Benzodiazepine Urine Self Test Kit , Rapid Response Test Strips At
Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are drugs prescribed to help control
anxiety and seizure disorders. They are central nervous depressants, which means that they slow brain
activity. In small doses over a short period of time, these drugs are helpful
for thousands of people. However, chronic use can lead to
dependence on the drug, and misuse or abuse can have harmful
consequences, such as addiction and physical dangers ranging from
excessive drowsiness to tremors.
Side Effects of Benzos
Benzos influence the activity of a chemical in the brain called
gamma-amino butyric acid, or GABA. GABA is an inhibitory
neurotransmitter that slows brain activity. Benzodiazepines
function by intensifying GABA activity, which ultimately results in
sedation and anxiety relief.
More recent research indicates that benzos also increase dopamine
release in the reward centers of the brain. The increase in
dopamine activity that occurs in association with benzo use
reinforces continued use of these drugs which, in turn, promotes
the development of addiction in some people who take them. The
repeated use of these drugs leads to increased feelings of
euphoria—for many, a desirable effect mediated, in part, by
dopaminergic activity throughout the reward centers of the brain.
However, the subsequent development of tolerance leads to an
increased need for more and more of the drug to achieve the same
levels of response over time .
Side effects can occur even when taken at therapeutic dose; however
the risk of adverse effects markedly increases at higher doses.
Possible side effects include:
- Excessive drowsiness.
- Double vision.
- Slurred speech.
- Impaired coordination.
- Increased risk of falls, especially in the elderly.
- Memory and cognition problems.
- Mood swings.
|Test||Drug-free||Low Negative (Less than half the cutoff concentration)||Near Cutoff Negative (Between 50% below the cutoff and the cutoff
concentration)||Near Cutoff Positive (Between the cutoff and 50% above the cutoff
concentration)||High Positive (greater than 50% above the cutoff concentration)|
Instruction of the test
Store as packaged in the sealed pouch at 36–86°F (2–30°C). The test
is stable through the expiration date printed on the sealed pouch.
The test must remain in the sealed pouch until use. Do not freeze the drug test. Do not use beyond the expiration date.