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6 Accidental Ways to Fail a Drug Test

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Drug tests can be a requirement of some employers, and urine tests are the most common way they are administered. However, while you may be totally confident with the test because you’re not an illicit drug user, there are factors that can make you test positive anyway.

Seemingly innocent off-the-shelf remedies can confuse drug results, meaning your chances of landing that dream job are severely impacted. Here are six common reasons people who aren’t drug users might fail a drug test…


1. Cold Medicine

Medical Daily advises that common cold remedies work by narrowing blood vessels in the nasal passages to relieve sinus congestion. So what? Cold remedies also contain an ingredient called Pseudoephedrine, a synthetic amphetamine (used to make meth, a highly illegal substance).

If you’ve been liberal on cold medication to fight your symptoms, you may be in for a surprise when the test finds signs of drug abuse. However, there are cold remedies out there specifically made without Pseudoephedrine (they use a substitute called phenylephrine), so ask your pharmacist or carefully read the labels.

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