How long do I have to wait to drug test?

  1. I was in the ED on Thursday for a migraine and I got 50 of demerol and 25 of phenergan. I was sent home with tylenol #3 and took 2 that night and 2 Friday morning. How long should I wait before taking a drug test for a new agency that I am signing on to?
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  3. by   dreamingofbeing
    I don't know the answer but with every drug test I have taken I have had to list all medications I had taken and the Dr that prescibed them.
  4. by   TazziRN
    As long as you list them you should be fine, but if you really want to wait, it would be a minimum of 3 days.
  5. by   cocco
    Thanks for the replies, they are already closed today so the earliest I can go anyway is Monday.
  6. by   RNgirlie
    when you go in its is better to list your meds and the doc that prescribed them as said. it would not hurt to bring in the meds that are prescribed to you right now if will hinder the test. it is better to be very upfront about these things.
  7. by   LanaBanana
    I recently had one for a new job and they said if you'd taken in within 30 days they needed to know and said it might take a little longer to get the results back. Also, I had to show a prescription bottle or proof from dr or pharmacy of all rx's I was taking. If you have taken any narcs lately, you DEFINATELY need to have a bottle or something to prove it was for you.
  8. by   Agnus
    I am sure it is different for what you have takin and the total amount you took. Different medications have different half lives. And it is different for each individual how long your body hangs on to a drug.

    In anycase I would be upfront. Present the perscription and reason for taking it. And if it was short term and not an ongoing thing tell them so.
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    Posters have given you excellent advice please follow it, especially disclosing re meds in past 30 days. Bring that hospital discharge sheet with instructions, and you should be fine.

    NOT DISCLOSING is what will prevent you from getting the job.

    Best of luck.

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