What Is It?
The Pharmacogenetic Test uses the genetic analysis of a person to ensure that his or her nutrition habits and medication are optimal. This test is performed by a simple saliva sample collected at home. Personalized recommendations are sent to the individual and allow him or her and their health professional to put into place a customized action plan that is beneficial for better health management.
Who is the Pharmacogenetic Test for?
For people who want to take control of their health and benefit from personalized medicine. For those who want to optimize their eating habits and / or get the right medication at the right dose according to their genetic profile.
The ADHD Profile helps direct treatment following a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder with or without hyperactivity. This test identifies drugs that can cause unwanted side effects or that are potentially ineffective. This avoids the trial-and-error process and optimizes proper treatment more efficiently.
The Cardio Profile makes it possible to orient the treatment for a cardiac condition *. This test identifies drugs that can cause unwanted side effects or that are potentially ineffective. Therefore, the individual can focus on the drugs that are safe and have a better chance of functioning.
* Acenocoumarol (Sintrom®), Carvedilo,l Clopidogrel (Plavix), Flecainide (TAMBOCOR), Metoprolol (LOPRESOR®), Propafenone (Rythmol®), Simvastatine (ZOCOR ®), Warfarine (COUMADIN®)
The Cancer Profile makes it possible to orient the treatment for a diagnosis of cancer *. This test identifies drugs that can cause unwanted side effects or that are potentially ineffective. Therefore, the individual can focus on the drugs that are safe and have a better chance of functioning.
* Fluorouracil (5-FU), Azathioprine (Imuran®), Capecitabine (XELODA®), Cisplatine, Mercaptopurine (PURINETHOL®), Oxycodone (OxyNEO®, Oxy.IR®), Tacrolimus (ADVAGRAF®), Tamoxifen (NOLVADEX®), Thioguanine (LANVIS®)
The Pain Profile makes it possible to direct the treatment for a condition where there is pain. This test identifies drugs that can cause unwanted side effects or that are potentially ineffective. Therefore, the individual can focus on the drugs that are safe and have a better chance of functioning.
* Amitriptyline (Elavil®), Celecoxib (CELEBREX®), Codeine, Flurbiprofen, Desipramine, Imipramine, Nortriptyline, (Aventyl®), Omeprazole (LOSEC®), Oxycodone (OxyNEO®, Oxy.IR®), Tramadol (RALIVIA®, DURELA®), Venlafaxine (EFFEXOR XR®)
The Depression/Anxiety Profile makes it possible to orient the treatment for a condition treated by pharmacotherapy *. This test identifies drugs that can cause unwanted side effects or that are potentially ineffective. Therefore, the individual can focus on the drugs that are safe and have a better chance of functioning.
* Antidepressants SSRIs: Citalopram (CELEXA®), Escitalopram (CIPRALEX®) Fluoxetine (PROZAC®), Fluvoxamine (LUVOX®), Paroxetine (PAXIL®), Sertraline (ZOLOFT®) | Tricyclic antidepressants: Amitriptyline (ELAVIL®), Clomipramine (ANAFRANIL®) Desipramine, Doxepin (SILENOR®, SINEQUAN®), Imipramine, Nortriptyline (AVENTYL®), Trimipramine | Antidepressants (other): Duloxetine (CYMBALTA®), Mirtazapine (REMERON®) Venlafaxine (Effexor XR ®), Vortioxetine (TRINTELLIX®) | Anxiolytics and anticonvulsants: Clobazam (FRISIUM®) Diazepam (DIASTAT®, VALIUM®) | Antipsychotics: Aripiprazole (Abilify®), Perphenazine, Haloperidol, Pimozide (Orap®), Risperidone (RISPERDAL®), Zuclopenthixol (Clopixol®) | Other: Atomoxetine (STRATTERA®), Galantamine (Reminyl ER®), Phenytoin (Dilantin), Tetrabenazine (NITOMAN®)
The Nutrition Profile establishes a personalized diet to improve health and meet the unique needs of each individual and thus avoids the development of chronic diseases. Ten (10) nutritional elements * are tested.
* Glycemic loads, caffeine, folate, gluten, saturated fat, lactose, omega 3, sodium, vitamin C and D
What is the process?
1. A kit will be mailed to you within 48 to 72 hours. It is important to follow the instructions carefully.
2. A small amount of saliva is required. Make sure to fast (no food or drink) 30 minutes in advance
3. Follow the instructions for sending. The sample is sent by post
4. The kit information must be entered on our website.
5. A few weeks later, the results are sent by email in PDF format.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it necessary to have a prescription for this test?
No. It is not mandatory to have a prescription to perform a Pharmacogenetic Test.
For how long are my results accurate?
Your results are good for life. Since your genetic code does not change, whether you are tested at age 14 or at age 70, the results will be the same. However, science is evolving and it is likely that the information in your report will change over time.
Is the Pharmacogenetic Test testing for disease?
No. These tests are not diagnostic analyses and do not predict disease or condition.
The way you eat can contribute to the development of certain diseases. If you follow the recommendations of your personalized Nutrition Plan, you will reduce your risk of developing diseases due to sub-optimal diet. Toxicity associated with certain drugs is another contributing factor in the development of certain diseases. The pharmacogenetic test is used to predict how your body will react to taking medication according to your genetic code. However, the pharmacogenetic test will give no indication as to your current or potential need for medication.
Are the results of your tests guaranteed?
Our analyses are validated and reliable at 99% accuracy.
That said, recommendations based on the results of our tests can not completely eliminate the possibility that your body may not react well to certain nutrients or medications. On the other hand, if you follow the recommendations of your Nutrition Plan, you will reduce your risk of developing a disease in relation to a suboptimal diet. If you follow the recommendations of your Pharmacogenetic Test, you will reduce the risk of unwanted side effects from taking medication and increase your chances of getting treatment that works.
How does a Pharmacogenetic Test work?
When taking a drug, the enzymes in our body transform it to facilitate its elimination by the body. Their level of activity may be different from one individual to another, leading to variability in the response to a drug. It is for this reason that the same drug, taken at the same dose, can have very different effects in different individuals: being very effective for one, but creating significant side effects in the other.
DNA is the source of the creation of all the proteins that make up our bodies, including enzymes for drug transformation. By reading and understanding the DNA regions that are used to make these enzymes, it is possible to predict the level of activity of these enzymes. With a sample of saliva that includes DNA, it is possible to predict with certainty how the body will respond to a drug and thus to understand whether it is likely that a person will be prone to its side effects or have a suboptimal response after taking a medication.
Do I have to share my results with a doctor?
While we strongly encourage our clients to share their results with a healthcare professional, you do not have to share your results with anyone. Please note that your Pharmacogenetic Test report will not contain any specific recommendations regarding the change in dosage or the choice of a medication as this is the decision of a physician or pharmacist.