Nicotine and Cotinine Test

Nicotine and cotinine test plays a significant role in measuring the quantity of nicotine or its metabolic cotinine in blood, urine, saliva, or sometimes hair, and diagnosing acute nicotine poisoning.

When you have symptoms like nausea and vomiting, dizziness, muscle itching, abdominal pain, mouth numbness, mouth drooling, etc. You may need this test to help you find the reasons.

Generally, after stop using tobacco, nicotine may leave your body within 1 to 3 days, and cotinine may leave your body after 1 to 10 days.

The nicotine and cotinine test results can be reported as positive or negative, and the common test results are as follows:

  • Positive results of nicotine and cotinine test indicates active tobacco or nicotine product use.
  • Negative results of nicotine and cotinine test indicates inactive tobacco or nicotine product use.

But it’s possible for people who don’t use tobacco have positive test results of relative lower levels of nicotine, because they may breath in secondhand menthol smoke.

Keyword: Nicotine and Cotinine

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