Hi I have a question about urine screening. I have never had to have a drug test before. I do not do illegal drugs but have heard stories about tests that came up positive because of advil. (probably a folk tale.)
Anyway I do take Ultram which is Rx for my arthritis in my hip. Will this show up as a narcotic???/ It is not a controlled substance. I would be mortified if the test showed something when I do not take drugs illegally.
I am probably being silly, but I haven't had a new job in 7 years, and then they did not do drug tests.
Thanks ahead if anyone has any info.
Apr 8, '02
Probably not. Ultram is not chemically related to opiates. Although it binds to opiate receptors.
The best advice I can give is make sure that it is documented PRIOR to the test that you take this, and any other medications that you take.
Avoid poppy seeds as sometimes if you eat a lot just before a test you can show up positive. But I think you have to eat an awful lot. I'm not going to test this out though.
Make sure you keep evidence of any perscriptions. Don't sweat it. False positives are a thing of the past. It just doesn't happen anymore or very rarely. When they first started we did get false positives but testing and controls have changed. AND every specimen that is positive is retested.
If you are not a user you have nothing to worry about.
Last edit by Agnus on Apr 8, '02
Apr 9, '02
I worked for an airline for many years and was frequently tested due to a policy of random drug testing. I take Ibuprofen frequently for a mild form of arthritis. Urine drug screens are generally done in the primary form. Just for detection of substances. If any of them came up, a more sophisticated, or enhanced, test is done. This will confirm the substance to be either an illicit drug or a common OTC drug, such as Ibuprofen. These tests are highly accurate. Also, if you do take a prescription narcotic, not to fear. It is a prescription and as long as you have the bottle with your name on it, you will not be "in trouble". Generally, the tester does not ask what you are on until a positive results is obtained. Then they should call you and ask what you have taken in the past month. The longest time a drug (that they are looking for) can be found in your system is a month, if you no longer take it. This is true of illicit, OTC, and prescription drugs.
Last edit by rnoflabor2000 on Apr 9, '02