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Talking to your doctor about prescription drug testing

Prescription pain-relief drugs can be a valuable and viable way to ease chronic pain. Prescription pain-relievers require a doctor’s involvement because they’re so powerful. Your doctor’s supervision can help keep you safer, monitoring your medication's optimal effectiveness with minimal side effects.

Fast, simple, confidential and effective

One of the ways your doctor may monitor your treatment is periodic urine testing. The purposes of periodic urine drug testing are to confirm that you are taking your prescribed medication, and to ensure that the medicine’s levels are within a safe range in your system.

Our Prescription Drug Testing service is a fast, simple and confidential way for you and your doctor to effectively manage your treatment program.

Keeping you safe during drug therapy

In addition to routine follow-up questions during office visits, your doctor may also ask you to provide a urine specimen for laboratory testing. These test results can help your healthcare team:

  • Monitor your chronic pain treatment plan.
  • Plan a safe and personalized chronic care program.
  • Make important decisions that guide your ongoing care.
  • Detect other medication that may negatively interact with your prescriptions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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  • How does the doctor decide whom to test?

    Your doctor will determine if you need testing. Anyone taking a prescription pain-reliever or other prescription narcotics may be tested regardless of age, gender or health issues. These medications have therapeutic benefits, but are also powerful drugs and require careful monitoring. Documented lab results are one of the tools that can be used to guide your treatment plan.

  • What type of drugs will be tested?

    Your doctor may test for prescribed narcotics including pain-relievers as well as illegal substances.

  • How often will I be tested?

    Your doctor will determine the frequency of testing.

  • What happens if I refuse to be tested?

    If you refuse the test, your doctor will decide what appropriate next steps to take.

  • How is the drug test specimen collected?

    The test is non-invasive and collection is fast and simple. Please do not arrive with a sample of your urine. Your healthcare team or local Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Center will guide you through the process at your drug-testing appointment.