Find the right medication for your child, sooner.
When your child is suffering from a medical condition, you need to find an effective treatment, quickly. But getting the results your child needs can be a lengthy process, since his or her healthcare provider may need to prescribe different medications to find the one that works best.
Now there is a way to use your child’s genetic information to predict how he or she might respond to certain medications before taking them. This can help reduce the time it takes to find an effective medication, and help your child feel better, sooner.
How does the Informed PGx™ test work?
Just as our genes influence our eye color and our height, they also influence our response to many commonly prescribed medications. By looking at specific genes, it is possible to predict the body’s ability to metabolize and/or respond to certain medications. The Informed PGx™ test can allow your child’s healthcare provider to:
- Focus on medications that your child can metabolize more effectively
- Rule out medications that may result in an adverse reaction
- Adjust your child's dose to achieve the optimal therapeutic level
How is the test performed?
Using a blood sample, mouthwash sample or cheek swab, your child's DNA will be extracted and tested to determine his or her personal genetic profile.
What types of medications can be tested?
Currently, Informed PGx can report on many medications used to treat depression and ADHD.
What will the results tell us?
Informed PGx provides you and your healthcare provider with results about key genes that influence the body’s ability to metabolize medications. This information is then used to organize the tested medications into one of three categories:
For certain medications, the report can help your healthcare provider determine whether your child may benefit from a higher or lower dose, based on his or her unique genetic response.
Although this test can help rule out medications that may cause problems for your child, and aid your provider in determining the optimal dose, it doesn’t guarantee that a medication will be effective for your child. All medications have side effects. Your child may still experience side effects or adverse reactions to medication, regardless of genetic testing results.
Ask your healthcare provider if Informed PGx is right for you.