It’s no surprise that people respond to drugs differently. A medication that brings relief to some people, can have little or no effect on someone else. In fact, some commonly prescribed pain relievers don’t work for 20% of the population. There are some people where they work too well.
About 75% of prescription and over-the-counter drugs depend on liver enzymes to absorb and eliminate them from the body, but there are the variations in the genes that regulate this enzymes are common. Research shows 95% of people have at least one gene variation. These variations often run in families or ethnic groups, but alcohol, smoking and dietary supplements can also play a role.
The good news is that are now tests you can do that can help predict which medications will work best for you. These test look at your genetics and depending on the variations in your genes, can determine how fast or how slow you will metabolize certain medications.
HOW TO BE TESTED
The test is done with a simple cheek swab and experts say that this type of genetic testing could help avoid some of the 700,000 serious drug reactions in the US each year. It would also reduce some of the trial and error patients have to go through in getting the right drug and the right dose.
After taking the cheek swab, the YouScript software created by Genelex Corp analyzes the sample to see how multiple medications, over-the-counter medications and supplements react with each other and with your DNA. You only need to take the test once in your life as your results won’t change and it offers a more personalized approach to medications.
So far, only 20% of the doctors in the US order such tests, but at Leibman Gynecology and Associates, this service is something we offer with our Concierge Program.