Pharmacogenomics Patient Information

USF Pharmacy Plus Pharmacogenomics Clinic

What is Pharmacogenomics?

Everyone responds to medications differently. Some people may have side effects, some may have no response at all. Your genes can have a role in determining how your body reacts to a medication. Pharmacogenomics is a field of medicine that uses your genetic information to optimize treatment response and minimize side effects. This means that medications can be personalized to your DNA, which in turn can help achieve your treatment goals.

What could pharmacogenomic testing mean for you?

Have you ever wondered why you are more prone to side effects from a particular medication or why a medication isn’t quite working for you? Your DNA may play a role in your response to medications. Our pharmacists at the Pharmacogenomics Clinic work with your doctor to help  tailor your medications to your specific needs based on your genetic makeup. Did you already get a pharmacogenomic test? We can interpret your results and explain what they mean.

What medications are influenced by your DNA?

For certain medications, we can use pharmacogenomic information to guide your treatment.  Some common medications influenced by your genetic makeup include, but are not limited to:

Cardiology Pain GI Disorders
Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
Warfarin (Coumadin®)
Simvastatin (Zocor®)
Tramadol (Ultram®)
Celecoxib (Celebrex®)
Mercaptopurine (Purinethol®)
Psychiatry Neurology Infectious disease
Citalopram (Celexa®)
Escitalopram (Lexapro®)
Amitriptyline (Elavil®)
Carbamazepine (Tegretol®)
Phenytoin (Dilatin®)
Abacavir (Ziagen®)
Atazanavir (Reyataz®)
Voriconazole (Vfend®)

How can our pharmacists help you?

Schedule an appointment today to speak with one of our pharmacists to see if your medications are compatible with your DNA. Our specially trained pharmacists will guide you every step of the way. The pharmacist will work with your doctor to order a pharmacogenomic test and guide treatment options based on your DNA.

How it works:

  • Step 1. Meet with your pharmacist to go over your medication history.
  • Step 2. Get a cheek swab to send off to the lab. 
  • Step 3. Schedule a counseling session to go over your results and any changes in treatment.