AmiTop Care LLC

Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing services offered in Dedham and Norwood, MA

Gene testing enables the AmiTop Care LLC team to assess which of the many psychiatric medications best suit your mind and body. The experts offer gene testing services at offices in Norwood and Dedham, Massachusetts, so you avoid the time-consuming trial and error process it can take to find an effective drug that doesn’t cause side effects. Call the nearest AmiTop Care LLC office to learn more about gene testing or schedule a consultation using the online booking feature.

What is gene testing?

Genes contain long molecule strings called deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Virtually 99.9% of your DNA is the same as everyone else’s — it’s the 0.1% that makes you unique. Gene testing is an affordable way for patients and their health care providers to select medications that work with each individual’s unique biology.

Gene tests don’t diagnose psychiatric illnesses. However, they give your provider valuable information about your metabolic enzymes (which your body uses to break down anything you consume) and the genetic markers associated with mental health problems.

Using the data collected from gene tests, AmiTop Care LLC prescribes psychiatric medications that are more likely to be effective and have less risk of causing side effects. They often combine gene testing with regular medication management reviews for optimal results.

Why would I need gene testing?

You could benefit from gene testing if you take one or more medications for mental health problems. These drugs include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anxiolytics (anti-anxiety drugs)
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Addiction medicines
  • Antipsychotics

Within these classes are numerous variations; for instance, there are seven varieties of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are just one class of antidepressants. The effects these medications have vary so greatly between people that predicting how well you’ll get on with a specific drug is extremely challenging.

For example, some people with bipolar disorder suffer from fatigue, brain fog (difficulty thinking clearly and poor memory), and/or weight gain if they take the mood stabilizer quetiapine. For others, the drug is highly beneficial and causes few, if any, side effects.

Gene testing determines which medications are likely to cause adverse effects and helps your provider choose those most likely to be of benefit. Gene tests could be game-changing if you’ve experienced poor treatment responses or endured trials of many different medications and found none of them help.

It’s also invaluable if you’ve never taken psychiatric medications before.

What happens when I have a gene test?

Gene testing consists of a simple cheek swab that goes to a lab specializing in genetic testing. AmiTop Care LLC receives your results in 5-7 days through a secure online portal. Your provider reviews the results and therapeutic options and then contacts you to discuss their recommendations.

Most medical insurances, including Medicaid, cover gene testing costs so that the only charge will be your co-pay.

Call AmiTop Care LLC to learn more about gene testing and its benefits, or book an appointment online today.