Gut bacteria may accumulate drugs, which could change their efficacy

  • A laboratory study that appears in NatureTrusted Source found that gut bacteria can accumulate common drugs, which may alter bacterial function and activity and decrease the effectiveness of drugs.
  • The clinical significance of these findings is unknown.
  • Researchers need to conduct human studies to assess and categorize drug responses based on the composition of the gut microbiome to potentially individualize and optimize drug therapy.

Written by Lori Uildriks on September 16, 2021 — Fact checked by Mary Cooke, Ph.D.

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