Prescribing the Right Medications For Your Body

Sometimes, doctors get it wrong and your medication combination isn’t quite right. However, what if that combination were potentially lethal and you had no idea your genetic makeup gives these medications just what they need to give you an overdose?

Genetic Testing For Prescription Drugs

What is Pharmacogenomics?

Individualized medicine that promises to provide safer and more effective drug therapy is called pharmacogenomics. The goal with this is to determine who the drug is or is not suitable for ahead of the average trial and error system.

How Does Pharmacogenomics Work?

This test uses a small blood or saliva sample to determine the most effective medication, dosage, and possible side effects. The test spots genetic differences which sometimes play a role in how quickly or how slowly a drug is metabolized in the body. This means that a patient might need a supplementary medication instead of upper the dosage of their current medication, which might be lethal.

Limitations of Genetic Tests

Doctors can misinterpret the findings which cause them to avoid prescribing potentially helpful drugs. Over-interpretation of minor results can hinder instead of help aid doctors. Nonetheless, the validity of this practice is there, it’s whether more progress will be made in the next few years to make doctors much more confident in collaborating when prescribing.

Into the Future

One of the leading research facilities in this type of testing is, of course, The Mayo Clinic, which is currently working with the Baylor College of Medicine to sequence 10,000 participants’ DNA. The end goal is to determine if it improves long-term health and possibly lower healthcare costs.

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