How Long Does Halcion (Triazolam) Stay In Your System?

The half-life of Halcion is relatively short, but the drug can be found in a person’s system for about 24 hours following the last use. The metabolites produced by the drug can be detected in a stand urine drug test for up to a week. 

Halcion can stay in your system for up to 1 day after your last dose. Benzodiazepine drug tests can detect Halcion for up to one week after your last dose.

Halcion is a short-acting benzodiazepine that contains triazolam. Halcion is prescribed by Ohio doctors to manage anxiety disorders and panic attacks in the short term. Triazolam is a Schedule IV controlled substance in Ohio with a moderate potential for drug abuse.

In 2021, there were 13.8 benzodiazepine doses dispensed per capita in Ohio. This number may not include illicit benzodiazepines sold on the street, such as triazolam, alprazolam, temazepam, and diazepam. 

A positive test for benzodiazepine use without a prescription can lead to you entering a court-ordered substance abuse treatment center.

Half-Life Of Triazolam

Half-life refers to the length of time it takes for a drug to decrease to half of its peak concentration. After about five half-lives, most drugs are eliminated from your bloodstream.

The half-life of triazolam is about 1.5 hours to 5.5 hours on average. Triazolam can stay in your bloodstream for about 7.5 hours to 28 hours after your last dose. The broad range of Halcion’s potential half-life can contribute to the varying elimination times you may experience.

Triazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine, which can have a short half-life compared to long-acting benzodiazepines. Due to the drug’s short half-life, the effects of Halcion may wear off before you take your next dose.

Drug Testing For Halcion Use

Halcion may not be present on common benzodiazepine drug tests. Common benzodiazepine tests may detect Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), and Restoril (temazepam), but not triazolam.

Triazolam drug tests may be performed if you are suspected of abusing triazolam specifically, as part of a Halcion abuse or Halcion withdrawal management program in Ohio. This drug test may only test for triazolam and not other benzodiazepines.

If you are taking sertraline, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, your risk of a false positive test for Halcion abuse may increase. Talk to your doctor about your prescription drug use before taking a drug test.

Urine Test

Urine tests can find triazolam and its metabolites, or unique components, for an average of two to four days after your last dose.

If you were taking Halcion in higher doses than your doctor instructed, or if you were taking Halcion for several months, the detection times may increase.

Saliva Test

Triazolam can stay in oral fluid for up to 36 hours after your last dose. The average detection time of a saliva test may be slightly shorter than a urine test.

Saliva tests may be preferred by some Ohio doctors due to the test’s non-invasive nature. You may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for a short time before your test.

Blood Test

Triazolam can be found in your blood for between eight hours to one day after your last use.

Blood tests may be performed on hospitalized patients showing signs of Halcion addiction, physical dependence, or withdrawal symptoms such as dysphoria, rebound insomnia, vomiting, excessive sweating, and convulsions.

Hair Test

Triazolam can stay in hair follicles for over 90 days. Hair tests can have longer detection times for drugs compared to other types of tests. However, hair tests for triazolam use may not be widely used in Ohio.

Ohio Recovery Center

Halcion and other central nervous system depressants can be targets of drug abuse in Ohio, due to their sedative effects and high distribution. If you or someone you know tests positive for CNS drug abuse, it can benefit you to look into addiction treatment plans.

Our inpatient prescription drug addiction treatment options include benzodiazepine detox, withdrawal management, and mental health services. To find out if our facility is a good fit for yourself or a loved one, please contact us today. 

  1. Cordant Health Solutions
  2. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  3. LabCorp
  4. MMC: Psychiatry
  5. Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: August 21, 2023

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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