Finding the right medication to minimize the symptoms of mental health disorders can be challenging. At MRSC Solutions in the state of Florida, psychiatric specialist and nurse practitioner Rachel Christian, ARNP, PMHNP, understands that medications that work for some people may not be effective for others. Genetic testing helps psychiatrists select the appropriate medications for patients based on their genetic makeup. Call MRSC Solutions today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Genetic testing examines an individual’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to determine the appropriate medication and dosage for their specific needs. The goal is to eliminate unwanted side effects of certain medications and ensure their efficacy.
By using genetic testing, the psychiatry team at MRSC Solutions can reduce the need for trial-and-error in medication selection, which can help you achieve better treatment outcomes more quickly.
Genetic testing is a broad term for analyzing a person’s genetic makeup, while pharmacogenomics specifically focuses on analyzing genes related to medication response and using this information to guide medication management.
The team uses genetic testing to design your individualized treatment plan. It allows psychiatrists to:
Genetic testing takes the guesswork out of taking medications, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, so you can focus on improving your mental health.
Genetic testing involves taking a blood or saliva sample. The team may also use hair samples if necessary. They send these samples to an outside lab to perform your genetic testing and determine your best medications and dosages.
Along with genetic testing, you can expect to undergo a complete physical and psychological evaluation. Your psychiatrist also reviews your medical history and closely examines any medications you’ve previously taken.
Genetic testing is ideal for individuals with mental health disorders, such as:
Genetic testing is a valuable tool that can enhance your treatment plan.
Yes, genetic testing is safe. The providers at MRSC Solutions use state-of-the-art technology to collect your samples and only recommend medications clinically proven to result in positive outcomes with minimal side effects. If you do experience unwanted side effects or are simply not responding well to your medication, your psychiatrist can adjust your plan.
Call MRSC Solutions today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about genetic testing and determine if it’s right for you.