Adderall is a commonly prescribed drug, but many people also take it for other reasons, such as to get through a tough period of exams. Even when it is being legitimately used, some people prefer to keep it private. For example, many feel they will be passed over for promotion if their superiors know they take medication for ADHD.
In today's drug testing obsessed culture, it's a sad reality that many legitimate drug users get caught in the net, forcing them to disclose their medical histories rather than be marked as drug addicts. When it comes to these tests, will Adderall show up? More specifically, how effective is the saliva test for Adderall.
We'll cover these questions and suggest some ways to prepare for a drug test when you're taking Adderall.
Does Adderall show up on drug tests?
If you don't already know, Adderall is based on various amphetamines. Amphetamines are regarded as a commonly abused drug and included in the SAMHSA group of five basic drugs for testing. This means that any drug test-whether it be a saliva, urine, or hair drug test-can potentially detect Adderall. Of course, it won't show up as Adderall but rather as general amphetamines, so it may look like you've been taking illegally produced speed.
Of course, just because a test can detect Adderall doesn't mean it necessarily will, so let's have a deeper look into this.
So, how effective is the saliva drug test for Adderall?
Unfortunately, this is where it can get unpredictable. Unlike with urine drug tests, there are no commonly accepted thresholds. Different testing kits can also vary wildly in terms of accuracy, with the more recent, higher quality kits showing much better accuracies.
If you were just subjected to one of the less reliable tests, you might only fail for the 12 hours after last taking Adderall. There are no firm figures for the more accurate tests, but it would be wise to assume a detection window similar to urine drug tests, which can be up to 3 days.
If you need to take Adderall on a daily basis, even a 12-hour detection window can cause problems. What's more, saliva drug tests can be easily administered on site with little or no notice. This is especially likely after a workplace incident, because insurance companies often insist on them.
Preparing for a saliva drug test
Even though the saliva drug test isn't that effective for Adderall, you may still want to take precautions beforehand. Fortunately, there's an extremely easy way to pass a saliva drug test, even if you recently took Adderall.
Detox mouthwashes are an easy way to prepare yourself for a saliva drug test. Using one of these is simply a matter of swishing it around your mouth (half the bottle at a time) for a couple of minutes. After spitting it out and repeating with the remaining half, you can then safely go to your test. Just be careful not to smoke, eat, drink, or chew anything (i.e., don't put anything in your mouth) until you've given your mouth swab.