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PostSubject: Does Ambien CR test positive for Benzodiazepine in a urine screen   Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:36 pm



Recently we recieved the following question in an email. We thought it would be a good idea to share it with you as this is not the first time we have had this question come up.

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Does Ambien CR test positive for benzodiazepine in a urine screen?

Question:
I have a question and can't seem to get a definitive answer. We have a Suboxone clinic and we currently do a 6 panel urine drug screen. We have a client who routinely tests postive for benzodiazepines and until recently was being attributed to her Ambien RX. Can Zolpidiem test positive as a Benzo in a urine screen?

Answer:
7.4 Drug-laboratory test interactions


Zolpidem is not known to interfere with commonly employed clinical laboratory tests. In addition, clinical data indicate that zolpidem does not cross-react with benzodiazepines, opiates, barbiturates, cocaine, cannabinoids, or amphetamines in two standard urine drug screens. (This means it will not test positive for any of this drugs (actually it will not even show up on a 6-panel drug screen). It will require a GC/MS assay to detect it.
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Ambien CR contains zolpidem tartrate, a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic of the imidazopyridine class. Ambien CR (zolpidem tartrate extended-release tablets) is available in 6.25 mg and 12.5 mg strength tablets for oral administration.
Zolpidem is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. Since sedative/hypnotics have the capacity to depress respiratory drive, precautions should be taken if Ambien CR is prescribed to patients with compromised respiratory function.
http://www.drugs.com



For example, the ability of opiate immunoassays to detect certain opioids, such as oxycodone or oxymorphone, varies among assays because of differing cross-reactivity patterns. Methadone, a synthetic opioid, does not trigger a positive "opiate" immunoassay result; a specific methadone test is needed. In the cases of oxycodone, oxymorphone, buprenorphine, and fentanyl, even large concentrations in the urine may not be reliably detected. Fortunately, GC/MS assays on the same urine specimen will normally detect these semisynthetic and synthetic opioids.

If you want to prove it is Ambien CR then just request a GC/MS assay


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