Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs commonly prescribed for treating anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and muscle spasms. They work by enhancing the effect of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, producing a calming effect. Common benzodiazepines include Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), and Ativan (lorazepam). While effective, they carry risks of dependence and withdrawal symptoms, especially with long-term use.

Benzodiazepines

Who would benefit from testing benzodiazepines?

Testing for benzodiazepines is important in clinical settings for patients undergoing treatment for anxiety or sleep disorders to monitor compliance and avoid misuse. It’s also relevant in drug rehabilitation programs, workplace drug screenings, and legal cases such as DUIs. Additionally, testing is crucial in emergency medical situations to identify possible drug overdose.

How long does benzodiazepines stay in your system?

The detection window for benzodiazepines varies greatly depending on the specific drug and its half-life. In urine, they can be detected from 3 days to 6 weeks after use. In blood, they are typically detectable for 24-48 hours. Saliva tests can detect benzodiazepines for 1-10 days, and hair tests can provide a detection window of up to 90 days.

How long after use should you take the test?

For GetTested’s benzodiazepines test, the timeframe depends on the specific benzodiazepine but generally ranges from a few days to several weeks after the last use.

 

What are the signs of benzodiazepines overdose?

  • Extreme drowsiness or sedation
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Slurred speech
  • Unsteady gait
  • Respiratory depression
  • Blurred vision
  • Coma (in severe cases)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lowered blood pressure

Test(s) that measure/test for Benzodiazepines

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