Your unique genetic makeup can have significant impact on your body’s ability to process and benefit from specific medications and supplements. With some drugs, a patient’s genotype (genetic structure) can impact medication outcomes by up to 90 percent.
At Kaizen, if drug or supplement treatment is indicated, our neurologist can perform a simple genetic test to gain insight into which drug treatments may help a patient—and which may cause harm. DNA testing allows our specialists to design a personalized plan for medication management, prescribing treatments that will provide the most benefit with the lowest risk of side effects.
Pharmacogenomics is the study of the way an individual’s genetic makeup determines his or her response to drugs. This growing field of science combines evidence-based knowledge of pharmacology (the science of how drugs work) and genetics (the science of the human genome).
How It Works
For drugs to take effect, they must be activated by proteins that speed up chemical reactions in the body. Inherited variations in those proteins influence how quickly a specific drug is changed to an active form and how quickly it is deactivated. Slower activation can make a treatment less effective, and slow deactivation may lead to more sever side effects.
Based on the science of pharmacogenomics, Kaizen’s Personalized Medication Management plan provides several benefits:
- Increased efficiency – Specialists can identify appropriate medications and dosages more quickly.
- Increased safety – Specialists can identify patients at risk of severe drug reactions.
- Reduced health care costs – Faster, more accurate identification of effective medications help patients avoid a long and costly trial-and-error