Predicting the effectiveness of anticoagulants thanks to knowledge of your DNA

Anticoagulants are drugs that reduce or slow down the clotting of the blood. They are used to treat thromboses, pulmonary embolisms and cardiac arrhythmia, and are also prescribed to people who have experienced a cardiovascular event. The response to medication varies from one person to another, however. This means that in some cases it is difficult for doctors to tailor the type of medication – and the dosage – to the individual patient.
Predicting the effectiveness of anticoagulants  thanks to knowledge of your DNA

Anticoagulants and DNA analysis

Various enzymes in the body are involved in both the breakdown and activation of drugs. Your response to peripherally acting anticoagulants such as acenocoumarol, fenprocoumon and clopidogrel is also determined in part by the activity of your enzymes. This means that the effectiveness and side effects of these anticoagulants can be predicted to some extent on the basis of your genes. DNA analysis can therefore be an important tool in optimising your medication.

Want to optimise your own use of medication?

An iGene Passport will give you an insight into your own DNA profile within 6 weeks. Amongst other things, you will receive practical information on your sensitivity to certain drugs. By sharing this information with your doctor, you increase the likelihood that he or she will select the right drugs and dosage for you more quickly.  


PLEASE NOTE: you should NEVER stop or change your medication yourself; always consult a doctor. Your iGene Passport is only intended to inform you about scientific knowledge of drugs in relation to your DNA profile. It is not a medical tool.

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If you make use of the iGene message service, you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights. This means that if important discoveries are made in the future relating to enzyme activity and muscle relaxants, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.


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