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Q: Will Focalin test positive for Amphetamines or Methamphetamines? Will Adderall test positive for Methamphetamines?

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
3/31/11 11:21am

Donna

 

Thank you for your question and welcome to ADHDCentral.com.

 

The medications you are asking about are stimulant medications and may show up as positive for amphetamines/methamphetamines on drug screenings. To be safe, you should list all medications you are currently taking, along with the name of the doctor who prescribed the medications on any questionnaire you are asked to fill out prior to the drug screening.

 

For more information:

 

Employment Drug Screening and ADHD Medications

 

I hope this helps

 

Eileen

 

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Donna, Community Member
3/31/11 2:08pm

Thank you for your response.  I did speak with a product specialist at Novartis (mfg of Focalin) who advised me that Focalin may show a positive on a screening test, depending on the level of sensitivity, however, because it is dexmethylphenidate that when additional verification procedures are performed to confirm a positive test that it will not test positive as an amphetamine or methamphetamine.  I also spoke with a Physician who works for LabCorp iin the toxicology department who also indicated that Focalin, Ritalin, and Daytrana will not test positive as specific testing is performed to exclude these medications from testing positive as an amphetamine.  He also confirmed that Adderall will test positive for Amphetamines but will not test positive for methamphetamine.  I hope this additional information helps as well.  (I am a HCP who has a patient who tested negative for Amphetamines when prescribed a stimulant such as dexmethylphenidate.  I certainly did not want to accuse a patient of diversion without the facts and it turns out that the patient would not test positive.)

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
3/31/11 2:30pm

Donna

 

Thanks so much for this additional information. It is quite helpful and I may refer readers to your answer for further clarification when they ask about this issue.

 

Eileen

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