Monday, August 7, 2017
Gene Test May Help Treat Depression
According to an article written by medical doctor Shamard Charles, gene tests may help patients find compatible antidepressants. In the new, lucrative field of pharmaconogenomics, how genes affect drug effects, patients are getting full or partial parts of their DNA sequenced in order to skip the trial-and-error part of treatments. One patient, Sarah Ellis, went through 23 different anti-depressive medications before her psychiatrist recommended a genome sequence to see why she wasn't responding to the medication correctly. Many of the prescriptions were giving her ill side-effects: balance problems, weight problems, and sexual problems. With more than 1 in 20 Americans over 12 battling with depression, it is unclear how many have stopped taking prescriptions because of the side effects it gives them. Mayo Clinic that looked at one genetic test similar to many used in hospitals ( GeneSight Pscychotropic), symptoms of depression were reduced by 70 percent compared to treatments prescribed without genetic testing. As understanding genes becomes more realized and medicine more individualized, the future of drug prescription lies in pharmacogenomics.