Specimen Requirements

Title

HALOPERIDOL (HALDOL)

Specimen Requirement

COLLECT SAMPLE 11-17 HOURS AFTER LAST DOSE.

1-PLAIN RED-TOP/1.0mL. AFTER 30 MINUTES OF CLOTTING, PROMPTLY CENTRIFUGE AND REFRIGERATE SERUM.

ALTERNATE SPECIMEN: PLASMA/EDTA

Methodology

Stability

Room Temperature 2 days, Refrigerated 7 days, Frozen 1 month

Reference Range

By Report*

Turnaround

6-8 days Performed Mon, Wed, Fri

Clinical Use

Haloperidol is an antipsychotic tranquilizer used to control acute and chronic psychotic disorders, for the control of Tourette syndrome, and for the treatment of severe behavior problems in hyperactive children. Haloperidol is metabolized by dealkalization, oxidation, and conjugation; the hydroxy derivative is active but concentrations are very low. Haloperidol can increase serum tricyclic level, increase the toxicity of lithium, inhibit hypertensive action and antagonize the stimulant effect of amphetamines.

Test Code

HALLC