Xanax Drug Test - Valium Drug Test
SKU #: D1-BZO
Drug Detection Period - 3-7 Days
Drug Detection Level - 300 ng/mL (with Oxazepam as the Calibrator*)
Brief Description of drug: Central nervous system depressants that slow brain activity. Similar to barbiturates but are safer and more effective.
Typically prescribed for: Anxiety, insomnia, taken before some surgical and medical procedures, seizure disorders, alcohol withdrawal
Effects: Similar to those of alcohol consumption
Forms: Pill, capsule, liquid
Methods of Consumption: Swallowed, injected
Benzodiazepines are depressants that have a relaxing effect and are prescribed to induce sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms and to prevent seizures. Benzodiazepines are the most widely prescribed psychiatric drugs in the United States. In 2009, Xanax alone was prescribed over 44 million times in the USA. Benzodiazepines are potentially dangerous and if used improperly addictive. In fact, benzodiazepine dependency is considered to be one of the hardest substance related dependencies to kick.
Benzodiazepine abuse is becoming more popular, which should come as no surprise as benzodiazepines are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the US. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) from 1995 to 2002 drug abuse-related emergency room visits involving a drug from the benzodiazepine family increased by 41 percent. Over 100,000 drug-abuse related emergency room visits occurred in 2002. Patients aged 18 and 19 experienced the greatest growth in benzodiazepine emergency room visits. (To read more facts about Benzodiazepine abuse please read the SAMHSA report located here).
There are many different kinds of benzodiazepines and they come in a variety of brand and generic forms. Brand names include Valium, Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin. This test covers all of those and more thanks to the shared nature of those drugs' chemical makeup. Although we may not often hear the term benzodiazepines in our daily life, the drugs of this family are frequently discussed and prescribed. Our test for benzodiazepines will allow you to detect whether any of the prescription drugs listed above or in the "Test For These Drugs" tab have recently been used.
More Information on Xanax / Alprazolam
Did you know Xanax is actually just a trade name for the benzodiazepine Alprazolam? Alprazolam is a muscle relaxer, a mood stabilizer, an anti-seizure medication, and an anti-anxiety medication. At higher doses, it can also put you to sleep. Because it is habit-forming it is classified in the US as a Schedule IV controlled substance. What this means in part is that it that the drug has a currently accepted medical use in the United States.
So how has Xanax become a major prescription drug of abuse? Prescription drug forging, doctor shopping, and simple stealing from medicine cabinets. The drug can be combined with alcohol to heighten the effects. However, combining benzodiazepines with alcohol is very dangerous - fatal overdoses of benzodiazepines are often the result of such combinations, and serious issues can result when the two drugs are combined.
Withdrawal from Xanax (and other benzodiazepines as well) can be extremely difficult to bear. Mary Rieser of the Atlanta Recovery Center describes the effects of Xanax withdrawal: "Xanax withdrawal is particularly dangerous, and even life threatening. Because central nervous system depressants work by slowing down the brain's normal activity, if a person stops taking the drug, the brain can react by racing out of control. This may to seizures and other harmful consequences, including death." Rieser also notes that their recovery center often sees people coming in to deal with a Xanax addiction.
According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, "12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined" and each day 2500 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Amazingly, the number of new abusers of prescription drugs is the same as the number of new abusers of marijuana in the 12 to 17 year old bracket. That's why we have an extensive selection of drug tests that are designed to detect legal, prescription medications.
More Information on Valium
Valium is one of the commercial names for the benzodiazepine Diazepam. Like other benzodiazepines, it treats anxiety, seizures, insomnia, and muscle spasms. Much like Xanax, Valium is a popularly prescribed drug, habit-forming especially when used incorrectly, and frequently abused.
Also like Xanax, Valium has developed a reputation as being somehow safer than other drugs of abuse. According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America "Close to half of all teens believe using prescription medications to get high is 'much safer' than street drugs." Teens in the study pointed to ease of access as one of the reasons benzodiazepines among other prescription medications have seen increased use.
If you are interested in testing for prescription drug abuse, this test and our oxycodone test can get you started. Our 12 panel test can test for benzodiazepines and prescription painkillers on the same panel. Please visit our urine drug test page to check out our products and learn more. At Home Health Testing we have the tools you need to combat this growing problem in the world of drug abuse and addiction.
*The Benzodiazepine urine drug test uses Oxazepam as the calibrator for the stated 300 ng/mL testing level. The following table lists the concentrations of compounds (ng/mL) that are detected as positive in this urine drug test
Frequently Asked Questions - Xanax Drug Test / Valium Drug Test
Q: What are benzodiazepines?
A: Benzodiazepines are a very large family of prescription drugs that include Valium, Xanax, Librium, Ativan, Halcion, Diazepam, and Klonopin. By purchasing this test you will be able to determine whether a prescription drug from that family of drugs has been used within the past 3-7 days. The reason we commonly refer to our test as a Xanax Drug Test / Valium Drug Test is that "benzodiazepine" is a less common term than Xanax or Valium. Also known as benzo, benzos or BZO.
The Xanax Drug Test / Valium Drug Test tests for the following drugs in the benzodiazepine class: