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by Cassandra1981 Cassandra1981 (New Member) New Member

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This is more of an alert than a question. Just letting all you nurses out there know that while taking the sleeping med Belsomra, I gave a urine for a pre drug screen and it came back positive for diazepam, temazepam, and olanzepam. It would be funny if I weren't a BSN nurse looking to start a new job with an excellent company. I have Talked the Merck med company and have also spoken to the MRO for the lab who basically stated that if it said it was diazepam it's diazepam. The drug company said it shouldn't but enough research has not been done on the topic. The would send it to the scientific departments. I am livid!!!! They used gc/ms which is considered the gold standard so now I am waiting on them to call me back after requesting info from the drug company who would never want to associate their drug with diazepam bc that's one of the promotions," it's not like diazepam ". The funny thing is that both dugs, Belsomra and diazepam both consist of the elements C-H-Cl-N-O. I looked up the molecular make up but the supervisor told me it was black and white, it says diazepam, no need to call my doctor who could tell them I have declined diazepam and all other anxiety/hypnotics/sedatives she has offered me in 3 yrs(insomniac). I feel a fight ahead of me if the arrogant MRO doesn't realize science is not always 100%. I'm really venting but has any other nurse had this issue with similar compounds?

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No, but please let me express my empathy.

Perhaps it's best to just seek different employment after being off of Belsomra for a while.

How long do you think it will take for it to clear?

It used to be so simple to find work. Now it seems they almost don't want to hire people

because there are so many roadblocks to getting hired.

Some are legitimate, some aren't. Like whether you take a certain med or not.

Do you use a melatonin supplement? Some have valerian in them, which is like valium, I believe.

Best of luck to you.

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Before I took that med I was on everything and anything over the counter including supplements. I stopped taking it altogether including Belsomra. I'm back on another drug that may or may not cause interactions. Like you said, it's getting ridiculous with all the possibilities of false positives that a person has to stop taking prescribed medications to be safe. Especially when your license hangs on the word of a person who is only willing to look at science that is not 100%. People tend to forget humans have to tend to these machines and calibrate to keep them accurate. So many variables to rely completely on a machine.

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hppygr8ful has 15 years experience and works as a RN - Adolescent Psych.

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Regardless of what your employer is telling you - you have the right to have your sample retested at an independent lab and have that test done for the specific benzo signature of the belsomra. Did they take a split sample? They should have. The MRO knows this and you have to get an attorney to push this issue so that you are not railroaded.

Hppy

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Moved to Patient Medications as this interaction with drug screen needs more airing....

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