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Pharmacogenetic Testing: Personalizing Your Mental Health Treatment

Pharmacogenetic testing is a cutting-edge approach to personalized medicine that takes into account your unique genetic makeup to optimize your mental health treatment. 

At Bristol Health, we provide pharmacogenetic testing services to help you receive the most effective and safe treatment tailored to your needs.

What is Pharmacogenetic Testing?

Traditionally, medications have been prescribed using a "one-size-fits-all" approach. However, advances in genetic testing now allow for a more personalized approach to mental health medication. Pharmacogenetics is the study of how your genes affect your individual response to medications. 

By analyzing your genetic makeup, pharmacogenetic testing can help determine the most effective treatment, the appropriate dosage, potential side effects, and the likelihood of drug interactions for you.

Benefits of Pharmacogenetic Testing

Pharmacogenetic testing offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Personalized treatment: By understanding how your genes influence your response to medications, our team of professionals can prescribe the most effective and safe treatment tailored to your unique genetic makeup.
  • Improved efficacy: Pharmacogenetic testing can help identify the optimal dosage and duration of treatment, ensuring that you receive the most effective treatment possible.
  • Reduced side effects: By identifying potential side effects based on your genetic profile, pharmacogenetic testing can help minimize the risk of adverse reactions and improve your overall treatment experience.
  • Decreased trial-and-error: Pharmacogenetic testing can help reduce the trial-and-error approach to mental health medication, leading to faster and more effective treatment outcomes.
  • Informed decision-making: With a better understanding of how your body responds to specific medications, you can make more informed decisions about your treatment options.

How Pharmacogenetic Testing Works

Pharmacogenetic testing involves analyzing your saliva sample in a laboratory to look for changes in specific genes that influence your response to medications. Researchers compare the genomes of people taking the same medication to identify common treatment responses, such as more significant side effects, need for a higher dose, or optimal duration of treatment.

Doctors in various fields, including primary care, mental health, cardiology, asthma, and oncology, use pharmacogenetic information to help prescribe the best drug for the patient. This information, combined with clinical factors such as age, weight, sex, and diagnosis, helps avoid the trial-and-error approach and decreases injuries or deaths due to drug reactions.

Our team at Bristol Health collaborates with leading experts in the field of pharmacogenetics. We empower our patients by offering personalized mental health care tailored to their unique genetic profiles.

Dr. Kelly Wosnik, owner and medical director of Bristol Health, recently authored a study on pharmacogenetic testing, which was presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2023 annual meeting. This groundbreaking research underscores our dedication to staying at the forefront of personalized medicine and integrating the latest advancements into our practice.

Genetic Testing and Health Insurance

You may be concerned about whether genetic testing will affect your ability to get health insurance in the future. Fortunately, a federal law called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) makes it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate based on genetic information.

However, it is important to note that life insurers and the military may still use this information.

Frequency of Genetic Testing

Pharmacogenetic testing only needs to be done once, as it is based on your DNA, which is inherited from your parents and does not change.

Pharmacogenetic Testing in Utah County

At Bristol Health, we are committed to providing personalized mental health treatment options through pharmacogenetic testing. Our team of professionals is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that you receive the most effective and safe treatment tailored to your unique genetic makeup.

Get in touch with Bristol Health at (801) 903-5903 or request an appointment to learn how we can assist you with pharmacogenetic testing in Orem, UT. Our compassionate team is here to help you take the first step toward improved mental health and well-being.

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Orem, UT 84057

Fax: (801) 515-0935

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