Does Clonidine show up on a drug test? 

Does Clonidine show up on a drug test? 

No, Clonidine doesn’t show up on a drug test. Clonidine is commonly used to manage high blood pressure and this medication is not considered a drug of abuse. 

Clonidine addiction is not much reported and this medication is not generally included in the standard 12-panel drug test. So no, it will most likely not show up and the testing procedure is not focused on this medication. 

However, if the test is specifically done for Clonidine then it will show up. The accuracy of drug tests also depends on the procedure you’re going for. 

Primary drug testing is done via urine immunoassay, which is cheaper than other methods and this is probably why it’s not as accurate. More promising procedures focus on the exact chemical present in your body at the time of the test and don’t cause any false positives. 

How is Clonidine different from drugs that show up on a drug test?

Clonidine is structurally and chemically different from drugs that typically show up on a drug test. It belongs to a class of medications called alpha-2 adrenergic agonists, which work by stimulating certain receptors in the body (1,2).

Clonidine is primarily used to treat conditions like high blood pressure, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and withdrawal symptoms from opioids (3).

It does not contain substances that are commonly tested for in drug screenings, such as Opioids, Amphetamines, Cocaine, or Marijuana. Therefore, when undergoing a drug test, Clonidine is unlikely to result in a positive test for commonly screened drugs of abuse (4,5). 

Although Clonidine is not a controlled drug, it can still cause some effects, like drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, weight gain or weight loss (rare), and low blood pressure.

Final words

To sum up, Clonidine does not show up on a drug test and it doesn’t cause false positives for any of the controlled drugs either. However, it’s important to note that specific drug tests may vary, so it’s always best to inform the testing facility about any medications you are taking to ensure accurate results.

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