Many approved medications are available on the market today to treat a variety of mental health conditions. However, not everyone responds to medications in the exact same way due to factors such as age, weight, general health and nutrition. In addition, an individual’s genetic makeup has been consistently shown to influence how he/she will respond to certain medications. The study of how genetics can affect drug response is known as pharmacogenomics.
How Can the Mental Health DNA Profile assist?
Mental Health DNA Profile analyzes patients’ DNA to identify specific genetic variants that can affect how they respond to over 50 psychiatric medications indicated for major depressive disorder (MDD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, epilepsy, seizures, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and other neurological disorders.
What can you do with this result?
Mental Health DNA profile can help physicians prescribe more appropriate medications and guide dosage adjustments if necessary. This test can also help avoid potentially severe side effects or understand and avoid a lack of drug efficacy in some patients.