Health and Therapy for Women has partnered with Genomind to offer pharmacogenetic testing as an option to aid in medication selection, helping to minimize the trial and error in finding what will work most efficiently and effectively for a client's mental health needs. Genomind reports provide and assist our practice with additional information to formulate decisions, reducing the often painful process of trial and error during treatment applications.
Pharmacogenetics (PGx) is the effect genetics play on the reaction and breakdown of medications. An individual's genetic makeup, or genotype, is their inherited DNA code, serving as the building blocks of the body. Each genotype can affect responses to certain drugs, and/or influence negative side effects or adverse drug reactions. The use of pharmacogenetics helps identify which medications may work more effectively. Additionally, determine a client's tolerance, optimum dosage levels and risks of potential side effects.
Many people become frustrated at the lack of response to first-line medications used to treat mental health concerns. Testing can provide guidance in which medications may work better for an individual's body, as well as which medications to avoid due to high risk of adverse effects. Genotype testing narrows down the window of options so that prescibers can have a better chance of success. Testing is recommended when a client has experienced failed medication treatment(s) for any mental health condition, or if they desire a better understanding of their body's reaction to psychotropic medications. Genetic compositions do not change - so the results are valid for the duration of a client's life. Results can be shared with other healthcare providers as well, as they do not pertain exclusively to psychiatric medications and can be used to guide medical decision-making for many different categories of medications.
Testing samples are obtained in-person at our office. Our staff will obtain a small buccal (inner cheek) tissue sample. This procedure takes under 2 minutes, sample is obtained using a medical cotton swab, and is painless. Samples are then securely sent to the Genomind lab for processing and testing. Once the lab receives the sample, results are back in 3-5 business days. Test results are confidentially provided to our office for review, consultation and pharmacological prescribing as warranted.
The coverage for the genetic testing varies by insurance, and all billing for the tests are coordinated directly through Genomind and a client's insurance carrier. Our office will assist clients with contacting Genomind so all financial questions and concerns are clarified prior to testing.
Genomind offers state-of-the-art lab tests for a curated panel of 24 genes used to inform treatment for many psychiatric conditions.
To get a Genomind genetic test as a new client or if you are already a client at Health and Therapy for Women and would like to get started as part of treatment, follow the link to the APPOINTMENT page for scheduling options.