Finding the right medication can be more involved than just a diagnosis. An individual’s genetic makeup can also play a role. Genetic testing for medications (also known as pharmacogenetic testing) can provide insights into helping healthcare providers make informed choices when prescribing medications for certain conditions such as
- Depression and anxiety
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- High cholesterol
- Pain management
- Many others – contact us with questions.
Genetic Testing For Medications at Chicago Genetic Consultants
Pharmacogenetic testing is not appropriate for all medications, but speaking with a genetic counselor can help you determine whether you may be a candidate for this testing.
Here’s how it works:
- We’ll have an initial consultation via phone or video to discuss the different types of pharmacogenetic testing available and some of the medications for which the results can be used.
- You’ll submit a blood or saliva sample using a test kit we’ll have mailed to you.
- We’ll have a follow up consultation via phone or video. We’ll walk through your results and make recommendations for you.
Overall the process takes 1-2 weeks.
Insurance and Payment
Most insurers cover genetic testing for the purpose of carrier screening. We’ll review those with you at your initial consultation. If you’d prefer to self-pay, the laboratories accept credit cards, and the cost for the testing is as low as $250.
We also connect individuals and families with patient advocacy groups. It often helps to speak to other people who are dealing with many of the same difficult issues and decisions you may encounter.