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Desipramine

Source Blood
Mnemonic DESIP
Specimen Requirements

1 x 4 mL red top tube, NOT SST

Serum separator (gel) vacutainers must be avoided as the drugs may adhere to the gel.

Minimum 2 mL serum

Collect within one hour before next dose or more than 12 hours after last dose.

Specimen Handling

PSC & RRL:
Centrifuge, pour off, and transport serum to DSC.

Extra-regional:
Centrifuge, pour off, and freeze serum prior to transport to DSC.

DSC:
Freeze specimens upon receipt in lab; ensure frozen specimens do not thaw.

Additional Information Complete therapeutic drug monitoring information on requisition.

Steady state: 3-11 days
Peak level: 1-4 hours.
Testing Location University of Alberta
Testing Frequency
Alternate Name(s) Norpramin, Pertofrane
Reference Interval