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Nicotine / Cotinine

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Also known as: Nicotine & Metabolites (urine, serum or plasma)
Formal name: Nicotine; Cotinine

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect the presence of and/or measure the quantity of nicotine or cotinine in blood, urine, saliva, or sometimes hair; to determine whether someone uses tobacco or has been exposed to secondhand smoke; sometimes performed to evaluate for acute nicotine poisoning

When to Get Tested?

Whenever someone requires confirmation of tobacco usage or exposure to secondhand smoke; occasionally when nicotine overdose is suspected

Sample Required?

A blood sample collected from a vein in your arm or a random urine sample; sometimes a saliva sample or, rarely, a hair sample

Test Preparation Needed?

None