Genes contain information that determines your unique traits, such as height and eye color. Genes also affect the body’s responses to certain medicines. Pharmacogenetic testing looks at specific genes to help figure out the types of medicines and dosages that may be right for you.
What is it used for?
Pharmacogenetic testing may be used to:
- Find out whether a certain medicine could be effective for you
- Find out what the best dosage might be for you
- Predict whether you will have a serious side effect from a medicine
Why do I need pharmacogenetic testing?
Your health care provider may order these tests before you start a certain medicine, or if you are taking a medicine that is not working and/or causing bad side effects.
Understand how your DNA might affect your medication.
GeneSight Psychotropic is a pharmacogenomic test that analyzes clinically important genetic variations in your DNA. The results of the test can inform your doctor about genes that may impact how you metabolize or respond to certain medications.