Pharmacogenetic Testing ( General Information )

Pharmacogenetics, is also known as pharmacogenomics or Drug-gene testing. All terms characterize the study of how your genes affect your body’s response to medications

Your body has thousands of genes that you inherited from your parents. Genes determine which characteristics you have, such as eye color and blood type. Some genes are responsible for how your body processes medications. Pharmacogenetic tests look for changes or variants in these genes that may determine whether a medication could be an effective treatment for you or whether you could have side effects to a specific medication.

Pharmacogenetic testing is one tool that can help your health care provider determine the best medication for you. Your health care provider also considers other factors such as your age, lifestyle, other medications you are taking and your overall health when choosing the right treatment for you.

Pharmacogenetic Testing and Prescribing of Medications

Physicians are increasingly relying on pharmacogenetic testing to help personalize treatment by predicting patient response.

Research has demonstrated that genetic factors may profoundly influence a person’s response to medications.

The laboratory looks for changes or variants in one or more genes that can affect your response to certain medications.

Physicians are increasingly relying on pharmacogenetic testing to help personalize treatment by predicting patient response.

A small blood or saliva sample can help determine:

  • Whether a medication may be an effective treatment for you
  • What the best dose of a medication is for you
  • Whether you could have serious side effects from a medication