does methadone show up in a urine test as just an opiod like hydrocodone or will it show up as methadone on a urine test. im coming off my pain meds and am using small amounta of methadone every 3-4 days to stay away from the hydrocodone... but if the VA finds out im takind methadone i will lose my benefits. please if anyone knows about this help me. I cant afford to lose my benefits, i have ptsd,TBI,schrapnel in both legs and im deaf in 1 ear. Iraq was not kind to me... LOL... I spent 8 months in baghdad and 9 in baquba... I need some kind of pain managenement drug but i was finding myself getting addicted to the hydrocodone. I dont want to live my life like that. Please any info will help me greatly... especially how long methadone can be found in urine during a drug test.. Thank you for your time.
Added 28 Feb 2010:
I heard methadone stays in your system for 10 days????is that true
Yes, methadone will show up a methadone metabolites. Using methadone to come off hydrocodone is kind of like using heroin to come off morphine. Can you go to a methadone clinic at least so you're doing it legally. That way you just show your prescription and they won't hold the methadone against you...
28 Feb 2010
I believe that methadone will show up in a urine test, but only if they are doing a test specificly for methadone. They have to be testing for methadone in it's own right, Otherwise I think it just shows up as an opiate.
10 Mar 2010
ive taken 7 or 8 dot drug test and meathdone has never shown up
29 Mar 2010
Methadone is a separate, and more expensive test. They have to be specifically looking for methadone. They usually don't spend the money or the time because people usually have a script and the government prohibits discrimination against people on methadone (even though if people or employers find out-they will still hold it against you). If the VA does hair or blood, I am unsure, but UA is OK at the VA :)
9 Oct 2011
My husband had a drug test through the VA to try and get a higher benefit amount due to his knees. They tested for everything!! Opiates, Methadone, Cocaine, THC, Benzos, even his Ambien came up. They never said anything about what he shouldn't have been taking, but they do a pretty thourough test. Drink lots of water to try and flush it out of your system if you don't want them finding it.
12 Apr 2012
I was tapering off methadone (down from 30 mg) because after every dose I was vomiting up the pills within 10-20 mins. Dr. ordered a urine drug test when I was only taking about 10 mg daily. NO methadone showed up in my system. The Dr. wouldn't let me come off the drug as he said wasn't the methadone making me vomit so I started tapering down all by myself. He was so mad!!! I don't know if it didn't show because of throwing-up OR if it was because the dose was hovering around 10 mg & they were expecting 30. I wish I knew because now I'm down to less than 5 mg. He keeps demanding I resume at least 20 mg & doesn't know I've resumed the taper & has ordered another drug test. I keep telling him I won't take methadone so our relationship is bad. Stay away from Kaiser it should be called "Group Death". Good Luck!