Is Your ADHD Medication Effective? The Answer May Lie In Your Genes
As I’ve watched friends go through diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, I’m always struck by how complicated the condition is. ADHD is defined as having one or more of these behaviors:
Some people may only have one of these behaviors, while others have all three. It’s easy to see that trying to treat someone who has a hard time focusing (inattention) is different than what would be prescribed for someone who has seemingly endless energy (hyperactivity/impulsivity).
And this isn’t like Goldilocks visiting the three bears’ house. There are a lot more options than three bowls of porridge, and the side effects are more serious than burning your tongue. Often multiple medications are needed, making it more difficult to evaluate effectiveness. And because each person is different, what works for one patient may not have an effect on another.
The good news is that genetic testing can help determine:
- How medicine is broken down
- Which medications (and how much) are most likely to work best for you
- Whether you will experience unpleasant side effects
This allows you and your physician to cater your medication and dosage based on information in your genes. So similar to Goldilocks, you can find a fit that is just right for you. It’s an easy step towards becoming more informed and gaining better control of your health.