I am 61 years of age and I lost my job because I tested positive on a random drug test. I have been taking drug test for approximately 30 years. Prior to the last test I took amoxicillin for dental infection... my Family Doctor gave me the same for another infection. Prior to giving a urine sample in July I took the antibiotics for a recurring tooth infection. Did I produce a false positive?
Can antibiotics give a positive on a drug test?
Question posted by Lgordon on 19 Dec 2013
Last updated on 19 December 2013 by kaismama
Did you take any NSAIDS lately, ibuprofen or aleve? They should not be able to fire you with just the urine drug screen, they are very inaccurate. They should need a more accurate test. Could you have a hair test done and take it to them?
They are accurate and would tell if you've taken anything for some time before the test. I hate these urine drug screens and they way people take them as gospel.
Anything is possible. Antibiotics shouldnt but immunoassay tests are notorious for producing false positives, this is why they should be confirmed with GC-MS test, but this is very expensive. You might want to find out if they did a GC-MS test for confirmation. Did they tell you what you tested positive for? Is it possible that the dentist gave you something for pain and this triggered a positive? If you have a prescription, they cannot fire you!
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