Two analytical methods for the simultaneous detection in urine of methylphenidate and its main metabolite, ritalinic acid, are described. Both procedures are based on solid-phase extraction of urine samples on Bond Elut Certify columns, and capillary gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric detection of O-trimethylsilyl, N-trifluoroacetyl derivatives. The former method is used as a general screening procedure for the detection of basic polar nitrogen-containing compounds in urine such as stimulants, narcotic and adrenergic drugs. The latter procedure is proposed as a specific method to confirm methylphenidate ingestion. The two methods are sensitive enough to detect methylphenidate and ritalinic acid in urine at least for 24 h after administration of a therapeutic dose (20 mg oral dose) of methylphenidate. © 1994.
|Journal||Journal of Chromatography B: Biomedical Sciences and Applications|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Aug 1994|