Testing your DNA to determine how you metabolise medications can help your doctor to prescribe you the best medication and the right dose.
Medications are usually prescribed at standard doses that may work for some people but may be too much or not enough for others. Pharmacogenetic tests analyse your DNA to help determine how you metabolise medications. These tests can provide your doctor with useful information to help tailor your medication(s) to maximise benefit and minimise side effects. Your doctor uses this information in conjunction with other health and lifestyle factors that may affect your body’s response to medication. Your DNA doesn’t change over time, meaning you only need to do a pharmacogenetic test once.
There are three Pharmacogenomic (PGx) tests available from Genomic Diagnostics and our testing partner myDNA.
PGx Mental Health (PGx MH)
The PGx Mental Health (MH) test analyses a specific group of genes that are known to be involved in drug metabolism for a broad range of medications used in the treatment of mental health conditions, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, ADHD medications and some anxiety medications. The cost of this test is $147 and is not covered by private health insurance or Medicare.
The PGx Pain test analyses a specific group of genes that are known to affect the drug response to several medications used to treat different types of pain. The cost of this test is $147 and is not covered by private health insurance or Medicare.
The PGx Multi test includes genes from the PGx MH and PGx Pain tests as well as other genes that influence drug response and metabolism for over 80 medications used commonly in clinical practice. If you are on multiple medications, this panel is often the most useful as it covers a broad range of medication classes. The cost of this test is $197 and is not covered by private health insurance or Medicare.
You will need a request form from your doctor for the PGx tests. Please discuss it with them first to ensure it is right for you. Remind your doctor to list all your medications on the form as this helps us in our reporting.
The results of your pharmacogenomics testing will be delivered to your doctor. They are able to provide you with a link to go online and download the full report yourself for you to keep.
As the pharmacogenomics panels look at your DNA, they never change. There is no need to ever get re-tested for those genes which are in this panel – they have lifetime relevance.