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Friday, September 19, 2008 susan, Community Member, asks

Q: how long does the pill xanax stay in your system

just wndering if i took one zanax pill how long does it stay in my system(as far as having to take a urinalysis)

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Dr. Diana Walcutt, Health Guide
9/20/08 11:31pm

Hi Susan:

Xanax (brand name for alprazolam) is excreted from the body in the urine and the feces (stools). According to the Center for Disease Control, 95% of the drug is excreted within 120 hours i.e., five days, mainly in the urine (88%).

So it should still be detectable in the urine after 5 days.

Alprazolam is a type of benzodiazepine. The detection period in the urine for benzodiazepines in general is 3 - 7 days.

If you have a prescription for Xanax, tell your employer and show them your

prescription. If you don't have a prescription for it, good luck. Unfortunately, you will probably get caught, because employers are known for surprise urine tests.


Hope this helps,

Dr. Diana Walcutt

The Stress Masters

*Dr. Walcutt is a Psychologist. Dr. Walcutt's answers are not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental disorder. Any information given in a post about medication is for educational purposes only, and primarily to aid you in having an informed discussion with your own Psychiatrist/Physician.

angel, Community Member
6/11/09 5:54pm

how long does it stay in your system

Susan Clark, Community Member
11/ 5/09 3:25pm

If you have never taken Xanax 2mg before and some one puts them in your food or drank how long will it take to be out of your system approx. 6-7 pills given at one time.

aaron, Community Member
11/15/09 8:04pm

you must have been past out!sounds like to me somebody is trying togive you a day rape drug! be carefule what u eat!

RobertoRuiz Jr., Community Member
4/21/12 3:21pm

Along time 1 pill is supossed to help your anxiety not recreation drug very serious narcotic 21hours for 2mg so it will stay in your system for a long time it helps with chemical imbalances in the brain and is highly addictive chemically I took with script only for six mons 3 pills 2mg a day and now am cheically dependent on this medication I cannot stop ever taking it now and will need to take it if I want to live so if you take for anxiety make sure they switch fromxanax to lorazepam to other anxiety meds and back and forth anxiety meds are dangerous and can cause long term damage to you such as if you just stop you go through dts and you get paranoid then you shake then twitch then uncontrollable movments of your body then body functions can start kidney failure liver failure respitory failur seizures and you can die so always consult with you doctor about tkinking of taking anxiety meds always get informed before you start to take meds and side effects

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By susan, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/02/13, First Published: 09/19/08