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My son age 34, 200lbs, very sedentary was taking a

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My son age 34, 200lbs, very sedentary was taking a prescription for Valium twice a day for several months. He took 60 if them in 10 days about 45days ago so it was decided he should be taken off them. Although the levels are droppo, He is still testing positive for benzos. How long does it take for this to be out if his system? Is this normal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.
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Hi there,
Valium is a benzodiazepine.
This is a long acting.
On chronic daily use the valium metabolites can hang around for 2 weeks even after completely stopping valium use.
However, this should not be detectable beyond that period usually if there is no continued use.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there chance that abilify,seroquel, buspar, advil pm, or melatonin will show as a benzo? We have to figure out why it's still positive
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

See, with GC MS confirmatory testing ( Gas chromatography) the chances of false positive is very very low.

Hence, I will not consider that.

Besides these medications do not share any chemical similarity with benzos --so not likely.

My guess is, your son is still likely using benzo surreptitiously in that case.

Should be discussed with his psychiatrist.

Best wishes