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How Long Does Hydrocodone Stay In Your System (Thread 211133)

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Hello, how long does hydrocodone stay in the urine? I have a prescription for 10mg-650mg Oxycodone/APAP. I took a 1/8 of one pill due to pain I had in my back.
20 hrs later I had a random drug test by my Company. Will it still be detected?
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Verwon Says:
If you have a prescription, then you do not have a problem whether they detect it or not. They cannot deny you the use of legally prescribed medications that treat a medical condition, even if they are narcotics, unless you are a pilot.

All you have to do is make sure to tell them that, though they do have the right to ask for proof, such as a statement from your doctor.

It usually takes 24 to 48 hours for narcotics to clear your system for a urine test.


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shortiee Says:
How long does it stay in your blood?

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Mimi Says:
We live in Tennessee and my son has a script for pain meds. He applied for a job with a painting company and they refused to hire him. They said he would be a safety risk since he was taking pain meds.

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coloradoan Says:
I am taking Hydrocodone for pain, prescribed by my doctor. I was given a urine test at my last visit, and it showed no hydrocodone in my system. They reported me for possible non compliance. I did not take one on the day i went, because it is a 2 hour drive, but I am sure that i took one the day before, is it normal to not show up that quick? I swear I take them, they did not tell me that I had to take them every day, script says every 6 hours for pain as needed. I take them as a last resort, because they sometimes make me feel sick.

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heartland Says:
They do this to make sure you aren't giving them to someone else or selling them. If you are taking even one every couple of days you should have some detectable level in your system. If you aren't taking them any more than that they won't re-fill them as quickly and will give you less. They shouldn't require you to take more than you need. You are the only one who knows what your body needs -- which is likely different from one day to the next. There are blood tests they can do to see ( and this is putting it in very simple terms, so it isnt EXACTLY what happens, ,but close) what your average or typical use is over time. If you're out of pills and your typical use doesn't support that, you're done.

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heartland Says:
By the way...who is "they" that are reporting you? And who are "they" reporting you to? "They" would be out of line to say you are non-compliant if the script is "as needed" or "PRN" which it most likely is.

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Bill Says:
what about if you take 2? will it be flushed out of your system in a weeks time?

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colorado Says:
My doctor is who, workmans comp injury, and i have resolved it. but I am a little confused, since it is take as needed for pain, and I have not gone more then a day without them. I do hate taking them, but If I dont, I suffer. I have tried other pain remedys, but they either make my ears ring, and my blood pressure skyrocket, and they make me dizzy, so I take these, even though occasionally they make me sick, It is still not as bad as the other.l

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Corey Says:
Took 35mg hydrocodone/asap this evening at 9pm because I felt like my back was going to break into. It is 10:26 and still hard to walk, but at least now the spasms have let up. My question is how long will this be in my system? I do not plan to take anymore, mostly because they are just too ineffective at a lower dose. I am curious how long it can be detected in my urine?? If anyone has any idea. thanks.

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CARL Says:
Yes...I know, this is old.

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CARL Says:
You do not have to take any medication you do not want to, or you can take less than prescribed. You don't like a way a med makes you feel is just fine for a reason none is in your system. You can also have a full or 1/2 filled or empty bottle, as long as if the maximum prescribed sig (instructions) would have emptied it. Only a Court can and rarely does, force you to take a med.

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CARL Says:
35mg hydrocodone/APAP sounds like Vicoden generic, which would be 7 pills, which = 35mg/3500mgAPAP. First, you keep taking 3500mg of APAP you will have liver failure. 35mg of hydrocodone metabolizes at a half life of 3.8 hours. You figure it out. 35 mg after 3.8 hrs after administration you will have 17.5mg in your system, another 3.8 hours you will have 8.75mg and will do it one more time for you. In another 3.8 hours you will have 4.375, slightly less than one Vicoden. That is hydrocodone, not the metabolites of hydrocodone.

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coloradoan Says:
Thank you very much for that, as i do not like to take them, i have been wondering if i should stop for a while, i do not want other problems to start from taking this med, I have been occasionaly getting pain in stomache, that i attribute to medication. But since doc said i might not be in compliance, been kinda afraid to stop.

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CARL Says:
Your quite welcome, I was a little confused as to, who they were and who's making you, and why you HAD to, and answered I assume someone elves, or not, question.

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MissH Says:
I know this thread is kind of old, but I was just wondering, on average, how long hydrocodone stays in your system? I had taken about 3-4 a day for quite some time then had stopped because I didn't like how they were making me feel.. I last took them on Wednesday (4/11) and had a random urine test on Monday(4/16). I am just curious to know if the hydrocodone would have been detected in my urine still (5 dys later) ?

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coloradoan Says:
its actually my question, it is the workmans comp doctors, That reported to the insurance company that i might not be in compliance, so the doc did a second test and said i was fine. but my first question to my doc, was does the medicine say as needed for pain, or am i reading it wrong, so do i have to take the medicine every 6 hours whether i need it or not, because it does say as needed, and he did not answer me he just said we can resolve it right now, just take a urine test. so for now it is resolved, but I dont think it is right, that I have to take it even if i dont want to, but it is resolved.

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debbie Says:
they will be out of your system in 48-72 hours regardless. If they don't work you need to tell your doctor, sounds to me like you need a muscle relaxer for your spasms

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scar Says:
i took half of lorab and got drug tested 3 days later will it still be in my system

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CARL Says:
You said you had a prescription????

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james Says:
i take prescribed hydrocodne 10-650 allowed 4 times a day .been on them for two years twisted my ankle three day's ago,so have been taking two more the told to on the bottle ,will i fail for abuse on post accident drug screen.

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