Cotinine Urine Drug Test Strips
- The single panel Cotinine drug test strips detect nicotine levels in urine
- Cotinine is a Metabolite of Nicotine and is the primary alkaloid found in tobacco products
- Cutoff Level for Cotinine in this Particular Test is 200 ng/mL
- This test is designed to be both cost-efficient and reliable.
- Cotinine is detectable up to 4 days after a person’s last cigarette
- High level of accuracy level at 99%.
- Test results from urine samples will be visible within five minutes.
- Forensic use only
Why Use a Cotinine Urine Test?
Despite the risks associated with nicotine use, it is not considered a controlled substance by the FDA.
Employers and institutions still are within their right to test individuals for Cotinine. They may include a cotinine test when they initiate their drug screening procedures.
On the other hand, some employers may wish to assess tobacco use within their workforce or enforce a no-smoking policy in their company.
If you want to learn more about nicotine, check out our knowledge base.
How to Use a Drug Test Strip?
- Remove the drug test from its sealed pouch and use it as soon as possible. For best results, perform the assay within an hour.
- Next, hold the strip by the end, where you can see the product name. To avoid contamination, do not touch the strip membrane.
- Then, holding the strip vertically, dip the test strip in the urine specimen for at least 10-15 seconds. Do not immerse above the maximum line (MAX) on the test strip. That’s about 1/5th of the way up the strip.
- After the drug test has finished, remove the strip from the specimen and place it on a non-absorbent flat surface. Start the timer and wait for the colored band(s) to appear. Read the result at 5 minutes. Do not interpret it after 10 minutes.
How to Read Drug Test Strip?
What is Cotinine?
Cotinine is a metabolite of nicotine, a toxic substance that stimulates the central nervous system. It is a metabolite of Nicotine and is the main alkaloid in tobacco.
Cotinine levels can be present in the body after consuming nicotine products like cigarettes, nicotine patches, gums, and nasal sprays. Studies today show that small doses of nicotine release adrenaline.
Like many stimulants, the nicotine assumption in small amounts will increase energy and cause the user to become more alert. In larger doses, however, nicotine releases dopamine, consequently providing a sedative effect.
What Can Cause a False Positive for Cotinine?
Nicotine patches, nicotine gums, and other products that contain nicotine can give you a false positive for a cotinine drug test.
Where Can I Buy a Cotinine Test?
Is Nicotine Tested in Drug Testing?
A standard drug test does not test for nicotine. A nicotine test is used instead to detect nicotine or its metabolite cotinine in the body. Cotinine is a chemical produced by the human body after nicotine exposure.
Nicotine testing to detect cotinine is usually done as part of a smoking cessation program, or a health or life insurance application. Nicotine testing can also be ordered by the court in child custody cases, prior to certain surgical procedures, or if there is suspected nicotine overdose or poisoning.
Nicotine can be detected in the blood, urine, saliva, and hair. A saliva test is the most sensitive test used to detect cotinine. It can detect nicotine up to 4 days after nicotine inhalation or use.
Can You Test Positive for Cotinine from Second Hand Smoke?
It depends. If you’ve been inhaling smoke from many smokers in an enclosed area, then yes, you might test positive for cotinine. Otherwise, no, you won’t.
How Long Does Cotinine Stay in Your System?
What Can Cause a Failed Drug Test?
A failed drug test can mean either a positive test result or problems in the testing process that affect the result of the test. It can also be caused by food or medication taken before testing.
A failed drug test due to a positive drug test result means the drugs tested for are detected in the body. The individual failed the drug test because drugs are present in his body above the cut-off level, indicating the use of the drugs tested for.
A failed drug test can also mean a breach in the integrity of the testing process thereby affecting the results of the test. The breach in testing protocol may occur in specimen collection, handling, or storage.