Valproic Acid

Sunquest Code:VAL  
Epic Code:LAB25Epic Name:Valproic Acid
Synonyms:Depakene; Depakote; Dipropylacetic Acid
Methodology:Turbidimetric rate
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Red (no gel)
Collection Instructions:Trough level is preferred; collect immediately prior to next dose. Collect peak level 30-60 minutes after a single dose of syrup; 2-8 hours after capsules or tablets.
Causes for Rejection:Results may be altered if collected in gel tube.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot within 2 hours of collection 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator up to 8 hours. Alternatively, freeze.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature to arrive within 8 hours. Alternatively, ship on dry ice.
Stability:Stability: Room temperature - 2 hours; refrigerated - 8 hours; frozen - 2 months.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank, Fairview Lakes - FLMC, Fairview Ridges - FRH, Fairview Southdale - FSH, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank)


Critical Range:Greater than 150 mg/L
Therapeutic Range:50-100 mg/L; epilepsy and mania patients: 50-125 mg/L; some patients require and can tolerate values up to 150 mg/L.
Limitations:50-100 mg/L; Half-life: <2 months: 6.5 hours; children: 6-15 hours; adults: 8-15 hours
Use:Monitor therapeutic dosing and evaluate toxicity. Half-life is 8-17 h for adults.

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