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Imipramine

Referred out for testing

Source Blood
Mnemonic IMI
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. Send specimen in a separate bag with a photocopy of the requisition.

Extra-regional:
Centrifuge, pour off, and freeze serum prior to transport to DSC. Send specimen in a separate bag with a photocopy of the requisition.

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

Specimens delivered to DSC Toxicology will be taken to Referrals for send out to University of Alberta.

Additional Information Includes analysis of Imipramine and its metabolite Desipramine.

Complete therapeutic drug monitoring information on requisition.

Steady state: 3-11 days
Peak level: 1-2 hours.
 
Testing Location University of Alberta
Testing Frequency
Alternate Name(s) Tofranil
Reference Interval