A 21-year-old female asked:
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how long does ritalin stay in your system after you stop taking the medication? i was put on it for a few days but stopped due to the side effects. i am starting a new job and will be drug tested next week and am worried if i need to tell them or not.

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Very short: The half life of Ritalin (methylphenidate) is quite short. If you have stopped taking the drug after a few days, and your test is not for a few more days, chances are you will not test positive. It would be wise, however, to be upfront about any current medications you are taking when you submit your sample.
Answered on Feb 24, 2016
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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
If you have a valid prescription write it down on the form when you are tested.
Sep 8, 2015

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