False Positive on your Drug Test | What to do
There are several things you want to avoid that can cause a false positive on a drug test. The last thing you want is for it to seem that you had a substance in your body that you didn’t. If you were trying to hide such use, a false positive can also set off lots of red flags and needless worry.
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Before you go …See Brief Video Below on Substances that Cause False Positives
A ‘false positive’ means that the drug test laboratory work detected a controlled substance in your urine or blood, depending upon which test you were subjected to -even though you are completely ‘clean.’ There are certain substances, referred to below, that, if in your system, could appear as something else.
This situation can become an anxious one, if you know you’re clean and especially if you know you are ‘borderline and trying anyway to pass a drug test.
Medications and Herbs
You may be surprised to discover that various types of medications and herbs can trigger a false positive on a drug test. This includes over the counter products, as well as prescription medications. Even some of the herbal products out there can cause such a result. Products you may regularly take for headaches, to control diabetes, and even weight loss products may have ingredients in them that you didn’t realize would affect your drug testing results.
If you are subjected to any drug test, you want to fully disclose anything you have used. You may need to provide information about when and how often you used it and the dosage. This can be tricky too, if you are using prescription medications you ordered online from a pharmacy without a prescription from your doctor. For example, the use of a common antibiotic called Amoxicillin can easily cause a test result similar to that of someone that uses cocaine.
Too Little Creatinine
The body produces creatine, and excretes creatinine. However, if you are trying to flush various substances from your body, it can also reduce the concentration of creatinine that is normally in your urine in higher concentrations. When the drug test is done, if there is too little creatinine, that could trigger what is, in effect, a false positive. This is a red flag to the tester that you have been doing something to try to cleanse your system.
Most of the time when someone is taking opiates, it isn’t to get high. Instead, it is to help them feel better. For example, cold medicines are a common culprit. If you take medication to help you sleep that could also result in a false positive on your drug test. Nyquil is a common aid when you need to rest and you don’t feel good. Yet it can show up on a drug test the same as methadone for the first couple of days after you use it.
Many people don’t know it, but poppy seeds can cause that result too. If you consume lots of breads or other products with them you may be clueless. Keep this in mind if you may be subjected to any type of drug test.
False Positive Drug Test | What to Do
Challenge it, by all means. Request another re-test. many testing procedures use ‘split samples’ where one half of the sample is frozen and stored. However, if the first sample tested came in positive, it’s likely the second will also. By now you are probably seeing the importance of disclosing any legal substance you’ve had lately, just to take them out of the equation.
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Drug Test: False Postives
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