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How to get a pharmacogenetic test in Canada

Updated June 29, 2023 Pharmacogenetic tests are available online direct to consumers and may even be covered by your health insurance or health spending account! This article discusses what pharmacogenetic testing is, where to get it, how much it costs, and how to look for a high-quality, clinical-grade pharmacogenetic service you...

What is the best blood pressure medication? Part 1 – Types of High Blood Pressure Medications

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very common condition that can have dangerous health consequences. Fortunately, many medications options are available to: Lower blood pressure numbers to a healthy range, and Prevent serious heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. But among these choices, how do you know which one is...

How to Choose the Best Antidepressant

Antidepressant use in psychiatry:

Nowadays, physicians have an arsenal of drugs to combat psychiatric disorders: Anxiolytics, Antidepressants, Anti-psychotics, and Mood stabilizers. However, as with most other drugs, one dosage does NOT apply to all patients. A certain amount of drug might offer desired clinical improvements to some while under the same regiment...

Detrol (Tolterodine) Side Effects Include Sleep Disturbance in Some Patients

Detrol (tolterodine) causes sleep disturbance side effects in patients who are slow drug metabolizers

One of the most common manifestations of ‘urinary incontinence’ is excessive bladder wall contraction – causing an uncontrollable urge to visit the washroom. Antimuscarinics are the class of drugs given to patients suffering from urinary incontinence, and common...

Are Statins Safe? It depends on your genetics!

Updated December 22, 2021.   When it comes to cholesterol control, the first line of defence is always a healthy lifestyle and diet. But when that’s not enough, cholesterol medication can help to: Lower the heart-disease-causing bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, LDL), Lower triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood that also...

Genetic Variation and Antidepressant Induced Side Effects

Depression is like a rain cloud that follows you wherever you go. Not only does it affect you, but also your family and friends. Luckily, taking antidepressants can effectively attenuate most symptoms of depression. There is just one problem: unpleasant side effects that deter people from treatment, although knowing that...

Antidepressants: Understanding and Mitigating the Risks of Side Effects

A universal truth of all medications is that no matter how beneficial they may be, they are always associated with some risks. Perhaps some of the most controversial medications are antidepressants, especially when they are used to treat relatively mild or moderate depression since they can cause serious side effects....

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