I have heard yes and I’ve heard no. I know its not a benzo. It’s a non-benzo hypnotic. I do drug screens for work and was prescribed this for sleep but I haven’t taken it yet because I cant get an honest answer. Is there someone out there who can answer this with 100% certainty? PLEASE!
Ambien will not show up in a common urine drug test.
There is, however, a specific test that can be used to detect Ambien in the blood or urine for up to 48 hours after ingestion but this test is very expensive and is highly unlikely to be used in mass drug screening.
Also note that Ambien has been known to cause a false positive result for benzos like Xanax and Valium. It is not a benzodiazepine itself but it does share some pharmacological properties.
Ambien is rapidly eliminated from the body and is usually undetectable within 6-14 hours.
If you have a prescription for the Ambien then take the prescription with you to the drug test. The employer can't find fault with you if you can prove you have a valid script and thus a reason for taking the med. Even if it were to show up on the test you would be covered because you have a doctor's excuse.
- Ambien Information for Consumers
- Ambien Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ambien (detailed)
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