With rising concerns over the long-term effects of certain medications, it’s more than ever for doctors to be aware of how their patients are taking medications and whether or not those medications are being taken as intended. Our medication monitoring process is comprehensive, detailed, and designed to produce reliable results as quickly as possible. It’s important information physicians can use to ensure their patients are receiving the most appropriate care and right medications.
Our comprehensive testing allows doctors and other medical professionals to monitor patients for more than 95 different drugs and metabolites. Because of our detection capabilities and test methods, monitoring can be done for both common prescription medications and illicit drugs patients may not have admitted taking. The purpose of our comprehensive approach to medication monitoring is to allow doctors to make well-informed treatment-based decisions. The medications tested for can vary based on specific patient needs and goals. For instance, there may be more of an emphasis on common prescription drugs if a patient is taking multiple medications for different conditions to ensure proper doses are being taken to avoid possible drug interaction risks or side effects.
We use LC-MS/MS technology to ensure that the results we’re providing are as precise as possible. Not only does this testing practice identify the presence of various substances, it also distinguishes between individual drugs. The results can identify the following information about medications a patient is taking:
- Known medications prescribed for specific pain management or symptom management needs
- Potentially harmful drug interactions
- Undisclosed illicit drugs that may interact with any prescription medications being taken
- Over-the-counter medication types and amounts to determine if such medications may be interfering with prescription meds
How Samples Are Collected
Samples for medication monitoring typically involve a blood sample. In some cases, urine samples may be submitted for testing. Our minimal sample volume requirement is 1-2 milliliters. Cutoff levels are clinically authenticated.
Drug Misuse/Abuse Detection
A major concern among doctors today is the potential for opiate addiction and abuse. While precautions are usually taken with pain medications of this nature, it’s not always easy to spot signs of a possible problem. With periodic medication monitoring, doctors can determine if prescribed opiates are being taken in higher doses than what was indicated at the time the prescription was issued. Testing can also reveal or help doctors identify and determine:
- Additional opiates a patient may be taking
- Signs of deviations with doses
- Correlations with noticeable changes in a patient’s symptoms or behavior
More Informed Patient Treatment Counseling
Accurate medication monitoring also allows doctors to provide treatment counseling for patients based on details of how medications are currently working for them. Such information is especially helpful when patients are being started on new medications or if changes are being made to dosages or the type of medications prescribed.
Increase your peace of mind with our medication monitoring. It’s an extra step you can take to further ensure your patients’ health and well-being. We offer personalized test selection son you can get the results you need to make important decisions about the medications you prescribe. We provide accurate reports that are easily accessible along with attentive support and service.