Escitalopram, Serum or Plasma


Sunquest Code:ESCITL  
Epic Code:LAB6716Epic Name:Escitalopram, Serum or Plasma
Synonyms:Lexapro
Methodology:Liquid chromatography/Tandem mass spectrometry
CPT Code:80332
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Fri; results are reported within 3-5 days.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:4 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.2 mL
Container:Red (no gel) (Green (sodium heparin, no gel))
Causes for Rejection:Gel barrier tubes are not recommended.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 2 mL, 0.5 mL minimum. Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (MedTox)
Referral Lab number:19180


Interpretive

Reference Range:Steady state plasma concentrations of escitalopram in patients receiving recommended daily dosages: up to 60 ng/mL. Toxic range not established.


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