Gabapentin is prescribed for treatment of epilepsy, neuropathic pain and prophylaxis of migraine. Misuse potential is high and it is readily available from illicit sources. Measurement in urine is useful for checking adherence with prescribed gabapentin or detection of illicit use.
|Availability||Weekdays. Assay is run fortnightly. Contact laboratory if urgent analysis is required.|
|Additional Information||Assay only available in urine. Pregabalin is measured at the same time. Daily drug administration will usually yield a positive result. Note that these drugs are excreted in the urine largely unchanged. Therefore it is not possible to confirm ingestion and exclude sample spiking by measurement of drug metabolites.|
|Turn Around||14 days|
|Send to||Specialist Laboratory Medicine,
St James's University Hospital,
|Collection Con||Plain random urine.|
|Sample REQ||Urine. Store at 4C prior to sending.|