Wrong meds for de­pres­sion

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

A SIM­PLE $170 test could pre­vent the wrong med­i­ca­tion be­ing pre­scribed to three mil­lion peo­ple with de­pres­sion but it is not sub­sidised by Medi­care.

The speed with which a per­son metabolise­s an­tide­pres­sants can af­fect whether the drugs work or pro­duce side ef­fects like panic at­tacks.

It’s es­ti­mated 30-50 per cent of peo­ple with a men­tal ill­ness are be­ing pre­scribed the wrong an­tide­pres­sant.

A ge­netic test could help doc­tors make the right med­i­ca­tion choice but the test is not sub­sidised by Medi­care.

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