The administration and consumption of medication to improve the quality of the human life has been practiced for as long as we can remember. As we've evolved, humanity has created, tested, and retested countless medications for this specific purpose. Over time we have become more able to develop and prescribe some of the most effective types of drugs and their dosages, However, in most cases there is usually still some uncertainty involved. To bridge the gap of uncertainty, the study of genetics plays a strong role in defining how different drugs affect us on a unique and individual level with precision accuracy.
Our genetics testing lab is located at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Your testing kit, which includes free, pre-paid shipping, will be shipped to our lab for processing upon performing the mouth swab test. This process can take as little as 2 weeks to run your sample and have your results distributed to yourself and your provider by mail. Once you have your results, you and your doctor can determine whether your current medication regimen is the best option for you. Many times, patients are able to cut down on the quantity of meds needed to treat their conditions, as this test informs which medications are most suitable based on unique DNA makeup.
The trial and error process that comes with testing a new medication can cause wasted time and can potentially damage the body and mind. Often times patients are prescribed certain medications that are thought to be the best estimate for resolving the symptoms of their diagnosis. Pharmacogenetics testing can help you bypass the guessing game of trying different drugs and lead you to the most effective ones, all based on your specific DNA makeup. This test is especially helpful in the field of psychiatry for patients who rely on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and mood stabilizers.