Days Set Up
Analytic Time

4 hours

MiChart Code
Nortriptyline Level
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Tricyclics, Nortriptyline

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

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

Test Usage

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

Reference Range

Therapeutic: 50-150 ng/mL, Toxic: > 500 ng/mL.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

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.

Red Top Tube
Normal Volume
1 mL serum or plasma
Minimum Volume
0.7 mL serum or plasma

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Our High Standard

Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.