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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.

Updated on April 24, 2017

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