Psychiatry Services

PGx Testing

PGx Testing

PGx Testing

At Heritage Counseling, we embrace cutting-edge approaches to enhance your mental health care. Pharmacogenomic (PGx) testing is a personalized medical tool that delves into your genetic makeup to optimize medication management.

PGx Testing

Pharmacogenomic (PGx) testing provides information on how your genes may affect the way your body responds to certain medications. This information can then be used by your doctor to help create a treatment plan for you based on your unique DNA. PGx testing can help your doctor determine how your body may metabolize certain medications and how you may experience certain side effects from certain medications. This information can be used as a factor to help your doctor decide which medication to use and at what dosage this medication should be prescribed. PGx testing can be used in several areas of medicine such as oncology, gastroenterology, and psychiatry. In psychiatry, PGx testing can be used to inform the treatment plan for patients experiencing depression, ADHD, and other mental health conditions.

Pharmacogenomic (PGx) testing is more importantly a resource that our physicians utilize for the purpose of increased accuracy and success for our patients. Our psychiatrists will additionally conduct a thorough one-hour psychiatric evaluation of the patient

How is PGx Testing Performed?

Heritage uses Tempus Genetic for its testing. Tempus is an advanced genetic testing tool that is used to personalize mental health treatment plans. The Tempus genetic test gives our physicians evidence-based gene-drug interactions based on guidelines from the FDA, Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium, PharmGKB, and the Dutch Pharmacogenetics Working Group. With this test, your physician can understand precisely how your body may respond to certain medications
in order to create a personalized treatment plan that is specific to your DNA makeup. Tempus genetic testing can save you trial and error when it comes to getting the relief you need.

Capturing your progress is a critical part of our ability to personalize your treatment plan. Tempus PROTM, a mobile app, allows our physicians to collect information that enables them the ability to monitor your progress as it relates to your treatment plan. With Tempus PROTM, you and your physician can track your progress - even between
appointments. The insights provided through Tempus PROTM empower your physician to build and update your treatment plan proactively.

You can easily keep track of your own progress as well through Tempus PROTM. This will include:

  • Simple, interactive assessments selected by your provider(s)

  • Reminders to check in and log any side effects, progress, and your
    overall well-being

  • The ability to integrate with your smartphone’s fitness tracker

Turnaround time: Two weeks

What Can PGx Testing Reveal?

PGx testing reveals crucial information about how your body metabolizes medications. This includes insights into potential side effects, the likelihood of treatment efficacy, and optimal dosage levels. This personalized approach minimizes the risk of adverse reactions and maximizes the benefits of your prescribed medications.

Why Choose PGx Testing?

  • Precision Medication Management: Tailor your treatment plan based on your unique genetic makeup.

  • Minimize Adverse Reactions: Identify potential risks and reduce the likelihood of side effects.

  • Enhance Treatment Efficacy: Optimize the effectiveness of your prescribed medications for better outcomes.

At Heritage Counseling, we prioritize your well-being by integrating innovative solutions like PGx testing into our counseling practice. Experience a more personalized, effective, and safer approach to mental health care. Schedule your PGx consultation today, and let's embark on a journey to optimal wellness tailored just for you.