What is Pharmacogentic Testing?
Have you or someone you know ever tried a medication that didn’t work as hoped or that had unwanted side effects? One reason this can happen is that your individual genetic makeup can affect how you respond to medications. Because everyone has a unique genetic makeup, two people may have very different responses to the same medication. Therefore, pharmacogenetic testing helps take some of the guess work out of choosing the right medication for you.
Pharmacogenetic testing examines specific genetic markers in your DNA that can identify treatment options that are either more likely to work as intended, less likely to work as intended, or that have a greater potential to cause unwanted side effects. It can also help determine the most effective dose of medication.
If you’re considering medication for the first time and want to find the most effective medication faster, or if you have tried medications in the past and had bad experiences with them, then pharmacogenetic testing is right for you.
Pharmacogenetic testing can help guide treatment options for a range of mental health conditions including but not limited to:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain
- Substance abuse
Can I Benefit from Pharmacogenetic Testing?
At Stepwell Mental Health & Wellness, our psychiatric specialists can use the results of a pharmacogenetic report to help you feel better, faster. The Genecept Assay® looks at the key genes in your body’s DNA that affect how you may respond to medication. This can help us understand if a medication is likely to work for you before you even try it. With this information, along with your medical history, we can find truly individualized treatment options and help to minimize overall healthcare expenditures so you can find a path of relief and healing.
How Does it Work?
Pharmacogenetic testing is simple and non-invasive. The test requires a simple cheek swab collected at your next appointment in our safe, confidential environment. There is no need to visit a lab as our medication management specialists are trained to collect and receive the Genecept Assay® through our partner, Genomind.
What Does it Cost?
Stepwell Mental Health and Wellness does not charge for pharmacogenetic testing. Payment, if required, is made directly to Genomind. The patient payment for this test can range from $0 – $300, depending on your insurance coverage. We will do everything possible to assist you in having this test covered by your insurance company. However, if you do not have insurance or they will not pay, we can help you apply for Genomind’s Patient Assistance Plan.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to learn more about pharmacogenetic testing or whether it’s right for you, contact our office at 720-577-5819 or schedule a free 15-minute consultation with a psychiatric specialist using our secure client portal.