Lidocaine Pain Patch And Breathalyzer

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Robbie Says:
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Currently I use a lidocaine patch manufactured by Pfizer called Flector. On bad days I will wear 3 to 4 at a time. My doctor mentioned this could possibly be detected by a breathalyzer. Is this true?



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Kevin Says:

Hello Robbie,

I have searched high and low and I cannot find anything at all that would suggest this. I really do hate to disagree with medical professionals as I am not one myself but I just can't seem to find any sources credible or not that claim lidocaine would cause you to fail a breathalyzer. Now I will admit that I have read some claims that if you are taking enough of the Lidocaine patches you could theoretically fail a drug analysis but there has been no credible source or case studies that support this. In the event that such a problem happened you would simply need to explain that you are currently prescribed this medication to the authoritative party and it should all work out fine.

If you have any sources that you or anyone else finds that supports this claim I would be very interested in reading it.

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Robbie Says:
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Thank you Kevin,

Just to be clear I was not referring to the lidocaine, rather I was referring to the butylene glycol as well as other alcohols used to transfer the medication through the skin. FYI, inquiries result from a positive alcohol breathalyzer that I administrate to my employees as well as myself. I have not consumed alcohol since 1999, however, I tested positive. I am currently undergoing severe dental work and use Orajel regularly. Could that have been the culprit? Thanks again.

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