What Could Cause A False Positive For Benzodiazepines

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April Says:
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I had a drug test today I tested positive for benzos and have not taken any I am on seraqual and that's it I did take Benadryl and Advil pm could that cause a false positive?

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CrazyAz Says:

I am on pain management due to chronic pain. I was assaulted upon arriving at my work place. I am tested on a regular basis by a certified lab. I always come up clean. This time my employer sent me for a "random" drug test. This is a worker's comp. case. Came up positive for benzos. They will not accept my explaination of a false positive. I take sertraline,loratadine, benydrl, advil and drink a lot of herbal tea. Plus pain meds,bp meds, thyroid meds busiprone , diazepam, thyroid meds and others occasionally. Do I have the right to demand a retest by my pain doctor, who knows I am clean. I cost the company money because my pain treatment has been going on for 5 years. I want my work record cleared and do not wish to be suspended or fired. I like my job..I am going crazy!!!!

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Aud Says:
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Not sure about the benedrill but I heard energy drinks like Monster can give a false positive for benzos. My friend's now decease boyfriend (drug reasons) was in drug court and was actually keeping clean at that time. He had drank a Monster energy drink that morning. It came up as benzos in his system. Caused a mess obviously. Unfortunately the guy fell from his sobriety and overdoed. I hope this helps.

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becky Says:
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Diazepam is Valium and a benzoDIAZEPAM.

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karalee Says:

I have almost the same problem ! I am in a suboxone clinic and test each month. I came up positive for benzo's - Ativan . I have not ever taken an Ativan . I am 6months clean and was really feeling good about my sobriety ! But when Dr told me I was positive for Lorazepam-Ativan, I was so upset ! I talked to him and told him I haven't ever taken Ativan, but of course he didn't believe me ! He said the lab that it was sent out is 100% accurate. Then I started crying because I have been so good and I had no idea that I would be testing positive for Ativan ! I have moved 3 steps forward and 6 steps back ! I am prescribed Seroquel, Cymbalta, requip, primidone,levothyroid, vistaril, mysoline, coreg,lantus, glucavance, zanaflex,, Benadryl, Requip patches, I have Parkinson's and some of these are seizure meds. The dr said he was worried about me because while on suboxone if you take and benzo's you can die of respiratory failure . Please help me anybody ! I have been very strict with my meds and HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY BENZO'S !!!! Do you know if any of these meds would cause a false/positive reading ? I will be kicked out next month if my test shows positive again. But maybe, that would be a good thing ! Has anyone experienced the same ? I have worked so damn hard for 6 months and this is like getting kicked in the gut and left to die ! Thanks any info on my meds causing a false/positive !

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Rocco Says:
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Diazapam is a benzo. If you have a prescription for it your fine

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Theresadelaney Says:
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Re: CrazyAz (# 1)

Diazepam is valium which is a benzo, which is the biggest reason you was dirty for benzodiazepines. But also anything with pm as well as benadryl can cause fse positives. I know this from one working in health field as well as i randomly screen weekly for drug testing center where they have a long list of iver the counter medications that can cause false positives. Also, literally today i screened dirty for a false positive for benzos that was labbed and confirmed i indeed was clean. Hope this helps

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Paula Says:
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Get a 2nd opinion immediately! Ask for levels too, when your workmens comp or freedom is at jeporady. I just had a drug test myself have traces of benzos and marijuana. I only take excedrin pm. Thus just like everyone here, has showed False positives. I haven't consumed marijuana in 6 yrs but my fiance does. Doc says 2nd hand smoke wont cause it. I know. You all know what you take. So many of us feel like *****s screaming we didn't when some look at us like we're lying. Which I'm sure some do.

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