I have chronic pain in my back and legs due to degenerative arthritis and fibromalgia. I've had trouble keeping a doctor because the drugs never show up when I am drug tested. I use them faithfully and cannot understand why this happens. How else can I prove that I am taking them?
Fentanyl has to be tested for specifically but Dilaudid should show up as an opiate. Perhaps you are a very fast metaboliser? Have you tried taking one a few hours prior to being tested? It is very odd that these meds oe their metabolites do not show up. Are you seeing a PM Dr or are you seeing a Primary Care Dr? If you are seeing a PCP then perhaps he is not educated as to what metabolites are proper or doesnt understand that Fentanyl has to be tested for specifically. Very strange indeed! Be sure that he sees you wearing your patch each time you see him. Perhaps he may want to test both blood and urine. Surely they will show in one or the other but then again he nedds to know what exactly to look for.
It was mentioned to try taking one a few hours prior to being tested. Remember that most Opiates won't even show up in a pee test till after 24 hours and stay there from 3-5 days for occasional use. If use daily it can remain as long as 2 weeks after stopping. I agree with having the Doctor witness you taking the meds then returning for the test as proof to what is happening. Otherwise I would suggest taking the drugs at a time so the testing will happen approximately 36-48 hours after take said drug. This way it will be in your system after the minimal time to show and 24 hours prior to the earliest time to be out of your system. Good luck to anyone in this situation.
- Dilaudid Information for Consumers
- Dilaudid Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Dilaudid (detailed)
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