About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Prawns Exposed to High Levels of Anti-depressants

by Kathy Jones on July 7, 2010 at 9:20 PM
Font : A-A+

 Prawns Exposed to High Levels of Anti-depressants

It has emerged that sea food like prawns are being exposed to high levels of anti-depressants in coastal waters around Britain.

Scientists at Portsmouth University conducted an experiment where they exposed prawns to the same level of fluoxetine as found in the sea water. Fluoxetine is the active ingredient of Prozac.


They found that sea creatures exposed to light are five times more likely to swim up to light. This puts prawns at risk of being devoured by bigger creatures.

"Crustaceans are crucial to the food chain. If behaviour is being changed this could seriously upset the balance of the eco-system," lead researcher Dr Alex Ford told The Sun.

Antidepressant use in the UK has hit a peak. It is thought that users excrete the drugs into the sewage system. However there is no data on the environmental effect of such activities.

Source: Medindia
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Prawns Exposed to High Levels of Anti-depressants Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests