Are your drugs not working? Five ways Pillcheck DNA drug response testing helpsLou Carsley
Are your prescription drugs not working for you at all? Medications are not ‘one-size-fits-all’. It’s important to know how prescription drugs work with your body. Knowing which ones are safe and effective for you – and which drugs do not work for you (or are likely to cause side effects) can be critical. It might even save your life.
Enter Pillcheck and pharmacogenetics. Commonly referred to as PGx, it’s the science of using simple DNA testing to determine which medications work best for you. Those same kinds of DNA tests that help you find lost relatives are now opening the door to personalized healthcare.
Pillcheck is a test that assesses your DNA to find the optimal medications for you. Armed with this information, your physician can prescribe the right drugs the first time, eliminating trial-and-error prescriptions, so you feel better sooner. It can also help reduce unwelcome side-effects.
There are many good reasons to get your DNA tested for drug compatibility using Pillcheck. Here are the top 5:
5. Testing covers the most commonly prescribed medications
Whether you suffer from a cardiac or gastrointestinal condition, live with chronic pain or mental health issues, or battle cancer, Pillcheck’s DNA test covers over 70% (and growing) of the most commonly prescribed medications across many treatment areas.
Chances are, you’ll need at least one of these drugs in your lifetime. You and your physician can be informed – and prepared – to make the best prescribing decisions for your body based on your inherited drug metabolism.
Other DNA tests can be quite narrow and don’t cover a broad spectrum of meds.
Check to see if the drug you take is in the Pillcheck report.
4. Pharmacist Recommendations
A licensed pharmacist specially trained in pharmacogenetics analyzes your genetic test results. The pharmacist advises on specific and personalized drug recommendations to create an action plan for you if you need it. Insights are based on your genetic makeup and medication history. The pharmacist summarizes your report and provides an expert opinion on what medications will work best for you, and at what dosage.
Take your personalized “Pharmacist Opinion Letter” to your physician, who can refer to it to prescribe the optimal medications for your DNA.
Clients receive support even after the test is complete. A nation-wide network of pharmacists is available to answer your prescriber’s questions at any time.
3. Optimize Your Medications
Your genes determine how you will respond to certain medications.
Ninety-five percent of people have at least one genetic variation that can impact drug response, which means we virtually all respond to medications differently.
For instance, you might be a slow or ultra-fast metabolizer. That means you process medications at a different rate than others. Processing time can cause unwanted side-effects or even total drug ineffectiveness.
In a recent study, Pillcheck clients had their prescriptions modified 75% of the time, based on DNA test results. The DNA test ensures effective remedies and peace of mind, knowing that treatment is optimized for the right drug at the right dose.
2. Feel Better Faster
When you’re not prescribed the right meds the first time, it’s a long cycle of discomfort while you figure out that the drugs aren’t effective. Switching prescriptions often requires tapering off the first drug, then starting all over again with an alternate – wasting precious time not getting better.
Pillcheck starts you on the medications that are right for you from the beginning of treatment. By avoiding the trial-and-error cycle of multiple drugs not working for you – you can start feeling well sooner.
1. Lifetime Value
Your DNA stays the same over time, so your Pillcheck test results will remain accurate and can be used for life! In addition, Pillcheck is continually updating its database of medications and clinical guidelines, so you get the benefit of new information over your lifetime.
Access your report from your secure account at any time – today, tomorrow, or years from now.
Avoid the problem of drugs not working. Make sure your prescriptions are the right ones for you, so you feel better, sooner.