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I was given a PBT (alchohol test) but I had not been

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I was given a PBT (alchohol test) but I had not been drinking. I had been taking caugh syrup for a few days (as prescribed) but there was no alcohol listed on the label.
What could have triggered the test to be positive. I blew a 0.03 and then 12 minutes later a 0.02.
Please advise
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 years ago.
mysticdoc :

hello,

mysticdoc :

what is the brand name of the cough syrup?

mysticdoc :

do you have any other medical conditions like diabetes?

Customer:

Wal-Tussin DM

mysticdoc :

do you have any acid reflux problem?

mysticdoc :

do you use mouthwas?

mysticdoc :

mouthwash?

Customer:

No acid reflux problems

Customer:

and I already thought about the mouthwash but it's alcholol free.

mysticdoc :

waltussin DM does contain alcogol.

mysticdoc :

polythelene glycol

mysticdoc :

hence, that explains your result

mysticdoc :

this is mentioned as inactive ingredient.

Customer:

Thank you but those exact words are not specifically on the label what is is

mysticdoc :

ok this is the link to the website:

mysticdoc :

look under 'inactive ingredients'

Customer:

dextromethorphan and Guaifenesin in addition :phenylalanine polyethyleneglycol

mysticdoc :

yes, polyethylene glycol is an alcohol

Customer:

Thank you now how do I take this information to the Judge? Im really not in trouble but when asked if I had been

mysticdoc :

just contact the manufacturer & get a written copy of ingredients.

mysticdoc :

or carry your medication bottle

Customer:

drinking I said no. So now the officer wants to charge me with filing a false police report! That's huge, it's a felony,

mysticdoc :

hire a lawyer if required

Customer:

im not a felon! Can you sen?d all this to my e-mail address so I can bring it to court? Via a copy

Customer:

Thanks in advance for your help!

Customer:

Alan Schafer

mysticdoc :

you need to ACCEPT the answer for that service.

mysticdoc :

then contact the site moderator for further assistance