Does Strattera(Atomoxetine) or AmbienCR 12.5mg(Zolpidem) show up on urine tests?
Asked by: mike0212-ga
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12 Aug 2006 21:34 PDT
Expires: 11 Sep 2006 21:34 PDT
Question ID: 755445
I'm a pilot about to get a new job which requires a drug test. According to the FAA you can't act as PIC(pilot in command with these drugs in your system. Both drugs are pretty harmless and unless you take an ambien and go fly or you get really drowsy from strattera (which you wouldn't be taken in the first place if this were the case), this is ridiculous. I'm litterally 10 times as rested and focused on these drugs. There are two types of urine tests. Cannabinoids (marijuana, hash) Cocaine (cocaine, crack, benzoylecognine) Amphetamines (amphetamines, methamphetamines, speed) Opiates (heroin, opium, codeine, morphine) Phencyclidine (PCP an expanded test tests for Barbiturates (Phenobarbital, Secobarbitol, Butalbital) Hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin) Methaqualone (Qualuudes) Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Librium, Serax, Rohypnol) Methadone Propoxyphene (Darvon compounds) Ethanol (Alcohol) MDMA (Ecstacy) Does anyone know if ambien/strattera fit into any of these categories or if they would show up as any of these drugs. And for how long would they stay in your urine. Also if you find any information on adderall,ritalin,concerta and urine testing let me know.
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Re: Does Strattera(Atomoxetine) or AmbienCR 12.5mg(Zolpidem) show up on urine tests?
From: beetle2-ga on 13 Aug 2006 19:11 PDT
Not on these tests. If a toxicology lab was asked to look for these one could cook up a method to find it. But that is not what the two test panels you say you will be subject to are asking for. Therefore the testing can only look for those drugs. Since your test is being administered for the FAA it is most surely performed by a NIDA certified laboratory. Your sample will be initially screened. If this shows it to be negative it is certified as negative. If positive it goes on to a more rigorous confirmation test by gc/ms. There are reasons for some compounds to screen positive without being the one in question. This actually happens infrequently but it will never happen with gc/ms. The gc/ms methodology looks for the specific drug molecule or often a metabolite that your body creates of it. This is a molecule totally unique to the one drug. Not a class of drugs, the drug itself. When ran on gc/ms each molecule has a specific fragmentation pattern. There is no ambiguity. So the ultimate question is: is Strattera or Ambien one of the specific molecules looked for in a gc/ms confirmation on the two test panels you referred to? The answer is no. Do they fit into these categories? Not according to NIDA. Are they similar enough to any of these drugs in any way to fail a screening? I doubt it. But even if they were you can have total faith in gc/ms confirmation.
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