Pharmacogenomic testing

We are now offering pharmacogenomic testing in the office.  Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person's response to drugs.  Simply put, this is combining pharmacology, the science of drugs, and genomics which is the study of genes and their functions to help us determine how the medications you are on are metabolized, and function, based on your genetics. The sequencing of your genome can determine how you respond to various medications.

 Thus, with this information we can often determine what side effects might occur with the medication that you are given and potentially avoid those side effects.  Also, the report, that comes back, lists many other medications which can be used in the future if you need to go on a medication that is listed.

We are finding today that many of our patients, especially diabetics and patients with cardiovascular disease, are on 5-10 or more medications daily.  As the number of medications increases the risk for interactions and side effects increases.  Often physicians are then in a position that they may add another medication to try and counter the side effect that is produced by the various medication you are on.  With pharmacogenomic testing we can tell how these medications are being metabolized and what potential interactions may occur with them.

This is very simple to do.  It can either be done with a swab from the cheek or it can be done with a blood sample.

I am excited to offer this to our patients as I think that this is going to revolutionize the way we prescribe medication in the future.

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