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Mouth Swab Drug Test — What Is It And How Do One Pass It?

Mouth Swab or Saliva Drug Test

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A urine test or Urinalysis has been the most common type of drug with 90% of the 55 million tests administered last year were urine tests. This, however, is changing as saliva test is replacing urine test because it’s cost-effective, easy to administer, and can be deployed anytime, anywhere.
The police, law enforcement agencies, and employers can instantly test for drugs, without having to deal with urine.

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What Substances Do Saliva Drug Tests Test For?

A 10 panel saliva drug test is used for amphetamine, methamphetamines, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine, marijuana, oxycodone, methadone, benzodiazepines, and barbiturates detection. A 6 panel saliva drug test will test for cannabinoids, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, opiates, and phencyclidine. The more drugs a test has the ability to detect, the more expensive it will be.
Another thing that makes saliva test formidable is that it has a very short detection window (or the mouth swab drug test detection period). It takes drugs quite a while to metabolize and appear in urine, but they can be detected in saliva in just a matter of a couple hours.

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The Top Saliva Drug Tests

If one has a saliva drug test round the corner or wants to test the employees, investing in either a drug test kit or sending the specimen to a lab and getting detailed results can be a good idea. Here are the five best drug tests, both lab, and home-based that one can try:

5 Panel SalivaConfirm™ Premium Saliva Drug Test


lab-saliva-testWith high levels of accuracy, the 5 Panel SalivaConfirm Premium Saliva Drug Test is an advanced test kit used to screen the saliva for drug toxins. With this kit, users can detect traces of amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, methadone, and opiates in the saliva. The test donor must insert the sponge end of the collection stick into the mouth and allow to soak saliva for at least three minutes. After that, the stick should be placed into the tube for screening.
The 5 Panel SalivaConfirm Premium Saliva Drug Test kit is fast, reliable, and effective.
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6 Panel Oratect FDA Approved Saliva Drug Test


drug-testing-labThe 6 panel oratect FDA Approved Saliva Drug Test is an advanced test kit used for detecting six commonly used drugs, including marijuana, phencyclidine, amphetamines, cocaine, methamphetamines, and opiates in the saliva. Follow the instructions properly to ensure the test efficacy. The test donor must remove the saliva swab from the pouch, ensure a blue line is present in each window, and then place the pad underneath the tongue for 40 seconds. Results can be read within 3 minutes.
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12 Panel SalivaConfirm Saliva Drug Test + ALC


Oratec Saliva TestWith the ability to detect alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines and a list of other substances, the 12 Panel SalivaConfirm Saliva Drug Test is an effective tool capable of providing accurate results of drug intake within 10 minutes. To get the desired results, administer the kit carefully: Insert sponge end of the stick into the mouth, and let it soak saliva for three minutes. At this stage, hold the test tube vertically with the lid closed properly.
The 12 Panel SalivaConfirm Saliva Drug Test comes with a color saliva indicator which makes it easier to differentiate results gotten from different samples.
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When to Expect a Mouth Swab Test?

Although it can be performed by law enforcement agencies, usually it’s administered by employees before hiring new employees as well as at random to test the current workers to maintain a drug-free environment. Usually, a drug test is performed after an accident or when an employee returns from a long leave.

Are saliva drug tests common?

Saliva drug tests are becoming more common among law enforcement officials and employers because they are cost-effective, easy to administer, and can be conducted anywhere, anytime. Saliva drug tests can detect drug use sooner than a urine analysis considering it takes most substances a longer time to metabolize and appear in urine.

How Saliva Test is Administered?

Performing saliva test is extremely simple, cheap, and quick. All it involves is a swab that looks pretty much like the normal toothbrush. The swab is placed between cheek and lower gum for 2-3 minutes, saliva gets absorbed into it, and one gets a positive or negative result in a matter of minutes.

What Makes It Effective?

Mouth swab drug test accuracy depends on several complex factors, but it can be extremely accurate if administered properly. In other words, the sample collection should be done within the detection window, and a good-quality swab is used. However, what really makes it lethal is randomness. Since the test can be manipulated and beaten very easily, doing it at random will not give the individual the time to play any tricks.

How to be Prepared?

If one is working in a facility that often conducts random drug testing, and one goes to work with drugs in the system, the problems are more likely to happen.

In other words, no one should use illicit substances, neither at work no at home, as well as other drugs without valid prescription.

Is there a saliva drug test that produces immediate results?

Yes, there are saliva drug tests that produce immediate results. SalivaConfirm Premium, a 6 panel instant oral cube drug test kit, requires the swab to be in the donor’s mouth for 2-3 minutes. Results are seen as soon as the sample is placed in the collection tube. Other mouth swab tests can produce results in 7-10 minutes.

What drugs can be Detected by Mouth Swab Test?

Marijuana, Cocaine, Alcohol, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Opiates/Heroin, Phencyclidine, and Benzodiazepines

Saliva Test Detection Windows for Common Drugs

  • Marijuana: 12 – 24 hours
  • Cocaine: 1 day
  • Opiates: Up to 2-3 days
  • Methamphetamine: Up to 2 to 4 days
  • Alcohol: 6-12 hours

If one knows ahead of time of drug screening, the best approach is to completely stop taking the drugs. If a person has a prescription, there is nothing to worry about.

What To Do If One Fails A Saliva Drug Test

There are two options: accept the results or fight back.
If a person really has taken the drug illegally, there is no other way as taking the consequences, both legal and social. If a person has a prescription for the detected drugs, all one needs to do is to show a prescription. In this case, any legal liabilities are provided. There is a third scenario as well, when a test shows false positive. In this case, a person should request a new test to prove that one is clean.

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  • Ap
    I’m taking a fat burner called phena lean. It has 2-Aminoisoheptane, L-Tyrosine and 5-Hydroxytryptophan I’ve done some research and couldn’t find much other than 2-Aminoisoheptane (DMHA) is like DMAA witch I think is like meth. I know the DMAA was banned Not really sure but the DMHA isn’t illegal but could that show up on a saliva drug test?.
  • Linda Ann Wilson
    hello I am prescribed alprazolam *(xanax) and adderall since my daughter passed away. I have never taken the adderall yet because I have mixed feelings some people tell me it will make me depressed others say i will be fine. I just found out that my doctors office is doing a random swab test and I am very nervous about this. can you tell me about how long before I need to take these to have them in my system to show i am taking them. I don’t want to take them both at same time.
    • DD
      First and foremost, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your daughter!! If you’re Dr. truly prescribed these medications, there is shouldn’t be any problems!! Saying that, xanax can take 2-3 weeks to get out of your system!! It just has such a slow metabolism rate that it won’t leave your system quickly!! ( it’s the worst drug ever for drug testing)!! Adderall on the other hand takes 3-5 days!! Very quick half life. I personally wouldn’t be taking the xanax after such a devistating loss, it’s a depressant and won’t let you feel anything!! Adderall on the other hand will help you get out of your way and continue to live your life!! I’m not a Dr. , by far, but have extended knowledge about both!! Hope you can find some one that can help you out of your grief, and you should get another opinion about these drugs and what they are doing to you!! Best of luck to you and again I am soooo very very sorry for your loss!!
  • Mac
    It’s simple guys. Stop doing drugs and you won’t have to stress about tricking a test or having child services in your life or losing your job. Stop smoking meth, stop snorting coke, stop doing heroin, stop smoking weed. Be an adult and stop doing things that are going to jeopardize your life and your kids lives if you have kids. It’s that simple. Stop it
    • dom
      Really, simple is it? As simple as depression, what just get over it? SBe an adult and understand everyone is different and deal with problems in different manners you have either never used drugs or are one of those ex users that get on their “high” horse and preach at those still suffering from addiction.
      • Russel
        You are a god send. Why aren’t there more ppl out there like you. Thank you for your response my dude
      • Kim
        If you think that it’s simple to just stop using drugs then you obviously have never been addicted to them and let me remind you that the doctors are the ones responsible for about 80% of opiate and benzo addicts. You need to check your facts before you comment on other people’s lives. Do you even know the side effects of just stopping cold turkey of these drugs? That’s the truth doctors pushed opiates like they were wonder drugs they even told their patients that they were not addictive and most drug addicts started out with legitimate health issues and then were cut off because the FDC found out how addictive these drugs actually were so they referred them to methadone clinics with heroine addicts and basically ruined their lives with liquid handcuffs and meetings that left no room for work so do some research before you blast people with a disease that was triggered by the same doctors who now are so afraid of being locked up that they are turning sick people seeking help away with no help or treatment to ween them off and making it impossible to get the prescriptions that they were prescribed for years.
    • Free
      You are completely and utterly confused my friend. Since it is clear that you are unaware of addiction, or like dom said and have put yourself on some ridiculous pedestal from overcoming your own past, ADDICTION IS A DISEASE AND CANNOT JUST BE STOPPED IN MOST ALL CASES. CAN SOMEONE WITH CANCER JUST STOP HAVING CANCER? you obviously have no legitimate knowledge on. Get a life, and stop looking down on others for their shortcomings. My advice to anyone who may be perplexed on the subject is to research every thing possible and if you CAN, discontinue taking anything that may come up in your test. BUT, in most other cases of constant use, do whatever necessary, and just know that you are not alone in your struggle! Keep your head up, there is a plan for your life and you are precious, even though it may not seem true right now… Only when you start believing this, will it be possible to begin treating your disease. My heart goes out to every single person who faces this terrible struggle on a daily basis. Don’t give up!
  • Maine
    Check what’s all in your meds… could contain things that show as what you are failing the test for… Google names that you’re not sure wth it is….
    • Maine also
      True effexor a antidepressant shows up on my tests as PcP
  • Lil Mama
    I’ve been really sick for over a month. I used my daughters steroid inhaler to help my lungs and it worked so good, I’m finally feeling better. But I just had a swab today, used the inhaler yesterday…does anyone know if it will come up as amphetamines or smth else? Wicked worried.
  • C
    This is really perplexing! I had a swab that never even touched my saliva, yet supposedly it came back positive! I don’t even use drugs.
  • Jessica
    How do you know if you pass a mouth swab
  • Marc
    What if i spit water on the tab
  • Nickie
    I need help please I relapsed and I need to pass a swab test so I don’t loose my kids. It’s not fair that that’s even a risk if I do fail cause I’ll always be an addict and prone to relaps, as long as I have a safety plan that is followed where my kids are never with me when I use and they always have a sober caregiver. But dcs will wanna take my kids just cause I have a disease and the fact my kids never have been with me when I use and my 11 year old has no clue yet about my addiction issues so I shouldn’t loose my babies! I’m a good mom and my children are never put at risk. I can’t loose them cause that could trigger the relapse that I typically avoid by using a drug that’s different for me than heroin in that I can put it down after use, unlike heroine that causes a much longer fall from grace, and possible death. Please help!
    • Mohuncher
      If you care about your babies grow up and you won’t have to worry about them being taken away. What happens when you overdose and they have no mommy anymore, they will go to a new home that is drug free!
  • Josh
    I failed and oral test even though I haven’t smoked in 2 weeks. Is there a reason for that?
  • Tee
    I did mdma 2 weeks ago had mouth swab that will be sent to lab yesterday will my test be clean
  • Tray
    I love the replies to this person. Oh sure…..just don’t be an addict when it’s an addiction that your doctor started you on. You’ve never tried to come off of opiates and benzos evidently. You’ve never suffered from violent vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, cold chills, restless leg syndrome my, body aches, insomnia, depression, panic attacks, and worst of all, violent seizures. So when you experience all of this for weeks while doing your best to be the best mommy you can be,be, all because you trusted your doctor for twelve years, then yoyu can get on your high horse. Withdrawals are a trip straight to hell and back. To everyone going through this, you are the bomb. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there. You’ve got this!***Sorry for the typos! My keyboard was crazy!
  • Brand
    Is a mouth swab accurate if it doesn’t turn blue IN mouth but does once it hits the solution it turns blue
  • Thea dison
    You cant tell someome just to grow up im going threw the same thing and yes its hard and we love our kids the drugs just got the best of us and i know exactly how u feel so people to come on here to just tell someone to stop grow up well yall need to stop and grow smarter of addiction period or dont reply im sick of people that dont know anything about addiction and how hard it really is to go say by day and battle all the people talkomg shit i bet a million they coupd not handle a day in an addicts shoes but if u stop 3 to 4 days and only relapsed once you should be good i am in the same situation so i know your fears i know u love your kids dont listwn to people that dont understand anyyjing cuz i do and its hard i know
    • Bill
      Hi I did meth 3 days ago and I have a swab test in the morning will I fail
  • Tyler
    I learned I had a mouth swab coming up so I i abstained from cocaine (two tiny key bumps…I rarely do it maybe once a year) and oxycodone (high doses this weekend)…I was completely clean for about 55 hours before the swab was taken. Also, the probation officer administering the test allowed me to do swab myself while she was behind and busy doing paperwork. She said “really get inside the cheeks, all around the mouth and gums”. Since she wasn’t looking I really only kept it on the top of my tongue and wrinkled it up so it looked like I really worked it around my mouth. It was only in my mouth about 20-30 seconds. Think I’ll be ok?
    • Melissa
      did you ever get a reply? what happen?
  • B
    I have been doing mouth sab for about two years now in it keeps saying that I’m doing cocaine in I never did it in the day of my life in I don’t know what to do about it the state is having me do it I have video showing that I’m not do the drug test to to make sure I’m not going crazy so what should I do
  • Patricia A Woods
    What color does it turn if its negative
  • T sutton
    My daughter has been clean for six months oral swabs thru centerstone for dcs have come back 3 times positive for marijuana the same low levels..urine screens taken two days before and after show negative…we even paid for a hair folic test also negative…marijuana is not the drug she was addicted to…drug of choice meth…dcs will not retest for a false positive…pls help they are threatening to take her son if she fails another mouth swab…thank you
  • Darrell Jones mad as hell
    To all of you self rightoues hippocrits that think these things are accurate my wife needs her pain meds and failed a swab test for meth and has been kicked out of her pain clinic problem is she has never taken a drug in her life she has never drank or even smoked a ciggerette we have no idea how this has happened but it has devestated us now she can’t receive medicine anywhere and God forbid this happens to someone you love and know how wrong they are and how she feels to be labeled as a meth addict when she doesn’t even know what meth is
  • Melissa
    how long does it take for cocaine to get oyt of your system for a swab test?
  • May
    Ive been clean for 6months and with covid have been normal started doimg test there coming back with very low levels so i bought 7 panle urin test and there negative. Help please.