NICOTINE SCREEN, URINE

Mnemonic

NIC

Includes

Cotinine (Nicotine metabolite)

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Urine in sterile container

Preferred Volume

10 mL

Minimum Volume

4 mL

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Test may not be performed if specimen volume is less than minimum.

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24 hours

Method

Enzyme Immunoassay

Reference Values

Reference Values

Detection limits: Cotinine:  100 ng/mL

Typical active nicotine product use: >500 ng/mL

Comments

This test cannot definitively differentiate between active vs passive exposure or tobacco product use vs nicotine replacement products such as patches or gum. If it is medically necessary to differentiate Tobacco from Nicotine products, a reference test that includes Anabasine (a Tobacco product marker) is available.

CPT Codes

80323

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:24 AM