Ask the Experts

Drug Screening Dilemma

“Will the stimulant medication that I take show up in a potential employer’s drug test? Can I prevent the medication from showing up in a test by refraining from taking it for a certain period of time?”

Certain stimulants may show up if there is an amphetamine screen as part of the testing. This medication has a short life span in the body. You have probably noticed that, at most, it lasts for eight hours. If you are determined to avoid explaining the disorder to a potential employer, and you will not be requesting accommodations at work, talk to your doctor about staying off your medication for three days before the test.

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