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Does Adderall show up on drug tests?

Yes. Adderall will show up on a drug test as an amphetamine.

Why order a drug test for Adderall?

Adderall narcotic amphetamines are used to treat a variety of disorders, including ADHD. When used as a medication in someone with a disorder, Adderall doesn’t create a euphoric high and is unlikely to be abused. However, many people who have no medical need for Adderall enjoy using and abusing it recreationally, perceiving it as “safer” than street amphetamines. Drug testing can be used to uncover out illicit Adderall use by employers or law enforcement.

Many employers routinely require a test for illegal drug use from prospective employees. While Adderall has legitimate uses as a prescription stimulant for treating the symptoms of ADHD and narcolepsy, it is also used for weight loss or performance enhancement. Unfortunately, a drug test can’t discriminate between prescription amphetamines and those sold as street drugs, so if you’re taking a stimulate medication for any reason, you need to let the test administrator know beforehand.

Types of Adderall drug screens

Adderall is most likely to show up as a potential illicit drug in a urine test. Hair and sweat testing may also be used as part of a drug-treatment program, but are less common and often more expensive. Blood testing for Adderall may be ordered in some cases. The main tests used in Adderall drug screening include:

1. Blood sample drug tests for Adderall
2. Hair sample drug tests for Adderall
3. Sweat sample drug tests for Adderall
4. Urine sample drug tests for Adderall

Adderall detection

A urine screen will be looking for any amphetamine use, not Adderall specifically. Adderall will show up in urine for up to 4 days after taking a single Adderall dose – sometimes up to a week, with chronic or heavy use. Most initial cutoff levels for amphetamines begin at 1000 ng/mL and require a confirmation test of 500 ng/ml to confirm the presence of amphetamines in the system.

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Adderall abuse and blood concentration

Blood testing can give the most specific information about a person’s Adderall use. Therapeutic use usually results in blood concentrations of 0.02-0.05 mg/L. Concentrations higher than 0.2 mg/L represent abuse of the drug.

Positive drug testing for Adderall

If you have a prescription for Adderall, don’t worry about it affecting your drug test. Simply bring your prescription pill bottle or a letter from your doctor with you to the drug screen. Have your doctor’s information on hand in case the lab needs to verify your prescription. This should clear up any confusion about the results and won’t disqualify you from any job.

Do I have a problem with Adderall?

If you think that you have a problem with Adderall, you probably do.  But can you die from Adderall?  Yes, Adderall has caused cases of sudden death.  But there is help available for overuse, misuse or problems with Adderall. Please leave us your questions about Adderall use, Adderall detection, or stopping Adderall below. We will be happy to respond to you with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources:  NHTSA Drug and Human Performance Fact Sheets: Methamphetamine (And Amphetamine)
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention: Prescription Stimulants: Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine
FDA Medication Guide: Adderall XR

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26 Responses to “Does Adderall show up on drug tests?
Herb LaCross
8:14 pm April 23rd, 2013

My wife and I are taking care of out daughter’s child as she is an addict. Yesterday we were told by other addicts (in recovery?), she is using adderal, snorting it, l and has been for 9 momths or so. She is in a court drug treatment program and so far the case worker said she has not tested positive for amphetamines. I assume then, she is not a heavy user or in fact, not using at all. She is tested randomly, twice a week. In your experience, have addicts figured out how to game the system with this kind of protocol?

5:19 am April 24th, 2013

Hi Herb. Your instincts may be correct. Addicts are well-versed at beating the system. I’d suggest that you spring a drug test (with her permission, of course) on her when she does not expect it. If she’s not living at home, require that she live in a halfway house with strict rules and similar drug testing standards. Random drug testing once or twice a week in addition to court ordered testing may just detect Adderall or amphetamines in her system. I wish you and your daughter all the best.

Nikki
11:41 pm April 6th, 2014

My soon to be ex-husband and I are going through a divorce and he will use anything against me to get the kids. I do not have a prescription but I have used adderall at work. I was wondering how long it takes to get out of your system in case he wants to take me to court and use that against me. I am no longer using it, but I’m worried he will get custody of my kids because I did use it without a persciption. Please let me know. Thank you.

11:58 am April 7th, 2014

Hi Nikki. A DOT 5 panel can usually detect amphetamines. Have you tested “dirty” yet? Is there medical evidence of this kind of use?

Dawn
11:17 am August 12th, 2014

My daughter is 26 years old an she has been abusing Adderall since January of this year, she changed so much to the point that it was like she was a whole different person. She told me that in a 24 hour period she took 8 Adderall an it caused her skin to discolor, she said she thinks her blood was beginning to clot because her legs an feet started to turn blue? She tells me that shes been off Adderall for about a month now but I have a hard time when it comes to trusting her because she lies so badly :-( She left the other day an was gone for several hours, she said she only went for a walk but shes not been sleeping to well shes up an down a lot an shes having mood swings.How is the best way to find out if shes still doing it?

Jill
4:55 pm July 16th, 2015

I have a sibling who I believe is abusing adderall. Can you confirm the levels of use/abuse and the side effects or results of abuse.

Taking 40 mg vs. 20 mg?

When a loved one is trying to ween off adderall, can a blood test determine the amount you are taking? If so, how often does one need their blood drawn to determine if the person is actually cutting back as the are saying?

12:10 pm July 21st, 2015

Hello Jill. Addreall levels are detectable on drug tests, but it doesn’t have to be accurate, because of differences in metabolism, hydration, general health, how much and how often the medication is taken, etc. For weaning off, usually doctors prescribe the exact amount of doses you need to take. So, if she’s weaning off and runs out before the next prescription refill, she has been taking more than prescribed.

Leesa
9:04 pm July 21st, 2015

My son is bipolar but is not on any medicine. He is an adult but tells doctors he is adhd. No General practioner has sent him to a doctor to be evaluated and his blood pressure is high he has sores on his face and he his emotionally all over the place. He is easy to angry and you cannot talk to him. I do not believe I am able to talk with his GP because I have tried and I am not on the list. I know this doctor personally but I am sure his hands are tied because of laws Can you give me any advice on steps to take to help my son.

Kat
3:06 pm August 28th, 2015

I a just being tested for Alchol only.. but I took and Aderall the other day. Will this show up in the urine test if they are only testng me for Alcohol.?

kim
4:15 pm September 2nd, 2015

How soon will a single dose of 10 mg. Adderall show up in a urine test

July
4:24 am September 18th, 2015

If adderall is used occasionally, just to study, how long would the medication will be in the body, to appear on a drug test? Thanks

Jimbob
6:09 pm October 29th, 2015

My mom is prescribed adderall an I believe she’s snorting them instead of taking them, is there a way to find out, because she keeps passing drug test

Amanda
7:47 pm November 6th, 2015

My question is that my cousin just got put in jail for 30 days for failing a drug test for probation. He claims it is cause of his addarall. Could that be the case? What all will addarall show up as??

6:34 pm November 9th, 2015

Hi Amanda. Yes, it could be. Adderall shows up on drug tests as an amphetamine.

5:03 pm November 10th, 2015

Hello Jimbob. You might want to consider drug testing your mother without her knowing about it. Here’s an article on the subject http://drug.addictionblog.org/how-can-i-drug-test-without-someone-knowing/ I hope you will found it useful.

aaron
8:30 pm December 6th, 2015

I accidentally took a bead from an 10mg adderall will it show up in a pee test

Sarah
8:08 pm December 29th, 2015

I went on an street adderall binge (30 mg XR release for a week). I stopped all of a sudden, cold turkey if you will, because I was finished my work. Now I’m having severe stabbing heart pains when I take a deep breath or move a certain way. If I go to the doctor, will they screen for drugs or look for amphetamines?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:31 am January 3rd, 2016

Hi, Sarah. I think you can tell your doctor about Adderall use, so s/he may take into account every possible aspect of your hart pains.

Gigi
7:58 am January 6th, 2016

Hi, my last dose of adderal was 3 weeks ago 10 mg, do you think it will how up in a drug test I did today?

Mike
5:43 pm January 18th, 2016

Will taking prescribed dose of adderall show in a hair test. I am embarrassed and don’t want my employer knowing I have severe adhd. I rarely take my medicine and maybe took 10, 20mg adderall in a month. I got a surprise hair test and am nervous as my prescription ended on the first. I have not taken any since my prescription ended. If I am not abusing it will it show up? I normally only take one every couple of days as I do not like how I lose my appetite on them. Any help or insight appreciated.

Miranda
4:57 am March 2nd, 2016

Hello. I know someone who abuses adderall and denies it. What can I do to help them? Also how long will it stay in their system if they are drug tested by blood?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:33 pm March 3rd, 2016

Hi Miranda. First of all, Adderall will show up on a drug test as an amphetamine. Generally, positive results indicate Adderall use within 1-4 days but could be up to a week for heavy or chronic user. Second, I suggest you stage an intervention to help your person accept the problem. One NGO, called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/. They are dealing with CRAFT model for families and interventions.

Bob
3:26 am March 18th, 2016

Adderall will show up on any D.O.T. drug test. And it doesn’t take much at all. Took 20mg of my son’s prescription because I was told that it worked good as a laxative. Was randomly selected to take a drug test the following day, about 18 hours after taken the pill. Was informed that I tested positive for amphetamines. Quit drinking and smoking weed about 5 years ago to stay clean and one lousy adderall pill is costing me. Employer is sending me to a S.A.P. to be evaluated at a cost of $500 which comes out of pocket. Was suspended a week with no pay and can no longer drive any CDL vehicle until reinstated. I take Norco for back issues but nothing was said about failing for opiates (although I do have a prescription.) My point is think twice about popping anything not prescribed. One freaking adderall is putting me through hell.

Chris
12:01 am April 16th, 2016

I’m prescribed 60 adderall tabs a month at 20mg a piece. I work for NJDOT and had a test yesterday. My dosage is as follows, 60mg Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday and Friday 40mg and Saturday and Sunday nothing. My dosage was just adjusted recently by the Dr and she has all my information. My test was Wednesday morning so I know I’m on the high side. With adjustable dosage throughout the week and my Dr confirmation should I have a problem? If I do I know I’m getting an attorney.

Misti
5:10 pm June 17th, 2016

How long does adderall stay in urine if snorted. Is there anything u can drink to detox your body fast

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:01 pm June 28th, 2016

Hi Misti. Adderall will show up in urine for up to 4 days after taking a single Adderall dose – sometimes up to a week, with chronic or heavy use.

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