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Study: Our Gut Bacteria May Be Dismantling The Pills We Take – What You Should Know

It seems so easy. You get a prescription filled, follow the directions on the bottle, and then just wait for the results. But as with many things we assumed before learning more about the bacterial universe in our guts, the story isn’t nearly so simple.

New research on the microbiome has found that many species of bacteria living in our guts digest and metabolize a high percentage of the popular drugs we take. The findings reveal an enormous factor sitting between taking a med and experiencing the desired effect – bacteria may be dismantling and changing it before it ever hits the bloodstream, with potential implications for how drugs work, and if they work.