Do ADHD Medications Show up on a Drug Test for Amphetamines?


Asked by Donna

Do Adhd Medications Show Up Positive On Drug Screenings For Amphetamines?

If you are taking Focalin or Adderall for ADHD and need to take an employment drug screen, will these medications show a positive for amphetamines or methamphetamines?


Not all drug screening tests are created equal. How ADHD medications show up might depend on the sensitivity of the test and what specifics your employer or potential employer has requested.

Some laboratories will take an extra step to verify a positive result. Focalin, for example, might give a positive result in the initial test, however, when a verification test is run (using different metrics) it would not show up as amphetamine or methamphetamine.

Some labs will perform specific tests that exclude common ADHD medications, such as Ritalin, Daytrana or Focalin.
Adderall, however, will usually test positive for amphetamines.
When having an employment drug screen completed, make sure to list any medications you are taking on the intake form, as well as providing the prescribing doctor's name and phone number. If you have a legitimate prescription, many labs will take steps to make sure they do not report a false positive to your employer.

Remember, you have the right to not disclose your medical condition or medication to your employer. However, if you do want to request accommodations at work, you will need to disclose your diagnosis.

You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.