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METHADONE, QUANTITATIVE, SERUM

Mnemonic

METHAD

Synonym

Dolophine

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Serum or Plasma, one 7.0 mL red, 4.0 mL dark green (sodium heparin) or 4.0 mL Lavender (EDTA) top tube

Handling

Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature (minimum: 30 minutes). Centrifuge and separate serum from cells ASAP.

Preferred Volume

2 mL Serum

Minimum Volume

1 mL Serum

Transport

Refrigerated

Rejection Criteria

Serum that has been in contact with serum separator gel

Stability

Ambient (20-25°C): 1 week; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 1 month; Frozen (at or below -20°C): 3 months

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24 hours

Method

LCMSMS

Reference Values

Reference Values

Not Established

Comments

Interpretation: Reported therapeutic and toxic serum Methadone levels have significant overlap.

CPT Codes

80358

Last Updated: Friday, February 10, 2017 10:56:09 AM


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