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What is Personalized Medicine?

Medications do not work the same for everyone.  Your genetic makeup influences the way your body responds to various medicines.  If you are taking a medication that is not a good “match” for your genes, it could increase your chances of unwanted side effects, or you could be taking a medication that is not as effective for you.

Researchers have identified specific variations in our genes that determine the body’s response to certain medications and therapies. By identifying these DNA variations, Dr. Lin can design a treatment plan that is optimized for your genetic makeup and reduces “trial and error” to provide a more focused and personalized approach to treatment.

Instead of spending months, sometimes years, to find the right treatment to address the symptoms, DNA testing can be an extremely useful tool to help select the medications that are more likely to work better for you.  Multiple clinical studies show that patients with genetic test-guided treatments are twice as likely to get on the right medication and with a 70% greater improvement in symptoms.

To this end, Dr. Lin has incorporated both Assurex GeneSight and GenoMind Genecept DNA Assays into her practice.

Genecept Assay® 

The Genecept Assay is a comprehensive, simple to use tool for understanding genetic and biological markers that best inform responses to different psychiatric treatments.  It consists of a proprietary panel of 10 biomarkers and a personalized analytic report.  DNA collection is done in-office through a cheek swab, then sent to a CLIA-certified laboratory for processing.  Your genetic information is protected by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), which ensure their security.  Genecept works with insurance companies and offers patient financial assistance when needed.

 

GeneSight Assay®

The GeneSight Assay includes: FDA-approved Psychotropics: Depression, Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia; ADHD: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); MTHFR: Mutation has been associated with increased risk for anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, strokes, insomnia, and more; and Analgesics: assesses how your genetic variants may influence the way you metabolize and respond to medications commonly prescribed to treat chronic pain.  DNA collection is done in-office through a cheek swab, then sent to a CLIA-certified laboratory for processing.  Your genetic information is protected by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), which ensure their security.  GeneSight works with insurance companies and offers patient financial assistance when needed.  For More