A 27-year-old female asked:
i take xanax (alprazolam) prn (prescribed) i have to do urine drug test for hospital job, i took one 1 pill last week will they not hire me due to xanax (alprazolam) pill?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Evan Altman answered
19 years experience Psychiatry
Should be okay: If you truly only took a single tablet of xanax/alprazolam last week, given the short half life of the medication and its break down products it should be out of your system by now. Again, this assumes no other details have been left out like use this week of a different benzodiazepine.
Answered on Nov 23, 2013
Dr. Harold Peltan answered
28 years experience Ophthalmology
See HR: Because there are drugs in a hospital, drug addicts often try to work in hospitals in order to steal the drugs. Hospitals have to protect themselves. You need to take a note from your prescribing doctor to the head of human resources to explain why you tested positive. After discussing the situation, you will learn if anything can be done or if you need to find a different place to work.
Answered on Feb 13, 2020
Dr. Pamela Pappas answered
42 years experience Psychiatry
Xanax (alprazolam): For any test like this, you should inform the lab and your potential employers that you take prescribed xanax (alprazolam). Provide them a copy of your physician's prescription or a note from him/her. Then any potential "positive" drug test for xanax (alprazolam) will be explained. It is possible, as dr. Altman suggests, that the xanax (alprazolam) you took last week will be gone by now -- but i suggest disclosure regardless.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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