Are you worried about Demerol (generic name meperidine
) showing up on a drug test? Maybe you would prefer to keep your health status private. Here's a quick guide to everything you need to know about Demerol drug testing, such as which tests can detect Demerol, how long Demerol stays in your system, and how you can easily pass a drug test.
Demerol drug testing
The first distinction we should make is that Demerol is not an opiate but rather a synthetic opioid. This means that unlike codeine and heroin, it doesn't break down into morphine. In turn, this means it doesn't show up on the opiates panel of a standard 5-panel drug test.
Before you stop reading, please note that this does not apply to more comprehensive drug tests. There's a growing awareness that substance abuse goes beyond the traditional street drugs, especially prescription medicines, so drug testing labs offer extended drug tests that cover a wider basket of drugs, including synthetic opioids like Demerol.
If you don't know for sure that you will only be subjected to a 5-panel test, we strongly recommend you take precautions against failing.
How long does Demerol stay in the system?
In general, enough Demerol should have left your body after four or five days of abstinence to pass a urine drug test. That said, please note that multiple factors are involved. For example, some labs may use a more sensitive testing threshold, so it may take a little longer. In addition, everyone's body works at its own rate, so you may detox a little slower or faster than average.
In short, don't just assume you will be clean after four days.
In addition, hair drug tests will detect use going back 90 days. Unless your Demerol use was in the distant past, you may want to use a detox shampoo before your test.
How can you pass a urine drug test for Demerol?
A simple option is to just take your prescription with you to your test. If you are unwilling or unable to do this, perhaps because it might affect your career, there are other paths you can take.
One way is to get someone else to give you some of their urine. This will need to be someone who is completely clean, though, even from prescription drugs. It can also be quite tricky to smuggle the sub sample in and get it to a normal temperature.
A simpler option is to use one of the many detox drinks available. These drinks are formulated to give your urinary system a rapid flush, so after about an hour, you should be able to produce a urine sample that's clean enough to pass.
When choosing a detox drink, pick one that's appropriate for your body mass. For example, Zydot's ultimate blend may be fine for most people, but if you weigh over 230 pounds or have been using Demerol a lot, you may be better getting the more potent ultimate-24 plus blend instead.
With any detox drink, your success depends on using it correctly and at the right time, so be sure to read and follow the directions.