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Genetic Testing

Treatment Tailored to Your Genetic Makeup

Genetic testing can help to determine the appropriate fit for prescribed medications.

What is Genetic Testing?

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that are tailored to a person’s genetic makeup. Many drugs that are currently available are prescribed as a one dose suits all patients. In reality, drugs do not work the same way for everyone. Often clinicians can have difficulty in predicting who will benefit from a medication, who will not respond at all, and who will experience negative side effects (called adverse drug reactions). Genetic testing can help to determine appropriate fit for prescribed medications.

Traditional vs. Gene-tested?

Researchers are learning how inherited differences in genes affect the body’s response to medications. These genetic differences are used to predict whether a given medication will be effective for a particular person and to prevent adverse drug reactions.

The decision about which drug to prescribe may also be influenced by other drugs that the patient is taking. Genetics can not only provide precision guidance on the best therapy for a given patient but can also inform on how to best avoid drug-drug interactions.

How it Works

Step 1

Simple Cheek Swab

Genetic testing is a simple cheek swab that is done either in the office or mailed to you at home.

Step 2

Send to Genesight Labs

The results come back within a week.

Step 3

Review Results to Target Treatment

A follow-up genetic counseling visit will include a detailed explanation of your test results and medication recommendations based on those results.

Note: Some insurance companies are covering part of Genetic testing. There may be small out of pocket costs to the patient. 

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