What is Genetic Testing?
Genetic testing is the evaluation of DNA found in blood, urine, or oral fluid. Physicians use genotyping to determine whether a patient will have an adverse effect from the prescribed medication used to manage pain. This helps healthcare providers improve medical therapy by eliminating pharmaceuticals that may not be effective.
Genetic Testing Uses in Pain Management
When prescribing pain medications, physicians monitor the speed and efficiency of the patient’s metabolism. If they metabolize the medication slowly, the patient may experience less pain relief and more side effects. Based on the results, the physician may need to adjust the recommended dosage for the patient.
Why use Genetic Testing?
- Patient treatment plan adjustments
- Monitor non-prescription medication use
- Medication safety
- Drug abuse testing
- Medicinal diversion
- Pain medicine compliance
Types of Genetic Testing
- Urine testing
- Oral Fluid testing
- Blood testing