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Antidepressants and Antibiotic Resistance

While it is well known that excessive use and misuse of antibiotics can lead to resistance, by forming the creation of deadly "superbugs" a recent study links Prozac (fluoxetine) to antibiotic resistance, (Min Jin, Ji Lu, Zhaoyu Chen, Son Hoang Nguyen, Likai Mao, Junwen Li, Zhirguo Yuan et al., "Antidepressant fluoxetine Induces Multiple Antibiotics Resistance in Escherichia Coli via ROS-mediated Mutagenesis," Environment International 120(2018): 421-430, doi:10.1016/j.envint.2018.07.046). Bacteria that were exposed to Prozac developed mutations resulting in resistance to the antibiotics, tetracycline, amoxicillin, chloramphenicol and others. Higher doses of Prozac increased antibiotic resistance.

Prozac was introduced in 1987. In just the first five years, 4.5 million Americans consumed it. After over 30 years since development, a new side effect just emerged. While most individuals with severe behaviors have no access to applied behavior analysis, they do have easy access to medications with mystery side effects. While there are significant efforts to ban a two second skin shock, the same "advocates" have made no effort to stop substituting medications, which can have dangerous and even deadly side effects, for applied behavior analysis, which has no side effects. While some of these "advocates" are against applied behavior analysis, they are silent when medications are replacing education.