First Rule of Medicine DO NO HARM

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Nov 26, 2018

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Every year, more than 8.6 million adverse drug events are reported in the US. 2.2 million of them are Severe. When seeing a doctor for a certain health condition or concern, youre often prescribed medication and many times, multiple medications. We live in an age where There is a pill for everything. Finding the right drug or drugs for your condition is essential but why do some drugs work well, and others do not? When you take a medication, your bodys response is determined by many factors: gender; weight; age; diet; other medications; any medical conditions; exposure to environmental agents such as cigarette smoke; and genetic makeup.
Genetic factors can account for up to 95% of how you respond to medications. More than 250 of the most commonly prescribed medications are influenced by your specific DNA (Genome). These include medications that fight cancer, depression, pain, epilepsy, and heart disease. The list grows every day. Pharmacogenomics the science of how your geneticsinfluence your medications Provides a list of medications that have the best chance of working for you the 1st time Helps eliminate - (drug to gene interactions) Helps eliminate - (drug to drug interactions) Helps you and your Insurance Company save money Who can benefit? (Check all that apply) ? I am taking multiple prescriptions ? I am experiencing unwelcome side effects from current medications ? I am taking, have taken, or may take medications for depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition ? I am on medications that are not working ? I would like to learn about how Im likely to metabolize medication before being prescribed new medication(s) Is getting testing painful? No! Your DNA is gathered by a simple swab of the inside of your cheek Your DNA is sent to a special lab that Sequences your DNA Your DNA is Matched against different classes of medications Your DNA is Matched against your medications Your test report containing your results can be used by your doctors to help with medication decisions Pharmacogenomics is good medicine. It is an important tool that I use in my practice. Ask your doctor about if it could help you. Or contact us at behmfamilypractice.org.

Editors Note: Article submitted by John L. Behm, MD.

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