It’s All in Your Genes
Everyone has unique, complex genetic characteristics that make us who we are. From your hair to your height, no one else in the world is quite like you. But did you know that your genetics also affect how you respond to medication?
More than 75% of people have genetic variations that determine how their bodies process and use drugs. This applies not only to prescription drugs but also to over-the-counter medicines and herbal and dietary supplements.
With just about every TV commercial break touting some brand new wonder drug, and new medications being FDA-approved each year, you probably find yourself wondering:
How well will this drug work for me?
How much do I really need to take?
Will I have any side effects?
These are all questions to which drug genes testing, also known as pharmacogenomics, can provide answers!
Physician Partners of America recognizes the importance of the individual in our approach to medicine. Just as no two people have the same fingerprint, no two patients have the same response to medications. Our drug-gene testing (genetic testing for medication) pinpoints not only which medications will work best for you, but also which medications could be potentially harmful.
This Test Could Save Your Child’s Life
If your child needs surgery for tonsil and adenoid removal, it is important to know whether they have a genetic variation that makes a liver enzyme over-active.
Children with this over-active enzyme are at risk if their pain medication contains codeine as an ingredient. Codeine is a form of opioid that is classified as a narcotic. For those who have an over-active liver enzyme, the codeine is converted into morphine – which can be deadly. This is especially true if your child is an ultra-rapid metabolizer.
Symptoms of morphine overdose following codeine include:
• Extreme sleepiness to the point of difficulty waking your child
• Blueness around lips or mouth
• Difficulty breathing or long pauses between breaths
The FDA advises that the only way to know if your child has an ultra-rapid metabolizer is by genetic testing:
Please contact PPOA if your child needs a genetic test prior to their surgery as we do provide testing for this enzyme.
PPOA’s drug-gene testing gives you the right drug at the right dose. We want to make sure you get the right amount to treat your problem but not too much that it negatively impacts other areas of your health. Gene testing identifies that right balance.
For children or elderly patients, the importance of correct dosage is especially important, and drug-gene tests can help ensure such necessary precision.
Our unique prescribing leads to better drug response with less reaction – an outcome ideal for any patient!
Because you are unique, your reaction to certain medication will be as well. In some cases, drug-related side effects can be serious or even fatal – even when the drug was prescribed correctly by the doctor and used correctly by the patient.
People who take several different drugs face an even greater risk of dangerous side effects, especially if they are over 65 years of age.
Each year, millions are hospitalized because of unforeseen side-effects caused by drugs. In fact, serious drug-related side effects are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.
Side effects are serious. Physicians who seek to provide the best possible patient care can utilize genetic drug testing as a tool to minimize the risks for medicated patients.
INFORMED DECISIONS FROM PRECISE INFORMATION
Gene testing for drugs reduces your risk of unwanted side-effects and provides you with a customized treatment plan designed for success. Why is this important? We want to find the treatment that works best for you so we can help you get the relief you need.
After all, you are a unique human being, so why shouldn’t your medication be just as distinctive as you are? (The answer is, it should be!) Gene drug testing helps avoid the downsides of trying new medications by identifying which drugs are best for you from the start. Because while one medication may work well for most people, that does not mean it will work well for everyone. And even worse, it could cause more problems with side-effects. With gene testing, your physician can avoid the bad options, skip the unwanted side effects and jump ahead to prescription medications that are right for you.
Now there is a simple genetic test that can help your doctor determine which drugs and doses will work best for you without worrisome side-effects.
PPOA’s drug gene test starts with a simple cheek swab done by your doctor, pharmacist or at home with a mail order kit. The swabs are then sent to our proprietary testing lab to determine your unique drug-processing genetic characteristics. Unlike some hereditary genes testing services, the results are not sold or entered into a database.
Your healthcare provider will receive a report with your results and detailed recommendations for possible changes to your drug regimen or dosages.
Here’s How It Works
Take the first step to understanding which drugs are right for you by downloading and completing the PPOAs Drug-Gene Risk Assessment. Based on your results, your healthcare provider may recommend genetic testing.