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GENETIC TESTING
PHARMACOGENOMIC PANEL


Who needs it?
For those wanting to reduce the time and money needed for trial and error medications, a pharmacogenomic test may be the perfect aid to your prescription. Information about your genetic makeup may be the greatest weapon against a particular ailment or invasive procedure. If you have been frustrated with your lack of success with various prescription drugs, the answer may lie within your genes. Pharmacogenomic testing can be used for multiple purposes; assessing specific genes allows you to learn more about yourself and how your body responds to foreign substances. 


Pharmaco Genomic testing, otherwise known as PGx, refers to a type of genetic test by cheek swab to predict a patient's likelihood to experience an adverse event or not respond to a given drug. Genetic variation in metabolism may result in high concentrations of drugs and an increased risk of adverse effects in slow metabolizers, which is important when using, for example, antidepressants or pain medication. The demand for pharmacogenomic testing is only expected to increase as researchers discover the potential of personalized medicine and the possibility of new drug development. Currently, the FDA includes black box, pharmacogenomic warnings on the labels of more than 200 medications.* A one-time cheek swab test lets you know whether your specific genetic variants should alert the provider of what drugs to avoid and prescribe to you.

Just as there are known drug-drug interactions, there are also known drug-gene interactions. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person’s genes affect their response to specific medications. 

 

Patients who require pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing have or have experienced:
Previous Drug Reactions | Family History of Drug Reactions | Chemical Sensitivities | Multiple Health Issues | Taking Multiple Medications | Have Poor Communication Skills


WHAT ROLE DOES PHARMACOGENOMIC TESTING PLAY IN MAJOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES?
It’s no secret that surgical procedures cost Americans billions of dollars each year. This includes both medically necessary and elective cosmetic procedures. Such a large investment in your health or beauty requires considerable care and preparation to achieve the desired results. Your body undergoes intense upset during surgery, and a one-time pharmacogenomic test can assist in determining how well your body clears toxins. This can influence the anesthesia chosen and the dose to administer, as well as the specific nutrients you need to prepare and recover. For example, glutathione might be recommended to take before a procedure to boost the immune system. Surgery also causes inflammation, a normal bodily response; however, inflammation control is absolutely necessary for a successful recovery. 


Other areas genetic testing can help with:

FOUNDATION / METHYLATION

·     Mood or Sleep Problems

·     Issues with Fatigue

·     Neurological Symptoms

·     Immune Challenges

·     Detoxification Weakness

·     MTHFR, MTRR, FOLR


GASTROINTESTINAL (GI)

·     IBS

·     Chronic Constipation

·     Chronic Diarrhea

·     Intermittent Intestinal Pain

·     Mast Cell Disorder

·     Chronic Reflux

·     Recurrent Intestinal Infections

·     Numerous Food Allergies


MEN’S HEALTH

·     Fatigue / Sleep Problems

·     Weight Gain

·     Low Sex Drive

·     Male Pattern Baldness

·     Abnormal Breast Enlargement

·     Testicular Atrophy

·     High Blood Pressure

·     Loss of Strength

·     Currently taking Testosterone Supplementation

NEUROLOGICAL / PSYCH

·     Adult ADD / ADHD

·     Headaches / Migraine / Cluster

·     Seizure Disorders

·     Vertigo / Dizziness

·     Bi-Polar

·     Neuropathies / Neuralgias

·     Schizophrenia / Psychosis

·     Parkinson’s / Gait Disorders

·     Alzheimer’s/ Dementia/ Memory Loss

·     Anxiety Disorders / Depression


CHRONIC PAIN

·     Arthritis / Joint Pain

·     Headaches / Migraines

·     Inflammatory Bowel Disease

·     Felling of Pins / Needles

·     Fibromyalgia

·     Back Spasms

·     Stomach Pain

·     Unexplained Pain

AUTO-IMMUNE / INFLAMMATORY

·     Asthma

·     Chronic Infections

·     Eczema / Psoriasis

·     Any Auto-Immune Disease

·     Rheumatoid Arthritis

·     Lupus

·     Sjogren’s

·     Inflammatory Bowel Disease

·     Chronic Dry Eyes

·     Hashimoto’s

·     Chronic Fatigue

·     Immune Weakness


WOMEN’S HEALTH

·     Irregular Menstrual Cycles

·     Weight Gain

·     History of Cystic Ovaries (PCOS)

·     Hair Loss

·     Recurring Breast Tenderness

·     Fibrocystic Breast

·     Excess Facial or Body Hair

·     Post-Menopausal Hormone Replacement

·     Family History of Infertility or Miscarriage

·     Family history of Breast / Ovarian or Endometrial Cancer

·     Family History of Hypothyroidism

·     Family History of Obesity

·     Family History of Diabetes

·     Family History of Pre-eclampsia