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Nicotine In Your System Life Insurance
I have a blood test for life insurance on april 11th, I stopped using nicotine yesterday. What can I take or do to get it all out of my system.?
SIGH!!!!!!!!: John, why do you think that an ethical physician would help you lie and commit fraud on an insurance company? I would hope you would be able to ask yourself - how can I stop smoking so I can be healthier, & that I can obtain insurance at a reasonable rate? There are plenty of sites on the internet where people will give you bad advice that doesn't work on how to get stuff out of your "system." ...Read more
I need to pass a blood test for my insurance. I smoke cigarettes okay, how long does it take to get nicotine out of my system?
Stop for 2 weeks: To be safe, you might want to stop smoking for a couple weeks. They are testing for cotinine which is a metabolite of nicotine. It has a long half life up to 40 hours. This tests shows positive for both active smokers and those who have quit but are using nicotine patch, gum, etc. Another test is used to identify active smokers. It is called anabasine and found in tobacco products. Try 2 wks off. ...Read more
2-3 days: For most smokers. After a single exposure to tobacco smoke, cotinine can be detected in blood or urine for less than 24 hours, but in an individual smoking 1/2 pack or more per day, 2-3 days is common. It is rarely positive after 5 days. Hair testing can detect cotinine (main metabolite) for months, depending on length of hair. Nicotine is very short-acting and is only present for hours. ...Read more
You can't: If you are talking about passing a urine cotinine test, at any rate. Nicotine is rapidly metabolized, and is undetectable within a few hours of use, but its main metabolite lasts 48-72 hours, depending on how much you smoke, the nicotine content of the tobacco, and the sensitivity of the assay they are using. There is no evidence that pushing fluids, changing urine pH or anything else works. ...Read more
After a cigarette:
The average smoker with 1 MG of nicotine, after an hour or two, a trace is still left. The nicotine is metabolized in the liver and there is nothing to interfere with the breaking down of the substance.
The metabolite of nicotine is eliminated in the kidneys, which can be detectable in the urine for at least a week in the typical smoker. Insurance companies may test for the metabolite. ...Read more
2-3 days: nicotine is a very short-acting drug, and its main metabolite cotinine is too. After a single cigarette, levels will usually only be detectable for 24 hours, and most regular smokers will be detectable for 3 days or so. Depends on how it is tested, with oral swabs picking it up for longer, blood tests have a shorter window, urine is in the middle. Hair tests can go back months. How about stopping? ...Read more
Doesn't accumulate: Really doesn't matter that much if you are a heavy or light user. Nicotine is a very short-acting chemical and is only active in bloodstream for a few hours, then is converted to a metabolite cotinine that is metabolically inactive, but is what most drug tests look for. It sticks around in blood for 1-2 days, in urine for 2-4 days, oral swabs can pick it up a little longer, perhaps 3-5 days. ...Read more
Doesn't accumulate: Really doesn't matter that much if you are a heavy or light smoker. Nicotine is a very short-acting chemical and is only active in bloodstream for a few hours, then is converted to a metabolite cotinine that is metabolically inactive, but is what most drug tests look for. It sticks around in blood for 1-2 days, in urine for 2-4 days, oral swabs can pick it up a little longer, perhaps 3-5 days. ...Read more
It takes 7-8 days to pass contine test. Good time to explore how and why to quit.
Good luck. ...Read more
Pretty quick: For the chemical to leave but the withdrwal will peak in1-2 days, last for weeks and cravings go for months or years. ...Read more
Possibly: Nicotine is highly fat-soluble, so it may be stored in fat cells. Half-life of nicotine is ≈ 2 hrs, but its metabolite cotinine's half-life is 20 hrs. Ideally after 8 days only 1/1000th of the original amount should remain. Asians metabolize nicotine more slowly, & urine acidity (ph) affects excretion. If nicotine/ cotinine still shows after 4 weeks, it must be being released from fat. ...Read more
If I smoked two to three cigarettes 4 days before a drugtest how long will it take to clear my system of nicotine if I only smoke on occasion?
Is nicotine and cotonine present in the system of someone that is surrounded my secondhand smoke? And is it enough to register on a cotonine test?
How much nicotine is absorbed from 1 puff of a cigar? Is it easier to get out of your system or the same as the regular amount of nicotine in a cigar?
One puff of cigar would not introduce too much nicotine into the body. A person could absorb as much through passive exposure to cigarette smoke.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I only smoke cigars socially like 4-6 cigars a month. Will nicotine and cotinine be in my system 4 days after last cigars?
Cotinine may stay detectable for 4-10 days after last use. Consult this site for drug elimination times.
http://www. Ipassedmydrugtest. Com/drug_detection_times. Asp ...Read more
I have to get cotinine/nicotine out of my system for a drug test that is work related. How long until it's out of my system? Can I help flush it out?
Forgive my frankness: Flushes do not work. You can lie and claim that a low level is passive smoke. Or you can be honest and get in a program to stop for real. The latter will save your life and health. Go for it. ...Read more
No: If they are using a specific test only for nicotine metabolite (cotinine), that is all it will detect. If they are using a multi-drug screening strip, then it may. If you are in a position where some kind of drug testing is likely in the future, continuing use of marijuana will be a set-up for you, and you should re-consider its use. ...Read more
No pretty gum: Trace amounts of nicotine can be detected in blood and urine for several hours, but it should be gone by 48 hours. However, if you are being tested for nicotine, there is a metabolite of nicotine, called cotinine, which can be detected in blood or urine for as long as 7 to 10 days after your last exposure to nicotine. ...Read more
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