According to Health Canada, each year, upwards of 32,000 adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are reported. Surprisingly, this only represents approximately 5% of all cases of adverse drug reactions experienced by Canadians every year.
These reactions are unwanted and can be harmful following the administration of a medication or a combination of medications. An ADR will usually require the medication to be discontinued or the dose reduced. Adverse drug reactions can range from moderate to severe; moderate reactions include skin irritation and nausea, to serious reactions like bleeding, trouble breathing and even hospitalization.
Pharmacogenetics can help address which medications and which combinations of medications may cause adverse drug reactions. Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs; it combines pharmacology (the study of the body’s reactions to medications) and genomics (the study of genes and their function). This technology enables effective and safe medication options which are specific to an individual’s unique genes. Pharmacogenetics gives us the promise of significantly lowering the number of adverse drug reactions in Canada.
TreatGxplus is a pharmacogenetic test offered by LifeLabs Genetics, that identifies genetic variants in DNA that are associated with drug response. What’s unique about this test is that it includes access to an innovative online tool which combines your pharmacogenetic results with your personal health information. By inputting information about which medications you are currently taking and other factors such as age, weight and kidney function, the tool will generate safe, effective and personalized medication options ready for discussion with a qualified healthcare provider.
TreatGxplus can be ordered online, and the kit includes a simple cheek swab which is used to collect your DNA from the comfort and convenience of your home. You then simply mail the kit with your sample back to LifeLabs Genetics. Our trained professionals at LifeLabs Genetics will extract your DNA and determine if you have any genetic variants that may affect how you respond to medications.
Visit www.lifelabsgenetics.com to find out more about TreatGxplus and the assortment of genetic laboratory testing LifeLabs Genetics offers. You can also contact us at 1-84-GENEHELP (1-844-363-4357) or Ask.Genetics@lifelabs.com to connect and learn more about TreatGxplus and pharmacogenetic testing.