­­­Each year millions of people over the age of 65 fall. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 older adults will fall during the year. Falling one time doubles the risk of falling again. Falls do not just happen, but are multifactorial in their cause. One of the leading causes of falls is orthostatic hypotension. Orthostatic hypotension causes people to feel dizzy when they stand up and leads to increased fall risk. Certain medications have been shown to cause dizziness including antidepressants, cardiac, blood pressure, diuretics, and anti-psychotics. It is essential that medications are monitored for right dose, right diagnosis and right outcome. One of the methods for ensuring that an older adult is on the right medication is with pharmacogenetics. Pharmacogenetics offers the following benefits:

  • Aligns medications with personal DNA.
  • Optimizes medication use.
  • Identifies responders and non-responders.
  • Avoids adverse drug events such as falls.
  • Reduces trial and error.
  • Reduces costs.
  • Enhances confidence regarding medication use.
  • Provides for person centered medication regimen.

To learn more about getting started with pharmacogenetics, call us at 405-509-5112 or email info@pgxmed.com