Drug of Abuse
DiaSource offers a rapid test for the diagnostic of Nicotine and Cotinine for drug of abuse. The purpose of this rapid chromatographic immunoassay is to detect Cotinine (nicotine metabolite) in human urine.
Cotinine is the first-stage metabolite of nicotine, a toxic alkaloid that produces stimulation of the autonomic ganglia and central nervous system when in humans. Nicotine is a drug to which virtually every member of a tobacco-smoking society is exposed whether through direct contact or second-hand inhalation.
In addition to tobacco, nicotine is also commercially available as the active ingredient in smoking replacement therapies such as nicotine gum, transdermal patches and nasal sprays.