Originally Posted by SassyGADawg
I am curious to know how far back the testing goes? Does it test only what comes up in your UA that day?
Any UA will only test what's in your urine when they take it. In general, a UA has a fairly narrow window of detection...Only about 24-48 hours, especially in chronic users. The more chronic the user, the faster the med is eliminated from the urine.
Ameritox markets itself as being unique in that they supposedly provide the Doc with a whole host of data....Not only the meds their testing for, but their alleged therapeutic levels. In addition, they allegedly provide other data that gives feedback on overall patient health.
IMHO, their system is overkill. If one truly needs a patient workup for overall health, there are much better ways to do it, including blood tests. Secondly, it's practically impossible to determine "therapeutic" levels via urine. Many factors determine the waste by products in one's urine....Metabolism, overall diet, amt of food consumed that day, fat content in the diet, the amt of hydration, and etc. While the results may in fact list the so called therapeutic levels, they are very unreliable.
The primary purpose of any UA is to determine that one's meds are in patient's system, as well as test for illegals. While Ameritox's program is very robust and comprehensive in nature, there are much, much cheaper ways to get the same results. IMHO, it's things like this that are unnecessarily driving up health care costs.