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Dr. Jane Steiner
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Will ibuprofen show up drug test?

Will ibuprofen show up drug test?

maybe: It will show up only if they do a specific test looking for it. It is not the typical drug of abuse that is looked for. ...Read more

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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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I heard that Ibuprofen shows up as cocaine on a drug test.Is that true??

I heard that Ibuprofen shows up as cocaine on a drug test.Is that true??

Nope: Drinking coca tea or chewing coca leaves can produce metabolites that could cause a false positive DOA screening test. Not ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Dr. Shane Russell-Jenkins
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Can ibuprofen cause a false drug test? My sister said her husband had a positive drug test and it was caused by ibuprofen.

Can ibuprofen cause a false drug test? My sister said her husband had a positive drug test and it was caused by ibuprofen.

Possibly: Many over the counter medications can yield, what is called, a false positive, of which ibuprofen, can lead to a false positive for marijuana. A site to look at for more answers is: http://www.Askdocweb.Com/falsepositives.Html. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Could ibuprofen cause a false positive on a drug test!?

Could ibuprofen cause a false positive on a drug test!?

Mostly for THC: but ONLY on the screening test, and NOT on confirmatory tests. If whoever is doing the testing only uses screening tests, and does not confirm the positive test with more sophisticated methods, they are not following generally recognized principles of drug testing and could be subject to lawsuits. The confirmatory tests can determine that the positive is NOT a substance of abuse. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Can ibuprofen cause a false positive on a drug test!? What are your expert opinions?

Mostly for THC: but ONLY on the screening test, and NOT on confirmatory tests. If whoever is doing the testing only uses screening tests, and does not confirm the positive test with more sophisticated methods, they are not following generally recognized principles of drug testing and could be subject to lawsuits. The confirmatory tests can determine that the positive is NOT a substance of abuse. ...Read more

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I have a drug test tomorrow and I took 600 mg of ibuprofen for my knee today. Could that result in a false positive?

I have a drug test tomorrow and I took 600 mg of ibuprofen for my knee today. Could that result in a false positive?

Drug Test: Drug tests are more specific and sensitive than ever. The reliability of these tests are better each year. Rest assured, the test will tell what is in your urine, as well as tell us what is not. ...Read more

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Urine Drug Screen (Definition)

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Drug Testing (Definition)

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