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does citalopram pop as a benzodiazipine on a drug test

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does citalopram pop as a benzodiazipine on a drug test?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  911DOC replied 3 years ago.

911DOC :

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911DOC :

It does not.

Customer:

well then I dont know what to do

911DOC :

how so? did you turn positive?

Customer:

yes, I take celexa and I just took a drug test and it popped for benzos but I dont take anything other than that and otc meds

Customer:

and I dont do any drugs

911DOC :

then you need to request that the sample be subjected to mass spectrometry testing as you are not taking a benzodiazepine.

Customer:

they are sending it out, its policy, I am just concerend

911DOC :

what do you take the citalopram for?

Customer:

post pardum depression

911DOC :

how far post partum are you?

Customer:

4 months this pregnancy

Customer:

my daughter is almost 5 sorry

Customer:

5 months

911DOC :

i am wondering if sometime in the past few weeks you were given a long acting benzo in the few weeks after your pregnancy... some have very long half lives and could hang around a while....

911DOC :

examples would be valium.... ativan.... klonopin... clonazepam....

Customer:

not that I know of, what would those be for

911DOC :

anxiety... sometimes given for insomnia.

911DOC :

ambien, lunesta, sonata are similar....

Customer:

I was given lortab and med to stop my contractions when I was preg

911DOC :

you could have been given a benzo at that time too but that stuff is all long gone...

911DOC :

the more specific test might clear everything up....

911DOC :

while i am not saying that citalopram can cause a positive on a urine drug screen, i am saying that thre can be some operator error and bad batches of the test strips are also possible....

911DOC :

but no, as a rule, citalopram is not a benzodiazepine and should not be postivie for benzos on a drug screen.

911DOC :

do you have any more questions?

Customer:

well i appreciate it

Customer:

nope

Customer:

thank you

911DOC :

you are welcome. hope it all works out for you. please click accept if you are satisfied with my answers. and thank you for your business.

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