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Are there blood tests to help choose the best medication for depression and anxiety or is it just trial and error?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers

Not yet: There are no easy tests that predict med responses but we are getting closer and there are several tests of genetics and imaging which may predict response. A very good evaluation may also yield predictive clues as well as clinical experience. This is being researched.

Answered 5/15/2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Check out: http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/12/16/blood-test-may-predict-antidepressant-effectiveness/32659.html

Answered 5/23/2015

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Dr. Andrew Kaplan answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

No, caution: There are no readily available tests to predict response that are currently part of standard of care. There is pharmacogenomic testing that can guide dosing, and so can obtaining blood levels. Accurate diagnosis and, if indicated, literature-guided medication selection remains the best approach.

Answered 10/28/2016

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