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HELP?! What can cause FALSE positive for ALCOHOL on a drug test? Had a Cesarian then somehow drug screen was positive! I don't drink! HOW?

PLEASE HELP?! I do not drink and was still in the hospital - and considering my only visitors were my parents I trust nothing fishy was going on- so evidently I have a false positive. could whatever medications given for my Cesarian have caused this? Help!

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You would need to talk to your doctor and anesthesiologist to see what you were given in the hospital. Then see if any of those drugs can produce a false positive. They have to give you the information.

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There are some drugs that can cause a false drug test. They do this depending on what they have been made from, and they include antibiotics and antidepressants. You may consult your doctor about this.

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Cough syrup, nyquil any over the counter meds that contain alcohol

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As well as prescribed medications or those used during surgery causing a false positive, your sample could have been mixed up with someone else's. Check into it further.

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I would have loved to have done that. It was almost 17 months ago- i just found out about the drug screen results last week!! It is effecting so much of my life- thank you for your help! I wish I knew these things before!!
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17 months? I'd still be asking whoever are the authorities in this case lots of questions. For one, if this was so serious, why weren't you informed at the time? You can still find out what medications you were given at the time because that information will be in your medical record (which you have a right to see) and if any of those drugs would have affected the test. Good luck.
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Tooth paste, mouth wash, lemon-poppy seed muffins

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Perhaps a more important question is (and it's none of my business. I've no need to know the answer, myself.): why are you being tested for substances associated with *addiction and/ or abuse? You had a C-section: How are you doing? Hope all is well for you and the child.

Your stress level is no doubt increased because you've just been through a lot. Hormones get out of whack, too.

As mentioned above, there ARE reasonable factors, though not all too common, for a drug/alcohol tests to show inaccurate result.

Wishing you the best.
RS

(*FYI: Abuse of a substance does not necessarily mean one is an addict...)

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VickiBankhead
Green is telling.
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I'm still not sure what that means. I'm a bit old and daft. Green is telling what, exactly? Sorry so dumb about this. I am so not cool, it's unbelievable. :)
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Thumbs ( Up) or lack thereof.
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I'm sure you are not as old and daft as you think you are.
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I'm giving you green....Everything you said was legit.
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You are right on- i have been on methadone for a number of years and have been clean now for more than 2 years after an accident and eventual addiction to the pain meds on which i was prescribed to. Keep in mind I put myself into these programs to maintain my health and that of my daughter of course!! So as i stated i put myself into a treatment program that monitors me and I go to regular therapy. Over these years i have been earning certain privledges in my program. They were looking into my previous program's drug screen results which have been clean for years except for this crazy false positive for alcohol!! Everyone around me (doctors, family, friends, counselors) all know i have been clean this entire time because I am a happy single mom and they are always around me helping me with things including my recovery. I was never a drinker, and regardless of that fact, I know I did not drink while I was bed ridden before and after my daughter's birth. I found out last week that they got my results to make sure my privileges are validated by my time clean... (Confused yet?) since my daughter is 17 months old it wa 17 months ago and I was never told of this false positive- if they thought I used they would have thrown me out whih did not happen. So many conflicting pieces of information, and knowing I don't and didn't drink- how do i go about proving it to skeptics as they work with addicts every day! Who knows....
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By the way- RichStine- I appreciate your answers and concern. My daughter is doing amazing! She was 10 weeks premature so the doctors gave me all sorts of medications like steroids for her lungs to develop and magnesium sulfate to stop the labor (4X's) and then the C-section all those meds- who knows what was in them- then the morphine after the surgery- lots of things... Who knows!! Thank you for asking!! I am hoping a doctor can say what was in or isn't in those medications provided in these situations.
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If they gave u an etg test from blood. It can detect anything that has ethyl alcohol in it. Soy sauce, mouth wash, deodorant, perfume, nail polish, paint, and so many more. Google etg testing. It is so accurate that it is awful. Usually when it comes back positive they will do an ets test. Ask for one of those please. And another thing. An etg will go back 80 hours. So it could be somethig u digested 3-4 days prior to ur c-section. I hate these tests. They are horribly accurate and I hope that it hasn't affected ur life with ur new baby. Good luck

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I've a question for you, mesadora: Why would testing that is more reliably accurate, be a Bad thing? My thought process here is this: I personally would rather have a test performed that is accurate, than to go through a lot of unnecessary crap because the test taken was not reflective of the truth. In other words, if I haven't had a drink for 3 years, but a random testing "proved" I did, in fact, drink recently, contrary to the honest truth, I would be way-more upset about that, rather than getting a test taken that proved right the first time. Am I missing something? Thanks :)
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I agree however the test is so accurate - perhaps a better word would be sensitive. The test is so sensitive that it detected other things that may contain alcohol in my test that in turn resulted in a false positive. I wouldn't go through the trouble of trying to find out how this happened if I drank- I would admit I drank if I did. However I figured whatever medications were given during my surgery or after since I used all those anticeptic hand washes to visit my daughter in the NICU. It is frustrating- I don't even have to prove it to get my privileges anymore- it is just to prove to the head of the program I am in that trusting the doctors whom told her they would have known if I drank- more or less to prove that I can of course be trusted- I am sure they are wary of most people in a program for addiction regardless of how many years they are in recovery- like the 2+ years I have. I am happy those tests are as sensitive as they are! No matter what! Thanks for your answer!
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Oh, I get it, now! If the test is that sensitive, it really could be counterproductive, and, scary thought here, life-ruining. I listen a lot to National Public Radio (NPR), and months ago I remember a conversation/interview on the program about similar issues. I just spent a good 10 min. trying to find exact article/report..without luck. Gist of it: Juveniles were 'encouraged' to plead guilty to cop lesser penalty. Then, when up for review, mandatory drug/alcohol testing before the re-eval hearing often resulted in false positive...you can guess the rest. I MAY NOT HAVE MY INFO correct...it's been a while. But I could clearly see how, if someone is not guilty of drinking, is tested, and result is false-positive due to faulty testing, it could ruin someone's life. Yikes.

When doctors test for cancer, and give a patient the wrong results, they would be held accountable to some degree. (One would hope..).

Because what is being tested is a person who has proven to have a historically documented problem with a particular substance, and what they are being tested for, is said substance, the credibility of the person's outrage to being falsely accused, is questioned. What a Scary, scary thing. Thanks for answering my question. You are the best.
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Mouthwash that contains ETOH. I would request another test. Was this a blood or urine test?

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Blood test, why?
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I appreciate your help and answers!
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I do not know... I can find out i am sure!! Why do you ask?? Would this change something?? Now I will do why I can to find out.
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Why were they testing you in the first place? If it was a urine test there is more chance of false positive than a blood test.
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I just got false positive on a pre-employment drug screen! I am an alcoholic in recovery and haven't had a drink in more then 6 years!!!! The worst is the company that did the test-Quest Diagnostic will not release a copy of test to me!!! Saying I have no right to it as I did not pay for it!!!! What the hell has come of our country??? Also as an alcoholic, I am very careful to avoid anything with alcohol in it!!! There is no way this test is even close to right!!

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