How Long Does Restoril Stay in Your System?
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People tend to wonder how long benzodiazepines stay in their system for different reasons. For example, they might wonder because they have to take a drug test. Restoril can cause effects the day after its use that are similar to a hangover, which is another reason to question how long it stays in your system. Certain substances such as opioids can increase the chances of a fatal overdose when combined with Restoril, so people using it may wonder when it’s safe to take these drugs. For physically dependent patients, they may wonder when Restoril withdrawal symptoms could begin as the drug leaves the system.
In general, benzodiazepines are divided into categories based on whether they’re short or long-acting. With short-acting benzos, effects usually begin 10 to 15 minutes after a dose is taken, and they last for up to six hours. Some ultra-short-acting benzos may have effects shorter than five hours. Intermediate-acting benzos can have half-lives of up to 24 hours, while long-acting benzos will have half-lives of more than 24 hours. Some can have half-lives of 70 to 100 hours.
Benzodiazepines are usually part of standard drug testing panels. Benzos can stay in urine for around 30 days, and for people who have been using it for a long time, they can be detected for anywhere from four to six weeks after the last dosage. With short-acting benzos, the addiction level tends to be higher because they start affecting the patient faster. With longer-acting benzos, the addiction risk is lower, but they do accumulate in the system.
Regardless of the short half-life of Restoril, it’s extremely important to use caution when taking other medications with Restoril, and in particular, opioids. Opioids and benzodiazepines come with a black box warning about combining them. Along with opioids, other drugs that can interact negatively with Restoril include antidepressants, antihistamines and other sleeping pills, and anti-anxiety medications. Speak with your doctor about this before taking Restoril
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