|Drug screening and Atripla
Jun 21, 2009
I am currently on Atripla and need to have a drug screening for my job. I have heard that I could test positive for marajuana. What should I do. Tell them at the time of the screening that I am on Atripla - will they take account of that? Is it an option to come off the treatment for 5 days. What will the impact on my health be and will it give me a better chance of passing - or will being off the treatment for this time not affect the drug test result. Your urgent response will be appreciated. Many thanks
| Response from Dr. Henry
Use of efavirenz (in Atripla) can causes false positive urine tests for marijuana and benzodizepines (like diazepam). I often write patients a note stating that they are being prescribed a drug that can cause such false positive reactions (without necessarily mentioning the drug or underlying condition) to have handy if a problem arises. I have had hundreds of patients on efavirenz-based regimens and never have had a patient fired from work for a positive drug test. KH
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