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Does hydrocodone and codeine show up the same on urine toxicology

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Does hydrocodone and codeine show up the same on urine toxicology screens?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Cosmetic Doctor replied 7 years ago.

Hello,

This depends on the sensitivity of the urine test.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
if it is a standard five panel screen?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Relist: Incomplete answer.
the question was vaguely answered and should have been more completely addressed.
Expert:  Family Physician replied 7 years ago.
The answer to this question isn't a simple YES or NO answer.

Many screening drug tests such as those sold over-the-counter for home use, and those used in hospital emergency rooms may give a positive for opiates with both of these medications.

Standard pre-employment drug tests and other drug tests that had GC/MS confirmation would NOT however show these two drugs as the same. The GC/MS confirmation (basically a "chemical fingerprint" of the substance) would be able to tell the difference between these two medications.

The standard 5-panel drug test (used in the DOT testing) does not actually detect the hydrocodone, but it would detect the codeine.
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