Will the dietary supplement product C4 Extreme cause me to “pop positive” on a drug test?
C4 Extreme is marketed as a pre-workout dietary supplement by the company Cellucor and is sold in AAFES and GNC stores. According to the Supplement Facts panel on the manufacturer’s website*, the product contains vitamins, amino acids (protein building blocks), Mucuna pruriens (herbal ingredient), caffeine, synephrine (herbal ingredient), and a few other active ingredients. The Military Exchanges took this concern very seriously, and the makers of Cellucor C4 Extreme submitted samples to an independent analytical laboratory to be tested for the presence of D-amphetamine, a strong stimulant. The resulting lab work provided to the Exchanges revealed that C4 Extreme did not contain D-amphetamine or any other prohibited stimulants that could produce a positive test for D-amphetamine.
None of the ingredients listed on the C4 label should cause a positive drug test. However, there is no way to know what is actually in any specific dietary supplement unless it has been carefully analyzed or third-party certified (please see the OPSS FAQ). Such testing is essentially a snapshot in time of a particular product and is no guarantee that future batches will be the same. As with all dietary supplements, there may be some risk that they contain undeclared ingredients (that is, ingredients not listed on the label), and so it is not possible to predict whether this—or any other—dietary supplement product will cause a positive drug test. For more information on drug testing, please see HPRC’s “Dietary supplements and drug testing.”
*accessed January 16, 2013