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    Allgood is offline Senior Member
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    Default Imodium/Loperamide


    Does anyone know if imodium (loperamide) will show up as an opiate on a drug screen?

    I am seeking a residential program tomorrow and they test for all drugs. I'm afraid that if it does test positive for apiates, and I tell them its imodium ... they may think I'm full of it?

    Should I just call and ask them? Thats what I'm gonna do...

    In the meantime ..... any info is greatly appreciated.

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    No it won't, I can't explain the scientific reasons but I do know that it will not show.

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    I've heard that poppy seeds on your hamburger bun can cause a false positive as far a opiates go but I'd wait and see if the drug screen tested positive before I said anything. I doubt that the average garden variety drug test would be that sensitive.

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    Poppy seed tea recipe removed because I was having ethical problems with having posted it. Yeah, it's vile enough that I doubt it would be habit-causing, but if I hurt even one person who came to this great place looking for help, I'd feel pretty sh!tty about myself.

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    quote:Originally posted by Porgie

    I've heard that poppy seeds on your hamburger bun can cause a false positive as far a opiates go but I'd wait and see if the drug screen tested positive before I said anything. I doubt that the average garden variety drug test would be that sensitive.
    I don't know if this is myth or fact.

    What I do know, for me, is that for my 15 years while on a Methadone Clinic I never ate anything with a poppy seed in it...for fear of testing positive.

    I work for a rehab and employees are tested every month.

    I still don't eat poppy seed bagels...even at 3+1/2 years clean. I'm just very cautious. It ain't worth the worry...or having the remote possibility of having to explain something.


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    I think we've veered off the point here.

    I was going into residential treatment, wanted to know if imodium would show up on a drug screen as an opiate. Thats it. No methadone, no poppy seeds, none of that. Diarrea medicine, thats it. Lots of it ..... enough to plug me up for years.

    Arlene - If you were on methadone, how did you pass the drug screens anyways? Excuse my ignorance ... is there a test that excludes methadone??

    Tom

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    Sorry for the off topic, babe.

    Yes...ON a Methadone program, they will test for OTHER opioids...exclusive of Methadone. Therefore, when you have ONLY Methadone in your system, they proclaim you "clean." Fantasy, IMHO.

    [u]More</u> importantly...what's happening with residential treatment?

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    Sorry for helping to veer this one off course. Taken in normal doses, immodium won't show up on drug tests. I've read that it can if you take in excess of 30mg, which would be over 15 of the little pills in one go, but even then its exceedingly rare. I can't find where I read that, so I can't provide any cites, but as far as taking normal dosages of immodium, or even doubling the normal dosage, there should be no problem. Lifesabeach is right on track with the answer to that question. Hope that helps.

    -DirtyW

    p.s. I just found a document regarding drug testing for air traffic control specialists, which are pretty stringent and demanding, and it actually reccomends the use of Loperamide (Immodium) for control of diarrhea, so I would think you'd be in the clear.

    if you want to read the document I'll put the link below, but it's only a sentence or two which i've already summarized. It's on page 9.

    http://www.aviationmedicine.com/reso...UGS%202005.pdf

    However, the more I research this, the more I think your best course of action would be to ask a doctor. I've never heard of anyone getting a false positive from imodium, and the lack of documentation cautioning people against imodium use before drug testing seems to support this. Still, a doctor would know best.

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    Hey D.W.,

    I really liked that article. Interesting their stance on tricyclic antidepressents, e.g. Zoloft.

    Take care,

    Lisa

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