Almost half of all commonly used drugs - including antibiotics and antidepressants - affect your gut

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Common medications, such as antibiotics and antidepressants, can drastically affect the gut, a new study says.

Researchers found that certain drugs led to changes in gut bacteria that rose the risk of intestinal infections and obesity.

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What's more, eight different categories of drugs led to an increased risk of antibiotic resistance in the study's participants.

The team, from the University Medical Centre Groningen and Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, says the findings provide evidence for why certain medications have side effects such as weight gain.

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The gut microbiome is the population of bacteria that live inside the intestines, containing at least 1,000 different bacterial species.

Several studies have suggested that changes in gut microbiota can lead to several diseases including obesity, diabetes, and liver diseases.

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For the study, whose results were presented on Tuesday at the annual United European Gastroenterology Week in Spain, the team looked at about 2,000 stool samples from both healthy people and those with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

Researchers then compared the guts of drug users with non-drug users, looking at the effects of both single and combined medication use.

They found that 18 out of the 41...
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