Tacrolimus Blood Test

FK506, Prograf, Protopic


Test Code: 700248
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Tacrolimus Blood Test

This test measures blood levels of Tacrolimus, also know an FK506.  Tacrolimus is an immunosuppressive drug that is sometimes prescribed after someone has had an organ transplant.  This drug decreases the activity of the immune system to prevent it from rejecting the new organ.  Common brand names for Tacrolimus include Prograf and Protopic.  People recovering from a transplant may be prescribed Tacrolimus in conjunction with other drugs.  Finding the appropriate dosage is key to minimizing side effects and avoiding harmful interaction with other medications.  While taking an immunosuppressive medication there is an increased likelihood of developing a severe infection as well as some types of cancer.  In the event of an overdose, a person may experience symptoms such as hives, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, swelling in the arms or legs, trembling or shaking, and fever.       

This test is typically ordered when a person is taking Tacrolimus or is changing their dosage amount.  It may be ordered when someone is experiencing symptoms of an overdose.

Turnaround for this test is typically 2-4 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

Specimens from donors who have circulating human antimouse (HAMA) as a result of having received mouse monoclonal antibodies may give falsely elevated or depressed results in this test.

Categories:


Tacrolimus Blood Test

FK506, Prograf, Protopic


Test Code: 70007
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Tacrolimus Blood Test

This test measures blood levels of Tacrolimus, also know an FK506.  Tacrolimus is an immunosuppressive drug that is sometimes prescribed after someone has had an organ transplant.  This drug decreases the activity of the immune system to prevent it from rejecting the new organ.  Common brand names for Tacrolimus include Prograf and Protopic.  People recovering from a transplant may be prescribed Tacrolimus in conjunction with other drugs.  Finding the appropriate dosage is key to minimizing side effects and avoiding harmful interaction with other medications.  While taking an immunosuppressive medication there is an increased likelihood of developing a severe infection as well as some types of cancer.  In the event of an overdose, a person may experience symptoms such as hives, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, swelling in the arms or legs, trembling or shaking, and fever.       

This test is typically ordered when a person is taking Tacrolimus or is changing their dosage amount.  It may be ordered when someone is experiencing symptoms of an overdose.

Turnaround for this test is typically 3-5 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

Specimens from donors who have circulating human antimouse (HAMA) as a result of having received mouse monoclonal antibodies may give falsely elevated or depressed results in this test.

Categories:


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