Genes May Influence Reactions to Painkillers – Identical Twins Responded Similarly When it Came to Side Effects, Addiction Risk, Study Found

Genetics play a major role in a person’s risk for addiction or unpleasant side effects when taking opioid painkillers, new research suggests.

 Genetics accounted for 36 percent of drug disliking and 26 percent of drug liking, which are measures of addiction risk, according to the study published online June 20 in the journal Anesthesiology.

 ”The study is a significant step forward in efforts to understand the basis of individual variability in response to opioids, and to eventually personalize opioid treatment plans for patients,” Dr. Martin Angst, one of the two principal investigators, said in a Stanford news release.

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 Source: HealthDay.com – June 21, 2012

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