Patients are becoming increasingly aware that they may have to try several different medications before they find the "right" one.
But, what if you could avoid the expensive copays, back and forth to the doctor and pharmacy changing the medications and months of time wasted still feeling not so great?
New technology called pharmacogenetic testing allows your healthcare provider to test your DNA and know immediately which medications to avoid and which medications to try first.
And the good news is your results will NEVER change. These are once-in-a-lifetime tests if you do them correctly and use the results to guide future care.
In fact, I would even go so far to say that genetic testing would be more beneficial the earlier you get it. That why I highly recommend if your child is being put on a new ADHD or other types of psychoactive medications that you consider getting them a genetic test.
A trained pharmacist or healthcare provider would be able to help you interpret the test and use it to create a "health roadmap" for identifying potentially harmful or beneficial medications throughout your child's life.
If you'd like to discuss setting up a Genetic Consult and getting your Health Roadmap, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and recommendations on how genetic testing can help your healthcare provider choose safer, more effective medications.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD is an medication therapy management consultant pharmacist living in Arkansas with her husband and two children. She is also the founder of Genetic Consults, a program that helps patients understand their genetics and use that information to guide future medical care.
Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD is an independent consultant pharmacist living in Arkansas with her husband and two children. She is also the founder of Genetic Consults, a program that helps patients understand their genetics and use their information to guide future medical care.