This test checks urine for methaqualone.
Methaqualone is a sedative and hypnotic medication that was commonly used in the 1960s and 1970s for its sedative and muscle-relaxing effects. It was marketed under various brand names, including Quaaludes and Mandrax. Methaqualone was initially developed as a safer alternative to barbiturates, which were widely used for their sedative properties but had a higher risk of overdose and dependency.
Methaqualone was prescribed for the short-term treatment of insomnia and as a muscle relaxant. It was believed to have a lower risk of respiratory depression compared to barbiturates. Despite its medical uses, methaqualone gained popularity as a recreational drug due to its euphoric and sedative effects. Due to its potential for abuse and dependency, methaqualone is now illegal in most countries.
Methaqualone can lead to physical and psychological dependence, and abrupt discontinuation can result in withdrawal symptoms. Side effects can include dizziness, drowsiness, impaired coordination, nausea, and respiratory depression.
The exact duration for which methaqualone remains detectable in urine can vary based on factors such as the individual's metabolism, frequency of use, and the sensitivity of the testing method.
Short-Term Use: After a single use, methaqualone might be detectable in urine for up to 2 to 4 days.
Chronic or Heavy Use: With more frequent or heavy use, the detection window could potentially extend to around 7 days or slightly longer.