trial and error:
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For decades, your doctors have been limited to 'educated guesses' about which medications would be best for you based on your genetics.
We have what we call Standards of Care which tells us which medications to start with a certain diagnosis.
But, that is where the "standardization" of medicine pretty much ends. If the standard medication fails, then you move of to the next drug that you have the most experience with.
This can vary hugely from doctor to doctor, because each doctor relies on their own unique experiences, training and biases to choose the drug they expect will work for you.
Beyond a handful of studies that show us certain medications worked better in certain racial populations, its a process of trying a medicine, giving it a few weeks or months, then evaluating the results and trying something else.
TRIAL AND ERROR
Currently, we rely YOU to tell us which drugs have the least side side effects and best results for you. Especially when its a result we can't easily measure, like depression, ADD and ADHD.
We know how medications SHOULD work in most people, but now we can determine how medication will work for YOU.
The idea of using a persons DNA to identify the safest and most effective drugs was completely out of reach...
Now doctors and pharmacists have access to convenient, affordable DNA testing that can give us a better idea of which drugs work best for you!
You can avoid the trips back and forth to the doctor and pharmacy.
You can avoid the money and time spent on appointments and new medications.
You can avoid spending additional time "testing out" new medications that aren't helping.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about getting a genetic test to help you find the drugs that will work best for YOU.
If you don't know where to start, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to point you in the right direction.
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.