Genetic testing uses an easy to obtain saliva swab from your cheek to get your DNA. Genetic testing can determine your CYP450 genetics in the liver, which is a group of enzymes that metabolizes the vast majority of psychiatric medications. Genetic testing can also test for other gene variants that can help guide medication selection.
This was a naturalistic, un-blinded, prospective analysis of psychiatric patients and clinicians who utilized the commercially available Genomind Genecept Assay. Results demonstrated a substantial proportion of individuals receiving pharmacogenetic testing showed clinically significant improvements on multiple measures of symptoms, adverse effects and quality of life over 3 months. These data demonstrate that the incorporation of pharmacogenetic information into the treatment of patients with mood disorders and anxiety disorders produces benefits in depression and anxiety symptoms, side effects, and overall functioning.