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Laboratory Medicine

Test catalogue

Carbamazepine

Test Name

Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Antidepressant, Anti-convulsant, AED, Anti-Epileptic,Carbatrol)

Red Tube with thin top Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = 1 Red Top

Minimum Volume = 3 ml Serum

Tube must fill to at least ½ or greater of its vacuum capacity

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions: Collect sample in red top tube. Avoid gold top (SST). The sample is preferably collected before administration of the next dose or at the same time in relation to dose administration to obtain comparable results. Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label or requisition.

Special Instructions / Rejection Criteria: Separate samples from cells as soon as possible. Repeated freezing and thawing of samples should be avoided

Rejection Criteria: Gel separator, Grossly Hemolyzed and icteric samples, Unlabeled or Not Sufficient Quantity Samples will be rejected.

Stability: 2 days capped at 20-25°C. 7 days capped at 2-8°C. 4 weeks capped at -20°C .

Transportation: Send sample to core lab as soon as possible.

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

1 hour for Trauma / Stat - 2 hours for routine

Test Utilization

Routine

Reference Value

Therapeutic: 17 - 50 umol/L

Toxic: > 85 umol/L

Test Code

CARB

Methodology

(KIMS) Immunoassay

Testing Location

SMH-Biochemistry

Other Information