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OTC and Prescription Medications may Cause a Positive for Marijuana Test

Many people are unaware when they go to take a pre-employment drug test that something they take regularly could cause them to test positive for marijuana, even if they have never even tried it.


While some sources suggest that ibuprofen can cause a positive drug test for marijuana, this has essentially been disproven by lab results across the country, with respect to LabCorp and SonoraQuest. But what about other labs, and what about other medicines that make urine test positive for marijuana? Yes, they do exist.
Of the most common drugs mistaken for marijuana when trying to pass a drug test, NSAIDs like ibuprofen, but stronger, are the cause. According to, proton pump inhibitors are also the cause of positive THC drug tests for many people who have never touched marijuana in their lives, and proving that this is the cause is often a pyric victory, as employers and prospective employers only take the time to get the results of a drug test from a lab, and won’t even contact a potential employee after results have come in to question why they may have tested positive for THC. And even if they did, most people on the hunt for a job are not likely to know that their medication (prescribed by a doctor or over the counter) is causing the positive THC result of their urinalysis.
In addition to those trying to pass a drug test while on completely legitimate and harmless medications like Naproxen, others who have a legal prescription for medicinal marijuana are in the same, or perhaps an even worse boat. Why? Because even when a doctor approves and prescribes marijuana to a legal medicinal marijuana card holder, companies have the right to deny employment based on a positive drug test for THC. While this may not seem fair to some, many employers feel that passing a drug test is a primary and essential part of employment which they deem not just necessary, but a way of protecting themselves against hiring people who may not show up for work, or who may perform below the bar when compared to their non-marijuana-prescribed counterparts.
According to the Oxford Journals, in addition to some NSAIDs and medicinal marijuana, medicines for nausea such as Marinol and Drobinal, as well as the drug Sustiva (generally prescribed to AIDS patients) can also be the cause of false positives on a marijuana drug test.
To pass a drug test for any of these, be sure to do a full body cleanse with the direction of a doctor, or for those who feel comfortable disclosing the use of these medications to potential employers, let them know ahead of time so no surprises pop up at the lab.


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