Will Citalopram Show Up As A Benzo In A Drug Test?


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James Parnell answered
Yes, Citalopram has been known to appear as a Benzodiazepine (Benzo) in drug screenings.

Benzodiazepine is one of the ten substances tested for in a standard, ten-panel screening.

Notify the technician at a test and, if possible, get a doctor's note or prescription form to show that it was the Citalopram that caused a positive result.

Is Citalopram a Benzodiazepine?
  • Citalopram (Cipramil) is used to treat depressive illness, panic disorders, symptoms of major depression, and phobic disorders.
  • Citalopram drops and tablets contain the active ingredient Citalopram hydrochlorideil, an antidepressant drug known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI). It is utilised for the treatment of major depression accompanied with mood disorders.
  • It is also used for the treatment of dysmorphic anxiety and body disorders.
  • The brain has numerous kinds of chemical compounds known as neurotransmitters which act as chemical messengers within the nerve cells. Among these chemical compounds is serotonin, a form of neurotransmitter that is involved in a person's memory, sleep and depression.
  • It is believed that depression occurs when a reduced amount of serotonin is dispersed by the nerve cells into the brain. There are different kinds of mental and depressive disorders, which can be treated by antidepressant drug medications, such as SSRIs.
  • Citalopram prevents the re-absorption of serotonin through the nerve cells into the brain. This then helps in prolonging the mood-lightening effect of released serotonin. Through this, Citalopram helps in relieving depression, fear and panic.
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doctor C answered
Like Lorazepam and Alprazolam, this too is a benzodiazepine and will show up as one.

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