Hi all, quick question. I recently accepted a job offer and I have my physical tomorrow. I was told to bring any medication that I am currently taking. I was prescribed a BZ years ago, but took one tab 10 weeks ago, the med is no longer needed, So I am unsure if I need to bring this to their attention....any advice? Any insight is greatly appreciated.
Oct 30, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
If that is the only one you have taken, you should be fine. While some benzos have a very long half-life, none are THAT long.
However, consider this an important lesson learned. If it's an old/expired script, toss it. Most schedule IV med scripts are valid for only 6 months, so a script from several years ago will in no way have protected you should you have popped positive on the test.
Also keep in mind that even a valid prescription is not bullet-proof protection against an employer's policy regarding drug use. You can still face disciplinary action from an employer even if you are taking legally prescribed medication. It's not as likely to happen than it would be if you didn't have a prescription, but it can--and does--occasionally happen. So don't take anything that you don't particularly need.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Oct 30, '12