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A 42-year-old male asked:

If i abused ritalin (methylphenidate) the night before i was given a urine test will it show high levels of ritalin (methylphenidate) in my system or just a positive for ritalin (methylphenidate)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends on the test: Some tests only screen for the presence of the drug, while others will actually look for the quantity of the material.Either way, if it was not a valid prescribed use, you could be looking at federal time for use of a controlled substance.Any level will fit the definition for that charge.

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Newington, CT
A 42-year-old male asked:

If I abused ritalin/methylphenidate and was given a urine test will the levels show that I abused it or will it just show up as a positive so I'll be ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
A routine SAMHSA-5: urine test does not screen for methylphenidate. If a specific screen for mph is used, it depends on the duration of action of the formulation you took & how rapidly you metabolize & excrete it. I hope that you heard yourself say that you're abusing prescription medications. Next step is to recognize that you need to seek treatment for both your addiction & any comorbid psychiatric disorder(s).
Last updated Sep 22, 2014


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