and prevent constipation, affecting 17% of European adults