Checking 5-HIAA without a doctor

Dan Wich looking disgusted at a urine test

By: Dan Wich

Ordering 5-HIAA testing

There are a lot of places selling "organic acids tests" that include 5-HIAA (along with plenty of other interesting analytes). However, from what I can tell, they're all just rebrandings of the products from these four sources:

  1. Metametrix / Genova Organix (the two companies have merged under the Genova name). This is a single urine sample test. True Health Labs is the cheapest provider I've found, but it's still $329.
  2. Great Plains Labs Organic Acids. This is also a single urine sample test. MyMedLab is the cheapest provider I've found at $325. You can order directly from Great Plains, but they require a healthcare provider's signature with the returned kit.
  3. Doctor's Data Neuro-Biogenic Amines, Comprehensive. I can't tell whether this is meant to be a single or 24-hour urine sample. The cheapest provider I've found is Integrative Psychiatry at $349.
  4. ZRT Labs NeuroAdvanced. This is a dried-urine spot test. The cheapest source I've found is ordering on Amazon for $330.

Options when going through a healthcare provider

If your doctor is friendly towards ordering tests:

If you need to find a doctor friendly towards ordering tests:

If you're interested in self-testing as I am, check out my Facebook or Twitter account where I post interesting self-testing news and get a little too excited about blood test sales.


Comments

Please leave a comment if you see a way to improve this page or if you have any questions. Keep in mind that I know little about the medical side of bloodwork, I just enjoy making sites with lists of things.

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