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Will apap/codeine 300-30mg sub for tylenol/ #3 tab show up

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Will apap/codeine 300-30mg sub for tylenol/cod #3 tab show up in a urine test as an oxycodone?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Charogat replied 6 years ago.
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Both of the medications you listed are the same thing. One is the 'trade name' and the other is the generic.

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If you are taking a drug test then they always ask what medications you have taken etc. if you show them you have a prescription for Tylenol/cod #3 (AKA T3) there should be no problem at all.

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Expert:  Family Physician replied 6 years ago.
I would have to respectfully ***** ***** the answer provided by the other expert.

I believe that she misunderstood your question. Tylenol with Codeine and APAP/Codeine are the same medication, HOWEVER this medication will NOT cause your drug test to show positive for oxycodone.

Oxycodone is a synthetic opiate, and it does not have the same metabolic pathway as codeine. A drug test can indeed differentiate between codeine and oxycodone.

A prescription for codeine will NOT be accepted as a valid medical explanation for a drug screen in which oxycodone was identified.

You should also know, that a drug test needs to be confirmed with GC/MS (or the similar LC/MS) to be valid. If the test was an "instant" or "on-site" dipstick method - the type of test done with immunoassays, you can get false positives. The GC/MS confirmation eliminates all of the false positive tests.

If you have taken oxycodone, and your test was positive for oxycodone, your prescription for codeine will NOT be accepted as a valid excuse.
Expert:  Dr. Charogat replied 6 years ago.
Thank you FP. Actually, I guess I was not clear enough in saying that. My point was that just like T3 would not show up as oxycodone, so too apap/cod would not. Therefore, if oxycodone showed up it would NOT be as a result of ingestion of the apap/codeine.

I have reread my answer and understand how it could have been misunderstood. So to summarize it clearly:
If you were taking apap/codeine and you drug screen showed up as such, but you were able to show a prescription then it would be no problem. If you were taking apap/codeine and there was oxycodone in your test then the prescription would not explain anything.

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