Multiple drugs or their metabolites in biological samples

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The presence of multiple drugs or their metabolites in biological samples can result from various factors, including prescribed medications, over-the-counter drugs, recreational drug use, or environmental exposure. Detection methods vary in sensitivity and specificity, with immunoassays offering rapid screening but limited specificity, while chromatographic techniques like GC-MS and LC-MS provide high specificity and sensitivity for confirmatory testing.

Metabolomics- and systems-biology-guided discovery of metabolite lead compounds and druggable targets

Polypharmacy, the concurrent use of multiple medications, is common among individuals with chronic conditions or complex medical needs. Monitoring drug levels and metabolites in such cases is essential to ensure therapeutic efficacy, prevent adverse drug reactions, and avoid drug interactions.

In cases of drug abuse or overdose, identifying the presence of multiple drugs or their metabolites is crucial for medical intervention and forensic investigation. It allows healthcare providers to tailor treatment strategies and helps forensic scientists determine the cause of death or impairment accurately.

Interpreting results from multi-drug testing requires consideration of factors such as drug metabolism rates, individual variations in drug clearance, and the potential for drug-drug interactions. Additionally, distinguishing between parent drugs and their metabolites is important, as metabolites can have different pharmacological effects and elimination rates.

Overall, the detection and interpretation of multiple drugs or their metabolites in biological samples require a comprehensive understanding of pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, and the analytical methods used for testing. This knowledge is essential for healthcare professionals and forensic scientists to make informed decisions regarding patient care and legal proceedings.


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