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7336 Carbamazepine

Specimen Type
Specimen Stability
Reference Range
Serum
6 Days, Ambient
30 Days, Frozen
10 Days, Refrigerated
4 - 12 mg/L

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Serum
Container: 1 Red Top Tube
Temperature: Refrigerated
Preferred Vol: 1.00 mL
Min Vol: 0.50 mL

Method

Immunoassay (IA)

Schedule

Monday - Saturday

Turn-Around Time

Send-Out

Instructions/Notes

SST not Acceptable.

Clinical Utility

Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant drug, used in particular for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, all forms of partial epilepsy, generalized tonic-clonic seizures and simple and complex partial seizures. Effective dosage is essential in regulating the effects of seizures. Interestingly, co-administration of other antiepileptic therapeutics can result in increased serum tegretol levels. Toxicity of carbamazepine associated with therapy may or may not be dose related. However, the central nervous system symptoms are dose-related to chronic therapy. Therefore, it is essential that carbamazepine levels be monitored to adjust dosage requirements in achieving optimal therapeutic effects while avoiding both subtherapeutic and toxic drug levels.

CPT Codes

80156

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