Cotinine Urine Drug Test Strips
- The single panel Cotinine drug test strips detect nicotine levels in urine
- Cotinine is a Metabolite of Nicotine and is the primary alkaloid found in tobacco products
- Cutoff Level for Cotinine in this Particular Test is 200 ng/mL
- This test is designed to be both cost-efficient and reliable.
- Cotinine is detectable up to 4 days after a person’s last cigarette
- High level of accuracy level at 99%.
- Test results from urine samples will be visible within five minutes.
- Forensic use only
Why Use a Cotinine Urine Test?
Despite the risks associated with nicotine use, it is not considered a controlled substance by the FDA.
Employers and institutions still are within their right to test individuals for Cotinine. They may include a cotinine test when they initiate their drug screening procedures.
On the other hand, some employers may wish to assess tobacco use within their workforce or enforce a no-smoking policy in their company.
If you want to learn more about nicotine, check out our knowledge base.
How to Use a Drug Test Strip?
- Remove the drug test from its sealed pouch and use it as soon as possible. For best results, perform the assay within an hour.
- Next, hold the strip by the end, where you can see the product name. To avoid contamination, do not touch the strip membrane.
- Then, holding the strip vertically, dip the test strip in the urine specimen for at least 10-15 seconds. Do not immerse above the maximum line (MAX) on the test strip. That’s about 1/5th of the way up the strip.
- After the drug test has finished, remove the strip from the specimen and place it on a non-absorbent flat surface. Start the timer and wait for the colored band(s) to appear. Read the result at 5 minutes. Do not interpret it after 10 minutes.
How to Read Drug Test Strip?
What is Cotinine?
Cotinine is a metabolite of nicotine, a toxic substance that stimulates the central nervous system. It is a metabolite of Nicotine and is the main alkaloid in tobacco.
Cotinine levels can be present in the body after consuming nicotine products like cigarettes, nicotine patches, gums, and nasal sprays. Studies today show that small doses of nicotine release adrenaline.
Like many stimulants, the nicotine assumption in small amounts will increase energy and cause the user to become more alert. In larger doses, however, nicotine releases dopamine, consequently providing a sedative effect.