Genetic Testing for ADHD Medication

ADHD, DNA, and Predicting Medication Response

Have you heard about genetic-testing to help choose the best ADHD medication for an individual?  

Many readers have asked me about this.  Sorry to say, we are not there yet.

These tests can be useful in limited ways. But they are often misinterpreted (including by physicians) in ways that threaten to deprive people of the ADHD medications likely to work best.

I recruited my scientist-husband (a PhD molecular biologist with decades of experience in genetics) to join me in educating the ADHD public—and medical professionals—on this issue. In clear language and concepts!

Hence this 7-part blog series: Genetic Testing for ADHD Medications: What Your Genes Might Tell You That Your Doctor Cannot

The Focus of Each Post in the Series:

1. Topic overview

2. See our testing results—and my husband’s initial reactions

3. Dive into the details of genotyping (what does the term even mean?)

4. Learn about “when and why” to pursue genotyping —the real-world value and usage

5. Consider the limits of genotyping

6. We put it all together with a closer look at our personal testing results and real-life application of the findings — beginning with Gina’s results…

7. …and continuing with Dr. Goat’s personal test results.

ask dr. goat

But Gina, Who is Dr. Goat?

  In case you missed it, my husband has ADHD. Diagnosed in 1999. He is also a molecular biologist with an emphasis in genetics. His former girlfriend is a neurosurgeon. But who connected his lifelong …

ADHD, DNA, and Predicting Medication Response

Genetic Testing for ADHD Medications: 1

  People often ask me, “Gina, what’s the best medication for ADHD?” No one wants to hear the answer: “It depends.” These days, they also ask me about genetic testing for ADHD medications. That is, …

ADHD and genotyping for medication

Part 2: Genetic-Testing for Choosing ADHD Medications

Can genetic-testing help us to choose ADHD medications? That is the topic of this 7-part blog series.  The answer is, “it depends.”  For sure, though, the tests typically misunderstood—to often dangerous effect. That is, people …

ADHD, DNA, and Predicting Medication Response

Part 3: Genetic Tests for Choosing ADHD Medications

“Gene-testing said that my daughter cannot take stimulants for her ADHD,” a reader wrote to me years ago. As a result, the girl was taking only Strattera, at a “maxed-out dose,” and not experiencing a significant …

Part 4: Genetic-Testing for the Best ADHD Medication?

Part 4 in a 7-part series on genetic testing for ADHD medications—from ADHD expert Gina Pera and her scientist husband, Dr. Goat

One factor to consider when aiming for that sweet spot of medication effectiveness: your specific gene variants that affect drug response.

That is, do your gene variants mean that you metabolize drugs slowly, normally, or very fast?

That’s where genetic tests can come in handy: They identify these gene variants—that is, variations on a common gene.

In turn, this information helps you to:

1. Determine what dosage you should start with, and
2. Decide the order in which medications should be evaluated.

This information can be especially valuable if you are

—Beginning drug treatment for ADHD,
—Considering changing to a different drug, or
—Introducing an additional drug to your regimen.

Note: Information from these tests will not be a “silver bullet.” It is simply a starting point. The last post in this series will examine how I might use my personal results.

Part 5 gene testing ADHD

Part 5: ADHD Gene-Testing Benefits and Limitations

. What are the ADHD gene-testing benefits and limitations when it comes to choosing medications?  That’s the topic of post 5 in this series: Gene-Testing to Inform ADHD  Drug Therapy. Throughout this 7-part series, we …

Gene-Testing To Guide ADHD Medication Choice—Part 6

Welcome to post 6, the next-to-last post in this series exploring how genetic tests might help guide ADHD drug therapy. This blog series began with a single post in mind. Hey, we said, let’s get …

ADHD medications and Harmonys testing

Genetic Testing for ADHD Medication Series—Part 7

Welcome to the final post in this series on genetic testing for ADHD Medication. My husband, Dr. Goat, and I greatly appreciate your enthusiastic response. We based this series on testing that is is no …

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