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...

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...

COVID-19 Complications: Optimizing medications for recovery using pharmacogenetics (PGx)

Over 10% of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus experience acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and require supportive treatment with oxygen and even mechanical lung ventilation. Multiple COVID-19 complications occur because SARS family coronaviruses can cause extensive heart and lung damage. SARS-CoV-2 viruses can easily penetrate deep into these...

Can’t tolerate tamoxifen side effects, can I stop taking it? Pharmacogenetic testing improves treatment

Have you been prescribed hormone therapy for cancer but can’t tolerate tamoxifen side effects? For many women, tamoxifen side effects are too much to stomach, and the prospect of enduring them for five years is not appealing even at the risk of cancer recurrence. Tamoxifen is an option for hormone therapy...

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