Genetic Testing

No drug delivers a “one size fits all” promise. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person’s genetic make-up determines his or her response to pharmaceutical drugs.

Genetic variations affect the metabolism of psychotropic drugs, potentially delaying their effectiveness or causing unwanted side effects. A doctor armed with genetic information can better assess the benefits and risks of introducing a medicine into a patient’s treatment.

Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing Options

At the Integrative Center for Wellness, we offer two forms of genetic testing, which analyze two types of genes:

  • Pharmacokinetic genes — those that indicate how the body will metabolize drugs
  • Pharmacodynamics genes — those that indicate how certain drugs will affect the body biochemically and physiologically

Both tests are simple, quick, conducted in-office, and entirely voluntary. Neither involves needles or the use of cumbersome equipment, and results are generally available within a few days. The tests are reimbursed by many insurance providers and can also be covered through patient assistance plans.

Created by Genomind, the Genecept Assay is a saliva-based test that provides a proprietary panel of ten biomarkers and an analytic report.  93% of participating clinicians indicate the report increased their confidence in treatment decisions.

From AssureRx Health, the GeneSightRx utilizes a cotton cheek swab. Their CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory returns a report detailing the patient’s genetic variants, the most commonly prescribed medications and corresponding color-coded cautionary levels depending on the patient’s genes, and a drug interaction table indicating potential conflicting substances.

Hear from Dr. Ahmad about the benefits of genetic testing