Increase your chances of treatment success with GeneSight, a fast, easy genetic test that suggests medication based on your unique DNA. Learn about this innovative LifeStance Health psychiatric benefit here:
What is a GeneSight test?
GeneSight Psychotropic is a pharmacogenomic test that analyzes genetic variations in your DNA. The results of the test inform your doctor about how your particular genes may impact how you metabolize or respond to certain medications.
Why consider this test for medication management?
While your doctor is the best resource to help you decide if a genetic test is right for you, you may be an excellent candidate if:
- You tried and failed one or more medications
- You’re on multiple medications for physical concerns
- You’re elderly or have liver damage
- You’re very sensitive to medications
- To see if you have a gene type that requires supplements
What factors can influence my response to medication?
Numerous factors can determine which medication will be successful, including:
- Drug Interactions– a drug/drug interaction could potentially occur when taking multiple medications at the same time. One medication may impact how your body metabolizes another medication.
- Food Interactions– what you eat could impact how well you metabolize certain medications. Some examples of foods that can interact with medications are grapefruit juice, caffeine, protein-rich foods or high-fat meals.
- Lifestyle Factors– smoking and other lifestyle factors can contribute to how your body metabolizes certain medications. For example, tobacco smoke “induces many of the CYP450 enzymes in the liver, which play an important role in medication absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination,” according to an article in Pharmacy Times.
- Age– Your age is another factor that may impact outcomes. As you get older, body changes can affect the way medicines are absorbed and used.
- Allergies– Allergic reactions to medication is another factor for your doctor to consider. A drug allergy may cause serious reactions, including a life-threatening condition that affects multiple body systems. A drug allergy is not the same as a drug side effect, which are known possible reactions listed on a drug label.
What does the report include?
The report analyzes your genetic information and provides feedback on what medication should be used as directed and what could potentially cause side effects and/or yield less than desirable results. See a sample report here.
How does the test work?
The test is an easy cheek swab that can be conducted during your appointment or as a walk-in. We recommend no food or water for an hour prior to the test. Once complete, your provider will review your results at your follow-up appointment. In the event your sample can’t be used, you may have the option of having a re-test kit sent to your home.
How much does it cost?
The test is generally covered by insurance. LifeStance Health’s benefits team can verify your coverage prior to taking the test.
How do I get started?
This test is for current LifeStance Health clients and requires a doctor recommendation. To discuss genetic testing and treatment options, contact LifeStance Health today.