Are antidepressants during pregnancy safe? The answer is in your DNA

There are risks and benefits with taking any medication. Women are understandably concerned about the safety of antidepressants and wonder if they should continue taking them during pregnancy. Worries over drugs' impact on the fetus may lead to discontinuation of anxiety or depression medication. Although some antidepressants can affect...

TECTA: use of proton pump inhibitors can increase the risk of COVID-19 infection

Updated November 2020 A recent study  pre-published by the American Journal of Gastroenterology has identified a connection between the use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and the risk of COVID-19 infections. The risk of contracting the infection appears to increase with the PPI dose. Here we describe how a pharmacogenetic test can...

Precision medicine of menopause and depression: treating hot flashes with antidepressants

Many women experience unpleasant symptoms leading up to, during, and after menopause. It is not uncommon to have hot flashes, insomnia and depression. Hot flashes can cause substantial physical and psychological discomfort. There are medical treatments available for women experiencing severe symptoms, including hormone therapy, antidepressants, and even antiepileptic...

Pillcheck PGx launches new program for benefits advisors on the heels of positive study results in the mental health area

The new program builds on the successful introduction of Pillcheck pharmacogenetics by many insurers seeking to impact the frequency and duration of Short-Term and Long-Term disability claims. Now the same rigorously evaluated, secure service is available to plans and benefit advisors on a subscription basis or as a private...

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