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Does Ambien Show Up On Urine Drug Test?

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Hannah Barton answered
Ambien (zolpidem) does not show up in a common urine drug test. There is a specific test that can be used to detect zolpidem in blood or urine for up to 48 hours after ingestion.  This test is very expensive and is highly unlikely to be used in mass drug screening.

While Ambien itself will not show up in a urine drugs test, it has been known to cause a false positive result for benzodiazepines (drugs such as Xanax and Valium).  It is not a benzodiazepine but it does share some pharmacological properties. Ambien is rapidly eliminated from the body and is usually undetectable within 6-14 hours.

Ambien is used for the short-term treatment of insomnia and for some brain disorders.  It is a sedative, also called a hypnotic.  It causes relaxation and helps you to fall and stay asleep.

The side effects of Ambien can include depression, decreased inhibitions, hallucinations and aggression.  Consult your doctor at once if you experience any of these.  Lesser side effects can include forgetfulness, blurred vision, vivid dreams and lack or co-ordination.

You must tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking, especially antidepressants, rifampin, chlorpromazine and itraconazole.  Even over-the-counter medications and herbal products can interact with Ambien.

You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking Ambien after taking it for several days in a row.  These can include stomach pain, muscle cramps, behaviour changes and panic attacks.  Do not stop taking it suddenly without consulting your doctor.
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Adam Solomon answered
Ambien is NOT a Benzodiazepine. Specifically, It is classified as a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic. As a physician, the rapid drug screen cards do not test for it. A specific test for Ambien is expensive and rarely used. If they specifically test for Ambien it can be detected for about 48 hours after the last dose. No need to worry.
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Anonymous answered
Ok lets set the record straight because it seems we have a lot of misleading answers here. Ambien is a z drug not a bezodiazepine. It can be detected in a blood test although this is only done to check the therapeutic levels of someone prescribed ambien. It is not tested for in common urinalysis. Ive been taking it for 6 years and also get tested randomly once a month. Never came up.
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It could show as a false positive for benzodiazepine.....such as xanax or klonopin ect... BUT, it isn't technically a benzodiazepine,..... You may need to show proof as to why you have that in your system... Flip side, ambien has a VERY short half life and is excreted in urine within days...

No sweat.
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Anonymous answered
Ambien is definately NOT a benzo. It's a short acting hypnotic. Other drugs that fall under hypnotics are nembutol and phenobarbitol...these drugs are rarely if ever tested for under standard drug screens. I wouldn't sweat it. I take drug tests for parole once a month and occasionally use Ambien to help me sleep and I've never had a problem.
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Anonymous answered
I have talked and read up about ambien a lot and from what I hear is its not a benzo and it will not show in a drug test as that.  My parents drug test me weekly and I just started taking ambien this week the last thing I need is for it to show up that I took benzodiazepine's. Please someone with lots of knowledge in this area give me a def. Answer.  Thanks
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denise goodwin answered
This is a non narcotic drug and most drug test screen for narcotics or illegal drugs although they might nit screen for this type of drug I would consider not taking it for at least 3-4 days before taking the drug test
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Anonymous answered
Oh my god people, ambien is not a benzo it can come up and give you a false positive if you are taking a drug test where they are testing for benzos. It can not that it always will just show your prescription for the ambien.  To the person that said ambien was a narcotic you are wrong it is a controlled substance, there is a big difference there.
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Jonathan Fannin answered
I took 2 ambien 10s last night (tues) and have drug test the following  wednesday should I be good?I'm up over three hundred pounds
Ashley Profile
Ashley answered
I work in a hospital laboratory and I take Ambien, so I decided to test myself.  My last dose was 5mg at 10 a.m. And I tested myself at 1 a.m. The following night (or morning, depending how you look at it, but 15 hours later) and I came up positive for Opiates, which makes absolutely no sense at all since I don't take any other medicine, but that's what my result was.
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Ashley commented
Side note, I just remembered that I've been eating poppy seed bagels for the last few days. I guess Seinfeld was right.
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Whoever said ambien is a benzo is an idiot and whoever said ambien is a narcotic is an idiot, go read a book stop acting like you know it all
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denise  goodwin
denise goodwin commented
I have read up on this .
Http://arthritis.about.com/od/ambien/Ambien_Ambien_CR_Zolpidem_Drug_Information_Drug_Side_Effects.htm
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brandi jordan answered
No it should not, but just in case buy some surjell the stuff they can with mix the whole box with a whole bottle of gator-aid and drink it an hour be four the test then after you drink the Gatorade with the surjell fill it with water and drink the whole bottle then your urine will be crystal clear. My husband and his friends have passed all their drug test. It really works. The stuff taste nasty so chug it fast. It is found at the supermarket, where the spices are and where you find stuff to can with. Surjell is used to make jelly. It is a miracle drug passer.
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Anonymous answered
Benzos show up on urine drug tests! Mainly on a 10 panel drug test which are the least common drug test. It is no becoming more popular and screwing lots of people. Benzos do show up on a 10 panel drug even if take within 3 days. Personal experience.
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franklin mill answered
Aas people have said, ambien is an non-bezo sedative hypnotc.....ambien is 100% classified as a narcotic, as are all script needing sleep meds like sonata, or lunesta...phenobarbitol and nembutal are not in the same class which are barbituates...  Ambien shares similar chemical structure and acts similar to a benzo, but it is not one at all...
I have yet to be tested for it though so I have no more info than to drink water a lot, exercise, and weight 10 days.....
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Ambien is a benzodiazepine. If they test for that, it will show up. Benzos take 14 days to leave the system.
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Ambien is NOT an benzodiazepine, it is a non-benzodiazepine, and does show up as such.

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