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Antidepressant, superbug-infection risk linked

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 05/09/2013 @ 11:05 pm In Health | No Comments

(Fox News) 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.


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