Genesight Psychotropic Testing
Finding the prescribed medication that works best for you typically requires a frustrating trial and error process filled with unwanted side effects that can last a couple months to a couple years. Now, through groundbreaking technology, it’s possible for doctors to determine whether a certain medication will effectively work for you and your genetic makeup or whether it’s time to start a new antidepressant to continue moving in the direction of recovery.
What to Expect
GeneSight Psychotropic testing analyzes how genes might be affecting your body’s response to commonly prescribed medications for depression. As a result, the test provides clinicians with information about which medications may require dose adjustments, may be less likely to work for certain patients, or may have an increased risk of side effects due to genetic makeup.
The test is relatively simple. Your doctor will collect a DNA sample via cotton swab and the sample will be analyzed in a lab. In as little as two days after arriving at the lab, the test results are finalized, and your doctor will discuss your results with you to determine which medication you can continue treatment with.
GeneSight testing uses pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic genes to tell how a patient may break down certain medications and the risk of side effects, respectively. The testing has been evaluated by peer-reviewed clinical trials and supported by extensive research.
If you’re interested in learning more about GeneSight testing, call Compassion at 724-856-8620.