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Old 04-01-2008, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why didnt xanax show up on drug test??

I see my physician on a monthly basis and I am prescribed 1mg of xanax 3x/day. Last month when I visited my Dr I was told that I needed to take a drug test to which I agreed. Today when I went to my Dr they had the results of my test and I was told that the Xanax did not show up (along with nothing else)!! The Dr then told me that he would not prescribe me any more Xanax being it did not show up on my test. It was apparent to me that they Dr just needed to make sure that I was taking the meds and not selling them. I asked him this and he said yes that it would indicate that I may be selling them or not taking them at all. I informed him that I do in fact take the medicine pretty much as prescribed (sometimes less than 3 a day but always something) and dont understand why it didnt show up. I immediately asked for another drug test as I have taken my meds last night and today prior to seeing him and he complied. I am just lost as to why it wouldnt show up. In his words, "there wasnt even a trace".

Anyone have any ideas? I take no other meds but I do drink alot of water during the day. I know that most of the people here are looking for ways to get things not to show up on a DT but I am looking for the opposite.

I appreciate any help you could give me.

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Old 04-01-2008, 03:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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try taking mad amounts of xanax the week/days before your test
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How many panels was the test that you were given? 5? 10? Depending of the number of panels it may have not even tested for it. You should look at the copy of the results to see if you were tested for benzodiazepines (look for this in one of the panels listed). It wouldn't be listed under Barbiturates, which would be in a 5 panel test, benzodiazepines would not be included on a 5 panel test.

Most Dr. offices will use a 5 panel drug test (usually UA) b/c it is much more cost effective than testing with a 10 panel test, which is much more expensive. Insurance companies usually won't reimburse for a 10 panel testing (which most pre-employment companies will have you take).

Most likely you had been tested with a 5 panel test, therefore Xanax (alprazolam) was not tested for if indeed you had been given a 5 panel drug test.

Also to note: the body will fully metobolize Xanax in usually 12–15 hrs with no trace of it left in the body so take that into consideration.

If you really want to prove that you are taking this prescribed medication; go to a nearby Concentra or other drug testing center (just look in phone book) and have it done yourself-10 panel test only-then give results to the Dr. to prove that he was wrong. Also explain that if you were given a 5 panel drug test that Xanax would have not been tested for.

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Old 04-04-2008, 02:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Dude why would the Dr. not test for benzos when thats the drug he is looking for come on you think the dr would actually do that
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Old 04-06-2008, 10:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just was being informational in the fact that benzo's don't show up on a 5 panel drug test; only a 10 panel.

Perhaps there was some miscommunication between the Dr and the testing center as to which type of test needed to be done.

That's why I asked if there was a panel that read "benzodiazepines " on the test. If there is none then it wouldn't have tested for it.

I do agree with you in the fact the it seems improbable that the Dr. would assign a drug test that didn't test for Benzo's. I was merely trying to explain how this could happened in which a drug test was taken an no traces of benzo's were found. The only reasonable explanation I could think of is what I had posted above. That's all nothng more that that Dezzy.
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dude, 5 panel tests include THC, Opiates, Methamphetamines, Pharms, and Cocaine I'm pretty sure.
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dude, 5 panel tests include THC, Opiates, Methamphetamines, Pharms, and Cocaine I'm pretty sure.

Yeah but "pharms" is pretty general catagory (assuming you meant "pharmaceutical drug"). I am pretty sure (cannot be 100% as it has been a while since I had to take a UA for 5 panel) that Benzo's don't get tested for; I know with 100% certainty that a 10 panel drug test does however.

If someone was taking Oxycontin it would show up under opiates, but this drug is, however a pharmaceutical drug, so why would they have a duplicate panel in which they would have tested already for it under "opiates"?

I dunno; in regards to the OP-just look at the paperwork that list the results of your drug test to see if there is a "benzodiazepines " panel. Then you will know for sure; we all are just "speculating" as to what the reason could be as to why it did not show up.
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XANAX (alprazolam) HAS a "duration of action" of up to 6 hours. If you want to know how long after you take it can it be DETECTED, that's different. Most benzodiazapines, when taken on a regular basis, can be detected in the urine from 24 hours to 72 hours. If you are concerned about failing a urine test, give yourself a good 3-4 days to be extra safe,,(if it is really important to you). Also, if you have a valid prescription for xanax drug, you would not be considered a "fail".

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this is from a group health pharm in wa state when discussing klonopin and not sure if it applies to all drugs:

"it stays in your system approximately 10 half lives." all the usual variables apply but 10 half lives of time is a good time to judge when you would be clean i think.
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I'm curious as to what # of drugs is normally used in job testing? If you have and rx for xanax or vicodian & test positive are you excused? Has anyone been successful of dodging a positive for marijuana with a valid users card (which includes a doctors recommendation)/?
What drugs produce a false positive to marijuana?
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