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Question: taking an immunosuppressant
|ben - Wed Dec 08, 2004 2:56 pm||
this is a complicated situation so i wont go into the details...i hope you can give me a simple answer.
if you are taking an immunosuppressant or if for example someone may have taken an immunosuppressant, can it be easily detected in the blood through blood tests? what blood tests would be done? would you have to know the exact drug to be able to test for it, or is there a test that can be done to detect high levels of toxic agents in the blood, which would suggest strong medication?
also, are there any blood tests that would be elevated as a result of toxic drug levels?
thanks i would really appreciate any suggestions.
|Dr. Russell M - Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:33 pm||
Blood levels of drugs are usually determined for pharmacokinetic studies to find out the disposition of drugs in the body. So, there would be a test to determine the blood levels of most drugs available, the details of which may be inquired with the drug manufacturer.
Toxicology screening for drugs is usually done to determine the type and amount of certain drugs that may be present due to accidental or intentional overdose or presence of illegal drugs within the system.
Hope this helps.
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