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Celontin, NMS #2950SP, Order as a Miscellaneous Sendout

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect (preferred specimen): One plain Red-top tube.
Also acceptable: One Lavender-top EDTA tube.

Do not use Serum Separator Tubes.

Time of Collection: Trough, just prior to the next dose.

Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation

Centrifuge to separate serum or plasma from cells within two hours of collection. Transfer serum or plasma to a plastic transport tube and refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F).

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: 2.0 mL serum or plasma, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Min: 0.7 mL)

Rejection Criteria

  • Serum Separator (SST) tubes.
  • Specimens not collected or processed as indicated.


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 14 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 14 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): 14 days

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Specimen retention time is determined by the policy of the reference laboratory. Contact the Sendout Laboratory with any questions.


Sent to ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT, forwarded to NMS, Willow Grove, PA.


Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Results available the 4-11 days.

Reference Range

By Report.

Test Methodology



By report.

Clinical Utility

Methsuximide is an anticonvulsant indicated for the control of absence (petit mal) seizures that are refractory to other drugs. The methsuximide assay is used to optimize dosage, monitor compliance, and assess toxicity. Normethsuximide is an active metabolite of methsuximide.

CPT Code

80339, (AH G0480).

Test Codes

NMS #2950SP, Order as a Miscellaneous Sendout

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