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Genetic testing may be best way to prescribe antidepressants

A genetic test being offered may shed light on which antidepressants will work best for people who suffer from severe depression. When a person is seeking treatment for this, a psychiatrist usually prescribes two or three medications before finding one that works, with the least amount of side effects,  for the patient.

The test, GeneSightRx will look into a person’s genetic makeup in order to determine which antidepressants do not match with the person and which will. Antidepressants stimulate different brain chemicals and depending on the enzymes that a person possesses, some of the medications will work better than others.

Many patients stop using the use of antidepressants if it causes sleeplessness or a sexual dysfunction, which is why choosing a medication that is genetically less likely to cause these side effects, is a concept that doctors are very interested in.

Antidepressant use, along with the use of antiseizure medication, during pregnancy has also been in the news lately because of its tie to the increased risk of birth defects. Contact the Depakote lawyers of Williams Hart today.

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