Benzodiazepines

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The benzodiazepines are a class of drugs with sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, amnestic and muscle relaxant properties. They are often used for short-term relief of severe, disabling anxiety or insomnia. Long-term use may lead to tolerance and dependency. They are believed to act on the GABA receptor GABAA, the activation of which dampens higher neuronal activity. They began to be widely prescribed for stress-related ailments in the 1960s and 1970s. Their chemical structure is based upon diazepine and phenyl groups. Common benzodiazepines include diazepam, oxazepam, chlorodiazepam, alprozolam, and temazepam.

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One day

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Collect material:

Blood

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Purpose of the test

This test is designed to detect the presence of benzodiazepines in the blood. Benzodiazepines are medications that depress the central nervous system and are commonly used for sedation, sleep induction, seizure prevention, anxiety relief, and muscle relaxation. They can be prescribed for medical purposes but are also sometimes used illegally. Overdose or misuse of these drugs can lead to severe health complications.

Who Should Get Tested

Individuals who have been prescribed benzodiazepines might be tested to monitor therapeutic levels or to detect overdose. Additionally, if someone shows signs of overdose, such as confusion, slurred speech, loss of muscle control, or shallow breathing, they might be tested. The test can also be used in situations where benzodiazepine abuse is suspected, or in cases of potential drug-facilitated crimes, like date rape.

Preparing for the Test
Fasting
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Depending on the type of cholesterol test, you may be required to fast for 9 to 12 hours before the test. This means avoiding all food and drinks except water. Fasting is usually required for a lipid panel, which measures LDL and HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Medications
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Inform your healthcare provider about any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications and supplements, as they can affect your test results.
Alcohol
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Avoid alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours before the test, as alcohol can raise triglyceride levels.
Exercise
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Avoid heavy exercise for 24 hours before the test, as this can also affect cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Smoking
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Avoid smoking or using any nicotine products for at least 30 minutes before the test, as they can temporarily increase cholesterol levels.
Follow instructions
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Follow any specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider, such as the time of day to take the test or any dietary restrictions.
Interpreting Test Results

The results of the blood test can be either positive or negative. A positive result indicates the presence of benzodiazepines in the blood, while a negative result means they are not present. The test can also measure the specific amount of the drug in the bloodstream. In cases of overdose or prolonged use, an antidote called flumazenil might be used to counteract the sedative effects of benzodiazepines, but it's not suitable for everyone.

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