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Jul 23, 2009 - 101 comments
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It seems that many members are often having "bad" drug screens so again, here is some information on why your Test may be wrong.

   Medications & Substances Causing False Positives


According to a report by the Los Angeles Times New Service, a study of 161 prescription and over the counter medications showed that 65 of them produced false positive results in the most widely administered urine test. Ronald Siegel, a psychopharmacologist at UCLA said 'The widespread testing and reliance on tell-tale traces of drugs in the urine is simply a panic reaction invoked because the normal techniques for controlling drug use haven't worked very well. The next epidemic will be testing abuse."

Byrd Labs has in its possession an internal document from the Syva Company, makers of the widely used EMIT test. This document, leaked by a disillusioned company employee, lists more than 250 over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs that can cause false positives.

Substances that cause False Positive Drug Test Results

THC - Substances or Conditions which can cause false positives
Dronabinol (Marinol)
Ibuprofen; (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Excedrin IB etc)
Ketoprofen (Orudis KT)
Kidney infection (Kidney disease, diabetes) Liver Disease
Naproxen (Aleve)
Promethazine (Phenergan, Promethegan)
Riboflavin (B2, Hempseed Oil)

Amphetamines - Substances or Conditions which can cause false positives
Ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, propylephedrine, phenylephrine, or desoxyephedrine
(Nyquil, Contact, Sudafed, Allerest, Tavist-D, Dimetapp, etc)
Phenegan-D, Robitussin Cold and Flu, Vicks Nyquil
Over-the-counter diet aids with phenylpropanolamine (Dexatrim, Accutrim)
Over-the-counter nasal sprays (Vicks inhaler, Afrin)
Asthma medications (Marax, Bronkaid tablets, Primatine Tablets)
Prescription medications (Amfepramone, Cathne, Etafediabe, Morazone,phendimetrazine, phenmetrazine, benzphetamine, fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine,dexdenfluramine,Redux, mephentermine, Mesocarb, methoxyphenamine, phentermine,amineptine, Pholedrine, hydroymethamphetamine, Dexedrine, amifepramone, clobenzorex,fenproyorex, mefenorex, fenelylline, Didrex, dextroamphetamine, methphenidate, Ritalin,pemoline, Cylert, selegiline, Deprenyl, Eldepryl, Famprofazone) Kidney infection, kidney disease, Liver disease, diabetes

Opiates - Substances or Conditions which can cause false positives
Poppy Seeds
Tylenol with codeine
Most prescription pain medications
Cough suppressants with Dextromethorphan (DXM)
Nyquil
Kidney infection, Kidney Disease
Diabetes, Liver Disease

Ecstacy - Substances or Conditions which can cause false positives
Ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, propylephedrine, phenylephrine, or desoxyephedrine
(Nyquil, Contact, Sudafed, Allerest, Tavist-D, Dimetapp, etc)
Phenegan-D, Robitussin Cold and Flu, Vicks Nyquil
Over-the-counter diet aids with phenylpropanolamine (Dexatrim, Accutrim)
Over-the-counter nasal sprays (Vicks inhaler, Afrin)
Asthma medications (Marax, Bronkaid tablets, Primatine Tablets)
Prescription medications (Amfepramone, Cathne, Etafediabe, Morazone,phendimetrazine, phenmetrazine, benzphetamine, fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine, dexdenfluramine,Redux, mephentermine, Mesocarb, methoxyphenamine, phentermine, amineptine, Pholedrine, hydroymethamphetamine, Dexedrine, amifepramone, clobenzorex, fenproyorex, mefenorex, fenelylline, Didrex, dextroamphetamine, methphenidate, Ritalin, pemoline, Cylert, selegiline, Deprenyl, Eldepryl, Famprofazone) Kidney infection, kidney disease
Liver disease, diabetes

Cocaine - Substances or Conditions which can cause false positives
Kidney infection (kidney disease)
Liver infection (liver disease)
Diabetes
Amoxicillin, tonic water

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Among the items reported as causing false positive test results are:
Pain relievers such as Advil, Nuprin, Motrin and menstrual cramp medications like Midol and Trendar. All drugs containing the widely used pain reliever Ibuprofen are known to cause positive samples for Marijuana. Non-steroidal anti inflammatories such as Naproxyn have cross reacted in blind tests. These are often prescribed for runners, sports injuries to joints, and those suffering from arthritis.

Syva labs has recently reworked its Cannabinoid test and claims to have eliminated this problem. But a Science magazine article (July 8, 1988) lists Ibuprofen as cross reactive. Under the new government guidelines THC testing levels will be reduced to 50 nanograms. Many more THC false positives can be expected in 1994.

Dristan Nasal Spray, Neosynephren, Vicks Nasal Spray, Sudafed, etc. and others containing ephedrine or pnenypropanolamine. Over the counter appetite suppressants which contain propanolamine. Most common nasal decongestants can cause a positive reading for Amphetamines. As the cross reactive list suggests at the back of this booklet, amphetamine false positives are the most common. Recent articles in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry ,Vol. 38 No.12 1992 and Vol. 39 No.3 1993 warn that medications containing chloropromazine, fluspirilene, and others may yield a positive when tested for amphetamines.

Vicks Formula 44M containing Dextromethorphan, and Primatene-M containing perylamine as well as the pain reliever Demerol, and prescription anti-depressant Elavil test positive for opiates up to three days. Even Quinine water can also cause a positive reading for opiates.

Poppy Seeds such as the ones on a bagel from your favorite deli, etc. The journal of Clinical Chemistry Vol.33 No.6, 1987 reports: "the quantities of poppy seed ingested in this study (25 and 40 g) may be expected to be contained in one or two servings of poppy seed cake. Therefore, poppy seeds represent a potentially serious source of falsely positive results in testing opiate abuse." Clinical Chemistry goes on to conclude: Not only is it difficult to distinguish heroin or morphine abuse from codeine, but dietary poppy seeds can give a strong positive result for urinary opiate of several days duration that is confirmed by GC/MS analysis".

Nyquil Nighttime Cold Medicine will test positive for Methadone up to two days.

Antibiotics. Certain newly developed antibiotics have cause positive samples urine tests. Ampicillin is suspect. Amoxicillin has caused positives for cocaine.

Diazepam tests positive for PCP as well as the ingredient in some cough medicines, Dextromethorophan.

Your own enzymes. A small fraction of the population excrete large amounts of certain enzymes in their urine which can produce a positive drug test. Dr. John Morgan of the Dept. of Pharmacology of New York City University writes: "A false positive test could occur in some individuals because they excrete unusually large amounts of endogenons lysozyme or malate dehydrogenase." Dr. Morgan judges that natural enzyme interference may run as high as 10% of positive samples.

Black Skin. This is not a joke! Those of African origin, certain Orientals, or pacific Islanders might test positive for marijuana. Dr. James Woodford, a toxicologist associated with Emory University labs hypothesized the pigment melanin which protects the skin from the sun, approximates the molecular structure of the THC metabolite to cross react on the marijuana urine test. Dark skinned Caucasians such as those from the subcontinent of India could also read positive on marijuana tests. The body eliminates some melanin in a dark person's urine sample.

Passive marijuana inhalation. If you attend a rock concert or ride in a car where marijuana is smoked nearby, even if you do not partake, the second hand marijuana that you might inhale may give your test a positive result for several days.



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by goodrra, Oct 05, 2009
What causes a result of "substituted"?

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by diane_306, Apr 15, 2010
Hi,
My son just went to his appt. to get his pain meds.,and his MD. said he was showing codeine in his urine test.He just sat there and cried in front of her with a hopeless feeling.I can actually say I know for a fact he has not done anything except his own meds..And how my husband and I are so sure he has not been out of our sight except when sleeping.Another thing I can not figure out why would she thinks he would even want to take something that is so much weaker than his pain meds.(morphine&oxycodone) that just seems senseless,and another thing years ago he took codeine cough syrup given to him by a nurse when he was really sick and he did not sleep at all that whole night due to hives and bad breathing problems he was really restless from that one dose of it.
Do you think if I copy this and take it to her she will look at it and believe it?He has been taking a little tylenol,mucinex,bennadryl and probably a few other cold meds. due to a bad cold and sinus infection!!!!He has nothing for now and is in alot of pain!!
Please e- mail me!!!!  ***@****
                                                               Thanks So Much!!!!
                                                                                 Diane

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by Mollyrae, Apr 15, 2010
YES....PLease copy and give this to her. There is also more info with better terminology if your interested. I am so sorry that your Son is going through this. These Doctors unfortunately play god with lives sometimes.
Let me know if you ned further info.
My best,
Molly

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by Mollyrae, Apr 15, 2010
Your e-mail didn't come through. type it out instead. It will show up that way.

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by AuntieinFl, May 29, 2010
could you please post or provide the direct link to the Los Angeles Times article that you mention here? This would be a wonderful source of information. A close family member has had her children taken by CPS. She has cystic renal disease and a false positive was used to take her children by the agency. I am trying to locate valid information about false positives. An interesting note, is the the GAL (Gaurdian ad Litem) for the children had NEVER heard of this before!  Thanks, AuntieinFl

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by ginger2006, Jul 07, 2010
i am currently on lamictal 200 mg and wellbutrin 300 mg, and klonopin 1 mg every day.  i also take synthroid, an 81 mg aspirin, carvedilol, enalapril and simvastatin every day.  i was recently taken off of pristiq 50 mg and put on the lamictal (lamotrigine).  I recently went to apply for a job and took a urine drug test and it came up with a false positive for PCP.  I do not do any kind of drugs whatsoever.  I am a 46 y/o female.  I am also a nurse.  Somebody please help and explain why this could come up this way.  I also bought an otc drug test from CVS and it also showed false positive for PCP.  I do not know what to do.

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by Mollyrae, Jul 07, 2010
Hi Ginger:

Could have someone slipped you something? Do you go out for drinks? This is the only thing I can think of besides the possibility of you being poisoned. PCP is a poison and is also used by vets. I haven't the slightest clue on why this has happened. I would defilitly have it checked out. Hav esome extensive blood work done to find out why.

Sorry this has happened,
Molly

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by concernedwife31705, Jul 20, 2010
ok so heres what i dont understand, if naproxen (aleve) an anti-inflamatorymedicine give u a positive result for thc, then y is it that when i told the judge that i was on naproxen (i even brought my prescription botte) he said i was full of ****!!!!!....i had 7 different website confirm y i came out positive for thc...n still even with my prescription in hand he told me i was a drug user. wtf.....advice?

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by dwood558, Dec 17, 2010
by  debra.richardsonwood24, Dec 17, 2010 11:55PM          

Well I work for 15 year at this company.  They do random drug test .  I was tested at least five time or more no problem. But, this was urine sample.  So the company change to hair testing .   For the first time I test positive for cocaine.  So now reading  this .... I am a victim.  Now I am unemployed I am 54 yr .   I am not drug user .  The only drug is my prescriptiom Simvastatin 80MG every day --- advil for pain -- sinus  mucinex,Zyrtec.  I feel like I was set up.  I need to fight to get my job back.  


What do I need to do?

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by Aria0827, Jan 07, 2011
I recently was drug tested without my knowledge, Doctor came in saying I tested positive for Cocaine, Marijuana, Barbituates, Opiates, etc..he named off a Laundry List of things.  Needless to say I suffer with anxiety and went into full Panic attack mode, became beligerent, crying, loud, ugh it was aweful.  He promised it was a new test to his practice and would send it off to a Lab for results.  I have faxed him twice and have not hear a word from him or his office since this test, which was last Friday.  I have Fatty Liver or NASH so after researching it, until my Fatty Liver goes away, I will always test a "false positive" for tons of drugs.  I don't do drugs.  I take Prilosec for acid reflux, Klonopin for Anxiety, and Xyzal and Cingular for allergies.  That's it.  Now I have contacted my Liver Doc for confirmation and once that is done, I will ask him to write to the doctor explaining the situation.  I hope this helps.  There is another website that offers a lot of info on what causes False Positive reults and BTW-in 1997 a woman who had a poppy seed bagel the day before testing, tested positive for opiates and was fired.  She sued and won almost $900,000.00///you can easily find the case on the web.  When in doubt consult an attorney and let him hire an expert in drug testing if you loose your job, don't get a job, or are denied medication you need by doctors who aren't knowledgeable in this particular field.Look up False Positives on line and you'll see the Laundry List of what can cause this to happen.

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by Mollyrae, Jan 08, 2011
I am so sorry to hear this. Many of these so called "new" tests are non-sense. What you should have done was insisted on a blood test right there in his office. If not his office, then you should have gone right over to the Hospital and told them that you wanted blood drawn for a drug test. This would put away any suspicion of you using drugs. Contact his office immediately and do this... it's not too late. If you are sincere and do not take these drugs (and you tested positive for everything in the book) then get some type of blood testing somewhere to prove it to them. Then go hire a lawyer adn sue that lab who made the mistake.

My best,
Molly

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by lynne19_73, Jan 13, 2011
I had my neck fused 9 years ago and have since developed a degenerative bone disease in my neck. I see a pain management doctor and am currently taking neurontin 300 mg every 8 hours, robaxin 750 mg every 8 hours, norco 5's every 4 hours and also take naproxen 500mg twice a day. i had to take a pre-employment drug screen and the results came back positive for opiads and thc. Needless to say i was let go even though i provided them with a list of medications. i was told that they contacted a doctor and pharmacist and was told that none of these would show up positive for thc but I have read that naproxen can cause a false positive. Any help would be appreciated. By the way I do not smoke marijuana. I also have a long history of uti's, kidney infection and stones as well as cysts on my bladder and urethra.

Thanks,
Lynne

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by Latina66, Jan 15, 2011
This is really upsetting to me to find out how many people get fired from false positive test. I just see pain management for Lupus and a bad back I get a pain patch, oxycodone, and endocet. On Tuesday I went in for my refill I had to give them a urine sample and tested positive for cocaine and the PA said that It showed that I was negative for any of those pain killers, I started to cry and told her that the only illegal drug I have ever done was marijuana. I have to go back on the 21 on this month to see what the lab test say and the out come of weather I get to go back or not on top of all that she send me home with half of what I was take for the pain patch and no pills. But what really hurt the most is that she told me I tested positive for cocaine in front of my 16yr old daughter!    Btw I have been suffering from UTI's and I do take nyquil and allergy medication, I also have had lots of work done on my teeth so lots of novacaine since I metabolize it really quick and been putting lidocaine on a cut also on new years eve my husband and I went out to a friends house I had a couple of drinks and one of her friends was smoking a clove cigar! Does anyone know if any of these would cuz a false positive? Someone help plz?!!

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by Latina66, Jan 15, 2011
Sorry forgot to put that I took a hit of that cig and about 30min later I was filling dizzy so we went home idk what the clove cig had since it was my first time trying it I just thought it was the 2 drinks I had. So of there's anyone out there that can think why I would test positive that would help ease my mind!

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by Mollyrae, Jan 17, 2011
What you should have done and this goes for everyone is request a blood test immediately. Have them do it right there in the Clinic in front of you. If it still reads positive for Cocaine then you must do more investigating on what else you may have ingested one to two days prior to the screen.  NOVACAINE WILL TEST POSITIVE for Cocaine.

Go back to your Dentist office and have them write you a statement in regards to the Novacaine treatment you had. Maek sure that the Doctor gets this info immediately. This should clear you of all illicit drugs in your system.

My best,
Molly

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by thumbalena, Apr 08, 2011
my friend who has Cancer takes Norvasc=4mg=zoloft100mg=wellbutrin xl 300mg-lipitor 20mg-oxycontin 80mg-tylenol 4-flomax 4mg-xanax 1mg-reyataz 300mg-truvada tab-norvir 100mg-omega fish oil 1200mg-calcium d 600mg , last week he had to have a drug test and he tested positive for extasey , he doesnt do street drugs to sick to even leave the house would any of these perscription drugs give him a false positive for extasey, waiting for answer i really appreciate any help for this problem thank you , Capri

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by Megs4565, Aug 04, 2011
Hi My name is Megan,   my Husband has been doing urine tests about a month now. He was just informed today that some of tests were positive for marijuana. This is ridiculous he does NOT smoke! He was told the test were sent to  a lab and they were 100% marijuana positive. Now he is going to lose everything what can we do? This system seems to be fraud how can we get help to sue for False bad drug tests. Also the Ava Court house and drug program Seems to me to be messing up the test results by not doing them correctly. My husband has had three different people give him test one person he has been clean the other two people that have given him the urine tests he has failed AND AGAIN he does not do drugs how is this possible? IT seems this program is FRAUD what can we do?

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by Megs4565, Aug 04, 2011
We are both MORTIFIED at how this Ava Court House's Program is not LAGIT Has anyone else had problems with Missouri's System ? They do nothing but screw people over, how does this system help anyone when all it is shown to do is make a persons life go right down the drain? WHAT kind of system is this?  

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by daddywelder, Sep 19, 2012
I recently had a bad drug screen for work I take a lot of different medicines norco 7.5 - 8 a day ritalin,  b supplement, aleve, asthma medicines, nose sprays Alka Seltzer donns back relief, rockstar energy drinks which have a lot of vitamin B2 B3 B6 and B12 but when the drug test came back it tested positive for THC marijuana and none of the other medicines showed up on the drug test just the thc/ marijuana ! can anyone explain why this is happening ? now I'm fighting to get my job back and think about contacting a lawyer to sue the company for a false positive please help !

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by Helpmeplz166, Oct 09, 2012
I have a friend who tested positive for cocaine, and i know for a fact they dont do cocaine, does taking too much oxycodone test positive for cocaine? They are getting penalized for something they didnt do. Plz help. They need their pain meds to live.

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by CuriousMotherbetty, Nov 23, 2012
My daughter was  drug tested at work. The first test came back saying she had adulterated her test because the ph levels were off.  We made an appointment to see her doctor and found out she was suffering from a UTI and has kidney stones that she hasn't passed yet.  Work said they would retest her. After the second test they told her that she was positive for THC. The cutoff is 15ng and she was 17ng. Can this possibly be a false positive and what would cause that?  Is there any way she can fight  this?  She swears she hasn't smoked pot.  

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by anderson1983, Mar 27, 2013
I went to my po and she drug tested me and it showed i had thc in my urine it was real light. i was wondering if anything can show a false positive

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by Pogs, May 02, 2013
Thank you for this a Doctor at a UNI threatned me in a way at my app with her she mentioned my Husbands job in the Army asking me why I was not seen on the Base I told her they were full had me see her instead then in questons said you some I told her no I dont smoke she then demanded how much I smoke I told her again I don't smoke. After that she asked if I take a vitomin I said yes she said Im putting down you take Herbal medicashions and self medicate. She asked if I take Vitamin B2 found later that is taken to make pass drug tests. While I was in the lobby the nurse that took my blood came out saying loaded has anyone seen blood vials laying around then pointed to me and said I lost your blood out here some place then said thank the Lord I found it here on this table in the lobby anyone could have put something in it.Im worried that it will have a drug test in it and she will say oh look what you tested for due to someone putting something in it. Ironically tragic a drug dealer hit my van while at a stop light 5 years ago it killed my unborn baby an I nearly bleed to death from a blood disorder that became active from the trauma I saw that hematologist because of the blood disorder she questioned if I had blood infusions from that saying she didn’t trust my records or other doc. Im scared and was thinking about somehow getting a drug test taken myself to show I in no way could test positive for anything in that blood they sent out.I cant pay for it myself its costly your page showed me a few things I take normaly that could make it test positive no matter what. Im still very scared but feel a little better now.

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by foxyroxi, May 30, 2013
I went to doc on Monday was devastated he said I tested positive for meth and showed no signs of  my personal
Prescription that he gives me and that I also have been taking for 15 yrs or better witch is soma for spasms in leg and back I also take colonialism that he started me on a couple of years ago and hydrocodone that. I have been  taking for 15-20 yrs.last month I asked him for antibiotic for kidney infection have had them since I was two yrs. Old.....he totally took my loratabs
away said there was none in my system gave me a choice between the tabs and kolonipin to be taken away then said I'lles make the choice for you no more tabs cuts kolonipin
in half he then accused me of smoking pot cause it makes him sneeze I've had 3 lumpectomy and one fusion on low back have 6 titanium screws in my neck have had both hands operated on I have major nerve pain....so he says I have none of my scripted in my system and  100'/, meth in my system and accused me of smoking pot that morning.....Why didn't he sneeze when my nabor went in,he an avid pot smoker........help please......***@**** pain is unbearable my nerves are shot and my doctor gave me a test that lied...can't make it with no pain pills....ooze any advice would help, kidney infection cause a false positive for meth.....

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by PleaseHelpInIndiana, Jul 19, 2013
I am going to a pain clinic and am currently taking Duragesic patches and Norco 10/325 and Valium 2.5 mg along with my regular scheduled medications, such as Amatiza and xyzal Mirapex and trazadone. My pain doctor told me today that last month I tested positive for oxycodone! I can't take oxycodone, it makes me sick! I told him this and he doesn't believe me. I don't take anything that is not prescribed for me. Now I'm afraid I'm going to be labeled a drug addict. I am not! I take these drugs for fibromyalgia and spinal fusions. I did not take oxycodone! What can I do?
                                                                                                            Please Help In Indiana

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by Mollyrae, Jul 20, 2013
Hi PleaseHelp,

That's a tough situation to be in. Today's tests are very accurate with a 99% of a correct test result.

First of all, how long have you been seeing this particular Doctor for pain meds? Pain Management see patients on a regular basis that do not follow the contract. The excuses for tests gone wrong is extensive and they have heard it all. If you've been seeing this Doctor for a while and have other tests that have come back good then he should give you the benefit of the doubt and carry on with filling your script.

When preparing for a drug test, individuals may want to provide a list of any medications taken recently, as well as vitamins and any herbal supplements, to the testing facility and the company's human resources department. If the person undergoing the drug test has an ongoing medical condition, that information should be provided also. This can make a huge difference in evaluating the final results of the test.

Below is some really good information on drug testing that might be of some help to you. I'm really sorry that I cannot help much with this situation. The rampid drug use in today's society is making Doctor think twice before prescribing.

On another note:  Doctors have to report these drug findings gone wrong to the DEA. The DEA will watch the Doctor as to what his outcome will be....The DEA has really clamped down on Doctor writing prescriptions and this makes the Doctor very leery of prescribing to a patient that has has a bad drug test.

So, in reality..there isn't much you can do except talk with your Doctor...Hopefully he will listen to you. I'm so sorry for your situation.

http://aboutdrugtesting.org/drug_test.htm




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by 22090, Jul 21, 2013
I tested positive for amphetamine while in labor and since i had no idea why the hospital called the state on me and had all my children removed including my newborn. I have medical documents since 2009 saying i have been taking zantac(ranitidine) over the counter. I told staff at the hospital i had only taken zantac,tums, and tylenol through my pregnancy and had also stated to my doctor the same at my first prenatal visit. It is very important when seeing a doctor for the first time to let them know what medication you are taking over the counter or prescription. When i requested that the hospital retest me they refused. Upon researching all three when i returned home childless, i found ranitidine can cause false positive results for amphetamine.  I told the state who then spoke to my doctor about it and my doctor denied my findings saying it was impossible so the state accepted his answer without further investigation. Since my doctor refused to research it i emailed the manufacturer and put in a complaint which was responded to the next day. I was told yes it can and has been known to happen but they can not release a statement to me to use to get my children back home only to my doctor. I called his office quite a few times and he called back once because i didnt leave a message of what it was regarding only that i was trying to contact him. He called back and i spoke with him briefly about contacting the pharmaceutical company and started giving the information and while giving the information was disconnected. I tried calling back immediately was put on hold for a few seconds and was told he was in with a patient. I had left him a number of messages since then over a weeks period and still he hasn't called back. I believe he does not want to cooperate. I was told by my state social worker that if i can provide a reliable source documentation that they can close my case. i found a source through www.fda.gov that i will present them with tomorrow and see what happens it is a government website and they work for the government so i don't see how they could not accept this source. When dealing with a situation like this never give up if you know you are innocent go with their program but at the same time gather all the information you need to fight it. Having a clean record and no background should not get messed up because of an error on your doctor or hospitals amount of knowledge. They should not be able to give these type of tests if they are not knowledgeable to all possible interferances and outcomes of these specific tests.  

Here is the article i am using to fight this and i hope this can help someone else who is lost and confused fighting it and in desperate need of help. Section C number 3: interference http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/ucm070612.htm

Do not let them get away with it if you are innocent i know i am and i will get justice for my children who have been away from me for 3 weeks now. There are attorneys who will go up against the state/hospital/doctor and some wont even charge a fee afterwards they may also be able to help you sue whoever is responsible for the error. If you are innocent bring as much attention to it as you can go to the media maybe they will run it maybe not but its worth a shot. To everyone else out there wrongly accused and victimized due to administrators of drug screens lack of knowledge i wish you the best of luck. I will not stop fighting.

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by jon419, Sep 12, 2013
I have been sober for three years now. I am in a methadone program for being addicted to pain killers. Recently I have had tooth pain and have used clove oil on my teeth for pain. Will clove oil show up on a urine screen?

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by Mollyrae, Sep 12, 2013
Hi jon419,

No, Clove Oil will not show up on a drug screen.  I totally understand your concerns with being in a Methadone program, I too am a recovering opiate addict as I was on opiates for a total of 21 years as a result of multiple back surgeries. I take Suboxone so I know where your coming from.

Take care and don't worry friend.

Molly

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by 123hlp123, Sep 27, 2013
My boyfriend failed for methadone and has not did any drugs.  I apply lidocaine could that have got on him and cause him to fail his drug test ?? Please help !!

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by Mollyrae, Oct 02, 2013
Unfortunately Lidocaine will not show up as Methadone. The drug tests now a days are 99'8% accurate and if the test is showing for Methadone then (i hate to say it) then Methadone is most likely in his system.

I wish I could give you better information.

My best,
Mollyrae

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by Ibanez7822, Oct 06, 2013
I am in drug court.  I have not used any drugs in over 400 days.  I have never failed urine test in drug court.  I have been allowed to use a drug testing patch to accommodate my work schedule with drug tests.  My first patch was clean, but my second tested positive for methamphetamine!!  I haven't done ANYTHING...I'm trying to figure out what could have caused this because I will face at least 6 more months in drug court if I cant prove this wrong...I don't take anything that I know of that could cause this...I take workout supplements including a testosterone booster, nictric oxide (L-arginine), Albuterol inhaler, an occasional generic Zyrtec....I work at an oil company and sometimes fill 55 gal drums with either hydraulic fluid, gear oil, or engine oil...That is all I can possibly think of that might be causing the false positive...Please Help if anyone knows anything....Thank you!     My email is ***@****      any suggestions are welcome!

-Matt

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by jennaanne, Oct 07, 2013
3Rd time I tested positive FOR COCAINE AND NEVER USED BOOZE, CIGARETTE, OR DRUGS IN MY LIFE!! &MY KIDNEY PAIN AND KIDNEY FUNCTION IS SEVERE &/ABNORMAL. THE UNITY HOSPITAL ALLINA DIDN'T CARE.THEY JUST LABEL ME; /??

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by jennaanne, Oct 07, 2013
3Rd time I tested positive FOR COCAINE AND NEVER USED BOOZE, CIGARETTE, OR DRUGS IN MY LIFE!! &MY KIDNEY PAIN AND KIDNEY FUNCTION IS SEVERE &/ABNORMAL. THE UNITY HOSPITAL ALLINA DIDN'T CARE.THEY JUST LABEL ME; /??

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by handbagger, Oct 25, 2013
I took didrex, a diet pill I received over 5 years ago, found my old bottle in a old handbag, as I was cleaning out a storage building, it was mine, it had been put up, dry, untampered, I thought what the heck, I took the two pills left, and tossed that and the handbag away, who knew it would show up on a drug screen for pre employment.. Nevars er thought twice about it.
now I cant get my records beuase it was over 5 years the dea only requires 3 years of records. so the company medi I trim destroyed them. I must say they have been very nice. ..
Is there any way to find an old rx that was filled in a md office???
I gonna lose my job and my professional lic.
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by Mollyrae, Oct 26, 2013
TO Ibanez7822,

I'm so sorry that you are facing such an issue. Have you looked at all the reasons that might interfere with a drug test in the original post? Is there anything there that might fit what you've taken in the recent past?

Your Email didn't come through and if you would still like to talk through email, type out your address and this way it will not be deleted OR send me a private message here at MedHelp.

Sorry for your troubles.

My best,
Mollyrae

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by Mollyrae, Oct 26, 2013
TO HANDBAGGER:

You might go to the original Pharmacy and inquire on how long they save script records OR go to your Doctors office and they will have your records there. They do not destroy them.

Good luck to you and I hope that you can keep your job.

My best,
Mollyrae

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by questionsintn, Nov 15, 2013
What could make you test positive for gabapentin? I have never taken this medication... I take several meds including Topamax, Verapamil, Zyrtec, Mucinex, Black Cohash, Estroven, Synthroid, and had just finished a round of Levaquin. I also use Flonase, Astelyn, Zegrid, and occasionally Zantac, and Ibuprofen. I also take Ativan and Lortab. I have never tested positive for gabapentin nor taken it. I don't even have access to it. I also tested positive for amphetamines??

Thanks.

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by jmlk3501, Nov 16, 2013
I take norco morphine baclofen trazadone seraquel ambien benedryl nexium pravastatin fluconazole and zestril. would these medications cause a false positive for valium? My pain doctor let me go. please let me know at ***@****  
      
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by Mollyrae, Nov 16, 2013
QUESTIONSINTN:

Gosh, you've go me !   I have no idea why they would find Gabapentin in your system. That drug is generally not tested for.

With amphetamines, I would look up the ingredience in the drugs your currently taking and compare them to known amphetamines. This might take you a while to research it but it may be worth it.

Good luck to you.

Molly

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by Mollyrae, Nov 16, 2013
JMLK3501:

I'm sorry that I cannot email you. The system here will not allow email addresses.

I must first say that with the types of drugs you take, many with sedating effects, the Doctor would be very upset finding valium in your system. The combination could be very dangerous.

I'm wondering about the combination of drugs you take, it could be possible that they could produce a false-positive for valium. I am not a chemist so it's hard to say. Research other sites that offer false-positives results on medications.

Good luck,

Mollyrae

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by bill303030, Nov 19, 2013
i a testing positive for thc and do not smoke nor am i ever near anybody who does i am perscribed oxycodone.lyrica.baclofen.oxymorphone(opana).omeprozale,celebrex,and i take ibueprophen and tylenol everyday 3 times a day will this cause a false positive for thc?  I am looking at 5 years in jail cuz my po thinks im smoking pot                      help me please

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by Mollyrae, Nov 21, 2013
Hi Bill,

I don't know what to say. These tests are 99.8 percent accurate. The only information I have on why this may happen is on the top of the page.

I wish I could help further.

Good Luck,
Molly

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by fireball1981, Dec 20, 2013
Hi ive been on alprozam 1mg tablets for 3yrs and for some reason my urine drig screen and my bloodwork came back negative for my my alprozam. What could make it not show up. Im trying to despute this but i dont know its not showing up.. Please help i cannot not have them i have a severe panic disorder and this just doesnt make sense.

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by Kellsnmy2babys, Dec 30, 2013
This is a very very serious matter. Someone had called child protective services on me for the second tine, and I went to sodat the next day to do to drug screen that, they had asked me to do for them. That one came back clean. C.P.S never opened an official case against me due to no finding's and with the knowledge, that the girl that called does this to everyone she does not like and it just so happened, my step brother had just broken up with her for the second time, and she even called the first time he broke up with her and made our lives a living hell After just laying my husband the father of my two very young children to rest. He was only 39 yrs. old,, she had claimed to be pregnant and had a still born baby so with no body she goes to the very same funeral home and brings the folder to our home lt hurt so bad to see that but that's a whole long story so because I called the police and funeral home C.P.S was here the next day she even went as far as putting this fake baby death in the paper.
  I do see a Dr. monthly and I am on a few medication's that I see above does cause false positive's I have not smoked T.H.C since my teen years and never even liked it then. But now with C.P.S coming out to close out what is what they say just an investigation with "NO FINDING'S" So I go to see my Dr. as usual for my monthly visit and for the first time in my four years with them T.H.C comes up positive in my urine, so of cores "YFS"other known as Child Protective services calls back saying they can not close out due to this T.H.C as you could imagine I am very scared my two children are scared to death.. before they really didn't know what was going on but now my daughter just turning 7 Dec.16th and now my son's b-day yesterday Dec 29th 2013 they understand just whom these people are, and actually suffer from insomnia and anxiety problem's from being put through so damn much!!
  So my Dr. did tell me that it may just be my meds causing it, and that he was sending my urine out to the lab, and not to be worried because he has seen this before with other patient's and that he knows I did not smoke the s*&t, He said he even told the C.P.S people I am a model patient and that in my almost four year's there I have not once ever given not one dirty urine.
  I am still worried because of human error what if they mixed my Urine up with someone that did smoke? So I told then I am willing to give, Blood, hair follicle,More Urine, hell even a lie detector test.These are my baby's both metrical baby's another long story But there is no way in hell And it wouldn't even make since to go and give a clean urine then knowing that I was going be tested by my Dr. who in their right mind would go and smoke marijuana and or whatever else T.H.C is in why in god's name would I go and smoke this crap? this document scares me and makes me think how many other mother's and their children separated and these kid's are probably in foster care only being abused and not fed, just straight up neglected??? This is very scary t me there are a lot of great Foster Parent's out there but there are more then enough very bad ones that only take the children in for the check they receive on them every month!! I will fight to the finish they will not get my baby's, They will not separate us due to a false test that I am willing to give blood, Hair,WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS THEY WANT I WILL GIVE!! BUT THIS IS SCARY AND I FEEL VERY BAD FOR THE PARENT'S AND CHILDREN THAT IT'S ALREADY TO LATE FOR AND HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES DUE TO THESE FALE POSITIVES?? MAY THE LORD BE WITH THEM AND EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU OR WHATEVER GOD YOU PRAY TO MAY HE HELP YOU AND KEEP OUR BABY'S SAFE!!! TY FOR READNG MY STOR! K.G
                                  

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by Mollyrae, Dec 30, 2013
Hi Kelly,

Please DON'T worry about your situation. CPS is smarter than you think. I'm sure that they are aware of this girls false statements.

What you need to do is have CPS administer a drug screen in your home the day they come. Show them the previous drug screens that show you haven't been smoking pot.

This situation happened to me in 1990. DCSS was alerted that I was abusing my two Boy's..not feeding them and had no food in the house, sending them to school in dirty cloths, that the house was in disarray, ect..... They sent someone out unexpected and right and when the Boy's returned home from school. They immediately separated me from the boy's so that they could talk to me and 15 minutes later, they were apologizing to me.

They found nothing... the house was clean and the frige full of food. The Boy's were clean and happy.

If you're house is in order and your kids are clean and happy and you have not had any other CPS concerns that they found to be accurate then you have nothing to worry about. They cannot take away your children on a one time drug screen finding.

I hope this helps. BTW, I am in my Fifties and have good knowledge on the aspects of Social Services. Please feel free to voice any other concern you may have.

My best,
Mollyrae

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by Mollyrae, Dec 30, 2013
Kelly, PS,

I meant to say that since you haven't had any drug screens come back dirty, MAKE SURE that can have actual proof from your Medical Records. You might have to go and get a copy from your Doctor.

GOOD LUCK GIRL!

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by mick350, Jan 13, 2014
mick350                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi I have had a drug test and it has returned a thc positive I have never had any drugs at all and never will I have had cold and flu and zertec tablets and I take a vitamin B2 and it contains riboflavin in it. Is it possible that's why it has come back positive.

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by Mollyrae, Jan 13, 2014
Hi Mick,

Has someone in your household or immediate area had pot and smoked it near you?  The Meds that you take would not cause a positive result for THC.

THC stays in your system for approx. 30 days.

Sorry I can't help you more.

My best,
Mollyrae

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by mick350, Jan 14, 2014
Hay it's mick you say the tests are 99.8% accurate it cant be every one on the same day had a test and one of the other boys I know had a false test and it came up with other positives for things and he said that cant be right I have never had any of those drugs and she put it in a different test cup and told him that we have had some faulty cups and he was all clear . And these are current urine test cups because we had a problem with people taking synthetic drugs so they brought in contractors to do the tests. and another person I know had the same problem and we are all on a mine site I do not trust the drug tests at all and I know these people would not do drugs.

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by mick350, Jan 14, 2014
I do believe that some meds are returning false results I have a house and a family and would NOT put that at risk over drugs. And people that don't take medication are still giving false resalts I don't trust the medical industry any more . It is messing with peoples lives and family. And we get looked at as drug users . And what is even more disturbing is you can bye things on the internet to beat a drug test that will get it out of your system in one hour how can you feel safe on a mine site.  

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by allstarsteve, Jan 27, 2014
I am a 6"1 300 pound man. I recently been put on probation for using. I havent used since jan 7th. I been takin urine test twice a week. On the 14th i took a test and than on the 16th i took another. They said my levels went up and i havent smoked anything. How is that possible?

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by allstarsteve, Jan 27, 2014
Sorry i didnt mention the drug. Its pcp

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by pmorris, Jan 27, 2014
My boyfriend had a drug screening and tested borderline high for amphetamines.  They sent the sample for more sophisticated testing it came back positive for Adderall, which he has never taken.  He has been taking pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D and Wal-Phed) for sinus congestion, Nasonex nasal spray, Osteo Bi-Flex, multi-vitamins, and Viibrid, chlonazepam, omeprazole, zolpidem.  He has prescriptions for everything not OTC.  Any ideas?

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by Mollyrae, Jan 27, 2014
allstarsteve,

I have no idea why that would happen. Sorry I cannot help you.

My best,

Mollyrae

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by Mollyrae, Jan 27, 2014
pmorris,

The combination of the OTC cold medications may have something to do with the elevated test. I'm guessing that that would be the culprit. I have included those possibilities in my original post.

Do some research on the drugs listed here and go from there.

Good luck,
Mollyrae

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by Pgc, Feb 11, 2014
Do you know if zzzquill or a detox tea for the liver and kidneys could give you a false positive for cocaine?

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by danacurryjenny, Mar 09, 2014
PLEASE help me!! I have been going to a pain clinic for over a year with no problems.. I am on 15 mg oxycodone and 30 mg morphine. I also was in a coma about 2 years ago ..septic shock had my gallbladder   removed  and have had serious  leg and back pain for years...with major nerve damage. anyway when I was in my coma .. my kidneys lost all but 30% function and I also have cirrosis of the liver I am border line on dyalisis  now.. I have taken 3 test every month.. 2 oral swabs and one urine. I went into my last appointment and they discharged me for a positive. for methamphetimine . There's no freaking way!! I would never use meth and im not so stupid that i would go right in and take the test knowing i used meth I would just postpone my appointment!! I mean really come on!! the only thing I ever used was vicks nyquil 2 doses which i told them and i also used vicks  nasal inhaler. which i didnt figure i need to tell cause  didnt think was a drug ?  So what the heck can I do? I have ask them for all 3 of my test results. so I can see if all 3 are positive .. because I dont believe they are.. they also said my levels have been going up and down on my test can my liver and kidneys be causing this also? please tell me what I should do I am in a bind and i know i have never used meth ever!! so you can imagine what i said when they told me this!! PISSSSED!!

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by Mollyrae, Mar 13, 2014
So sorry to hear of this. These clinics can literally play God with your life at times. I can't quite understand why the clinic would do so many drug screens per month. That's excessive in my mind. If they are going to that extreme, please find another clinic if at all possible.

As far as the positive result, I can't give you any other explanation than what's already listed here.

Good luck with your fight for rights.

My best,
Mollyrae

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by msdisagree, Mar 14, 2014
Mollyrae -

What are your credentials?  I am a doctor and I seem to disagree with a lot of your comments.  NO, drug tests are NOT 99.8% accurate.  Where are you getting your facts from?  To all, yes, over the counter medicines effect a drug test.




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by msdisagree, Mar 14, 2014
Danacurryjenny -  

The over the counter meds you listed actually will effect a drug test.  Please ask for a retest and make sure not to use any of those days prior or get a second opinion with a doctor who understands about OTC drugs that effect the outcome of taking a drug test.

What decade did your doctor go to college?



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by jessndanneedadvice, Mar 17, 2014
i have been on several different medications due to and infection in my lungs and issues with my pancreas, I know amoxiclyn, prednisone 20 mg,  clarithromycin 500mg  omeprazole dr 40 mg,  fluconazole 100 mg, as well as ventolin HFA (albuterol sulfate) I have just failed to drug tests for cocaine, they say that my urine has been tested in the lab but I have not used cocaine, Will these meds and/or combination of them cause this possitive screen?? Please help!

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by Ronnie91002, Mar 18, 2014
I tested positive for cocaine but I do not use or be around that stuff I took another one Saturday will that one come back positive too? Again I do not use and now I Dnt have a job is there anyway I can prove to them I'm not on drugs

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by aheight1984, Apr 04, 2014
Hello, I was put on in home detention, pending my hearing, on Feb. 14, 2014.  I have not used anything other than my prescription Subutex and Trazadone.  I failed my first urine screen on 3-19-2014 for Valium.  I have not taken anything since 2-12-2014 and I'm scared because I do not want to go to jail when I haven't done anything wrong.  I'm pregnant so I'm wondering, could Valium still be in my system after 6-8 weeks due to my pregnancy?


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by jeffacide, Apr 04, 2014
On February 28th I had my first pee test in Scott County. It's a 1/2 hour drive from my home, I had to go, but I was extremely nervous, and drank enough water to go, and hadn't used since Feb 20th (day I was arrested).  A tester stood next to me, watching in the mirror next to the toilet, so it took about 5 minutes to pee.  I was told that they usually only allow 3 minutes to "try to pee" then they make you sit and wait for a 1/2 hour, then you have 3 minutes to pee again.  If you can Not pee the second time, they send you home, and you get a "Non compliant" mark against you... I wasn't going to let that happen! My test came back as >200P over threshold of 50.

Still hadn't used any pot since 20th of February. My next test was on March 4th, only 4 days after the first test! That day I drank over a gallon and a half of pure (reverse osmosis) water from morning until 4pm, and was going to make sure I could pee in my alotted time of "3 minutes!" I couldn't make it to the test area without my bladder bursting, so I went pee at Cub Foods on the way, I had to get a Money Order anyways and they sell them at Cub. I also bought a 2 liter of coke to make sure I could fill my bladder again, so I could pee without waiting. I went shopping for a little while to build up my bladder again, and drank about a liter of Coke on the way to testing. I went in, my body needed to go again (Yes! ...I thought!) and so I went within the first minute! My pee was crystal clear! My test came back at 64P over 50...

Third test was on March 17th. This time I waited at home, I didn't drink a lot of water, just a few glasses in the morning, and waited until my oldest boy got home to watch the younger kids. (Still hadn't smoked pot since Feb 20th) I had to go at home, but held it until I made it to the testing facility! Pee came out a dingy yellow color. Test results came back as 138P over 50...

I didn't know this until April 4th, when I recieved a letter stating that I HAD VIOLATED the court order! And that my conditional release had been REVOKED because I Failed to have "NO USE or Possesion of nono-prescribed Drugs!" They did Not put a warrant for my arrest on me... yet, but I know they will try to say I was using at my next court date, when I was NOT! What can I do now to make them believe me? If anything...

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by angeldotcom, Apr 10, 2014
Well I am in tears have failed 3 times at my new doctor at the pain clinic that I started in Jan . I have not took any of these things . I was on Morphine for over a year the last I Took of that was the 2nd week in Jan he switched me two duduid for 2 weeks to see how it worked I stopped them and gave him back all I did not take . He started me on Oxycontin 30mg and  5mg percet a day that was Jan 25 , He takes a mouth swab everytime I go  . When I went back he said I had morphine in my system was thinking the morhphine I was on should be gone . I went back yesterday he said I failed for a drug test he gave me in March for morphine again I was so hurt because I knew it was my word against that test and I knew I had not took nothing just what he gave me .. I ask to see the test he went got it and was sitting there reading like he had not even looked at it was what it looked liked anyway . Then he says well it looks like its almost gone what I think it was saying it was . Then he spoke again said you have Hydrodrone in your system for month of Feb and March ..... I am like WHAT ???? I felt like it was a lost cause telling him that I had not but I did . He says if I come back next month he is cutting me off . I need to know maybe a site to help me are someone ? How is this going on ? I have took goody powders and genic tyernol that is all .. I have awful pain having to lay just to write this and in a wheelchair . I need to have something to come back with if my doctor does this again . Thanks !!!

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by Cathiecats, Apr 16, 2014
Hi I'm being denied hcv treatment fir positive thc I did smoke a bit for about two months to aid with cramps nausea etc and stopped my first tox test was three weeks after I stopped they said it read a 57 I took one Friday of last week I'm at 32 I have not smoked pot in over two months and only used it for about two months since my liver is obviously not functioning as well as it should could this be why I'm showing positive?  I also take a herbs and vits each morning is there an herb that can do this I just added on gravous sour somthing? Please advise

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by Emily_MHModerator, Apr 16, 2014
Cathiecats,

We have a Hep C Community that may help as well - http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Hepatitis-C/show/75

Best of luck,

Emily

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by TristenAsz, Apr 16, 2014
I don't smoke marijuana. I just took a test that said I was positive for THC. I'm a diabetic. I take testosterone shots every 2 weeks. I take metformin, Junivia, an aspirin, lisinipril, was just on a strong antibiotic for thrush, steroids for back pain, and omeprazole. Will any of these cause me to have a false positive for THC.

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by Mollyrae, Apr 17, 2014
Hello Catiecats,

I'm really taken back that your Hep treatment was cancelled due to tox screen. That is unbelievable. There are many other Doctors that will treat you, please talk to your local Patient Advocate in the Clinic where this happened or write to your local State Medical Board.

Best of luck,

Mollyrae

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by Mollyrae, Apr 17, 2014
MSDISAGREE,

I am not a Doctor... My intentions are to help others with the best information I can find. This was the basis for the thread (read first post).

There is always someone who will disagree with you and that's alright. My information comes from reputable web souces and I am sorry if you disagree with me. I am only here to try and help others. It is extremely unsettling to be dismissed from your Pain Management Clinic for a bad drug screen. I've been there myself.

UPDATED INFORMATION:

If you are not a drug user and you fail the drug screening (it does happen), be as straightforward with the employer as possible, let them know that you are not a drug user and ask them if they would please do a confirmation test. Recent estimates from the Journal of Analytic Toxicology showed error rates of 5 to 14 percent on this initial test. The following is a list of over-the-counter medications which have been known to cause false positives in drug testing:

* Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
* Midol
* Nuprin
* Sudafed
* Vicks Nasal Spray
* Neosynephren
* Ephedra and Ephedrine-based products (often used in diet products)
* Detromethorphan
* Vicks 44

I stand by my percentage of accuracy in testing.

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by DisabledvetX2, Apr 29, 2014
Need some advise, someone filed a false claim w child and youth services, I told them I'm prescribe oxycodone so they want me to take a 12 panel drug screen.  I took one on my own and it came positive for oxy and opiates.  I don't take or do anything else, I am prescribed 12 pills aday for well over a year.  I am scared cause it's my kids and confused cause I don't kno what's goin on,  I've tried to research it but haven't gotten a def answer.  Does anyone know it you take high doses of oxycodone will you test positive for opiates on a 12 panel screen?  I've tested myself 3 times now all positive and I'm serious that's all I've ever done.  Please help

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by HelpfulBUBBA, May 17, 2014
Yes, on a 12 panel screen you will test positive for oxycodone, as well as oxymorphone, a metabolite of oxycodone

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by HelpfulBUBBA, May 17, 2014
And the only test that is 98.9 % accurate is when the gas chromatography test is done TWICE. I don't recall what the accuracy is of a single test, but it takes two, done by a professional lab such as quest to achieve a 98.9% accuracy. Any of the immunoassay tests are fallible for any number of reasons. And ALL of them state so, and suggest that any negative results should be sent to a lab for confirmatory analysis. Just an FYI for everyone. If you are innocent of drug use, fight until you get such confirmatory testing. I just went thru this scene with parole due to my pain management prescriptions. Many people are ignorant of the facts regarding a simple office test kit and the confirmation tests done by the lab. For instance: if you take codeine, morphine is a metabolite of codeine and will remain in your system as it breaks down. So initially you will test positive for both, and later on only morphine... The same goes with different opiates as well. Other drugs I'm not sure about since I have no first hand knowledge of them. Hope this helps out anyone who might be getting jammed up in any way...





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by Mollyrae, May 17, 2014
DISABLEDVET,

You have nothing to worry about. The panel say's that you have exactly what you claim is in your body.
Cheer up.

Molly

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by Mollyrae, May 17, 2014
Thanks for your information HelpfulBUBBA, It's really appreciated.  :)

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by HelpfulBUBBA, May 20, 2014
Oh. Sorry disabledvet, oxycodone is synthetic opiate. So yes, you will test positive for opiates with the subcategory of oxycodone. Hope that relieves your worries. Your totally legit as long as you're prescribed the meds...

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by twintime2, Jun 02, 2014
For the first time in 4 years I tested positive for methadone, I go to a pain clinic and take oxycodone Zanax, clonopin, and just got tizidine,. I have to take Tylenol PM to sleep and just started ibuprofen 800 for a toothache I have never taken methadone why would I test positive forit?

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by Nervous_and_confused, Jun 13, 2014
Any advice would be great,

I was recently court ordered to  give urine samples to show that I had quit smoking marijuana. I have been smoke free for three weeks after 16 years of nearly everyday multiple times a day. When I went to court today the judge told me she knows that I have used since being ordered to quit because my thc levels were higher today then they were when I first started testing. When I herd this I was completely baffled. The only things I have taken are sodas, red bull and an all natural muscle relaxant  prescribed by a chiropractor called myocalm pm. I have tried to look online to see if any of these items would cause a false positive for thc but I was unsuccessful . I  was wondering if anyone has had anything similar to this and if so how I could prove to the judge I truly did quit. Again any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance

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by Mollyrae, Jun 13, 2014
NERVOUS_AND_CONFUSED

You have been smoking for a long time and it might be possible that your levels on the first test was abnormally low... maybe from something you ate or drank??? I'm not sure. What I do know is that they can be unstable for the first few weeks. Ask the judge to re-try the test in another week or so.

Good luck,
Mollyrae

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by MomOf5inWV, Jun 24, 2014
My very specific drug screen at the suboxone doctor I see is showing up gabapentin in my system. I do not take it, I take lexapro, lamictal, suboxone, zofran, phenergran, melatonin, as well as otc cold and sinus medications bc I have had a sinus infection. This has shown up a couple times since April after having a hysterectomy and the only thing new I've started doing is going to the dentist having a lot of cavities from pregnancy filled and just had an extraction...is it something in the otc meds or the numbing meds at the dentist making my drug screen show gabapentin.  Like I said, honest to god I don't take this, I have no reason to lie on this forum, I was prescribed gabapentin back in December but took it twice and couldn't keep my eyes open. With 5 kids that's not good. So I stopped taking it, when I entered out patient treatment I cchanged playmates and cleaned my playground, tossing all medications I was no longer taking.

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by Steelheadr, Jul 16, 2014
I am 51 year old male in Seattle who has had multiple back surgeries. I am prescribed cyclobenzeprin for back spams, Hydrocodone 10/325 for pain ( 2 1/2 ) and take lots of Acetaminopfen (2500 mg+ per day) have taken urine test for pain management for last 5 years, passed them all. Now this last test I tested positive for canaboids? I emailed my doctor to ask WTF? He did not believe that I had not been smoking weed since it is now legal in Washington State! He did mention that they used to re-check positives but since legalization have stopped checking twice!  This positive test has no effect since it is legal however I may have to take a test for a new job at some point, and am concerned and trying to figure out why I tested positive. I do take a multi vitamin suplement +  Super B, Niacin slow release, and sometimes Vit D., and or Co Q 10, and recently started with the diet aid Phentermine... I have not smoked any weed  in years and years. any idea's?

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by Mollyrae, Jul 17, 2014
MOMOF5INWV:

I'm not sure what the deal would be with Gabapentin, that is not a narcotic, it's a nerve med. Why would your Doc be so worried about this, you cannot get high from it. ??


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by Mollyrae, Jul 17, 2014
STEELHEADR:

Have you been around someone who recently smoked the pot?

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by steve7eagan, Jul 19, 2014
I've had two steroid epidural injections for herniated disc two years in a row and tested positive for amphetamines right after both test. I have liver disaise (HCV)  Is there anything that you can think of that might be causing this to happen.
Thanks. Steve E. Steve.***@****

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by Mollyrae, Jul 20, 2014
STEVE7EAGAN:

I believe it is a reaction to the steroid itself. Prednisone and other steroids have been widely known to cause a false/positive test result for amphetamines. This happens more than not. It seems that you are a victim in this false/positive result. Amphetamines are sometimes used as a steroid since it has the same effective properties.

Hope this helps.  Spell out your email, it won't come through as you posted it.

My best,
Mollyrae

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by MinnesotaNate, Jul 22, 2014
I am a 32 year old male from Minnesota, I have MS and I take Hydrocodone 5/325, 6 per day for the last 4 years, for chronic back pain relating to degenerative disc disease and other back injuries. After my doctor left the state for a better job at a university, my pain meds were switched to my family doctor, and he my clinic is very much against pain medication. I recently tested positive for THC and I was recently in the hospital 2 times in the last month and a half for 1 week each time, getting methylprednisolone 1000/mg per day IV for Multiple Sclerosis Exacerbations. Both times while in the hospital, I received protonix daily along with my normal meds, including, vitamin d 5000IU, amantadine, Ritalin, Flonase, hydrocodone 5/325, tramodol, baclofen, lorazepam, toviaz, cranrich (cranberry suplement) melatonin, senna S, Albuterol inhaler, and colace,. Since leaving the hospital I have also been on Ranitidine HCL 150 MG and occasionally miralax. I know that good medical cannabis is what I need for my Multiple Sclerosis, but it won't be available in Minnesota until Next June. I have tried it and it can help me be much more able to walk and go up stairs, and would help me not be as numb and tingly and would help with my blurry double vision. I recently visited Colorado and considered moving there, while there I tried the Marijuana legally over the counter and it works for me, I did not mix it with the pain meds and only tried a very small amount.  Sadly I cannot afford to move there right now and my Multiple Sclerosis is getting worse very fast and 10 years of on and off high dose steroids are taking a big toll on my liver and kidneys, I do bieve I have hypertension and that I am basically diabetic due to the steroids as well as kidney and liver problems as well as bone denisity problems. My family doctor does not understand any if this and my neurologist is only concerned with the steroids and starting me on a new immunomodulater called Gilenya which it will start taking the day after tomorrow assuming I do not have complications such as slowed heart rate, after taking being monitored for 6 hours in the neurology clinic. I failed my first Urine Analysis at my family clinic and I am scared about the consequences regarding my health insurance and losing the help I recieve from my county social services and potentially being labelled as a drug abuser, I have an 18 month old child and I never want to do anything that could jeopardize my family in any way. I do not know if I failed the test because of the Protonix I recieved while in the hospital a week before my test, and a couple weeks before that also while in the hospital, or if I failed the test because I tried medical the legal medical cannabis roughly 30 days ago. It also should be noted that I was not under a pain contract with my new doctor until 4 days ago, the same day I gave the urine sample that tested positive for THC. Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you! - Nate

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by Mollyrae, Jul 22, 2014
MINNESTOANATE:

Please see my personal message to you.

Chin up !!!

Molly

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by mychronicbackpain, Jul 22, 2014
I have been taking 320 mg Oxycontin a day for many years for back pain.  My Dr. told me today that I failed a drug test from 2 months ago, because I tested positive for morphine.  My reply was, that's absolutely impossible. Since this was over 2 months, I have no recourse.  I can't ask for more split testing, I can't ask for blood tests to confirm or deny.  I want to know if the Oxycontin may have caused this to show morphine and why.  Under what circumstances might it have caused this.  I am on a patient assistance program and will lose my standing if there is no reasonable explanation.  I have not taken anything other than prescribed medication as prescribed.  I've never had a failed drug test in all the years I've been tested, for the simple reason, I don't do anything I'm not supposed to.  

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by Mollyrae, Jul 23, 2014
MYCHRONICBACKPAIN:

These kinds of stories irritate me the most. There is no good reason why the clinic waited 2 months. Basically it's like the President-  sign a bill into law and tell everyone later. Remember, there's always a motive for everything.

Now I'm not sure why they did this to you but you have the law on your side.

Inform them that you want another test only this time using your hair. Any drug taken will be in that hair. A lot of times this is how a coroner finds drugs in a deceased person.

Tell them that this is the law and you demand this. You do NOT want this information from the clinic to go into your Medical Record. It will be there for life.

I hope this helps.

My best,
Molly

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by mychronicbackpain, Jul 24, 2014
Excellent idea.  Can you tell me exactly what the protocol is for the field testing procedures.  Step by step because I know he hasn't followed the procedure from what I have learned over the years.  I'm wondering why a field test would show what it's supposed to show, and why it was sent to a lab, when there should be no need to confirm anything beyond the field test results.  IF morphine actually showed up in the field test, then why didn't they bring it to my attention on the spot?  Why did it take 2 months to inform me?  If it did not show up in the field test, and it did in the lab, then that brings up a host of questions that demand answers.  I know I didn't take morphine, I have never been prescribed morphine, I don't know anyone that takes it that I could even get it from.  It's absolutely impossible to prove I didn't and there is nothing but my word to prove it.  I may ask for the hair test, but I want it off my record, and if he didn't follow procedure, then it should come off.  I found some really strange claims on my insurance that need explanation.  I have no proof yet, but I know how to find it and I will.  What I need is the breakdown of billing codes, I think he is billing 2 labs for the same procedure, and they are procedure's that weren't done. To top it off he has a medical malpractice suit filed 1/2013 that is pending. I have some homework to do, but I'm not sure where to look first.

Any ideas you have, please let me know.  If you don't have my email, I would have no problem sending you my contact info.

I'm also considering a pain pump so I can get off these pills that are slowly killing me.

Thank you Molly.  

MCBP Aka Bob

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by Mollyrae, Jul 24, 2014
This may cost you some $ but the procedure would be to find an independent lab that deals with drug screens and have them do the test. DO NOT use the clinics labs.  If a person has taken Morphine within a 90 day period.. sometimes longer will show up. Here is a great website for the basic info on testing hair.

https://www.labcorp.com/wps/portal/!ut/p/c1/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os_hACzO_QCM_IwMLo1ALAyNj1yBnQxNfA4MAI30_j_zcVP2CbEdFAFDtPnI!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

You must do this ASAP.

There is a reason why your clinic didn't tell you about your failed test and this is one of the reasons. It sounds to me like they are trying to let you go as a patient. This happened to me and thankfully I was able to prove my case. I was reinstated promptly.

If I were you, I would request a copy of your medical record. I did and the things I read made me hopping mad. very false information. I have the right to sue for defamation of character.

Send me a private message and I will forward my email address to you.

Thanks,
Molly

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by Mollyrae, Jul 24, 2014
The link might not work because of it's length, so here is the shorter version.

https://www.labcorp.com/       OR just  google labcorp.

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by Kikster24, Jul 24, 2014
I had an appointment a little bit ago and was asked if I would take a drug test; I agreed since I do not use anything other then was is prescribed to me. At my next appointment, my Dr said none of my meds were in my system, I told him they wouldn't be because I was out and it took a week to get in to get the scripts (when I was drug tested). Then he told me I had a high dose of cocaine in my system. This came as a total shock to me, since I have never used it or even seen it! On top of that, I get my medical history check ups printed out for my records, and he stated "That I was tested and had a high dose of cocaine, and he can no longer trust me. And that I will need a drug test every month"
Because I know what I put in my body, I am willing to take a drug test everyday if needed! I'm confused to what would cause this false positive, and how to gain my Dr trust back, because I do enjoy my Dr.
Also, I am scared because I am a single mom, and I do nothing that would cause my son to be taken away from me, I hardly  drink and recently quit smoking; and I am terrified that this can cause my son to be taken away.
I did demand another test, but still scared it will come up positive, or if it comes back negative, my Dr will still not trust me.....Any advice?

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by Mollyrae, Jul 25, 2014
KIKSTER:

At the top of the page in the original post, some of the reasons for a positive cocaine test are:

Cocaine - Substances or Conditions which can cause false positives
Kidney infection (kidney disease)
Liver infection (liver disease)
Diabetes
Amoxicillin, tonic water

Is it possible that any of these reasons effect you?

My best,
Molly

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by Kikster24, Jul 30, 2014
Molly,
  I am not sure. I may have to get tested for Kidney or Liver infections. I talked to my ex husband today, he has a lot of the same back issues, and was subscribed the same medications as I was; but was recently taken off one because it was cause a liver infection. Only tonic water I've had is in some of my alcoholic beverages, but I do not drink a lot at all. My main concern is that by Dr. does not trust me anymore. I have no problem doing a drug test every week, I am in the process of a lawsuit for my back, and the last thing I need it people thinking I am a doped up liar.

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by sodangconfusef, Aug 11, 2014
By: sodangconfused                                                      I have recently been let go at my job of nearly 20 yrs. I have chronic back pain and have been recently hospitalized and released after three days of steroids morphine hydrocodone I was then sent home for a month of TP with SI dysfunction I take hydrocodone 10 800 mil grams ibuprofen muscle relaxers, xanax when needed vitamin b12  vitamin a k and was on vitamin d3 50000 units 3 times z week for 3 yrs but my blood has become so thin from it I just quit taking it a couple mths ago and have been trying herbal rutin ,nu.squeege, biotin I have also been on garcinia Cambodia and raspberry ketones  I have also had a horrible sinus infection  and have used over the counter nasal spray and a nasal decongestant people tablet every night for a long time to help me breath I have had several drug screen test and have never had a problem taking one only this time I have lost my job because it showed positive for marijuana ! Problem being I dont do marijuana can you help me please to understand what has happened !!!!

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by Mollyrae, Aug 12, 2014
Is this a possibility.....

"" Passive marijuana inhalation. If you attend a rock concert or ride in a car where marijuana is smoked nearby, even if you do not partake, the second hand marijuana that you might inhale may give your test a positive result for several days. ""

Otherwise, maybe this might be a factor...

""Your own enzymes. A small fraction of the population excrete large amounts of certain enzymes in their urine which can produce a positive drug test. Dr. John Morgan of the Dept. of Pharmacology of New York City University writes: "A false positive test could occur in some individuals because they excrete unusually large amounts of endogenons lysozyme or malate dehydrogenase." Dr. Morgan judges that natural enzyme interference may run as high as 10% of positive samples. ""

Have a hair sample taken asap.

Thanks,
Mollyrae

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by mistakenidentity, Aug 31, 2014
Hi, I take Suboxone and just failed a urine drug test for Methadone and Klonopin. But like everyone else on this forum, I took neither of those drugs. Like others have said, I have no reason to come to this forum and lie; I did drugs for years and publicly admit that. However, I did not take the drugs I failed for, nor anything else I'm not prescribed to. Besides Suboxone I take Paxil, Excedrin and occasionally Ibuprofen (both over the counter and prescription 800mg). I had gone to the dentist a couple weeks earlier and been prescribed Valium for the appointment (a total of 2), but my doc said there was no way it would still show up on the test 2+ weeks later. Any ideas? She sent it to a lab but who knows if they'll get it right either considering the test kit was wrong!

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by mistakenidentity, Aug 31, 2014
Forgot to mention I'd also been taking an antibiotic, I believe Amoxicillan.

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by heinrich_86, Sep 04, 2014
I just failed a post accident saliva test. It said positive for amphetamines. I have been clean from everything for over seven years. I'm now suspended from work pending the results of a hospital urinalysis. What would cause the false positive I don't take any meds I haven't even needed Tylenol for about six months. I drink energy drinks at work


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