Pharmacogenetic testing evaluates your genetic code to find information used to plan treatment. Your unique genetic code might cause you to react to a medication in a different way than someone else.
Pharmacogenetic testing checks the genes important in drug metabolism and other genes that influence the way you process medication.
Testing can cover a wide array of different prescription and nonprescription drugs to produce accurate predictions of how you'll respond based on your genetic makeup.
The primary reason you might need pharmacogenetic testing is for treatment customization. Through pharmacogenetic testing, your medical care providers at Northern Virginia Internal Medicine and Pediatrics can look at the unique genetic variations that determine how you'll respond to medication.
Pharmacogenetic testing can help maximize treatment outcomes for nearly anyone but is especially helpful in the following situations.
Pharmacogenetic testing may be particularly beneficial if you regularly take multiple medications. It can be hard to keep track of all your medications, which might lead to dosing errors with serious consequences. Pharmacogenetic testing can help you avoid that.
If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to a medication, pharmacogenetic testing can help you avoid other drugs that might cause a similar response.
You might need pharmacogenetic testing as part of treatment planning if you have pre-existing conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, or other serious health problems.
Pharmacogenetic testing may be part of a pre-operative clearance appointment. Through this kind of testing, your care providers will already know which pain medication works most effectively for you post-surgery, even which antibiotics are most effective for your unique case.
In general, older adults are more likely to need pharmacogenetic testing than their younger counterparts.
With this information from pharmacogenetics, you'll know which drugs work best for you and the most effective dosage before taking the medication. This testing can eliminate a great deal of trial-and-error with drugs, as you can start taking the most effective medicine from the beginning.
Pharmacogenetic testing generally requires a simple blood draw. Northern Virginia Internal Medicine and Pediatrics offers full lab testing in the office, so you can undergo this testing quickly and conveniently.
Your Northern Virginia Internal Medicine and Pediatrics providers use pharmacogenetic testing to personalize your care, maximize your health, and speed recovery when you’re sick. Learn more about how this type of testing can help you by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.