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Is there barbituates and or benzodiazapans in a epidural?(the kind of epidural you receive while in labor) failed a drug test for barbituates and benzodiazapans at the birth of my child. I do not take any kind of perscription drugs, the only thing i was g

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Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Barbiturates or benzodiazepines are never given via epidural.
It is possible you were given something intravenously during delivery however.

In brief: No

Barbiturates or benzodiazepines are never given via epidural.
It is possible you were given something intravenously during delivery however.
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Dr. Mark Gujer
Many places also put fentanyl in the local anesthetic of a labor epidural. That however would test positive for narcotics not benzos.
Dr. Mary Engrav
Emergency Medicine

In brief: No,

No, there are not typically barbiturates or benzodiazepines in an epidural.
Sometimes medications are administered through an IV at the time of an epidural, and those should be recorded in the medical record and available for review.

In brief: No,

No, there are not typically barbiturates or benzodiazepines in an epidural.
Sometimes medications are administered through an IV at the time of an epidural, and those should be recorded in the medical record and available for review.
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