Why Most Medications Don’t Work As Intended

You’ve tried four or five different medications, but nothing seems to work. Everything your doctor prescribes does nothing for your condition–or the improvement is so insignificant that it’s not worth paying for the medication. Every day, you wish that you could just find the right medication and be done with it.

Multiple factors determine your medication’s efficacy. Have you noticed that one of your friends saw improvement from a medication that did nothing for you? Your genetics play a role in how well each medication works–and since everyone has slight alterations in their DNA, a medicine that works for you might not work for someone else.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution. With genetic testing, you’ll get a full report that shows you and your doctors which medications are compatible with your DNA. That’s what we offer here at ClarityX.

What Does Your DNA Have to Do With Anything?

Your genes determine how well your body can metabolize (or break down) medication. If your body doesn’t metabolize the medication well, you might experience side effects. Conversely, if your body metabolizes the medication too quickly, you probably won’t see much improvement because it doesn’t remain in your body long enough. Unfortunately, if you haven’t undergone genetic testing, you won’t know if a medication works until you try it.

What Are the Statistics On Medication Failures?

In an ideal world, every medication would work as prescribed. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Here’s some important statistics:

  • Up to 30% of people with major depressive disorder (MDD) don’t find relief from medication.
  • Around 30% of people with anxiety don’t respond to treatment.
  • Similarly, about 30% of schizophrenia patients are treatment-resistant.
  • About 12% of people with hypertension don’t improve after treatment.


These stats don’t mean that these people are impossible to treat. Instead, their doctors might have prescribed medication that’s not compatible with their DNA.

How Do You Know if You Have a Treatment-Resistant Condition?

Your doctor might outright tell you if your condition is treatment-resistant. Otherwise, your condition might be treatment-resistant if you’ve tried medications and none of them seem to work. Sometimes, you might need to try a different class of medication–for example, if you’ve only tried SSRIs, a different type of antidepressant might work better.

However, you can save a lot of time by opting for genetic testing. ClarityX offers a simple kit that allows you to complete the test at home, then get the results in 7-10 days. This report tells you which medications are compatible with your DNA and which medications probably won’t do anything.

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How Does it Work?

Taking a ClarityX test requires only a few simple steps:

  1. Fill out the short quiz on our website, or call ClarityX to talk to a representative.
  2. Wait for your medical provider to approve the test.
  3. When you get the test kit in the mail, collect a saliva sample.
  4. Mail the kit back to ClarityX.
  5. Go over the report with your medical provider.

How Do You Read the Report?

When you get your report back, you’ll see three columns. The first column says “Standard Precautions.” Under this column, you’ll see all the medications that are compatible with your DNA. These medications have the best chance of treating your medical condition.

Next, you’ll see a column that says “Use with Caution.” If the medications from the first column don’t work, your doctor could try any of these options. They’re less likely to be effective, but that doesn’t automatically mean that they won’t work. Your doctor might need to adjust the dosage for these options to be effective.

Last, you’ll see a column that says “Consider Alternatives.” These medications are unlikely to work. In some cases, these medications could cause harmful side effects. If your doctor tries any of these medications, it’s only as a last resort.

In addition to these columns, your report has more detailed information about how each medication might affect you. If the medication has a green checkmark, you can take this medication as directed. If the medication has a yellow exclamation point, the description will list the possible side effects and recommended adjustments. If the medication has a red X, the description will list the possible side effects and recommended alternatives. Some of the “red X” options may have severe side effects.

How Does Your Doctor Use This Report?

You might notice that some of your failed medications appear in the second or third column. With this information, you and your doctor can stop wasting time with medications that probably won’t work. Your doctor will use the first column to determine which medications they should prescribe first. We can’t guarantee beyond a doubt that they’ll be effective, but they have a much higher chance than the options in the third column.

Request a ClarityX Kit Today

After talking with your doctor, you can request a ClarityX kit directly from our website. Choose from the Heart Health Test, Mental Wellness kit or Comprehensive kit that covers over 450 different medications. Most major insurance providers cover ClarityX genetic testing. If you have questions, call us to talk to a representative, or send us an email.

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