Are you taking multiple medications, or have had unexpected reactions to medication? Pharmacogenomics can help. The role of genetics and drug metabolism is changing the way medications are prescribed. Consulting a genetic nurse can help you understand the how and why of Pharmacogenomics.
Education about what the testing can do and its limitations may help unravel the correlation between pharmacology (the study of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to provide you with a personalized roadmap for health. Doesn’t it make sense that each human would react differently to different health treatment plans? At Med City Nurse, I believe that there’s no cookie cutter approach an illness or diagnosis. What works for your neighbor may not work for you. Understanding the role genetics play can be helpful in predicting how a drug may affect you and help prevent adverse reactions. Pharmacogenomic testing may reveal alternative drugs, or changes in dosages that may help. This tailored approach means less “trial and error” in prescribing drugs which may result in fewer symptoms, helping pain relief (which aids in healing), and preventing opioid addictions.
Even if you are healthy and have no known health issues, preemptive pharmacogenomic testing can be helpful for forming a preventative care plan, and assist you in making an informed decision for the future.