Key Benefits of the Randox Cocaine Metabolite reagent
The Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) method is the ‘gold standard’ method in the drugs of abuse testing panel. The Randox cocaine metabolite assay showed a 99.3% correlation using the GC/MS method
Liquid ready-to-use reagents
The Randox Cocaine Metabolite reagent comes in a liquid format which is more convenient as the reagent does not need to be reconstituted which aids in reducing the risk of errors occurring
The Randox cocaine metabolite reagent has an open vial stability of 28 days when stored at +10°C
Other features of the Randox Cocaine Metabolite reagent
- Homogeneous Enzyme Immunoassay
- Liquid ready-to-use reagents
- Open vial stability of 28 days when stored at +10°C
- 99.3% correlation with GC/MS values
- Included in Randox multi-analyte drugs of abuse control and calibrator products
What is the Cocaine Metabolite assay used for?
What is cocaine?
Cocaine is a class A drug that is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant. Cocaine can be consumed in different ways: sniffing, smoking, ingesting and injecting. Injection is a faster way of getting cocaine into the bloodstream but this method significantly increases the user’s chances of overdose. Cocaine was originally developed as a painkiller but today it is known worldwide as one of the most dangerous drugs. Cocaine stimulates key receptors in the brain providing the user with a sense of euphoria. Users can quickly develop a tolerance towards cocaine and only higher doses and frequent use will provide them with their desired effects. Cocaine abuse can also produce numerous undesirable side effects including cardiac toxicity and behavioural responses such as paranoia, hallucinations and severe psychosis. Cocaine can also cause death due to heart attack, stroke, respiratory failure and cerebral haemorrhage. Despite the serious dangers associated with cocaine, usage continues to increase, most likely due to it being a highly addictive substance and users finding it difficult to give it up.
What is the cocaine metabolite assay used for?
The Randox cocaine metabolite assay is used for the in vitro qualitative and semi-quantitative analysis of benzoylecgonine (cocaine metabolite) in human urine using the Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) method. The Randox cocaine metabolite (benzoylecgonine) is used to detect cocaine use and abuse as it remains within the bloodstream longer than cocaine. The cocaine metabolite, benzoylecgonine, is detectable for up to 4 days, whereas cocaine is only detectable for 1 day. For more information on cocaine metabolite, benzoylecgonine, please click here [external link].