Can genetics predict response to antipsychotic medications?

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New Delhi, Nov 06 (ANI): A recent study has found that genetics could be used to predict a patient's response to antipsychotic drug treatment for schizophrenia. The findings of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Schizophrenia is characterised by delusions, hallucinations and disorganised thoughts and behavior. The condition is currently treated with antipsychotic drugs, but this therapy is given without guidance from lab tests to show effectiveness, as is common in other areas of medicine. Doctors often use "trial-and-error" when choosing a treatment for schizophrenia, without knowing if patients will respond well. This uncertainty places a large burden on not only patients and their families, but also healthcare professionals and health care systems. For this study, genetic tests were used to predict ultimate response to medications in patients suffering their first episode of schizophrenia.

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