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Does Tramadol Show In A Urine Drug Screen? If So How Long Before It Is Out Of Your System?

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Tramadol, also sold as Rybix ODT, Ryzolt, Ultram, and Ultram ER is currently classed as an uncontrolled opioid analgesic (painkiller) available on prescription and is essentially the same as codeine. It will show up in a urine drug screening if it is tested for, but most standard five-panel drug screening tests currently do not test for it.

Like most substances, Tramadol is usually out of your system after about three to five days from use. However, the urine of long-term users, the obese and those with slow metabolisms due to health-related disorders may test positive for longer.

Other factors that might affect urine detection time are individual drug tolerance, urine pH levels and how much water is in the body. Drinking a lot of water or having very acidic urine, for example, tend to shorten detection time to some extent.

Some sources state that the form in which a drug is taken (i.e. Whether it is inhaled, swallowed, injected or smoked) can also affect detection time.

Although most five-panel drug screening tests do not currently test for it, the Healthcare Professionals Drug Screen used in the US, which is a 10-panel test, does, so if you are working in the healthcare profession, you may want to be aware of this.

One of the reasons why many drug-screening programs do not test for it is that Tramadol is currently not classified as a controlled substance.  However that may soon change soon because evidence is emerging that it is highly addictive, which may be why the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently listed a safety alert about Tramadol to all US physicians in 2010.

For more information on the current classification of Tramadol in the US and UK, you may want to visit: www.drugs.com/tramadol.htmlas well as bnf.org/bnf/bnf/current/17872.html
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Ultram or Tramadol is not specifically tested for in a standard urine test; however it will hit on that standard test as a derivative of an opioid, thereby triggering a more complex urine analysis. I know this because I get drug tested for urine every month. I have had to take Ultram for a sprained elbow for the last month and a half and it has indeed shown something and has indicated further testing the last three times I have had to be tested.
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No, I work in a lab, it will not show up on a standard urine stick.  I must be broken down even in blood samples.  For a standard at work pee in a cup test don't worry about it.  The half life for this drug is only about 4 hours and should washout quickly.  It may however show up as an tricyclic antidepressant.
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Yes tramadol does so up I took a couple a week before I went to doctor and they urine tested me 4 norcos and xanax thats all script said I thought I was safe  but
I tested positive 4 tramadol and they cut me off my regular meds
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Juston Bene commented
your doctor must either send to labcorp for results or use at least a 16 panel test I guess
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Just an update, we went back to the clinic and had them do another urine, also had them do mine as I also take pain meds and would have to urine test also before next script. Husbands came back clean this time, they still won't admit it was a false positive, and everyone is that is taking pain meds for longer than three weeks is now urine tested with a full panel,  not just the basic ones.  They call and say I need to talk to the doctor as mine came back bad, so I went right down there and the nurse takes us to a room, and she says, oh yours was a false positive caused by a combination of two prescriptions you are on. If this is the quality of the tests and labs they are using people are in trouble, this could ruin peoples lives, having these come back with positives for drugs when your not using them.  I did find out they are routinely testing for tramadol now to try and weed out opiate abusers  as it's used as a street opiate or something to that affect.  Short story long, we got our mess straightened up, and got our scripts, but a real hassle and how many people wont get it straightened out.  Neither of us take anything not prescribed for us by our doctor, but that isn't the issue here, it's such a violation to have to be urine tested,  and especially with such a flawed system.  And to the person who posted you drug abusers need to get a life,  everyone has a life, Thank God just not yours!  Thanks for all the knowledgeable replies and help everyone.  I don't care what anyone is smoking, taking, or using, it's your life and your urine, no one has a RIGHT to it.
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Yes it will should up on your drug test I have been taking tramadol for 7 years now and I just got drug tested and it did show up but they didn't know what it was so its all messed up.
All I can say is drink lots of water and not take them for a few days.
Hope you past your drug test!
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Thanks for the information. I had my first drug test in my 30 years of employment the other day. I am prescribed tramadl  but  it was such an invasion of privacy that  I    forgot to list it as a prescibed  medicine .  I did list Ativan which is also prescribed.  This all has caused me great anxiety. It is not right to be so intrusive.
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I don't mean to offend you but.... "It is not right to be so intrusive"??? An employer has every right to know whether someone they spend money on, who represents the company, is allowed access to company information on even a minimal level and must be trusted wirh the company's data on reports, computers, etc... which can be manipulated and do serious damage. So if someone is drugged and doesn't know what he or she is doing that could really cause the company some problems. I, for one, think companies have the absolute right to know if their employees are of sound mind and are accurately perceiving and interpreting data.
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"An employer has every right to know whether someone they spend money on, who represents the company, is allowed access to company information on even a minimal level and must be trusted wirh the company's data on reports, computers, etc... which can be manipulated and do serious damage. So if someone is drugged and doesn't know what he or she is doing that could really cause the company some problems. I, for one, think companies have the absolute right to know if their employees are of sound mind and are accurately perceiving and interpreting data."

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"An employer has every right to know whether someone they spend money on, who represents the company, is allowed access to company information on even a minimal level and must be trusted with the company's data on reports, computers, etc... which can be manipulated and do serious damage... is drugged and doesn't know what he or she is doing. That could really cause the company some problems."
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ray of light answered
Tramadol is a opioid derivative and is used as narcotic analgesic. It is also used as street drug abuse and is tested for drug dependency. In blood it can be tested for 12-14 hours. I urine 2-4 days and in hair follicles test up to 90 days.
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Actually, YOU are wrong. There are certain tests done by companies that test for specific drugs in additional to the usual 9-panel drug test. Most companies call this a Health Professions Panel, as they are specifically testing for drugs that health care professionals have easy access to. Go to questdiagnostics.com and look at their Health Prof Panel Drug test. It lists tramadol as one of the drugs tested for at a detection level of 200ng/ml. Check your facts before answering.
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So if you give it 4 days of not taking tramadol,then it shouldnt show up on a urine test right
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So if you give it 4days of not taking it then on a urine test it should be ok right?
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Tramadol Is technically labeled as a non narcotic pain killer. It is an analog not a synthetic. Meaning basically it is not a derivative of opiates. Any drug CAN Be tested for But there are so many including tramadol that are not. Short answer is no.... It will not show up on your test. Standard 5 to 16 panel drug tests do not test for it
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If advil can make you test positive for marijuana, then a medication that mimics opiates like tramadol can most definitely give you a false positive for them. It depends on the test, the doctor and facility. I go to a doctor, she random drug screens her patients and she wanted to cut me off my meds cause I had a slight amount of marijuana in my system. I havent smoked that in over ten years and it was like once. I laughed at her, told her she was wrong to do it again. I found out the advil I was eating daily gave me the result. I quit the advil I have no more marijuana in my urine. Funny thing....
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It depends on how sensitive the drug test- was tested for probation and was taking it and it never showed up, but showed up on a test I took for nursing drug screening. Make sure you have a script!
Not sure how long it stays in your system-probably would be safe to wait a week.

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