Benzodiazepines

chart-icon

Take advantage of our packages

The Benzodiazepines is included in test packages, which you can buy at a lower price.

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.

More arrow
clock-icon

Awaiting result:

One day

syringe-icon

Collect material:

Blood

sun-icon

Prepare:

Learn more
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.

Blood Test Preparation Guidelines
Time of day
icon
It is recommended to schedule your appointment for blood tests in the morning hours between 7:00-10:00.
Fasting
icon
It is recommended to fast for approximately 12 hours before blood sampling. The last meal of the previous day should ideally be consumed around 6:00 p.m. On the day before the test, avoid heavy and fatty meals as well as alcohol.
Stay hydrated
icon
Drinking water prior to testing can help with sample collection.
Other factors
icon
Tests should not be performed after a sleepless night or intense physical activity. It is recommended to avoid exercise and stress immediately before blood collection and to not smoke. A short rest is recommended.
Medications and supplements:
icon
Blood samples should be collected before the morning dose. Some drugs can interfere with test results. Consult with your doctor whether you can delay your dose because of lab tests.
Biotin supplements:
icon
High doses of biotin supplements can affect test results, causing false elevation or reduction. It's recommended to avoid taking biotin for at least 72 hours before blood collection. If you are taking biotin, inform the personnel collecting the blood so that they can provide specific instructions.
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.

AI-Powered Insights and Expert Validation
Advanced AI Interpretation
Diagu's AI system represents a breakthrough in medical test analysis, employing state-of-the-art algorithms meticulously trained on a vast spectrum of authoritative medical literature and data. This system intricately analyses laboratory test results, extracting nuanced insights that might elude conventional methods. Our AI delves into complex interrelations between various health markers, offering a comprehensive understanding that supports accurate diagnosis and effective treatment planning. The foundation of our AI's analytical prowess lies in its extensive training, encompassing data from globally recognised medical journals, trusted healthcare databases, and breakthrough scientific studies. This ensures that every analysis is grounded in the latest and most comprehensive medical knowledge.
Expert Doctor Confirmation
While our AI provides deep analytical insights, the human touch remains indispensable. Every AI-generated interpretation is meticulously reviewed by experienced medical professionals, ensuring a harmonious blend of advanced technology and expert clinical judgment. This dual-layer approach guarantees that the insights provided are not only technologically sophisticated but also clinically relevant. Our medical experts ensure that the AI's interpretations align with current medical standards and practices, adding a layer of validation that only seasoned healthcare professionals can provide. This process reinforces the reliability of the test results, offering peace of mind to both patients and healthcare providers.
Language Model and Trusted Sources
At the core of Diagu's AI system is an advanced language model, engineered to transform complex medical data into clear, comprehensible, and informative descriptions. This model is adept at articulating detailed test analyses in a way that is accessible to both healthcare professionals and patients. The model's development involved the meticulous processing of high-quality sources, including reputable medical websites, renowned medical textbooks, and peer-reviewed research papers. This ensures that the language used in test descriptions is not only accurate and informative but also up-to-date with the latest medical findings and trends. By leveraging this rich tapestry of trusted sources, our AI system provides a deeper understanding of each test, fostering informed decision-making and enhanced patient care.