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I take Phentermine, legally through a weight loss center. I

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I take Phentermine, legally through a weight loss center. I have a pre employment physical this Friday morning at the VA for a federal job. Should I discontinue the medication for a week, then take the physical?
Could this cause me to not be a candidate for employment?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Drug Testing
Expert:  Family Physician replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for requesting me:

Federal employee drug testing programs are NOT designed to discriminate against the legal use of medication with a valid physician prescription. They are designed to detect and deter abuse of medications without prescriptions and the use of illegal drugs.

There is NO reason to stop a medication that you are taking under a valid physician prescription. Be aware, that purchasing any prescription medication over the internet without a actual doctor-patient relationship is not considered a valid prescription.

The federal employee testing program does NOT include the specific test required to detect phentermine, so it would not be identified.