What is pharmacogenomics?
Pharmacogenomics (also called pharmacogenetics or PGx) is the study of how your genes affect your body's response to medication. Your genes play a direct role in how your body metabolizes medications, including psychiatric medications like antidepressants.
Your genes play a direct role in how your body metabolizes medications, including psychiatric medications used to treat depression and anxiety like antidepressants.Free quiz to see if you can benefit
How genetic testing improves care
All members get a saliva-based genetic test during their first month of care because it leads to better outcomes for people with depression and anxiety.
Avoid inappropriate medications
DNA testing highlights some of the medications that may cause bad reactions. Doctors use this to make a more informed prescription.
Fewer drug side effects
DNA testing reduces the risk of adverse drug reactions like weight gain, nausea and loss of libido.
Genetic testing can help if you have:
Experienced strong medication side effects before
Expect fewer side effects when genetics informs your care.
Tried mental health treatment without success
There's still hope! Your genetics can help you find a better treatment plan.
Thought about taking medication for your mental health
Move forward with confidence knowing you and your provider can make more informed medication decisions.
How genetic testing works
Receive your test in the mail
After completing your intake, receive a saliva-based genetic testing kit as part of your welcome box.
Collect and send your sample
Collect a swab sample and ship it to our lab for processing. Your report will be ready in 5 to 10 business days.
Get DNA-informed medication
Review your results with your doctor and build a treatment plan personalized to your body.
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Why Prairie Health uses pharmacogenomic testing
The evidence for using genetic testing in mental healthcare is clear and growing. Learn more about why pharmacogenomics is used and the research behind it.
The genes examined in Prairie's genetic tests
Spoiler alert: these genes all relate to how your body processes and responds to medication, rather than any genes related to family history or health conditions.