Wikia

Psychology Wiki

Therapeutic drug monitoring

Talk0
34,142pages on
this wiki
Revision as of 23:38, February 24, 2007 by Dr Joe Kiff (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)

Assessment | Biopsychology | Comparative | Cognitive | Developmental | Language | Individual differences | Personality | Philosophy | Social |
Methods | Statistics | Clinical | Educational | Industrial | Professional items | World psychology |

Biological: Behavioural genetics · Evolutionary psychology · Neuroanatomy · Neurochemistry · Neuroendocrinology · Neuroscience · Psychoneuroimmunology · Physiological Psychology · Psychopharmacology (Index, Outline)


Therapeutic drug monitoring is a branch of clinical chemistry that specialises in the measurement of medication levels in blood. Its main focus is on drugs with a narrow therapeutic index, i.e. drugs that can easily be under- or overdosed.

In pharmacology, many medications are used without monitoring of blood levels, as their dosage can generally be varied according to the clinical response that a patient gets to that substance. In a small group of drugs, this is impossible, as insufficient levels will lead to undertreatment or resistance, and excessive levels can lead to toxicity and tissue damage.

Examples of drugs analysed by therapeutic drug monitoring:

Therapeutic drug monitoring can also detect poisoning with above drugs, should the suspicion arise.

de:Drug monitoring

{{enWP|

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki