Sunday March 29th 2015

Does Adderall show up on drug tests?

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.

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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5 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.

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?

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?

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