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Will Using Nicotine Patches Affect My Drug Test
Depends: Depends on the substance, your body, the amounts and frequency of use, etc. This question usually raises concern that the person asking has an addiction problem. If so, please seek help for same asap rather than worrying about how to get a clean drug test. Life is too short to live as a slave of substances. ...Read more
I took a SAP 5 urine drug test. Will nicotine show up on the test? How long will it take to receive the results?
No: Nicotine isn't tested for on the five panel test, but are you concerned about nicotine? I take it, you have a DOT safety sensitive job. You might not be allowed to smoke at work, but you didn't violate for nicotine. You violated for another substance, if you have already been referred to a SAP-Substance Abuse Professional. The test shouldn't take long before you will have the results. ...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
Not In Drug Screen: Nicotine is not typically screened for in urine drug tests. Usually, you will see such things as narcotics, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, illegal substances but not nicotine. If being tested specifically for nicotine is a special test where it can be detected up to 4 days. ...Read more
Nicotine maybe,: Cinnamon no. If the oral swab test is looking for cigarette smoking, it measures either nicotine or its major metabolite cotinine (more commonly) and this will be found also in someone using nicotine gum. If they are looking for drugs of abuse, generally nicotine/cotinine are not tested for and will not alter the outcome. ...Read more
Have to pass a nicotine drug test for work just quit smoking 3 days ago what can I use to cleanse my body of the nicotine from showing up?
No: There is no evidence that "flushing" the body with excessive amounts of water will remove more of any drug, but it will sometimes make the urine so dilute that a drug they are testing for (cotinine) may fall below the detection limit and come up "negative." substances like milk thistle and other herbals are touted to help, but are unproven. Falsifying and adulterating specimens does you no favors. ...Read more
I stopped smoking cigarettes about 2-3 weeks ago, I did a urine drug test with Quest Diagnostics will my urine test positive for nicotine/ cotinine?
I'm taking my 14 year old to see the doctor for his check up..... I'm taking my 14year old to see his doctor for check up, I want to do a drug test because I feel he is smoking and addicted to nicotine. If he is and also smoking weed what would happened
Don't do it: Without your daughter's consent, in my opinion. The danger of alienating your daughter, losing her trust and poisoning the relationship between you is greater than any benefit that may occur. How about asking her, having a conversation where you express your concern about her health and well-being? You can let her doctor know about your concerns, but let them have a private conversation about it. ...Read more
I must quit nicotine "cold-turkey" for a job drug test. I am bipolar. How might this impact my emotional health if I quit suddenly and permanently?
Improve your health: Stopping smoking will increase the longevity and overall health. SOME SHORT term side effects may be irritability, headache, increase in appetite. Yous sense of smell and taste will come back. You will cut your risk of throat, bladder, lung, and stomach cancer. You will have bronchitis and pneumonia less frequently. You will save money. You may even be less anxious. ...Read more
Probably not: People who quit smoking often have better control of their blood pressure. They are able to exercise more, which helps blood pressure and overall health. Using nicotine patches should be a temporary thing - although you should use them as long as it takes to 'learn' how to get through the day -- without lighting up! Call 1-800-quit now for more info and great coaching to help you get through it. ...Read more
Wean off: First, congratulations on planning to quit! The patches are designed to wean you off of the cigarettes slowly. As dr. Goodman said by reducing from 21 mg daily to 14 mg daily and then to 7 mg daily. This helps your body adjust slowly and can reduce your cravings as you have a continuous dose of the nicotine. They do not, however, help you break the habits. And these can make it hard to quit.... ...Read more
YES: I am not aware of any toxic breakdown in the patches over time, and there is likely no evidence for this. This does not mean, however, it is entirely safe. The expiration has to do mostly with expected potency. Assume expired patches are less potent than fresh ones. If they help you stop smoking than by all means the benefits outweigh risks. ...Read more
No. Nicotine: Patches are designed to quit smoking, which is a short-term project, at least the physical part of the problem. Nicotine is a stimulant and an addictive one at that. Don't stay on nicotine in any form longer than necessary, in this case to drop taking in nicotine in some other way (cigarettes, dipping, etc.). Continuously driving your body with a stimulant is bad medicine. ...Read more
What are the harmful effects of nicotine patches (when used to increase focus and memory) for a non smoker?
Ask your Dr: Trust your Dr on any interactions. The treatment of patients is most effective when the Dr knows about all the things going on in and around their patients. They usually are so happy to have you quit tobacco that they'll help in any way possible! ...Read more
Addictions involve: People, places, things. The patch transfers your nicotine source from dip/snuff or smokes to a transdermal blood level, and attempts to taper the amount over the course of weeks. You remain an addict. Your threshold for craving is lowered. You must have the strong desire and will to quit. ...Read more
Yes?: Recent study evaluated benefits of medications and or nicotine replacement for quitting smoking. Use of these products showed a 4-5 times increase change of being cigarette free at six months versus trying to quit "cold turkey", especially if patients have severe nicotine dependence. Talk to doctor, but some patients benefit from use of all the above, though this needs doctor supervision. ...Read more
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