Pharmacogenomics Testing

Suburban Behavioral Health Services

Board Certified Psychiatrists & Behavioral Counselors located in Oak Brook Terrace, IL

When struggling with a mental illness, medication is often prescribed to help alleviate symptoms. Unfortunately, no single psychiatric medication works for all patients, and it may even cause adverse side effects. To help their patients get the right medications to support their mental wellness, board-certified psychiatrist Mazhar Golewale, MD, and the experienced team of therapists at Suburban Behavioral Health Services offers pharmacogenomics testing. To learn more about pharmacogenomics testing and how it can help you get relief from your symptoms, call the office in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, or book an appointment online today.

Pharmacogenomics Testing Q & A

What is pharmacogenomics testing?

Pharmacogenomics testing is a service offered at Suburban Behavioral Health Services that helps your psychiatrist prescribe the right medication to improve your mental wellness with the fewest side effects.

Most prescription medications are “one size fits all.” Unfortunately, your genotype may not be compatible with the one-size-fits-all approach for various medications. 

Your genetic profile affects how your body metabolizes and distributes medication, which may affect potency or cause uncomfortable side effects. 

Pharmacogenomics is a new area of medical care that evaluates your unique genetic profile to find the medications best suited for you. 

Traditionally, psychiatrists use trial and error to find the right medication and dose to relieve your symptoms. This process, however, may take months and leave you feeling frustrated.

Suburban Behavioral Health Services is an innovative psychiatric practice and is excited to offer pharmacogenomics testing to eliminate any prolonged suffering and uncomfortable side effects. 

Am I a good candidate for pharmacogenomics testing?

Your provider at Suburban Behavioral Health Services determines if you’re a good candidate for pharmacogenomics testing during your treatment sessions.

You may be a good candidate for pharmacogenomics testing if you experience adverse effects from prescribed medications or fail to see improvements in symptoms with regular psychiatric medications. 

Your provider offers genetic testing to understand if you have genetic variations in your enzyme system or receptor profile that may alter medication metabolism. Pharmacogenomics testing at Suburban Behavioral Health Services is covered by insurance. 

What happens during pharmacogenomics testing?

Your provider at Suburban Behavioral Health Services explains what you can expect during your pharmacogenomic testing at your consultation. To get the right genetic information, you may need to provide a blood or saliva sample.

Your provider then sends your sample to a lab for analysis. 

What happens after pharmacogenomics testing?

Once your provider at Suburban Behavioral Health Services has the results of your pharmacogenomics testing, they discuss them with you and prescribe psychiatric medications best suited to your genetic profile.

Your provider schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress with the new medication. 

The board-certified psychiatrists are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and they train students from local universities. The students may be present during your consultation and therapy sessions.

When it comes to psychiatric medication, no one treatment works for all. For individualized care from a team that thinks outside the box, call Suburban Behavioral Health Services or book an appointment online today.