Pharmacogenetics, also called pharmacogenomics, is the study of how genes affect the body’s response to certain medicines. Your genes can also affect how safe and effective a particular drug could be for you.
Genes can be the reason the same medicine at the same dose will affect people in very different ways. Genes may also be the reason some people have bad side effects to a medicine, while others have none. Pharmacogenetic testing looks at specific genes to help figure out the types of medicines and dosages that may be right for you.
Pharmacogenetic testing may be used to:
● Find out whether a certain medicine could be effective for you
● Find out what the best dosage might be for you
● Predict whether you will have a serious side effect from a medicine