At Next Genomix Laboratories, we specialize in providing personalized care to help you make the best decisions for your health. Our diagnosis lab offers pharmacogenetic testing to help determine how your body responds to certain medications, which is especially important for patients taking multiple drugs. In this blog, we’ll discuss what you can expect during a pharmacogenetic test.
What to Expect During a Pharmacogenetic Test
What is A Pharmacogenetic Test
A pharmacogenetic test is a way to test for variants or changes in your genes that can indicate whether specific medications could be effective for you or whether they might cause side effects or adverse reactions. This genetic testing has potential benefits, regardless of the results of the gene mutation; these include helping to identify more affordable options for patients, reducing the number of ER visits, and helping to find drugs that are most effective for each patient’s condition.
A pharmacogenetic test is generally carried out on blood or saliva. During a blood test, a Next Genomix Laboratories medical professional will take a blood sample from the patient’s arm using a needle. After the needle is inserted, blood will be collected using a vial or test tube, which generally takes less than five minutes. Typically, you don’t need to do anything to prepare for the blood test, but we will let you know of any important instructions.
If you are taking a saliva test, be sure to avoid eating, drinking, or smoking for 30 minutes prior to the test. Reach out to our team at Next Genomics Laboratories for specific instructions on how to prepare for your test.
What You Will Learn
A pharmacogenetic test looks for variants or changes in your genes that may indicate how your body responds to and breaks down medications, which can determine things such as effectiveness, side effects, and more. Results from this test can provide a sense of relief from uncertainty and help people make informed decisions about managing their health care. It can also direct a person toward available prevention, monitoring, and treatment options.