What Does Ambien Show Up As On A Urine Drug Screen?


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Ambien will not show up on a urine drug screen test, and so if you wish to detect Ambien you will need to seek further tests from your doctor or local hospital.

Urine drug screens generally test for the following drugs of abuse: Barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine metabolite, cannabinoids, opiates and amphetamines. If any one of these gives a positive result, the sample is tested further with a confirmatory GC/MS test. This test is specific, so if a substance other than a drug of abuse causes a false positive, the confirmatory GC/MS test will not be positive. Ambien is not a benzodiazepine and does not test as one, but it acts like one in the body, binding to the same receptor sites as a benzodiazepine would.

Should you want to be tested for an Ambien level, your doctor can order a blood test for you. Hospital staff may order this test for a possible Ambien overdose, but it is not routinely ordered. Ambien (zolpidem) can be tested in whole blood, serum/plasma and urine, by a method called Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS).

Ambien is a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, as well as some brain disorders. It is a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic that potentiates gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter, by binding to GABAA receptors at the same location as benzodiazepines. It works quickly (usually within 15 minutes) and has a short half-life (two to three hours).
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Ambien shows up as a benzo on most standard dip stick drug test. I know for a FACT!
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Ambien only shows up if it is specifically tested for. It falls under hypnotics.
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Being a nurse and performing drug screens for years I can assure you, ambien is a benzo, and most tests will give a positive reading under benzos if you have had ambien within about 5 days. I see it ALL the time.

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