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    Default does ambien show positive as a benzo ?

    just need a little info please......

    I am under the care of a sub doctor who i see once a month. each visit requires a drug screen. they do not want me taking any benzos which i am not.

    I am also under the care of a sleep clinic doctor where i was diagnosed this summer with severe sleep apnea. the doc knows about my sub medication and that i am an addict/alcoholic. they have prescribed and want me on ambien to facilitate restful sleep, which they said was being disrupted by my 12 yr. benadryl habit (for sleep).

    So.............though i have been informed that ambien is not a benzo, tho close to it ...... my question is does it register positive on a drug screen as a benzo ?? (i have read the possibility exists)

    btw ......... i am fully aware that many folks in recovery are against sleep meds, ambien in particular. i understand.
    just not the point here.

    thank you .............. smoothie

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    Hey tenn....ambien is a non-benzo. I'm not sure what it shows up as,but testing for it has advanced. It's being tested for in more and more commercial driving arenas. Especially in wrecks.

    But if you're worried...talk with the sub doc. It would seem if you're not abusing a script...should fly?

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    quote:Originally posted by tenn_smoothie
    my question is does it register positive on a drug screen as a benzo ?? (i have read the possibility exists)
    Usually not...at least on the usual strips utilized. Occasionally it can register as a false positive.

    However, if they send it out to a lab, they ID it more closely as Zolpidem

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    Hi - ditto the above responses - it shouldn't show up on a standard screen (5 panel or 10 panel) if it does - then you can go to a lab and have it broken down, but you should not have to get that far...

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    nah dude ........ the sub Doc is a bit of a "12-step nazi" sort. he is still fairly new to recovery himself, so there's not much gray area for him - just black & white. he's already told me "no benadryl, no nothing ....... lack of sleep is common for recovering addicts."

    i disagree ....... i have been up front with my sleep doc, so i'm not going to get into a tug-of-war with the sub doctor. just hoping it doesn't register.

    so if it's a false-positive on the office tabs, does it then show a negative once sent off to a lab ??


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    quote:Originally posted by tenn_smoothie
    btw ......... i am fully aware that many folks in recovery are against sleep meds, ambien in particular. i understand.
    just not the point here.
    Okay...I'll leave the recovery part out.[;^)]

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    Ambien will show up as a benzo. I know for a fact. When I was on sub, I always came up with benzo's and all I take is ambien. Any hypnotic or gaba binding type drug will usually come up as a benzo in the very simple tests they give. Also, ambien is very closely related to benzo's, so yes it will come up, but the positive line in the test is very slight.

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    thank you miss arlene.

    thanks for the info guys ........... seems conflicting. guess i'll find out tuesday.

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    ok ........ that's another vote on the "No" side. I will report back on tuesday nite - tho my last dose was fri nite and i will not take anymore before tues. we'll see.

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    Tenn,

    Your sub doctor sounds like a real treat.

    I'd wager if he knew you were taking Ambien, he'd be pissed.

    Not sure about the drug screen.

    Look up "Z" drugs on Google.

    Good luck.

    Lisa :)

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    Funny you ask. I am taking ambien for sleep now and am on random drug testing for the courts. I was informed that it DOES show in some drug tests. Which ones or what it shows up as, I have no clue. But I wouldn't risk it if your doctor doesnt understand. Actually, best advice is to find a new doctor who DOES understand. Because taking ambien is NOT unreasnonable at all . .

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    quote:Originally posted by Allgood

    Funny you ask. I am taking ambien for sleep now and am on random drug testing for the courts. I was informed that it DOES show in some drug tests. Which ones or what it shows up as, I have no clue. But I wouldn't risk it if your doctor doesnt understand. Actually, best advice is to find a new doctor who DOES understand. Because taking ambien is NOT unreasnonable at all . .
    Honey....if the court says its unreasonable, then it is. They are the final arbitors in that call.

    Ambien can also become unreasonable when one becomes dependent on it. Has mini-blackouts on it. Has to withdraw from it.

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