Depression Treatment: How Genetic Testing Can Help Find the Right Medication
By Eileen Bailey, July 12, 2022
There is a place for pharmacogenetic testing when treating people with depression, according to Dr. Alex Dimitriu, an expert in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California and BrainfoodMD. Some situations that might call for genetic testing include treatment-resistant depression and more complex cases. “It tells me if someone will either rapidly or slowly metabolize a drug – meaning the level of the drug will either be too low or too high depending on the person’s metabolism,” Dimitriu told Healthline. “I have used it in a few rare cases to see what options remain.”
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