Shirah Vollmer MD

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Why Would One Size Fit All?

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on February 27, 2013

Ambien sleeping pills

 

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-miller-drug-dosages-20130227,0,6503040.story

 

Dr. Miller talks about how, late in the game, dosages for Ambien are being modified for women. This seems so obvious. Anyone around alcohol knows that the average woman tolerates a lot less than the average man, of the same age. No one would go to a store and ask for a “shirt” without specifying the size. The individuality of drug response follows the individuality of our DNA. Personalized medicine is coming. Once we can take a closer look at the genome, then prescribing medication will be more specific, and hence more effective. In today’s world,  prescribing medication is like  shooting in the dark, hoping that for most people we are in the “range,” but we also know that we could be far afield. Like with smart phones, one day, we, physicians will say, can you believe that in the old days, we prescribed without knowing about the patient’s liver metabolism? I look forward to laughing at our current state of psychopharmacology.

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