Test Overview
Test Methodology

Liquid Chromatography - Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

Test Usage

Monitor therapeutic drug levels; monitor patient compliance; evaluate desipramine toxicity

Reference Range *

Therapeutic: 50 - 250 ng/mL; Toxic: > 500 ng/mL.

Test Limitations

Phenothiazines and other antidepressant drugs may interfere when administered concomitantly.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Thursday
Analytic Time

4 hours

Soft Order Code
DESI
MiChart Code
Desipramine Level
Synonyms
  • DESIPRAMINE LEVEL
  • Norpramine
  • Pertofrane
  • Tricyclics, Desipramine
  • DESI
  • DESIPRAMINE
Laboratory
Chemical Pathology
Section
Drug Analysis
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Collect blood in a red top or green top tube; do not use SST tube. Centrifuge, aliquot serum or plasma into plastic vial as soon as possible and refrigerate.

Alternate Specimen
Laveder top (EDTA plasma) [11/09]
Rejection Criteria
SST or PST tube not acceptable.
Yellow Top Tube
Red Top Tube
Normal Volume
1 mL serum or plasma
Minimum Volume
0.7 mL serum or plasma
Billing
CPT Code
80335
Fee Code
20021
LOINC
3531-1
NY State Approved
No