Article updated: 2022 May 4 / Author Leslie Griver, Robert Henry

Can energy drinks cause a false positive on a drug test?

There’s no way energy drinks can cause a false positive on a drug test.

Actually, energy drinks can help you to pass the test if you still have drug traces in your system.

We analyzed how the ingredients of the most popular energy drinks can affect drug test results.

Here’s the list of energy drinks we analyzed: Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, Eastroc Super Drink, Hi-Tiger, Lucozade, NOS, Oronamin, Burn.

Sucrose and Glucose are sugars, they raise insulin levels and stop the breakdown of body fat. So if you are a marijuana user, it will help because less THC will be released into the blood from the fat cells

Citric Acid – doesn’t affect the metabolic pathway of drugs in any way

Taurine induces CYP3A4 enzymes, that’s bad if you have drug metabolites in your blood. But the good thing about it is that enzyme induction takes several days, so it will have no effect same day.

Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Carbonate, Calcium Pantothenate – are minerals that will help to restore the specific gravity of the urine.

Caffeine acts as a diuretic, it will help you to urinate frequently and flush the remaining drug metabolites out of your bladder

Niacinamide – inhibit cyp450 enzymes (proof) so drugs will not be excreted into the urine

Pyridoxine HCI (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 – helps to keep the specific gravity and color


It is safe to drink energy drinks before a drug test, they cannot cause false positives. But they can help to pass if you still have drug metabolites in your system.