Lacosamide

Test ID: 

703772

CPT code:

80375

Synonyms:

Vimpat®

Clinical Use:

Lacosamide is a functional amino acid specifically synthesized as an anticonvulsant drug. In addition to being approved for use as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial-onset seizures, it is being investigated as a treatment for diabetic neuropathic pain.

Specimen Type:

Serum or plasma

Requested Volume: 

0.25 mL

Minimum Volume: 

0.10 mL

Container Type: 

Red-top tube, lavender-top (EDTA) tube, or green-top (heparin) tube. Do not use a gel-barrier tube. The use of gel-barrier tubes is not recommended due to slow absorption of the drug by the gel. Depending on the specimen volume and storage time, the decrease in drug level due to absorption may be clinically significant.

Collection:

Transfer separated serum or plasma to a plastic transport tube.

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements:

Temperature

Period

Room temperature

14 days

Refrigerated

14 days

Frozen

105 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x3

Rejection Criteria

Gel-barrier tube

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