Adderall and Drug Tests: What Drug Adderall Really Comes Up As In A Test

adderall drug testWhen stars fail drug tests, they attract a lot of attention and in most cases, their reputation seems to go down. The same is true of the average person too – nobody looks forward to failing a drug test.

Well, with the rise of prescription drug use and abuse, more and more people are facing a drug test failure.  Someone taking prescription Adderall can take a standard urine test and find out they’re positive!

When taking Adderall, you will come up positive for amphetamines in a test.  Informally known as speed, it was a popular drug especially in the 60s and 70s.  Testing for amphetamines in a urine drug screen is extremely common, and even considered standard.

Adderall can be detected in your urine for about 2-4 days after use, perhaps longer depending on how much you take.  The Adderall Drug Test we carry has a standard cutoff level of 1,000 ng/mL, which is what is suggested by SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).  As early as 5-10 minutes after use, Adderall will show up positive on a saliva drug test – it stays in your saliva for up to 72 hours.

So a drug test for Adderall is not something that should surprise you as you apply to jobs and so forth.  Be aware of this and be sure you have your prescription handy.


  1. ryan says:

    I bought a very cheep and standard Amphetamine drug test. It has a cutoff level of 1,000 ng/mL. I’m told by the company that it wont pick up on Adderall. do you think they are mistaken? I’m hoping they are.

  2. admin says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for your question! Adderall is an amphetamine and if it is being abused will show up on a test with a 1000 ng/mL cutoff level. What you purchased is the same kind of test that we sell (

    Hope this helps and thanks again for your question!


  3. Annette says:

    I currently take 30 mg (prescribed) of adderall daily, which did NOT show up on a hair follicle test. Urinalysis results were 2,696 ng/ml positive for amphetamine, “cleared” with rx confirmation from pharmacy.

    I’m trying to get an explanation of why the amphetamine didn’t show up in the standard, 5-panel hair screen. Note, I have very long, home-color-treated, hair. Does that make a difference? I thought hair tests the strand structure itself, so coloring shouldn’t skew the results?

    Thanks for any insight you can offer.

  4. admin says:

    Hi Annette,

    Thank you for your question. It can be detected as an amphetamine in urine, saliva tests and some hair tests (the hair laboratory can tell you if they test for Adderall). Your hair being dyed should not have had an impact on the test at all.

    Adderall is an amphetamine and that is why it comes up as one on urine and saliva tests. The HairConfirm hair drug test also tests for Adderall on their tests.


  5. Denisse says:

    My question is, a person that takes adderall 3 times a day which equals to 90mg a day. What are the picograms that will show up on a drug test?

  6. Dani says:

    Will Adderall show up in a blood screening? If so, for how long after you take it?

    Thank you,


  7. bobby says:

    i work in a industry where they test me randomly for hair and urine analyses. recently my doctor wants me to be put on 10mg of ritalin. i am afraid to take ritalin. i do not want to get fired, i have a family. i would like o know if ritalin will be detectd in a hair follicle test.

  8. Tina says:

    So the ng/mL is just for blood/saliva? You say that it is only detected in the hair for 90 days. Are you assuming that a whole stand of hair has grown/fallen out after 90 days, or that the substance that is being tested for in the hair magically disappears after 90 days? The last time I took adderall was about 3 months ago, only a couple times (for finals, don’t have a prescription). If you only take it once will it show up in your hair? Or do you have to be a frequent user?


  9. admin says:

    Hi Dani,

    Unfortunately, I don’t know much about blood screens as we do not sell them. You might want to call a place like NMS labs or another larger laboratory and ask if those services are offered for Adderall.

    Thank you,

  10. admin says:

    Hi Bobby,

    If you show you have a prescription, it shouldn’t be a problem. Most hair tests do not detect Ritalin but rather illegal amphetamines. It could show up on a urine drug test though.


  11. Emily says:

    I have to take a drug test to work at my dads office and really don’t want to fail it. He said the urine test shows if i have smoked in the last 3 to 6 months is this possible to see in a urine test?

  12. Stan says:

    I took 10 mg of adderall three weeks ago and have a hair test with Psychemedics soon, will the adderall show up on the test?

  13. paula says:

    If I take adderal daily, is there anyway an insurance co.’s saliva test could interpet me as positive for cocaine, due to the adderal??
    Will this response be sent to me directly at Hoping! Thanks.

  14. michael compton says:

    I recently took a drug test and was told
    I tested positive for amphetamines adderral and ritalin I have never taken any of these drugs. I take a large amount ofvitamins daily including ginseng niacin and b12 could use of these vitamins trigger a false positive?

  15. Rachel says:

    Stan, i did the same thing. i have taken 10-15 milligrams of adderall at a time 3-4 times within the last 3 months, the last being 2-3 weeks ago. i have a hair follicle test in about a month and I am freaking out but I cant find any information stating how much is too much or if i will be ok with the common cut-off levels.

  16. Derrick says:

    I am in truck driving school and I have been given 2 DOT urine analysis tests. I am currently prescribed 30 mg of adderall XR daily and they did not come up on the tests and I did not tell them about the prescription. I was on the drug when I took both tests. Why did I not fail?

  17. Myke says:

    I took 40 mg time released adderall last night at about 10:30 PM, this morning, at 07:00 I was informed of a random urine test. How long after taking the pill will it become detectable in my urine? Is there a certain ammount of time the body must metabolize the drug before it can be detected in urine?

  18. nicole says:

    I am supposed to take one adderall in the morning and one at noon. I take them both in the morning so that I don’t forget while i am working and now i have a drug test. Will the levels be too high and it is saturday and i did not take any thrusday or friday.

  19. cody says:

    if i took adderal 30 mg for 2 weeks and didnt take any for 4 days will it stil show up on a urine drug it true that the longer u take it the longer it will stay in your system or is it out in 3 4 days no matter how long uve takin it

  20. Debra says:

    I am a pain-management patient, recently the doctor put me on Adderall, I do have ADHD but it was prescribed for narcolepsy,I am taking methadone, hydrocodone & Xanax.The doctor sent out a urine test and it did not show my pain meds, I faithfully take these pills sometimes less on a good day, I also drink 3 to 4 glasses of cranberry juice a day, could the adderal and or cranberry juice have caused this? I know methadone is a separate test but what about the hydrocodone & Xanax? If you can’t help me could you link me to someone that can? I have lost my doctor because of this and I have done nothing wrong. Please help.

  21. johnjohn says:

    i was wondering i took a standard test for drug of choice on package it says and then on the strip you test with it says thc. So i took it and it showed positive. I have not smoked weed in 2 month but take adderhall would aderhall show up as positive on a thc drug test. It was only a 10 dollar test. I just took a real drug tets for my job an wont find out till next week. Any help would be appreciated, cause i should be clean of thc by now, so im wondering if the amphetamine in the medicine im prescribed made it a positive?

  22. Jacki Wills says:

    Ok I have to comment, I get tested for drugs and I take 90mg sometimes more of adderall. I take the salvia test the one that goes to the lab and takes two weeks. I know have 3 dirty drug test for meth, and I have not used any for over a year. I just a lawyer to fight the case because not only can I not get my record cleaned up I could go to jail…So be careful there is a National Shortage of adderall and the genric one could have other stuff (at least thats what my doctor said) I pretty up set I have been working hard doing nothing but school for a year and a half and now I have to do a drug treatment program (again) and the fact that I know I am telling the truth my po wont believe. Good Luck

  23. Stephanie says:

    I wanted to know if there is any way that ectasy can show up in your system if you are taking adderall,vitamins,or other prescription medications? I was told that I had it in my system and I have never in my life taken ectasy,and i’m tryin to figure out why this showed up.But i researched ectasy and it said that it was amphetamines,ephedra,and some other type of speed.Is this possible?

  24. lo mie says:

    If I’m prescribed Aderall and smoke marijuana every now and then will it show up on drug test or will the Aderall motablize my sparingly use?

  25. Nicole says:

    I had blood work done after i was in a bad car accident and the results showed up positive for ectasy.I have never in my life taken this drug.I need to know if me taking adderall 20mg,along with zanax .5mg as needed,& Hydrocodone 10mg & also adipex as needed for weight loss could have caused my test to show up positive for ectasy which is also MDMA? I just need maybe a possibilty that someone dropped this drug into my drink,but i never felt any different and others tell me that I would have definately known if i had taken this drug.

  26. Matthew Poteau says:

    READ!! There is a huge error in this blog. Ritalin is nothing like Adderall. Adderall is an amphetamine…that’s true. Ritalin is Methylphenidate, both drugs are used to treat both ADD & ADHD but Adderall is a stimulant like speed and Ritalin is not.

  27. robert says:

    I take adderall 20 mg XR twice a day. I have noticed that on my screenings my results go from a low of 1215 ng/ml to a high of 9720 ng/ml. Why is this?

  28. Danielle says:

    I have been prescribed adderall a month ago and have been taking the generic form of 10mg. I was just urine tested at my doctors and it showed no signs of adderall in my system but I have been taking them everyday..why is that?

  29. Connie Grace says:

    Will adderall 25mg show up on a test for marijuana?

  30. admin says:

    No adderall will not show up on a marijuana test.

  31. admin says:

    The drug test is not a zero tolerance test, in other words it only shows positive if you have a Detection Level over 1,000 ng/mL. Certain doses of Adderall will not show up on a drug test if it is the test is at the detection level of 1000 ng/mL.

  32. Guy says:

    Will 15mg (one-time use) of Adderall show up in a hair follicle test 4-6 weeks after use. Is there a certain concentration required to be detectable, or is any amount detectable?

  33. Jamason says:

    I’ve taken 2 tests. one at home and one at my doctor. Ive passed all but I recently had to go do a pre employment screening is there any chance I wouldn’t pass the lab test. For the record both tests cut off the amphetemine levels of 1000 ng/ml

  34. Stephanie Spencer says:

    How soon does adderall show up in urine after taking it?

  35. admin says:

    within 2 – 5 hours.

  36. Harley says:

    On the 10th i took 60mg of adderall, I have a drug test on the 13. I’ve been drinking lots of water and cranberry juice and it was a one time dose. Do you think it will be out by then?

  37. alane says:

    I cannot believe how uninformed people are and keep putting junk inot their own bodies on their own free will and have no idea what consequences or health issues, failed drug tests that they may/not have. Educate yourself BEFORE you start taking ANY drug, street or prescription. As far as I am concerned the doctors r the worst kind of DEALERS there r. At least with the “street” drug dealers you get what you get because you want it, with the doctors writing a bunch of scripts people have no idea what might happen to them. Once you fail a drug test it does not matter how innocent you may be your reputation is ruined and you will likely lose your job or never even get through the door (and some people would not even know y). Its sad how much faith we have in doctors that just freely write u scripts for this and that…Exercise always makes me feel better and I talk from many yrs of experience, first with doctors writing shit I never needed to buying herion with my 3 yr old in the car with me when my prescription of oc 80 ran out for the first time!! Never knew what dope sick was but I found out really fast. Educate yourselves before getting hooked on pills/drugs you probably r better off without!!! Good luck all….

  38. Dumbass says:

    I took 90 mg of adderall and 8 percocets on a sunday night. I had a drug test on the upcoming friday. Just received a call that I failed the drug test and am too scared to call them back!! I cannot lose my subs over one mistake or I will never stay clean. So, my question is…do you think the addys showed up or the percs?? I would get in less trouble for the addys, considering I cannot EVER piss positive for opiates and still receive my suboxone. Such a stupid mistake for a little high.