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What does a 10-panel drug test include?

Last week we gave you the scoop on what a 5-panel drug test involved. And you might or might not know, but there is such thing as a 10-panel drug test. In addition to testing the “traditional” drugs through a 5-panel, the 10-panel drug test dives in even deeper to look for substance abuse. It’s still a urine test, but it provides deeper insight into drug use. The nice thing is like the 5-panel, negative results can be returned within minutes. Non-negative results will take about 3-5 days.


While anyone can request a 10-panel drug test, we mostly see those in law enforcement and workplaces use these panels, especially in legal cases, injury suits and those in situations where employees much be trusted with safety and security, such as schools and financial institutions. Workplaces that employ health care professionals may also lean on 10-panel drug tests to determine cases of fraud or employees are staying clear of substance abuse.

What does a 10-panel drug test look for?

Here are the substances tested via a 10-panel drug test:

  1. cocaine
  2. amphetamines (speed)
  3. methamphetamines (meth)
  4. tetrahydrocannabinol (marijuana)
  5. methadone
  6. opiates (opium, heroine, morphine, fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone)
  7. phencyclidine (PCP, Angel Dust)
  8. barbiturates (downers)
  9. benzodiazepines (benzos, downers, nerve pills, tranks)
  10. tricyclic antidepressants

What a 10-panel does NOT test

While the 10-panel is a pretty comprehensive drug test, it’s important to remember that, like the 5-panel, it WILL NOT indicate synthetic drug use. Bath salts and fake pot must be tested on a unique drug test designed specifically to pick up fake drug compounds. In addition, a drug test will also NOT indicate alcohol use; a breath alcohol test or other method of evaluating alcohol use may be needed.

  1. August 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    That seems like in covers most things I can think of. What is a popular drug that it does not cover other than synthetic drugs?

    • chris
      February 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      The common hallucinogenics (mushrooms, acid etc.) are not on this list.

  2. D
    December 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This is wrong… Opioids and Opiates are different and are tested as such. Typically most 5 and 10 panels will show non-synthetic analgesics like heroin,morphine, etc….but not the synthetic Opioids such as Oxycontin, Hydro, etc…. Opioids need to have their own testing strip (usually found on a 12 panel) because they don’t break down the same as Opiates.

  3. matt
    September 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I have to wonder if muscle relaxers like Flexeril and Soma fall into either barbs or benzos. Apparently Soma has recreational value, but i’m unsure about Flexeril. Got answers??

  4. Jo
    October 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Do they check gender?

  5. k
    October 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    would a 10 panel test show suboxone? a good friend of mine is having a test for work and he is worried it may show suboxone but i thought that suboxone along with opioids have their own testing strip and would only show if asked for or specified.

    • Joseph Blow
      January 5, 2014 at 4:39 am

      In June of 2012 I failed a urine test for buprenorphine at the office of my probation officer. I forget how many panels the test had total, but buprenorphine had its OWN PANEL. In fact, he mentioned it by name after reading the results on the spot. So it IS possible to detect quickly, but it just depends what kind of test you are taking.

  6. J
    December 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    D, you said this is wrong. Does methadone show up on a 10 panel drug test? or is it on a 12 panel test?

  7. amanda
    January 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Ty for breaking down the ten panel for me. I wasn’t due what it included.

  8. Bub
    April 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Does it differentiate between opiates? For instance, heroin vs oxycodone or codeine?

  9. Jay Soto
    July 9, 2014 at 4:05 am

    i just drank alchocal 10hrs before having to drop for my probation officer. will i show up dirty?

  10. Chris
    July 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    My drug test shows Amphetamines because I take Adderall. The test also shows Methamphetamines which I have never used. The amount methamphetamines are exactly ½ of the Adderall. Is it possible that test can have false data? I have spoken with my Psychiatrist & he believes it is an error as well. Any information or input will be greatly appreciated.

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