How Can the GeneSight® Test Help Depression Treatment for Older Adults?
Antidepressants have implications for older adults that are not present in younger patients.1 Many older adults take medications for multiple conditions (known as polypharmacy), which puts them at greater risk for potential adverse reactions. The risk of side effects is elevated, including risk of falls and fractures.2
The GeneSight Psychotropic test may help. The GeneSight test is a pharmacogenomic test that evaluates clinically important genetic variations in a person’s DNA. The results of the GeneSight test can inform their doctor about genes that may impact how an individual metabolizes or responds to medications commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD and other psychiatric conditions.
If you think genetic testing could be helpful for you or someone you care for, start the conversation today.