Citalopram and Metabolite


Sunquest Code:CITALO  
Epic Code:LAB3384Epic Name:Citalopram and Desmethylcitalopram
Synonyms:Celexa
Methodology:Liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection
Test Includes:Citalopram and Desmethylcitalopram
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Fri; results are reported within 3 days.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:4 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.2 mL
Container:Red (no gel) (Green (lithium heparin, no gel), Green (sodium heparin, no gel))
Collection Instructions:Trough levels are the most reproducible.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Aliquot 2 mL, 0.5 mL minimum. Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Stability:Up to 3 days at room temperature. For longer storage, refrigerate or freeze.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (MedTox)
Referral Lab number:441


Interpretive

Reference Range:Citalopram: <120 ng/mL. Steady state plasma concentrations of Citalopram in patients receiving recommended daily dosages: up to 120 ng/mL. Desmethylcitalopram concentrations are typically around one-third of the Citalopram concentration.


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