What is a genetic medications test?

myDNA’s Medication test is a Pharmacogenomics (PGx) test that helps identify which medications are most suited to an individual. The test results are presented in a report for your healthcare professional to consider when deciding between your medication choices.

PGx is the study of how genetic factors influence the way a person responds to medications. PGx combines the study of pharmacology (study of how drugs work in the body) and genomics (study of genes and their functions). PGx is now being used to help doctors select safe and effective medications for their patients based on their unique genetic makeup.

There are certain genes which contain instructions to build proteins called enzymes. These enzymes are involved in breaking down many medications in the body, primarily in the liver. People have different versions of these genes which produce enzymes with varying levels of activity (e.g. slow, normal or fast). As a result, people can vary in how slow or fast they break down and clear medications from their body, and this can influence how well a medicine works or the risk of side effects for that individual.

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How it works

Consult your GP
Cheek swab in the comfort and privacy of your home
Personalised medication plan sent securely to your GP
Your GP selects and adjusts medications as required

Why personalise your medications?

Tailor your medications to your genes

Medications are usually prescribed at standard doses that may work for some people, but not others. The DNA Medication test analyses your DNA and provides your doctor with useful information to help tailor your medication(s) to maximise benefit and minimise side effects. Your doctor uses this information in conjunction with other health and lifestyle factors that may affect your body’s response to medication. Your DNA doesn’t change over time, meaning your DNA Medication report will have life long relevance.

Get personalised recommendations

Prescription recommendations for your doctor, based on your specific results. Your insights are delivered directly to your healthcare professional for them to review your results before providing their recommendations.

Results have a lifetime relevance

The genes we analyse won’t change throughout your lifetime. This means we can help personalise both existing and future prescriptions.

Standard mental health treatment is inadequate for two thirds

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50% of Australians have experienced a mental health issue in their lifetime
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Two thirds believe their mental health treatment could be improved
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One fifth believe they are not on the right drug or dose

Reduce trial-and-error and personalise your prescription

A myDNA PGx test will provide information on a range of commonly prescribed medications and indicate to your doctor whether there is anything additional they should be aware of when prescribing them.

If you wish to clarify which medications are covered by each test, or have any other questions please contact us.

Mental Health

Your Personalised Mental Health Medication Report provides you and your doctor with useful information on how your body processes certain antidepressants, antipsychotics and more. This may influence future prescribing choices.

Gastrointestinal

Don’t get burned by reflux. Your Personalised Gastrointestinal Medication Report provides you and your doctor with useful information on how your body processes certain reflux medications and more.

Cardiovascular

Discover how your body is likely to respond to selected prescription medications. Your Personalised Cardiovascular Medication Report provides you and your doctor with useful information on how your body processes certain cholesterol-lowering medications, beta blockers and other heart medications. This information may keep you healthy by ensuring your medication is working as intended.

Pain

Having to take medication for pain is no laughing matter. Find out if your pain medication is right for you. Your Personalised Pain Medication Report provides you and your doctor with useful information on how your body processes certain anti-inflammatories, opioids and other medications. This information may help you discover the most appropriate pain medication, at the right dose therefore minimising side effects.

Test multiple medications or a single category

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Multiple Medication Categories

$149.00

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Select One Medication Category

$99.00

Your data under lock and key

Privacy

Your DNA sample and data remain your property, are stored on secure encrypted services, can be destroyed anytime at your request, and will never be shared without your consent.

Genetic Rights

Our analysis is limited to the DNA markers we report on. Your results won’t include diseases, can’t be used to identify you, nor will they have any bearing towards insurance policies.

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