DNA Testing for Better Medication Matches


#1

Just to riff off YakDip’s recent test to help find a good medication - here is some background info on the tests/research that I’ve found - very cool stuff, and a great help for people having trouble finding a good medication for themselves:

DNA Genotek’s Blog
…practitioners in Canada are now able to offer certain patients a saliva-based genetic test to predict which psychiatric medications work best for them. The tests enable physicians to use a patient’s genetic makeup to help predict which medications are safe to prescribe, and which ones may be ineffective or cause side effects. The tests are aimed at minimizing trial-and-error prescribing/dosing and are expected to reduce associated health care costs.

Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/articles/psychiatric-pharmacogenomics

One of the Companies that does the Testing:
http://assurexhealth.com/products/

http://assurexhealth.com/pr_100000patients/ - 100,000 Patients Tested with this Technology

A video on the general area of this type of personalized medicine:


Added abilify ,not a wise decision, Added Blonanserin
#2

That’s amazing. I wouldn’t mind trying this out.


#3

Wow, I wish I had had this test before I took these antipsychotics. I really suffered a lot dreadful side effects from these meds.


#4

This is the type of research I’m glad to see. I think this will have a much more immediate effect.

This makes me very happy and hopeful.


#5

My doc recommended this but she said Medicare doesn’t like to pay for it.


#6

These old threads make me miss people. :sob:


#7

that sounds really awesome and i wonder how specific its going to be, how reliable, like i wish i could have that test bc i wonder what it will say about the meds that i am currently on even though i know they work well i wonder if it would say that is a good med at such a low dose as i take.

what about all of those people who dont respond to meds too, what happens there? will it still have a list of best ones to try or will they all be in the red.