How Long Do Benzodiazepines Stay In Your Blood?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D on October 11, 2021

Blood tests can detect benzodiazepine use for a short time after ingestion. Benzodiazepines can be detected in the blood within minutes and for up to three days.

How Long Do Benzos Stay In Your Blood?

Benzodiazepine drugs are commonly prescribed as a short-term treatment for anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. It can take several days for them to clear the body after stopped use.

Benzodiazepines can be detected in:

  • blood tests
  • oral fluids tests
  • urine tests
  • hair tests

Specialized blood tests can detect the use of benzodiazepine drugs for anywhere from a few hours to three days after ingestion. This will depend on the type of drug and its half-life.

Learn more about detecting benzodiazepines in the body

Benzodiazepine Detection Times In Blood

The amount of time it takes for benzodiazepine drugs to be eliminated from the blood will depend on the type of benzodiazepine drug that is taken.

Average detection times for common benzodiazepine drugs include:

Blood tests can detect benzodiazepine use very quickly after the drug is taken. Benzodiazepines can be detected for a longer period of time in urine, hair, and oral fluid samples.

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Factors That Can Affect Average Drug Detection Times

Various factors can influence how long it takes for the body to eliminate benzodiazepines from the bloodstream.

For instance:

  • age
  • dose taken
  • duration of use
  • method of use (e.g. by mouth, snorting)
  • metabolic rate
  • poor liver function

Elderly populations and people with impaired liver function may have longer detection windows than the average person, due to how these factors can affect drug metabolism.

Why Do Blood Screens Test For Benzodiazepines?

Standard blood tests may not detect benzodiazepines. However, a specialized drug screening can be ordered as part of a drug rehab program or on suspicion of drug misuse.

Signs of benzodiazepine abuse can include:

  • taking higher doses than prescribed
  • taking it more often than prescribed
  • taking someone else’s prescription
  • crushing and snorting pills
  • mixing it with other drugs to enhance their effects

Blood tests can detect recent use of benzodiazepines. General disadvantages of using this type of drug test is that it will only detect benzodiazepines for a short amount of time after use.

Get Help For Benzodiazepine Addiction Today

If you or a loved one is addicted to benzos, addiction treatment options are available. By calling our helpline, we can help you find a treatment program that’s right for you.

Treatment for benzodiazepine addiction may involve:

  • detoxification (detox)
  • substance use counseling
  • behavioral therapy
  • dual diagnosis
  • group therapy

Recovery is possible. Call us today to learn more about available benzodiazepine addiction treatment options.

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Medically Reviewed by
Johnelle Smith, M.D on October 11, 2021
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