Does Adderall show up on drug tests?

Yes. Adderall shows up on standard drug tests because Adderall contains several kinds of amphetamines. More about different types of Adderall drug tests here.

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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 by employers or law enforcement can be used to uncover out illicit Adderall use in workers and patients.

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
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I suspect my child is abusing adderall. However, my child has a valid Vyvanse prescription. Is there any way for a home urine test to indicate the level of amphetamine in the urine so we can know if adderall is being taking in addition to the vyvanse?

  2. Have to take a 5 panel hair follicles that tests for methamphetamine? I took 1,2 amphetamine salts to help me after working 2 back to back shifts. Will the amphetamine salts show up as methamphetamine on my hair test?

  3. A half or less will not be enough for the where the levels need to be. The dr/nurses will anlulize the levels. Which after one month of taking the medication would on a normal basis come up very dark with high levels. It also depends possibly on how lenient or unlenient your dr is

  4. I wanted to respond to Lora I am going through the same terrible Experience my soon to be ex and I can’t stress soon enough has been extreamly abusive and harassing. He started off with a smear campaign to friends and family to get anyone on his side since he already was worried about the violence which I have photos and witnesses. He tried to base the divorce on prescription drug abuse had me tested with a rush same day drug test which was very upsetting being I have never had to take one to begin with and then they cut 5 huge chunks of my hair out and a piss test in front of the clerk in which to pull my pants down in front of her and expose my body to show I had no concealed urine. The worst part of the test was when I was sitting having my hair cut off the lab manager came over and snapped a photo of me on his IPhone to send to my husband as I Sat in the chair crying and humiliated this made it extreamly traumatizing to undergo continued torture at hands of my abuser! I was then forced to go back the next day and they tried to make me go back a third consecutive day to tourture me further. I feel like this is continued domestic violence and abuse as well as litigation abuse using the law to traumatize me is also Litigation Abuse. Now he has called CPS and they will test me again even though I have a court order to do another test at a facility I trust. I’m worried I am not getting a fair representation and his lies are just going unseen the domestic violence is not being addressed! Please anyone have any comments I am worried to lose my Son and my credibility as people love to see others suffer!

  5. I inadvertently took 20 mg Adderal. My daughter has a prescription for ADHD. She had put a few in a bottle with Advil and this is how I ingested it. I started feeling very wound up. I am on a random drug test list and wonder what I should do should I have to drug test this week. I’m very concerned. Thanks

  6. Had a urine test done to check levels of my adderall.. it has been a week and have not heard from the doctor how long does it take to get this test back

  7. I took 60 mg of adderal a month ago and have a hair test in the next week .. Will i pass being it was only one time use ??

  8. I am prescribed Adderall (4yrs) and do not experience a euphoric effect but have tested positive for Ecstasy with a urian test. One of my other doctors is uneducated in this matter and refuses to treat me. How can I prevent this from happening again?

  9. So I took 6 of the light blue ones cause I didn’t wanna do anything for my depression. I was practing Softball and I was really tired and hungry but then when I got home dinner was ready I was going to eat my food but only took one bite because I didnt feel hungry at the time I started heating up and trying to sleep but couldn’t I went home to my house and my depression came so I took 5 more then I tried to sleep but couldn’t so I think I ended up staying up all night and morning I’m getting head ache and I feel like I had to Breathe In and Out cuz it help me and this morning I feel like had puke because I didn’t feel good I took a walk down the street it was a little bit or not that bad but right now my head still hurts I’m still burning up what do I do if the pain don’t stop I would really like if you get back to me as soon as possible thank you very much.

  10. Hello, if I took 15mg of regular short release Adderall at 1;30 pm yesterday and another 10mg at 9:30 pm last night will I pass my urine drug test tomorrow at 6 am? I am not a regular Adderall user.

  11. my brother is a big time druggy but says he doesnt do drugs anymore, i noticed i was running out of my adderall a couple days early the past 2 months, so the other day i came home from work at 1am when most people are sound asleep and tge bathroom light was on, the water was running but seemed to be ongoin, i got down and could see feet through the bottom of the door, so i barged in without knocking or even the slightest notice and theres my cousin micky taking a poop. i was sure that my brother was snorting adderall, but i looked like a sicko walking in on my cousin like that, could my mom be using adderall too then?

  12. Would it be possible for adderall to show up in a urine lab test 16 days after the last use? I am in drug treatment and they said it was in my system 16 days later and I know for a fact I hadn’t taken anything since the date that was documented. I had taken a substantial amount that weekend though, like probably enough to kill an average person so because I did take so many would it have still been in my system that long after?

  13. I use to take Adderall a year ago and had built a very high tolerance. About 5 days ago I started taking it again with 100mg throughout the day. I was taking 25mg every two hours until I reach 100mg and then i stop.

    I was just informed that we’re taking a urine test in 6 days with a cutoff level for amphetamines of 1000ng/mg. They will send the urine sample to a lab. I weigh 110lbs. How much water do I need to drink for the level to go below 1000ng/mg?

  14. I am being sued by my ex for the 6th time and it’s awful – he is trying everything possible – now he made us take a drug test – 5 chunks of hair… I take adderroll .. 2 .. 30 Mg’s a day and my test results make me nervous because I can’t risk losing my kids! I have a prescription and I disclosed it. They say .. quantitation 1567 pg/mg and screen cut off 500 ??? But I don’t really understand this paper??? I usually don’t even take all of what’s prescribed… ??? Please help… my ex is threatening me

  15. I was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD at the age of 17 yrs old, and was prescribed Adderall at the age of 19. I’very been taking it for many years as I’m now 38 yrs. old. I desperately want to stop taking it now because it doesn’t seem to work much for me anymore and I feel it has had a negative effect on my body after all these years. The problem is, I’m a single mother and my life is extremely demanding. Whenever I try to take myself off the Adderall, I feel so tired and sluggish for such a long time, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with my life. My doctor is no help. What should I do? Do you have any suggestions as to how I can get through these “withdrawal” symptoms and still function in my everyday life?

    1. Hi Mia. Experts claim that slowly reducing the daily Adderall dosage is a safer dose to quit it. I’d suggest that you speak with a doctor who can help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

  16. I’m taking adderall 10mg prescribed and also I take 10mg that i buy on the street I saw a medical doctor today not my regular phsycyistres toled me to stop taking go cooled turky is it ok to do that please help

    1. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

    1. 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: They are dealing with CRAFT model for families and interventions.

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

    1. 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.

  22. 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??

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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.?

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

    1. 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.

  28. 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?

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

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