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I tested positive for methamphetamines on a urine screen and I haven't used any drugs in years. is there any otc medicines that could cause the same result?

Doctor's Assistant: Is this a time sensitive issue? What type of specimen are they testing?

It is. They tested my urine and my probation officer told me I showed positive. I have no idea how that is possible and I need some clarification to share with her tomorrow.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

A year ago I experimented with opiates so that's why I'm so confused and want to figure out what could have causes this positive.

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Hello. Some over the counter medications such as pseudoephedrine - in over the counter cold medicines can test positive. Also anhydrous ammonia (in agricultural fertilizer and refrigerants) can test as positive.

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If you are exposed to any of these then that could cause your positive test.

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I would recommend requesting a more sensitive blood test to refute the urine test. That way they can test specifically for methamphetamine without any potential for these cross reactions.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I have been using nyquil and vicks vapor inhalers daily for a couple weeks now. Could these affect me? Also, is there any type of a doctor's letter that could be provided to my probation officer? Thank you

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Yes those would.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Do you provide letters ?

No physician will write a letter because a blood test is proof enough. Plus no physician would be able to 100% attest that you had only been using those over the counter medications.

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They will do a blood test if you refute the test results.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Great thank you!

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