What is Cotinine?
- An alkaloid found in tobacco and is also the predominant metabolite of nicotine.
- Cotinine is used as a biomarker for exposure to tobacco smoke.
- Cotinine is currently being studied as a treatment for depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
- Cotinine was developed as an antidepressant as a fumaric acid salt, cotinine fumarate, to be sold under the brand name Scotine but it was never marketed
Types of Cotinine:
- Chewing Tobacco
Urine = 1-3 Days
Saliva = 1-3 Days
Hair = Up to 90 Days
* Over 50 million Americans smoke, which makes nicotine one of the most addictive substances in the United States.