Some patients will metabolize a drug very quickly, whereas others will metabolize it slowly or not at all. In the study of pharmacogenetics, our genes can tell us how you will respond to a certain drug and if there is the potential for adverse reactions or side effects.
Pharmacogenetics is an expanding field of medicine that helps doctors and patients understand how individuals metabolize different drugs. It refers to how variation in one single gene influences the response to a single drug. Pharmacogenomics is a broader term, which studies how the whole genome can influence responses to drugs.
Pharmaceutical companies study and report on the biochemical pathways their drugs use. With so many choices available, it can be difficult for healthcare providers to be familiar with all of the data. By identifying which genetic variations you have and integrating them with information from your health history and annual prevention screen, more effective healthcare plans can be developed.
These tests will improve overall patient safety. They calculate the efficiency of a drug, recommend the quantity necessary and determine any unexpected interactions between multiple prescriptions.
What are the benefits?
Increased medication efficacy: Reduce visits to your physician by finding the right medication and right dose sooner.
Decreased adverse drug reactions: By selecting the best drug for your body, there is a lower chance for negative side effects.
Increased adherence to your drug plan: When the drug choice and dose are effective, you’re more likely to follow your medication plan and feel better, faster.
Who should be tested?
- Patients taking multiple medications
- Anyone struggling to find an effective medication
- Proactive patients who want to understand how their genetic breakdown effects future prescriptions
- Individuals embarking on a new treatment plan
Information from TreatGxPlus may also help inform treatment plans for those living with condition(s) such as:
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Bipolar 1 Disorder
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
- Dyspepsia/Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- H. Pylori Eradication
- Heart Failure
- Lower Back Pain
- Neuropathic Pain
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Post-Myocardial Infarction
- Prevention of NSAID-Induced Ulcers
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Smoking Cessation
- Urinary Tract Infection
* TreatGxPlus is currently available in Ottawa. Stay tuned to know when it will be available in your local clinic!