Suitable Specimen Types
- EDTA Plasma
- Li Hep Plasma
Sample Processing in LaboratoryPlace sample in toxicology rack.
Sample PreparationNone required
Turnaround Time3 days.
Sample StabilityKeep refrigerated. 4 degrees.
Quetiapine is a dibenzothiazepine derivative, structurally related to cloazapine which has been used clinically since 1997 as a neuroleptic agent in the treatment of psychosis. Daily doses may range from 150 - 800 mg and are usually administered in 2 - 3 portions.
Adverse reactions to quetiapine therapy include somnolence, hypertension, dizziness, dry mouth and dyspepsia. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome has also been reported.
For TDM, sample should be taken prior to dose. If toxicity is suspected, take sample at earliest opportunity
Quetiapine measured by LC-MS/MS.
Therapeutic range: 100 - 500 μg/L. Toxicity associated with concentrations >1000 μg/L. (Schulz et al. Critical Care 2012, 16:R136).
- EQA Scheme?: Yes
- EQA Status: LGC TDM