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A 52-year-old female asked:

Why does nucynta (tapentadol) not show up on urine tox?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neal Hakimi
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Synthetic opioid: Nucynta (tapentadol) is a synthetic opioid. Many synthetic opioids don't show up on standard toxicology screens and require specialized laboratory tests to check for.
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Dr. Melanie Tugaoen
33 years experience
Lets review your que: It is 99% excreted in the urine. Since it is the subclass of opiod, the opiod class may positive--exact med cannot be classified. It may also need to be specially tested for most urine drug screens I see have 6 categories tested--street drugs: marijuana, benzodiazepines, opiods, etc.
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Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Nucenta: It can if the drug test is designed to test for it. Understand that urine tox come in many "flavors" that test for different things. Chances are your tox test did not test for nucynta (tapentadol). Dr R
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Dr. Robert Grieco
Family Medicine 39 years experience
It is unique: It is a unique compound that has features of narcotic and also an antidepressant. It is a synthetic compound called Tapentadol and isn't tested for in a routine 10 drug screen. But it can be tested for if specifically requested , or in a very comprehensive drug screen. It is a powerful and addictive and only used as prescribed by a qualified And lisenced doctor.
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