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Will taking a cough syrup (Vicks Nyquil) show up in a drug test?

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DzooBaby 11 April 2011

If they test for alcohol it could show up as well depending on the time you took the medicine and the time you took the drug screen. Nyquil has a high amount of alcohol in it. It also can contain pseudoephedrine which can show positive as an amphetamine. If you do get a false positive, ask for confirmation by GC-MS-gas chromatograph-mass spectrometry. This test is more expensive and you may have to pay for it yourself but it will differentiate the false positives. It is used to confirm or dispute false positives. It is extremely accurate.

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Chiquita43 11 April 2011

Highly doubtful! I've never heard of it showing up like the previous post said.

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Chiquita43 13 April 2011

You're right-I will definitely search for a definitive answer from a respected source. I think I was referring to 20 years ago, when our company did drug tests. Time to live in the present!! Thank you!

Inactive 20 Feb 2018

From personal experience it does show positive for amphetamines! Google it , that will also confirm what I'm saying, Definitely comes up positive! !!!

Inactive 11 April 2011

Vicks Nyquil - Can Cause False Positive For Ecstasy (MDMA), Methamphetamines.

All the best and take care.

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Faith Ecker 20 Nov 2017

Thank you for this answer free discount card

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