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Amiodarone

Alternate Names
Aratac; Cardinorm; Cordarone; Rithmic; Amiodarone Metabolites; Desethylamiodarone
Ordering Information
The prefered collection is for a pre-dose (trough) sample, although this is not critical once a steady state has been reached.
Cerner Test Name
Amiodarone
Laboratory
Referred Test
Specimen
Blood
Container
EDTA (purple)
Collection Instruction
Record exact collection time and time of last dose
Additional Collection Instructions

Please also note last drug dose. 

Minimum Adult Volume
4mL
Minimum Paediatric Volume
1.5mL
Notes
Time to peak 2 - 10 hrs
Half life 25 +/- 12 days
Time to steady state 100 - 150 days
Frequency
Once a week
Reference Interval

This test is not performed in-house. Refer to therapeutic index on the results report.

Test Code
AMIO
Container ID
ES, EL, LHNG, SNG
Opt. Container
Lithium Heparin - No Gel (green)
9ml PLAIN (red top)
Storage Instructions
Store frozen at -20 deg C
Additional (Storage) Instructions

Centrifuge, separate and store plasma at -20 degrees.

Transport Instructions
Transport frozen on dry ice
External Laboratory
Pathology Queensland, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital