Pregabalin is prescribed for treatment of neuropathic pain, epilepsy and anxiety disorder. Misuse potential is high and it is readily available from illicit sources. Measurement in urine is useful for checking adherence with prescription or detection of illicit use.
|Availability||Weekdays. Assay is run fortnightly. Please contact laboratory if analysis is required urgently.|
|Additional Information||Assay only available in urine. Gabapentin 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||Store at 4C or freeze prior to sending. Avoid multiple freeze-thaw cycles.|