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Can theophylline for asthma show up as an opiate or other illegal substance in employment drug tests?
Please Clarify: The question left for us here is why do you keep asking this question when you have been told that no. It will not show up as an illegal substance. ...Read more
Can theophylline (prescribed for asthma) show up in pre employment drug test as an opiate or illegal substance?
No it cannot:
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the most complete list of cross reactants that cause a false positive drug test on the internet. ...Read more
Methylxanthine: This class of drugs is called methylxanthines and are typically given today as oral pills. They may improve the contractions of the diaphragm and also improve a patients response to bronchodilators like albuterol. Side effects can include nausea, vomiting, tremor and fast heart rate. ...Read more
Medicine and in tea: Theophylline is an older drug used to treat asthma or copd, it works as a bronchodilator. It requires monitoring of drug levels so is not often used anymore except in difficult to manage cases. It naturally occurs in black tea, and is degraded by the liver to caffeine. ...Read more
Monoclonal: For standardization, essentially all antibodies used in lab assays nowadays are monoclonals. ...Read more
Singulair (montelukast) and theoph: Depends on whether your doctor has prescribed them together. There is normally not a significant interaction between the two. ...Read more
Avoid combination: Both drugs may interfere with the metabolism of the other, and the combination could potentially create both blood pressure and cardiovascular complications. Not sure why an individual might be taking a drug for asthma and alzheimer's in this fashion, but need to spend some time with your doctor and get this explained. ...Read more
Didn't declare theophylline to employer but I was taking it until month back. Will it show up in blood work that I have been taking it until recently?
Changing stories: Sometimes our true pathologies are shown to the doctor whether we want to or not. I think the changing story is getting to be a bit bizarre. Your question has been repeatedly asked and answered. ...Read more
Respiratory stimulnt: The caffeine in many teas are chemicals called methylxanthines. These have a mild respiratory stimulant effect. Caffeine is a cousin of aminophyllin, but there is no theophyllin in tea. Teas may be have a mild soothing effect, but their use in management of true asthma events is meager at best. ...Read more
Theophylline: Theophylline and caffeine are two "stimulant" medications that a neonatologist may use to improve the breathing pattern in a premi with apnea. Theo-dur is the name of the same drug packaged and used as an oral medication for older kid or adult asthma. It is seldom used today since their are alternative meds with fewer side effects. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more