3 - 7 days
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.
Serum, plasma, or whole blood
Red-top tube, lavender-top (EDTA) tube, or green-top (heparin) tube. Do not use a gel-barrier tube. The use of gel-barrier tubes is not recommended due to slow absorption of the drug by the gel. Depending on the specimen volume and storage time, the decrease in drug level due to absorption may be clinically significant.
Separate serum or plasma within two hours of collection and transfer to a plastic transport tube.
Refrigerate; stable for 14 days. Stable at room temperature or frozen for 14 days.
Relief of moderate to moderately-severe pain. Indications for monitoring include the following: to confirm or identify suspected drug toxicity in chronic use, therapeutic misadventure, or accidental or intentional acute overdose; to aid in the identification of an unknown drug ingested in unknown quantities, drug identification and/or quantitation may be performed as an adjunct for patient management; to monitor selected patient groups at greater risk for analgesic drug toxicity or drug-to-drug interaction; to confirm complete drug absorption and adequate drug elimination as an adjunct to overdose management.
This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Labcorp. It has not been cleared or approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS-MS)
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