Pharmacogenetic or drug-gene testing uses laboratory results from a specialized genetic test to personalize medication and other therapies. Research has shown that when genetic factors inform the prescribing process, patient outcomes improve.
Your behavioral health provider may use pharmacogenetic testing to determine:
- which medicines may be the most effective for you.
- which dose may specifically work the best for you.
- if you are in any danger or side effects from a particular medication.
Pharmacogenetic testing is done through a blood or saliva sample. This testing does not work for all medications so it may not always be ordered by your provider.