Are your medications safe for your DNA?
Pharmacogenomic (PGx) testing identifies genetic variations that affect how a person responds to a medication. Fun fact – nearly everybody has at least one important genetic variation!
NOT a fun fact…adverse drug reactions are a leading cause of death in the United States. While not all of these cases result from genetic variation, PGx testing can help determine the best medication and dosage for a person and help identify potential risks hidden in your DNA.
There are many common medications with current guidelines on how they should be dosed based on your DNA. You can find a complete list of affected medications by clicking the button below. Knowing your medication blueprint can help determine which category of dosing would be best suited for your DNA:
Knowing your medication blueprint can help determine which category of dosing would be best suited for your DNA:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for pharmacogenomic testing?
So glad you asked! If you have a history of adverse reactions or side effects to medications, or if you have difficulty finding an effective medication, you may be a candidate for pharmacogenomic testing.
We recommend patients undergo pharmacogenomic testing before starting any medications to prevent future issues. Testing while you are not on any medications can help save you time, money, and future complications with certain common medications. We dream of a day where all babies are tested at birth!
Until that day, we invite you to take charge of your health and schedule a free consultation today!
How is pharmacogenomic testing performed?
The test may be performed in the pharmacy or mailed to your home for those who prefer virtual appointments. It’s easy and painless! After a gentle swab on your lower gums, the test kit is sent to our CLIA-certified lab partners. Then you relax…PrescribeDNA will contact you when the results are ready!
What will the results show?
The results of your pharmacogenomic testing will show which gene variants you have. Genetic variations can affect the safety and effectiveness of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Please do not make medication changes yet!
Your pharmacogenomic-certified pharmacist at PrescribeDNA will review your results and the history you provide, then work with your doctor to tailor your medications as best as possible. Your doctor will ultimately decide which medication changes to implement based on our expert recommendations.
So I will know exactly which medications will work for me?
Not exactly. There are limitations to this test – although we are proud to be partnered with a lab offering among the most comprehensive panels available! While we can learn a ton from your results, many medications do not yet have data on genetic variation or aren’t impacted in a meaningful way. The good news is…your DNA does not change! As new evidence emerges and new medications are developed, YOU will be ahead of the curve with vital information that will serve your health…forever!
Could these results affect my job or insurance coverage?
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is a federal law that protects against employment discrimination and prohibits health insurance companies from using genetic information to influence premium costs. GINA does not regulate life, disability, or long-term care insurance.