This past week I reached out to a psychiatrist and had the genesight test done in order to tell me what medications will and will not work for my mental health issues (anxiety & depression).
Yesterday I got my results back and found that I am severely allergic to two of the three medications I was put on last year that ended up with me being in the hospital for serotonin syndrome (Cymbalta & Zoloft).
I've been on escitalopram 15 mg for the last year but have been extremely anxious and have persistent physical symptoms regardless of the medication. I've known something just wasn't right.
The genesight test also told me that I'm moderately reactive to lexapro! I have an ultra rapid metabolizer gene (CYP2D6) in my liver which makes me absorb certain medications extremely fast thus causing an adverse affect of the medication along with heightened negative symptoms.
I am now being prescribed Pristiq which is a great option for me in terms of my genetic makeup.. I am cross tapering the lexapro while starting a low dose of pristiq at the same time. My first dose was taken this morning.
I am worried I'll have yet another adverse reaction or something serious like serotonin syndrome again with how sensitive I am to medications. I guess I just have to trust that I've been put through hell and back already, I'm hoping God will give me a break on this one.
Plus, a psychiatrist should know their stuff.. Please keep me in your thoughts during this difficult journey xx