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Test Code IPECAC Ipecac

Important Note

Urine is acceptable: order as a Miscellaneous Test and comment "10.0 mL urine to MedTox Test Code 8416".

Clinical System Name

Ipecac Level

Synonyms

Cephaeline
Emetine

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Red or Dark Green/Sodium Heparin

Preferred Vol: 3.0 mL

Minimum Vol:

 

Note:

Processing Instructions

Reject due to:

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: 2 - 4 C

Storage location: Deliver specimen to Send Outs refrigerated rack.

 

Off-site collection:

Stability

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum or Plasma Room temp 3 d
  Refrigerated Y
  Frozen Y

 

Availability

STAT Performed TAT
N Daily 7 -14 d

 

Performing Laboratory

Medtox Laboratories, Inc.

402 West County Road D

St. Paul, MN 55112

 

Phone: (651) 286-6220

Department

Department: Send Outs

Phone: (206) 987-2563

 

 

Reference Range

Interpretation
Emetine, ng/ml 0.5 ng/ml <75.0 ng/ml
Cephaeline, ng/ml 0.5 ng/ml  

 

Therapeutic and toxic ranges have not been established. Emetine and cephaeline are alkaloids present in ipecac. Serum emetine levels within 2 hours of a 30 ml dose of ipecac syrup range from 0-75.0 ng/ml.
 

 

 

Methodology

Method: Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)

Analytical Volume: 3.0 mL serum or plasma, or 3.0 mL urine

Limitations:

CPT Codes

82542

Send Out Instructions

Reference Test Name: Ipecac Use Markers, serum or plasma
Reference Test Number: 416
Instructions: Send out Monday - Friday via FedEx overnight. Medtox accepts Saturday deliveries. Ship at ambient temperature.