When seeing a doctor for a certain health condition or concern, you're often prescribed medication — and many times, multiple medications. You fill your prescriptions, take the medications for a period of time, and check in with your doctor to discuss how you're feeling, what side effects you're experiencing, and to explore potential alternatives.
This method of treatment is known as trial-and-error. You and your doctor work together over time to find a medication regimen that really works for you. But, given the advancement in precision medicine, pharmacogenetic testing has become available to patients — and you can get to the right treatment, for your particular condition, faster.
This can be achieved by trying new drugs or "auditioning" them prior to actually prescribing them to see if there are any potential serious side effects, drug-drug or drug-gene interactions which could easily be avoided.
Pharmacogenetics: The Missing Puzzle Piece to Treating Your Condition
Finding the right drug or drugs for your condition is critical — and it's possible to find the solution quicker and less expensive than before. More than 250 of the most commonly prescribed medications, that are used to treat a variety of conditions, are recognized by the FDA as being susceptible to genetic-driven impacts. Studies show the some of the most commonly prescribed medications across cancer, depression, pain, epilepsy, heart disease, and many more are impacted by your genetics. Pharmacogenetics has become an important piece of the puzzle.
Take Control of Your Health — Manage Your Condition
By ordering a Genelex pharmacogenetic test, you and your physician can better understand how your genetics will play a role in your response to certain medications (drug to gene interactions) and how your certain medications will interact with each other (drug to drug interactions). With more insight into your genetics, you're able to alleviate the need for trial-and-error and more strategically target treatment for your specific condition.