I have been taking vicoprofen for a couple of years for my TMJ and a torn meniscus. My dr. started asking all patients' with a narcotic Rx to take a drug screening; which is fine with me. I took my test today and everything came back clean... including for opiates, which vicoprofen is. I didn't think anything of it, but they looked at me like I was doing something wrong. I called a nurse friend and she said they may think I was "cleaning my sample", even though a nurse came into the bathroom with me. I am mortified and I have no idea why vicoprofen would not show up! It is wierd that I feel like I have to prove I am taking my meds... usually people are trying to find a way out of the drug screening. It was a urine/panel test. Is there a different test they should have used?
^Right, its not necessarily to find out if youre taking OTHER drugs, its to find out if youre taking your prescribed meds, and not selling them on the street. Thats really weird that you didnt show positive for opioids if youve been taking hydrocodone for years. My best guess is that the tests didnt work properly. Ive had bad experiences with panel tests, and ive heard HORROR stories about their shite percision. Im lucky now to be associated with a facility that does a 'lab test'. I would say you should confront your doc about it.
Tell him that you take your meds and (if he deems it necessary) you could go to the Court Substance Abuse Program somewhere near where you live (chances are if you live in a city with a courtroom, you have a CSAP facility or something similar that does DTs) and you can take a 'lab test', which not only tests for a positive/negative of a drug, it also tests for the amount of drug in your system. So they will be able to tell that A)you have opioids in your system, and B) that you didnt just pop an OC 80 last night to pass, your screen shows you have a high level of opioids that could only be a result of long term use.
Hope that helps, keep us posted
Thanks for posting this question, I am "passing" my UA's at the VA and I should be coming up positive for hydrocodone and benzo's... I have been retested 3 times and have had people watching when I take the pills but alas no drugs are showing up during the test. They decreased all my meds and accused me of diverting my drugs, despite them counting my pills left and watching me take them.
Now I have to prove I am taking the drugs... This is proving to be far harder than I even imagined on my limited income.
- Vicoprofen Information for Consumers
- Vicoprofen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Vicoprofen (detailed)
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