Wednesday, December 02, 2009 Al, Community Member, asks

Q: How long does Focalin XR stay in your system

My daughter takes Focalin XR and is looking for her first job. She doesn't want her employer to know about the focalin. I've advised her to disclose it but she will not. In order to help the best I can, how long will she need to be without it before it will not show up in her drug test? 

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
12/ 3/09 5:04am

According to the drug guide, the half-life of Focalin XR is 2 - 4.5 hrs., which means it could stay in the system for five to six times that, or up to 27 hrs. 


As long as your daughter has a legitimate prescription for the medication she really shouldn't be concerned about disclosing it for the drug test.  It will be far worse for her if she doesn't disclose it and it shows up.  Here is a link to an article that might help put her mind at ease:  "Passing" Those Drug Screenings

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By Al, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/01/14, First Published: 12/02/09