Our Mental Health PGx test analyzes your DNA to predict how you will respond to 90+ different medications used in the treatment for mental health, including but not limited to: Antidepressants, Anti-Psychotics, Anti-ADHD Agents, and Anti-Anxiety drugs, delivering a personalized medicine report unique to you.
With over 90 antidepressants on the market, it is little wonder that up to 30% of patients fail to respond to their first prescription. Many factors affect your response to drugs, including food-drug interactions, drug-drug interactions, lifestyle choices, age, sex, and unique genetic makeup.
Genetic makeup is vital and has brought about the need to use DNA testing to determine the best antidepressant medications. Dynamic DNA Labs presents you with the mental health PGx test that analyzes your DNA and delivers personalized test results that predict your response to various depression drugs.
How Your Body Metabolizes Antidepressants
There are about 60 genes in your liver that produce enzymes for metabolizing medications. The CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 are the two main enzymes that metabolize medicines used for treating depression. The level of these proteins in your body is mainly affected by your genes, and it determines the rate at which your body breaks down the meds.
When you are a poor metabolizer, you have very few enzymes, which results in medication buildup and increases your chances of having adverse side effects even at standard doses. On the other hand, being a fast metabolizer may mean that the medication breaks down too quickly and rarely provides any relief.
Depending on your genetic profile, your body may break down one antidepressant fast and slow down when breaking down another. To avoid the side effects and trial-and-error drug prescriptions, you should consider pharmacogenomics tests.
Why Genetic Testing for Antidepressants Is Important
Helps to Manage Medication Risks
Pharmacogenetics testing aims to provide personalized care for depression patients. It does this by suggesting a selection of medicines based on your genetic characteristics, thus curbing the risks associated with the trial-and-error method of prescribing the meds.
Identify and Discover Compatible Medications
Food, drugs, and supplements affect how long medicines stay in your body and may fuel or prevent the production of some enzymes in the liver. In turn, changing how well your body metabolizes specific medications. PGx testing will tell you what combinations work and the ones you should not try.
Gather Dosage Insight
Although symptoms for most depressive disorders are similar, their treatment should not be. Your test results will give your doctor insight on an optimized dosage and mental health treatment plan. DNA testing may help identify the medications requiring dose adjustments, depending on your metabolism to deliver desired relief with minimal side effects thus, setting you on the best path to recovery.
Dynamic DNA Labs Mental Health PGx Test
Our test kit also delivers individualized medical reports about your expected response to other medications, including anti-anxiety drugs, anti-psychotics, anti-ADHD agents, and more.
If you’d like to learn more or order our mental health PGx test, contact us today.