WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR PHARMACOGENOMICS TESTING?
The purpose of pharmacogenomic testing is to find out if a medication is right for you. A small blood or saliva sample can help determine:
- If a medication may be an effective treatment for you
- What the best dose of a medication is for you
- Whether you could have serious side effects from a medication
The laboratory looks for changes or variants in one or more genes that can affect your response to certain medications.
Each person would need to have the same specific pharmacogenomic test only once because your genetic makeup does not change over time. However, you may need other pharmacogenomics tests if you take another medication. Each medication is associated with a different pharmacogenomics test. Keep track of all your test results and share them with your health care providers.
The need for pharmacogenomics testing is determined on an individual basis. If your pharmacogenomic test results suggest you may not have a good response to a medication, it may be possible for your family members to have a similar response.