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Simple Facts: What is the GeneSight Test ?

Simple Facts: What is the GeneSight Test ?

This material has been reviewed for accuracy by: Richard Brunner, PharmD

What is the GeneSight test? Our Simple Facts video below breaks it down for you in less than a minute.

Have you ever tried putting a puzzle together without seeing the picture?

That’s what the trial and error process with mental health medications can feel like. Trying to piece it all together. Not sure if you’re on the right track.

Enter the GeneSight test. It’s a genetic test taken by a quick cheek swab that may help your clinician understand how your genes influence how you metabolize or respond to FDA approved medications commonly used to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health conditions.

For instance, it can reveal if you’re a fast metabolizer, which may mean you need a higher dose for certain medications to be effective.

Or if you’re a slow metabolizer, a lower dose may reduce the chance of unwanted side effects. Combined with insights from a comprehensive medical exam, the GeneSight test may finally make a puzzle come together, revealing a full picture of a happier, healthier, you.

Still have more questions? Visit our product page.

For more simple facts on GeneSight, take a look at How much does the GeneSight test cost?

Our articles are for informational purposes only and are reviewed by our Medical Information team, which includes PharmDs, MDs, and PhDs. Do not make any changes to your current medications or dosing without consulting your healthcare provider.

The GeneSight test must be ordered by and used only in consultation with a healthcare provider who can prescribe medications. As with all genetic tests, the GeneSight test results have limitations and do not constitute medical advice. The test results are designed to be just one part of a larger, complete patient assessment, which would include proper diagnosis and consideration of your medical history, other medications you may be taking, your family history, and other factors.

If you are a healthcare provider and interested in learning more about the GeneSight test, please contact us at 855.891.9415. If you are a patient, please talk with your doctor to see if the GeneSight test may be helpful.