Determination of tricyclic antidepressant drugs by gas chromatography with the use of a capillary column Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • A universal gas chromatographic procedure for the determination of the commonly prescribed tricyclic antidepressant drugs in 1 mL of plasma is described. After the addition of internal standards the samples are washed with pentane at acidic pH and extracted with pentane at alkaline pH. The pentane extract is evaporated after the addition of acetic anhydride. Aliquots of a methanolic solution of the residue of evaporated extract are analyzed isothermally on a Durabond 30 m fused silica column. This column is well suited for use with a nitrogen selective detector. The liquid phase is not extracted by repeated injections of methanolic solutions of plasma extracts. When compared to a packed column, this column allows shorter analysis time.

publication date

  • April 1983