The secret as to why some medications work better than others may be buried in your genes. A company named Genomas has created a simple test that can help determine which drugs may be more efficacious for each individual patient.
A patient's DNA can offer predictive information that could prove helpful when considering which medication to administer for treatment of certain diseases and ailments. The test, known as the HILOmet PhyzioType System, examines a patient's DNA and looks for specific enzyme levels. These levels are essential in the metabolism of many commonly used medications. If a patient is deficient in any one of these enzymes, the patient may not be able to breakdown a specific compound resulting in a reduction of the medications efficacy and/or could actually increase the risk for adverse reactions and side effects. Indeed, studies have proven that certain nationalities are statistically deficient in one or more of these enzymes.