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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Some ADHD Meds are Amphetamines

Question: I just recently started taking Vyvanse a medication for ADHD and had a false positive urine screen for meth (amphetamine) because of the Vyvanse. I don't use meth so why did this happen?

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Laura NP


Eleventh Hour LLC said...

Dear Sondra,
Vyvanse is in the chemical class known as amphetamines. It is a stimulant. It was not a false positive urine drug screen for amphetamines, it was actually a true positive because vyvanse is an amphetamine. As long as you take this medication, you will screen positive for amphetamines on all drug tests. It has a high potential for abuse and addiction. That being said, it is also very helpful for people with ADHD symptoms such as inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. I do hope your clinician explained the risks and benefits clearly to you regarding this medication. I suggest you keep it locked up at home. You do not want anyone taking this medication in a recreational way. It can have serious and lethal consequences if abused. My personal opinion is that this medication should not be used long-term because of its addictive and abuse potential. To remedy your work situation regarding drug testing, you should get a note from your clinician stating you are taking this medication as prescribed and that it is understood you will have positive urine screens while on this medication. Be careful, take it ONLY as prescribed. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.