It’s All in Your Genes

Everyone has unique, complex genetic characteristics that go way beyond things like eye color, height or even whether we are likely to develop certain diseases and disorders.

Would you be surprised to learn that genes… those strands of DNA that make up who we are … also affect how we respond to most commonly prescribed medication?

This Test Could Save Your Child’s Life

Drug Gene Testing Physician Partners of America

If your child is facing surgery for tonsil and adenoid removal, it’s important to know whether they have a genetic variation that make a liver enzyme over-active.

The problem is when children are given codeine as a pain reliever. Codeine is a form of opioid which is a narcotic. What happens for those who have an over-active liver enzyme is that codeine is converted into morphine which can be deadly.

Symptoms of morphine overdose following codeine include …

  • Extreme sleepiness to the point of difficulty waking up your child
  • Blueness around lips or mouth
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing or long pauses between breaths

The FDA advises that the only way to know if your child has an ultra-rapid metabolizer if by genetic testing which we offer at PPOA.

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm315497.htm

Ditch the Side Effects & Take Control of Your Medication

Because you are unique, your reaction to certain medication will be as well. In some cases, drug-related side effects can be serious or sometimes fatal– even though the drug was prescribed correctly by the doctor and used correctly by the patient.

And 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 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.

Drug-Gene test can help you and your physician

  • Improve the effectiveness of the medications you take
  • Reduce negative side effects
  • Prevent serious drug reactions
  • Avoid buying and using drugs that won’t work for you

INFORMED DECISIONS FROM PRECISE INFORMATION

Gene testing for drugs eliminates issues and gives you medication customized just for you. Why is this important? Because the treatment plan that works for you may not work as well for someone else.

After all, you are a unique human being so why shouldn’t your medication be just as distinctive as you are? For example, the drug might work very well for one person, but not at all for another. Or the drug might cause side effects for one person, but not for someone else.

More than 75% of people have genetic variations that determine how their bodies process and use drugs. This applies not only to prescription medications but also to over-the-counter medicines, herbal and dietary supplements and even recreational drugs such as marijuana.

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