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Genetic Testing May Provide Faster Path To The Right Fibromyalgia Medication

Tuesday 20 September 2016

 

From the National Pain Report:

 

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Genetic Testing May Provide Faster Path to the Right Fibromyalgia Medication

By Ginevra Liptan, MD
September 15, 2016
Copyright 2016 National Pain Report

Editor’s Note: Ginevra Liptan, MD is both a fibromyalgia patient and physician specialist. Her new book The FibroManual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You…And Your Doctor is available now.

Someday in the not-so-distant future, before your health care provider decides which medication to prescribe for your fibromyalgia symptoms, they might first swab your cheek for a few cells and send them off for genetic tests. The genetic data hidden in those cells might reveal which medications you are likely to get benefit from, and which to avoid due to higher chance of side effects.

It sounds futuristic, but in fact this technology is available now, though it has not been widely adopted by medical providers. Testing for a person’s gene-drug interactions is called “pharmacogenetics,” and is a rapidly expanding field with multiple companies now offering panels of tests targeted to different illnesses.

 

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