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What kind of over the counter drugs can make you fail for

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What kind of over the counter drugs can make you fail for meth and opiates?
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Was this a home test, dipstick or some other type if "instant" test OR was this test done with GC/MS confirmation?
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

It was a urine test. It's a cup shaped like a toilet bowl and there's 4 strips in front. I haven't had to take it but that's how my husband described it. He takes imodium at least 3 times a week and almost lives on buckley's cough syrup and has taken benylin.

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The type of test that you describe uses immunoassay technology. These test are very non-specific; prone to false positive from a number of common medications including decongestants, blood pressure medications, over-the-counter pain medications etc.

To eliminate these false positives, the specimen needs to be tested with GC/MS (gas chromatography-mass spectrometry), since this technology does not give such false positives.
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