Medication hypersensitivity: genetics and drug toxicity

People can develop severe sensitivities to medications that might look like drug allergies. Allergic reactions usually include symptoms such as hives, mild rashes, itching, and swelling that could lead to anaphylaxis. These reactions occur when antibodies are elevated in response to inactive ingredients in pills or sometimes to active chemicals....

Pharmacogenetics helps to find right psychiatric medication and dose

It's true that many people struggle with mental health conditions, and finding the right medication can take time. While commonly prescribed antidepressants like SSRIs are effective for mild to moderate anxiety and depression, they may not be suitable for everyone. Some people may not tolerate the side effects of antidepressants...

Hormonal contraceptives, depression and blood clots

Hormonal contraception is a widely used and very effective method of birth control, but it is not without risks. For decades, women have reported significant mood changes when using hormonal contraceptives, including birth control pills and intrauterine devices (IUDs). Large-scale population studies have confirmed a link between hormonal birth control...

Weight loss medications: what you need to know

New weight loss medications, including semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy) and tripeptide (Mounjaro), were originally developed for diabetes and became best-seller drugs for their remarkable efficacy and weight loss. Yet many people taking these endure severe side effects, especially when taken with other medications. Some individuals may develop serious complications. That’s why...

Drug metabolism in women: The effects of pregnancy, contraception, and hormone replacement therapy on drug response

Gender, age and hormones can all affect drug metabolism It's well-known that genetic variations inherited by individuals can lead to different reactions to medications, with the same drug dosage being safe and effective for one person but causing adverse reactions or being insufficient for another. This is known as pharmacogenetics. Clinical...

Most effective treatments for fibromyalgia

Making your day-to-day lives easier through fibromyalgia treatments Those living with fibromyalgia tend to experience a diminished quality of life due to pain, poor sleep patterns, mood swings, and memory issues. The condition is similar to those experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome and is characterized by persistent, widespread pain. Unfortunately, the root...

Can genetic testing help me to choose psychiatric medications?

Change your life and mind through genetic testing for psychiatric medications Pharmacogenetics can provide life-changing information regarding which drugs may work best based on your genetic makeup. It can assess how your body metabolizes and reacts to different medications, which can help you find the best ones based on your genetic...

Does ethnicity affect drug response?

Doctors have long been aware that family heritage and ancestry can majorly impact how people respond to medications. While not many people are aware of this, in the past, research studies were conducted on populations mostly of European descent. This created a significant gap in the representation of different races...

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