pharmacogenetics- drug gene testing to find what medications work with your body chemistry
Updated: Jan 6
You can see what type of medications work for you by drug-gene testing.
I've been given medications I was allergic to or had a severe bad side effect with my particular body chemistry.
Some medications are not second generation atypical drugs which for me tend to work better.
This is information derived directly from the Mayo Clinic.
"Drug-gene testing — also called pharmacogenomics or pharmacogenetics — is the study of how genes affect your body's response to medication. Tests look for changes or variations in these genes that determine whether a medication could be an effective treatment for you or whether you could have side effects from a specific medication.
The cytochrome P450 enzyme includes the CYP2D6 enzyme, which processes many antidepressants and antipsychotic medications. By checking your DNA for certain gene variations, CYP450 tests can offer clues about how your body may respond to a particular antidepressant. CYP450 tests can also identify variations in other enzymes, such as the CYP2C19 enzyme.
CYP450 and other genetic tests (genotyping tests) are becoming more common as doctors try to understand why antidepressants help some people and not others. While the use of these tests might be increasing, there are limitations."