Antipsychotics

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Subject: Antipsychotics

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Definition

 
TABLE 16–10
Normal Levels of Antipsychotics

Use

  • Treatment of psychoses, schizophrenia, mania, Tourette syndrome (haloperidol)

Limitations

  • Immunoassay: RIA—nonspecific, semiquantitative due to varying cross-reactivity with parent drug and metabolites.

  • Fluorometry: nonspecific, semiquantitative due to interferences from metabolites.

  • Hemolyzed specimens are unacceptable. Remove serum from clot as soon as possible.

  • Lithium: Lithium heparin and sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate tubes are unacceptable.

 
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