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Detect presence of ipecac alkaloids
Liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS-MS)
Serum emetine levels within two hours of a 30 mL dose of ipecac syrup range from 0−75.0 ng/mL.
Serum or plasma
Serum or plasma should be separated from cells within two hours of venipuncture. Submit serum or plasma in a plastic transport tube.
Submission/transport (<3 days): Room temperature. For storage beyond three days, specimen should be refrigerated or frozen.