Magazine article Addiction Professional

Pharmacogenomics: A Breakthrough in Psychiatry

Magazine article Addiction Professional

Pharmacogenomics: A Breakthrough in Psychiatry

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Sierra Tucson is on the cutting edge of the advancement in medicine and the multitude of available options. Today, psychiatrists face numerous challenges in tailoring the appropriate course of individualized treatment for patients Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person's individual DNA affects his or her response to medications and a scientific method of evaluating which medications a patient is likely to tolerate The primary role of pharmacogenomics is to develop rational means to optimize drug therapy, with respect to the patient's genotype, to ensure maximum efficacy with minimal adverse effects

Pharmacogenomics provides an evidence-based approach to improving customized treatment outcomes This personalized approach to medicine is safe and easy to accomplish It minimizes patient frustration associated with a trial and error approach to pharmacology. Testing a patient is as simple as collecting cells from the inside of the cheek with a cotton swab The cells are sent to a lab and results are generally available within a week A detailed report provides patient specific information regarding the genes that code for enzymes that are responsible for metabolizing medication and regulating its activity at the neuron

Research indicates that patients experience up to 70% greater improvement when their treatment was guided by pharmacogenomics testing They appreciate the personalized data and are much more responsive to their customized treatment plans Well-informed patients express a greater degree of confidence when entering into a treatment modality and, as a result, are better equipped to experience success in the healing process. …

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