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Hi docs, would Ambien (zolpidem) show up as benzodiazepine in an urine drug screen sent to a lab?

Hi docs, would Ambien (zolpidem) show up as benzodiazepine in an urine drug screen sent to a lab?

No: Ambien/zolpidem, although sharing properties with benzodiazepines, is distinct enough not to give a positive as a benzodiazepine on a standard urine drug screen testing for benzodiazepines. That said, a special test can be done to look for zolpidem metabolites if desired. Further, it is recommended to only take medications prescribed to you making it expected for you and your doctor if tested for. ...Read more

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Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Can a urine drug screen tell exactly the date , type of drug and time it was taken? The reason I ask is I am being told by pain management that becaus

Can a urine drug screen tell exactly the date , type of drug and time it was taken? The reason I ask is I am being told by pain management that becaus

Drug screening : A UDS can tell if you have been taking a prescribed medication. By measuring levels and metabolites we can have a pretty good idea if you have taken it as prescribed as the quantity will be within certain expected ranges. This is one method used to monitor compliance. ...Read more

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I take flourazapam for insomnia and am currently out My wife takes ambien (zolpidem) In my business we take a monthly hair test will the ambien (zolpidem) show up?

I take flourazapam for insomnia and am currently out My wife takes ambien (zolpidem) In my business we take a monthly hair test will the ambien (zolpidem) show up?

Yes: Ambien (zolpidem) can show up in hair even after 1 dose. I do not know if your work tests for this specifically, or just sedatives in general. I would not recommend taking another person's medication anyway because it may not work for you, or affect you badly. Especially since your work tests you and you do not have a prescription yourself, you should not take your wife's Ambien (zolpidem). ...Read more

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I take Zoloft, lamictal, gabapentin and ambien, I just took an oral drug test for work - can they confirm that I'm on rx if I get any false positives?

You can!: Gather together (if you don't still have copies) proof of your Rx's from the Dr(s) and simply present them if necessary. Be as confident as you can and know that for many jobs it would be illegal for anyone to discriminate against you for being treated. You might need to show them evidence - but that's fine! You should be ok. ...Read more

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Why do pain management clinics make patients undergo urine screenings?

Why do pain management clinics make patients undergo urine screenings?

Urine screening : To monitor compliance with prescribed medications ; to check for use of illegal drugs. The providers are practicing their responsibility to the patient, the general public ; the medical license. ...Read more

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Do nonbenzodiazepine z drugs like lunesta (eszopiclone) and Ambien disrupt sleep architecture?

Do nonbenzodiazepine z drugs like lunesta (eszopiclone) and Ambien disrupt sleep architecture?

Yes-with chronic use: Good question. The "z drugs" disrupt sleep less than benzodiazepines but there is evidence that there is some disruption with chronic use that becomes a big problem when people try to stop taking these drugs. See http://www.Mylwi.Com/ehealth-newsletter/why-you-shouldnt-confuse-ambien-use-with-sleep/ & http://weeksmd.Com/2013/04/sleeping-pills-and-death/ & http://bit.Ly/17uogmu for details. ...Read more

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Do nonbenzodiazepines z drugs like Ambien and lunesta (eszopiclone) disrupt sleep architecture?

Yes: Actually, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) are benzodiazepines they have more specific activity for selective receptors directed at sedation, and have a short half life or time in your system, but they affect sleep architecture just like other benzodiazepines or alcohol, just in a milder manner. ...Read more

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What does hypnotic drug mean such as lorazapam and Ambien (zolpidem) and are these really thd best to use on first time situational anxiety?

What does hypnotic drug mean such as lorazapam and Ambien (zolpidem) and are these really thd best to use on first time situational anxiety?

Hypnotics: "hypnotic" drugs are prescribed specifically to induce sleep. Ambien (zolpidem) is one. Lorazepam is a short-acting benzodiazepine with multiple uses. In low doses it can be helpful in anxiety, and in higher doses can also induce sleep. You would not prescribe Ambien (zolpidem) for basic anxiety, though. All the hypnotics can be habit forming. Non-drug methods are the first step in situational anxiety. ...Read more

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Is it possible to inject the medication Ambien by someone who abuses prescription medication and is an i v drug abuser? I have a relative who i believe is "cooking" and injecting Ambien and need to know if this is possible to do with ambien.

Any drug can be: "cooked, " filtered and injected. The person then is not only getting the drug they are looking for, but talc, other fillers, coloring and preservative agents, all of which can cause problems in their lungs/livers, as well as the potential for serious infectious complications, including cellulitis, abscesses in skin, lung, brain and bone infection. Your relative is heading for a fall. Get help. ...Read more

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Analgesia is the decrease or absence of pain sensibility without a loss of consciousness. Experiencing pain relief may happen without a person ...Read more


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Pain management is the control of pain through medication, ...Read more