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Old 05-12-09, 10:18 PM
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Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

Hello all, have a question that I hope someone can help with. I work in a profession that requires me to have random drug tests. I am concerned that the Vyvanse I am taking may give me a positive test. I know that they ask you ahead of time if you are on any prescription medicines, but I would prefer not to disclose my condition/medications to anyone at work.

Not everyone is so open minded, and I dont need any aggravation at work if they think i am "unstable" or something.

Will a dose of vyvanse pop as drug abuse, or is the regular dosage small enough that a drug test will not detect it as "speed" or amphetamine? Should i just keep a copy of my prescription in case i test postive, or disclose ahead of time.

( I know some of you will say that the ADA will prevent me from being discriminated against, but in the real world discrimination is often subtle.)

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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

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This one - if it is a legal perscription for you it is not considered an illegal drug it is considered a perscription medication.

Here is a description of my expereince being drug screened while taking Aderall
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

I don't know the answer to this for sure, but I think that if you submit you prescription to the lab who is testing you, then they know you have it in your system legally and won't disclose that to you employer. It seems like a privacy issue to me. Your employer can't call up your doctors office and find out what medicines your on, so why would they be able to get that info from a drug testing facility. I would call up the facility your company sends people to and ask them what the law is, they should know.
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

Yes, Vyvanse will show up in a drug test. You'll test positive for amphetamines whether you admit to it or not, so you're better off telling them in advance. As long as you have proof of a legal prescription, you'll be fine.

If you keep quiet, it will look like you're abusing amphetamines and trying to get away with it. When you test positive, you'll have to explain why you were keeping it secret. It will just make you look suspicious in the end. Bite the bullet, disclose the information to the person who needs to know, and keep your job. They'll find out anyway.
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This sort of thing is a constant source of apprehension and irritation -- nameless, faceless, clueless, and unacountable officials, beaurocrats, and polititian, etc. who are so prone to imposing untennable demands and restriction on already overburdened people.
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

Dear Buffy,

Disclose ahead of time. Provide legal documentation for rx from your doctor and then you are good to go.

You have nothing to feel ashamed of, please try to not impose this on yourself or the company for which you are interviewing with.

Best of luck! kara59
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

Thanks for the input.. One thing wasnt clear.. do you think I should disclose to my employer, or to the screening company?

I carry a firearm and have never had any disciplanary problems at work. Just afraid that some will not understand and somehow think I am not stable or something.
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

The lab should ask you before the test if you are taking any medications that could give you positive results. That's when you say "Yes, and I can provide valid documentation for it."

Your employer does not need to know. But it's vital that the drug-screening lab has this information ahead of time.
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

DO NOT disclose this info to your employer !!

unless you have no other options, it doesnt matter if its legal or not some jobs have certain medications that are off limit to employees. get the facts from someone at your company who really knows the answer. you might find yourself out of a job.

i drove a truck for a couple of years before taking stimulants and thought about getting back into it recently and found that this type of med is off limits and i wouldnt be able to get hired because of department of transportation regulations.

now i know your not a truck driver but i have to imagine the rules for whatever job you have are far more strict if your walking around with a loaded gun.
im not familiar with "drug testing lab confidentiallity" but i would ask the lab these questions directly before telling anyone anything.
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure the lab has to keep it confidential. Results of a drug test would be part of your medical records, no? If you test positive for a controlled substance and you don't have a prescription, the lab can inform your employer that you're using illegal drugs, but they can't say which drug specifically. However, if you have a valid prescription, the lab can't tell your employer anything.

If you take a drug test, your meds will show up as a positive result. So you'll have to give the lab an answer, one way or another. You can keep quiet if you want, but the drug will show up in a tox screen anyway.
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

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Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure the lab has to keep it confidential. Results of a drug test would be part of your medical records, no? If you test positive for a controlled substance and you don't have a prescription, the lab can inform your employer that you're using illegal drugs, but they can't say which drug specifically. However, if you have a valid prescription, the lab can't tell your employer anything.

If you take a drug test, your meds will show up as a positive result. So you'll have to give the lab an answer, one way or another. You can keep quiet if you want, but the drug will show up in a tox screen anyway.
I don't think it is clear that you are ever a "patient" of the drug testing company. I am not sure they use proper nurses or that what they are doing constitutes "health care".

It seems like this should be the case, but I have not been able to find any information that backs it up.
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

Buffy , I work for a very large police dept in the north east. I get drug tested randomly also. I want to take Ritalin but is afraid that my job will find out. I don't trust them enough to tell them I have add. aDA laws are all fine and dandy but they don't protect you from your employer in putting restrictions on you.
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Re: Will my ADHD meds make me fail a drug test

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Thanks for the input.. One thing wasnt clear.. do you think I should disclose to my employer, or to the screening company?

I carry a firearm and have never had any disciplanary problems at work. Just afraid that some will not understand and somehow think I am not stable or something.
Buffy me and you may work for the same law enforcement agency, I will leave it at that. I am in the same situation as you are . Did you pass your test?
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Buffy was last here in 2009, I don't think you'll get an answer. Maybe someone else can help you, cause while amphetamines like vyvanse will show up on a test, i have heard that ritalin will not. It's a completely different drug, and one they aren't usually looking for.
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