Antidepressant Drug Profile Urine Test
The Antidepressant Drug Profile Urine Test detects the presence of antidepressants in the urine to screen for a suspected overdose.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Antidepressant Drug Profile Urine Test to detect the presence of antidepressants in the urine. Antidepressants are medicines that treat depression, a severe medical illness. Antidepressants can also treat other mental disorders like anxiety, eating disorders, and pain. Many Americans have been diagnosed with depression. Depression is a condition that affects the brain and can be caused by various factors such as genetics, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
Depression can impact your everyday life. Those suffering from depression may experience symptoms such as:
- Feelings of sadness or emptiness
- Lack of interest
- Overindulging or loss of appetite
- Insomnia or oversleeping
- Feelings of fatigue
- Feelings of hopelessness, irritability, anxiousness, or guilt
- Soreness, headaches, cramps, or digestive issues
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If you suffer from depression, your healthcare provider may have prescribed you an antidepressant to treat these symptoms. There are several types of antidepressants, and each work in different ways and to varying degrees of effectiveness. Antidepressants can cause side effects like nausea, agitation, loss of sexual desire and other sexual problems, and insomnia in some individuals due to genetic makeup or other chronic health concerns.
What does this test measure?
This Antidepressant Drug Profile Urine Test detects antidepressants in the urine, a drug metabolite, or other biomarkers that suggest drug use or suspected overdose. A drug biomarker is any measurable substance present after taking a drug. A metabolite is a biomarker that stays in the body as a drug is metabolized or broken down. Depending on various factors, most antidepressants can be detected in the urine for days, weeks, or months after use.
Factors that affect drug detection may include:
- Amount and frequency of drug use
- The speed at which a drug is metabolized and eliminated from the body
When should I order an Antidepressant Drug Profile Urine Test?
Individuals may order an Antidepressant Drug Profile Urine Test if they have experienced signs or symptoms of an antidepressant overdose. This test may help determine if you have been prescribed the correct dose of an antidepressant or diagnose an overdose. Some signs of a potential overdose of antidepressants are:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- Trouble urinating
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