You may have heard that ADHD and narcolepsy medications can trigger a positive for amphetamines. This can be a worrying prospect, because amphetamines are covered in the basic SAMHSA five-panel drug test, and failing a drug test can have serious consequences. So, will Ritalin show in a urine drug test as amphetamine? Read on for all the facts.
Ritalin is a well-known brand of methylphenidate, with other brands including Concerta, Aptensio, and Biphentin. Unlike some other ADHD medications, such as Adderall, Ritalin does not contain any amphetamines or dextroamphetamines. This can make a crucial difference when it comes to drug tests.
Will Ritalin show in a urine test as amphetamine?
Okay, considering that Ritalin doesn't contain amphetamine, you would think that it wouldn't show up on a urine test as amphetamine. This will be true in most cases, but it's not quite that simple.
How can you avoid failing a urine drug test for Ritalin?
Some research has indicated that Ritalin can cause a false positive for amphetamine on urine drug screenings. This is because the immunoassay devices used in drug screenings can be much less accurate than sophisticated lab techniques such as GC/MS.
If you've been taking Ritalin but fail a drug test for amphetamines, you should insist on a secondary test with GC/MS or another comparable method. This should confirm that you haven't used any amphetamines.
It's also worth remembering that Ritalin can be specifically tested for. This is becoming especially relevant in colleges as they try to detect students using it to boost academic performance.
If you want to avoid the embarrassment of a false positive for amphetamine or a true positive for Ritalin, you can take some precautions. Firstly, Ritalin is usually only detectable in urine for a day or two, so you can avoid failing by abstaining for a few days.
If this isn't a feasible option, for whatever reason, you can consider using a detox drink or detox pills. Both of these products help you pass a urine drug test by flushing your urinary system, but you may have a preference for one or the other. Firstly, detox drinks are ready mixed and come in a variety of flavors, such as exotic punch. The may need extra water to be drunk as well, but it's usually a case of simply refilling the bottle. Some drinks, like QCarbo32, don't even need additional water.
Detox pills, on the other hand, are easier to store and carry, but they need to be taken with a certain amount of water. For example, Herbal Clean's Super QCaps need to be taken with 24 ounces of water, followed by another 24 ounces after 15 minutes. You should therefore make sure you have a way of accurately measuring the right amount of water.
Whichever solution you go for, it's important to always follow the usage directions. For example, drinking too much or too little water can have a critical effect on the drug test and the adulterant test.