Pharmacogenetic Test: iGenes Test

Everyone has unique, complex genetic characteristics. Because of these genetic differences, two people can take the same dose of the same drug, but respond in very different ways. For example, the drug might work very well for one person, but not at all for another. Or the drug might cause severe side effects for one person, but not for the others.

iGenes is a DNA test that identifies how your unique genetic profile may impact your body’s response to certain medications. The test looks at the genes responsible for processing medications, and the results can help your doctor decide which medication and doses may work best for you. In addition, the iGenes results will help you avoid medications which may potentially cause severe reactions to you. This personalized approach helps your doctor avoid the trial and error approach to medication and allows you to get on the right medication at the right dose and get you on the path to well sooner. The iGenes test is performed with a painless buccal cell sample done by your doctor. The swabs are then sent to our genetic testing laboratory to determine characteristics of your unique drug-processing genes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends pharmacogenetics tests for more than 130 drugs before prescribing them to patients. The details could be found in the following website:

iGenes test is currently available for the following drug categories:

  • – Drugs for Cardiovascular Diseases
  • – Drugs for Psychiatric illnesses
  • – Pain Killers
  • – Hypersensitivity (Allergy) Causing Drugs
  • – Drugs for Diabetes Mellitus
  • – Drugs for Pediatric Disorders
  • – Commonly Prescribed Drugs