Can Genetic Testing Help You Get the Right Medications?
posted by Orem Family Medicine | April 12, 2018
When it comes to medication, every individual is different. Each of us responds in slightly different ways to medication, and new technology (called pharmacogenetics) allows us to get a better look at how these medications will affect us before a doctor even prescribes them.
The process is simple. After collecting a tissue sample via cheek swab, your doctor will send the specimen to be analyzed. Your results can help determine what types of medication will work best for you based on the way you metabolize certain drugs.
Am I a candidate for genetic testing?
This test is beneficial for people who take multiple medications, aren’t responding desirably to treatment or have medication-related side effects.
Genetic testing finds subtle differences in your DNA that affect the way your body responds to certain types of medication. This helps your doctor decide the best medication for you—and with limited or no side effects.
What medications does it test for?
This test evaluates your genetics against commonly prescribed medications in the following categories:
Are there any risks?
There aren’t significant risks involved in pharmacogenetics, but there are some limitations to be aware of:
These limitations do not affect everyone, and there are still many benefits to pharmacogenetic testing. Because your genes remain the same over time, the results of these tests can be lifelong in helping you determine which medications to take for your condition(s). Your doctor can offer further recommendations or answer any questions you may have about testing.
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“Pharmacogenomics: The Right Drug to the Right Person.” NCBI.nlm.nih.gov. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3299179/
“7 Things to Know About Pharmacogenomics.” US News. https://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-08-01/7-things-to-know-about-pharmacogenomics
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.