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Choosing the Right Anxiety Medicine with PGx Testing

Choosing the Right Anxiety Medicine with PGx Testing

PGx Testing: Choosing the Right Anxiety Medicine

One of the more difficult and aggravating parts of dealing with anxiety is finding the right medication to best help you cope. For many years, the most effective method for choosing the correct anxiety medicine for your physiology was simply trial and error. As all of our bodies are different and react differently to medication, finding the right treatment is a challenge.

Patients would spend months dealing with side effects and unexpected conditions in the search for the medication that worked best for them. This process resulted in multiple doctor visits, increased costs, and loss of hope that there was a medication that could help.

Luckily, scientists across the world have been working on this issue and have developed Pharmacogenetic testing, or PGx testing, to address the problems inherent in medication selection. Today, Dynamic DNA Labs will explain PGx testing and why it could be the best solution for finding the right anxiety medicine for you or a loved one.

What is PGx Testing?

PGx testing uses your DNA to analyze how your genes affect your body’s response to different medications. With regards to anxiety disorders, Dynamic DNA Labs can test a wide-range of Anxiolytics or Benzodiazepines to measure their effect on your specific genetic markers. Some of the medications we can test for that are used to treat anxiety include:

  • Xanax
  • Klonopin
  • Valium
  • Onfi
  • Ativan
  • Serax
  • And more

Understand the Risks Associated with Benzodiazepines

According to the FDA, the most frequently reported adverse reactions for Benzodiazepines include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Slowed or Difficulty Breathing

While Benzodiazepines generally provide the patient with a calming feeling, there is a rare effect in some patients that can cause feelings of hostility, violent behavior, and rage. While these conditions are rare, PGx testing can help to identify genetic markers that may cause you to be more predisposed to any of the above side effects. Certain people are more genetically disposed to metabolizing these medications at different speeds. A slower metabolism can result in inefficient treatment, while a fast metabolism can cause your body to experience too much of the medication in a short period of time.

Contact Dynamic DNA for Your PGx Testing Kit Today

If you or a loved one are suffering from anxiety-related disorders and are looking for the right medication to help treat your symptoms, PGx testing could be the solution you are looking for. To learn more about our PGx testing contact Dynamic DNA Labs today at 417-319-1047. You can also order any of our DNA testing products directly from our products section. Our personalized medicine (PGx) testing package is located here.

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