I Tested Positive For Methamphetamine - What Prescribed Meds Would Have Caused A False Positive

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Mary A. Says:
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This is a false result. I take albuterol inhaler, and Nasnex and chlorhalidone and ranitidine and Norco 10/325 and alprazolam. Used to take another kind of inhaler when I run out of my albuteral




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Bobbie Says:
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I tested positive for methamphetamine on my last UA test. I take alot of others meds. Like doxepin + hydrocodone 5/325 for pain + inhalers for my copd + duloxetine + creator + nexium Dr montelukast + aspirin.

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Jmac38 Says:
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Hair was positive for meth.. not a user. I take nose spray called Afrin to open up my nasal.
And some allergy over the counter stuff. Also NyQuil during bad allergy season. Don't know what is cause of this

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Manda Says:
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Your inhaler causes false positives for benzos and methamphetamine sometimes.


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Jeff Says:
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I tested positive for methamphetimines on a urinalysis test today. Theirs no way when I don't use it nor am I around it. Is it possible any of my medications could be making it show positive? I'm on Tamsulosin HCL 0.4mg Albuteral Sulfate inhaler 90 mcg per actuation Atenolol 50 mg Hydroxyzine 25 mg Meloxicam 15 mg and Quetiapine Fumarate 100 mg

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TAMARA Says:

HOW COME I WAS TOLD I USED METHAMPHETAMINE ON MY DRUG SCREEN 100% L AND NEG ON THE OTHER D FOR METHAMPHETAMINE. WTF?


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Veronica Says:
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The RANITIDINE will give a false postive it did the same thing to me

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Gayle Says:

Can astomach pill protonix cause a false positive for methamphetamine for my dad who is 95 yrs okd and recently in the hospital for seizure activety.

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Ash Says:
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I have friend that took methamphetamine last night around 6:45 or 7pm and took a couple more doses around 5:45 am and she has a UA Tuesday, and today is Thursday. Will she pass or not?

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Stephanie Says:

Re: Jmac38 (# 2)

Many common decongestants can cause false positives for methamphetamine. Or any other stimulant for that matter. In the US, we now have to sign for pseudoephedrine hydrocloride. Good old Sudafed. It's a shame. But here's the fun thing... In 2004, the United States banned EPHEDRA, Ephedra was an herb from which the purified form of the active ingredient in pseudoephidrine is derived. Some people, not realizing that herbs are potent substances, were abusing Ephedra. One guy in particular took something like ten times the recommended dose, went to the gym to work out--all pumped up, I'm sure--and promptly died of a heart attack. He overdosed. Because Ephedra was not a "drug" per se, at least in his understanding, he seemed to feel he could just gobble it like candy with no repercussions. Unfortunately, the FDA responded by banning Ephedra. But, because the FDA has a vested interest in the pharmaceutical interest (and really nothing monetary to gain from the sale of herbal supplements) the PLANT Ephedra was outlawed while the purified form of its active ingredient continued to be sold. And for a long, long time ephedrine was sold over the counter.

Leave it to human ingenuity to find a way to condense, intensify, formulate it even further than ephedrine already is...and, well, methamphetamine... So, now, in the US, in order to buy ephedrine, which is still quite legal to those 18 and over, you have to show your id to a pharmacist. They write down the number of your id on a piece of paper. Usually, in the US, one's id is a driver's license or a state id issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Then, you may buy your ephedrine. It's a paper system, at least around here. I doubt there is much scrutiny regarding who's buying and how much, particularly if that person is a methamphetamine manufacturer. Because, if I have a two-month bout of allergies (which is quite common in the Southern United States) and have decided that this decongestant, ephedrine, is helping me with it, when I run out...I won't think twice about simply going to my pharmacist and signing for some more. A methamphetamine "cooker" will think twice. They will travel all over the area, going to each pharmacy they can find to sign for the largest box of ephedrine they can find. And, they will do it in a day. So that, if for instance this "paper trail" is looked at, or entered into a computer that might scan it somewhere up the road, they got what they wanted and got out. Then, they might send their friend or friends behind them to do the same thing.

Now, I'm not saying that it's not suspicious to have your name plastered at every drugstore in the state buying ephedrine within a short period of time. But it seems that, in handwritten scrawl, in a myriad of drugstores, you're still pretty much under the radar if that is what you should choose to do. It seems to me that the only way anyone is going to get in trouble as a result of the record keeping involved with the purchase of ephedrine, it will be a drugstore who keeps sloppy records (and say has several boxes of the drug that were not signed for.) It will be that methamphetamine "cooker" who is careless enough to return to the same drug store repeatedly to sign again and again for the same thing. Not that these sorts of manufactures don't exist. But, as horrible a drug as methamphetamine is, especially when not used in a pharmaceutical dose for a diagnosed disorder, and ESPECIALLY when made as a street drug, most of these "cookers" are not complete fools. Sometimes they may blow themselves up in a methamphetamine lab explosion. But, honestly, it's surprising it doesn't happen more often. It is a delicate and dangerous process. A process that results in a drug that ruins lives and often results in long-term damage, which can include debilitating neurological issues, psychosis and unprovoked violent behavior. Street methamphetamine is a nasty, nasty, horrible drug.

I have seen very nice people turn into literal devils. And kicking it is hard. But, back to Ephedra. See, Ephedra, that herb that the United States decided to ban back in 2004, that herb from which we, as humans, were able to isolate the alkaloids pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, to extract them from their source, and then to later learn how to synthesize them ourselves for medicinal uses. Those compounds that have been further modified to create even more potent medications. They have progressed to being modified even further, and with no control over quality or potency, into a potent and life-destroying street drug that runs rampant through the most economically depressed areas of America. A horrible street drug that destroys individuals, families, and, in many cases, seemingly destroys the humanity of those who take it. But, you know, it's hard for the FDA, the pharmaceutical industry, the doctors, the government itself to regulate, tax, and control an herbal supplement. As for that herbal supplement so long ago eschewed because a few people didn't have the sense not to down it like jelly beans.

Ephedra has been illegal now in the United States for 14 years. 14 years that has seen the methamphetamine problem explode, that has seen more and more children prescribed prescription amphetamine to control their behaviors, 14 years that has recently left us with some very disturbing questions as we watch not only the illicit drug users, but as we watch mere children who have been prescribed, legally prescribed, this class of drug, perform increasingly horrific acts of violence. As for that poor little once-maligned and now forgotten herb, Ephedra, the dangerous and potent compounds we have taken from her, isolated, synthesized, altered and abused, do not in any way exist in these states or behave in these ways when they are left in the company of the other compounds that co-exist with them in the plant that the United States FDA felt so compelled to make illegal. Ephedra has buffers that keep it's natural form of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine from rushing the bloodstream. As an herb, it metabolizes much differently than it's singular components. And only due to the ignorant and extreme abuse of a very few individuals, and the unfortunate death of a man who chose to take 10 times the recommended dose before stressing his heart through vigorous exercise, and thus quickly became used as a battle cry for the United States pharmaceutical industry, through the FDA to rally the citizenry against this herb.

To make a plant illegal in order to pave the way for drugs derived from that same plant, without any of the safeguards Nature had built into that plant. And, forseen or not, to subsequently spark a drug that is it's own industry in more ways than one. A drug that we give to children. And a drug that has become one of the biggest sources of America's drug problem. Not only is there money in prescribing legal drugs, there is money in fighting the illegal ones. The pharmaceutical companies' belief in the methamphetamine solution for children, and the growing methamphetamine problem among adults in this country started with a simple choice. Make Ephedra illegal. That choice was based on greed. And sold to the public as a way to protect us from an herbal supplement that had to be grotesquely abused to cause anyone harm. Aspirin is one of the most common compounds implicated in overdoses. Now, if the government could just find something as lucrative to isolate from it... Something that could not only be sold to the unsuspecting legally, but could help fuel the illicit drug trade used to control the populous in a myriad of ways and often serves to profit the very government than claims to combat it.

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