Monday September 1st 2014

How long does hydrocodone stay in your system?

Curious about how hydrocodone (the main ingredient in Vicodin) stays in the body? Got mandatory or random drug testing for Vicodin for work or school coming up? We review half life, detection times and signs of hydrocodone problems here.

Half life of hydrocodone

The half-life of a 10 mg dose of hydrocodone is about 3.8 hours (± 0.3 hours). This means that it takes almost 4 hours for the body to process this amount of hydrocodone and eliminate half of its compounds from the system.  Withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone usually begin to manifest 6-12 hours after your last dose of hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone drug testing

Employers usually want to check for hydrocodone before employing you to ensure safety/drug free workers, to check after an on-site work accident, or to identify drug problems. Drug testing is not generally not looking for current impairment or drug use but for past use of pain meds like hydrocodone.

It takes only traces of hydrocodone or its metabolite to be present in the blood or urine for a hydrocodone drug test to be positive. This measure is known as a “cut-off level,” and some drug tests set a low cut off level to determine passive users and to decrease the chances of negative testing.

How long is hydrocodone in the system?

Drugs are eliminated from the system at different rates and thus detectable for different periods of time, often long after the drug’s effect has worn off. Hydrocodone has a certain “detection window”, which is the amount of time after ingestion during which evidence can be detected by a drug test.

Hydrocodone detection times are unknown for blood and sweat screens. However, hydrocodone can be present in the saliva 12 – 36 hours after last dose or 2 – 4 days in the urine. Hydrocodone is also present in the hair for up to 90 days after last dose.

Hydrocodone and addiction

Hydrocodone in often prescribed combination with at least one other medication and is used to relieve moderate to severe pain or to help relieve coughing. If you like the euphoric effect of hydrocodone, and take it for non medical reasons, it’s possible that you may be addicted to hydrocodone. This is because hydrocodone may be habit-forming, and you can develop both a physical and a psychological dependence on the medication. Here are some tips for taking hydrocodone and avoiding addiction:

  1. Call your doctor if you develop a strong desire to take more medication than prescribed.
  2. Do not crush, chew, snort or inject hydrocodone.
  3. Do not take a larger dose of hydrocodone.
  4. Do not take hydrocodone for a longer period of time than prescribed .
  5. Do not take hydrocodone more often than prescribed.
  6. Take hydrocodone exactly as your doctor describes.
Reference sources: State of Hawaii drug testing info
American Society of Health System Pharmacists info on hydrocodone
Daily Med info on hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen
Reasons for drug testing in the workplace – SAMHSA publication
Department of Labor Workplace drug testing information

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73 Responses to “How long does hydrocodone stay in your system?
Lynn
3:19 pm January 31st, 2012

Hi there. My husband has a RX for Norco 7.5. His script ran out on a Wed. and he was unable to make another doctor’s appointment until three weeks later. So he decided to see another doctor in the same practice. This was the following Monday. So five days later. He had one of his pills left over and he took that Sunday night (I know because I handed it to him). The new doctor ran a urine screen and the medication didn’t show up so she sent it off to a lab (haven’t heard anything back on that yet). So why didn’t it show up in the urine test? Just to clarify my husband did not run out of his medication early. He simply failed to reschedule with his regular doctor on time.

3:58 pm February 3rd, 2012

Hi Lynn,

Thanks for your question. Perhaps the levels of hydrocodone were undetected because they were under the cutoff levels for misuse? I’m not sure. Also, why was the doctor testing in the first place?

Lynn
4:15 am February 7th, 2012

I really don’t know why she tested for it. Maybe to be sure he was taking it? Which really didn’t make sense because he told her the RX ran out five days prior to the visit (he had his RX bottle with him). He had one left over that he took the night before. She’s not his regular doctor and was leery of giving him a refill. She said that she doesn’t usually prescribe “that type of medication”. She did give him a much weaker version of the same medication that would last for a few days and told him that if the meds showed up in the lab work she’d call him in the rest of his medication. None of it made a whole lot of good sense to me.

2:28 pm February 8th, 2012

Hi Lynn. That does seems weird. Maybe it was a case of “CYA”? I do know that in opiate treatment programs (for former drug addicts), drug testing is part of protocol…but this does not seem the case with your husband. Anyway, I hope that he gets his meds sorted out…and let us know if we can help further!

h
9:52 pm March 17th, 2012

I have been prescribed lortab 7.5 for 3 years now and i have a drug screen for school coming up. I know Im fine because i have the prescription, but Im curious as to how long they stay in my system because I’ve been taking them for so long. Do they compound in your system? Im so confused by all of it.

4:21 am March 18th, 2012

Hello H. Thanks for your question. Hydrocodone Dos build up in your system. As you become tolerant to the effects, you have to take more to get the same pain relief. But hydrocodone will leave you body totally once you stop taking it. The process is called withdrawal and can be uncomfortable. Withdrawal lasts from a few days to a couple of weeks, but most symptoms are gone after about 7-10 days. Are you thinking of stopping your Lortab?

terry
10:09 pm May 11th, 2012

I have taken lortab 10 for several years I always test positive for this on my employment drug screen / test I have a presciption 3 times a day I have RA and my back has been broken in 4 vertabrates do they check my actual drug level or are they just checking for the presences I never miss work and I have had several promotions I also was on compensation for the back injury as it was work related does work know I am on this or is this screen always negative because of the prescription.

5:53 pm May 13th, 2012

Hi Terry. When you present a prescription for Lortab to the Medical Review Officer (MRO), the person in charge of reporting test results to your employer, the MRO reads the presence/levels on the drug screen and reports a NEGATIVE or POSITIVE drug screen based on whether or not you are taking Lortab as prescribed. So even though hydrocodone is physically present in your system, as long as you are taking hydrocodone as prescribed, the drug screen should test NEGATIVE.

I am confused as to why you have tested POSITIVE in the past….?

Ebyonie Jenkins
10:30 pm July 1st, 2012

Hi, I take 1/2-1 7.5 apap/750mg vicodin a day. I have. A drug test. In. The. Morning, at. 9am. I took. One. At. 4:00pm. Today wondering. If i will pass a urine or saliva screening. ?

9:36 pm July 3rd, 2012

Hi Ebyonie. If you have a prescription for Vicodin, just take it along to the drug test. If you are taking Vicodin as prescribed, you will not have a problem and should test NEGATIVE, as long as the hydrocodone metabolite levels fall within the expected norms. However, if you are not taking Vicodin as prescribed or don’t have a Rx at all, you will probably not pass and test POSITIVE.

weezer
3:47 am July 23rd, 2012

I would like to ask, how long does it take a habitual/heavy vicodin (10/500) user to get a clean urine? Get it out of their system?

4:40 pm July 23rd, 2012

Hi weezer. It’s tough to say. Drug detection depends on many factors: age, body mass, frequency of use, metabolic rate, drug tolerance, overall health, urine pH, etc. But chronic and long-term use of the hydrocodone found in Vicodin typically result in detection periods near or at the upper boundary of the drug detection window. In this case, it seems that hydrocodone is mostly metabolized within 3-4 days after last use.

Yankee
8:51 pm July 28th, 2012

I took one lortab on Friday at 5. I forgot that I’m getting drug tested on Tuesday morning. The one lortab was all I’ve had in months. Will it still take 2-4 days since it was only one? Will drinking lots of water help?

1:11 am July 31st, 2012

Hi Yankee. One time use of Lortab usually clears the system within at least a couple of days. Plus, most drug screens DO NOT detect opioids like hydrocodone unless it is an “extended opiates” specific test. So, you should be OK when it comes to a 72+ hour detection window.

mo
11:14 pm August 9th, 2012

I get tested for hydros by my pain managment clinic to make sure im taking it like im supposed to ( 7.5 norco 2x a day) however i had a nerve block procedure done T4-T5, T5-S1 ive been in incredible pain since, i called Dr. to see if i could up xs taken per day ( barely helped before the procedure) she said no, but i have anyway by 1-2. My question is how long before my next appt do i need to start taking them 2x a day to test that way?

1:26 pm August 10th, 2012

Hi mo. Sorry, we cannot advise on how to avoid hydrocodone detection that is above prescription use. I’d suggest, however, that you seek another pain doctor who has more of an understanding of your level of pain, and can humanely advise you on alternative medications or doses to help alleviate the pain.

rocky
11:06 pm August 11th, 2012

I was wondering if I took pain medicine hydrocodone for a month and only took 1 to 2 a day and the day before I had a drug test I took just one will it show up in my system.cause they r saying I failed the last one but I know I had taken my medicine what else would cause you to be negative in hydrocodone

10:25 am August 12th, 2012

Hi Rocky. Acetaminophen may produce false-positive test results for urinary 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid. I’d suggest that you return to the testing center and request a re-test.

11:10 am August 13th, 2012

Hi Rocky. Depending on the laboratory and the technique employed, cutoff levels may differ. High cutoff levels for hydrocodone during the screening procedures will generate false negatives because although hydrocodone may be present in significant concentration, it can still be below the designated cutoff and would therefore be reported negative.

You can request or confirm that your urine sample undergo a separate immunoassay for the “Extended Opiates” group of drugs. Consulting the lab, including consulting the medical review officer, or pathologist for the lab, whenever unexpected results are returned is frequently beneficial. At any rate, negative screening reports should contain a statement with reference to established cutoff levels.

Dee
9:51 pm August 14th, 2012

I took hydrocodon 5-500 on sat. for my back and its been about a week since I took it prior. I have a drug test for new employment tomorrow which is wed. Will I be ok? I really wan this job and I know i’m not a user but for the position I can’t have any kind of pain meds in my system. Please help me. I’ve searched all over the web and even called the er an pharmacy and no one knows!

10:28 am August 15th, 2012

Hi Dee. The detection window for hydrocodone in urine is about 2-4 days, depending on how your body metabolizes hydrocodone. You will be tested right around the detection window, so it can really go either way. Please let us know how it goes!

D
7:44 am August 19th, 2012

Hello, I took 1 7.5 mg of hydrocodone Friday around noon, and the side effects are almost unbarable. How long will it take for the side effects such as Sore throat, and headaches to go away?

12:03 pm August 20th, 2012

Hi D. In theory, the acute side effects of taking hydrocodone should pass as the drug leaves the body and the effects wear off. If symptoms such as headache and sore throat linger, it’s possible that an underlying medical condition is causing these symptoms, and you can proceed to your family doctor’s office to seek a diagnosis.

Iluvmybabies
5:29 am October 8th, 2012

Hi. I’m 27 female about 200 lbs Caucasian. Am ordered to do a hair follicle test for CPS… Have a very colored past… The test is 10/11/12 the last time I used was around mid August and before than months and months the only reason I did was because I had a killer toothache.. I took 1 Vicodin the bottle read with actametaphine 500/5mg. I got some detox shampoo this test decides my fate… I don’t wanna lose my babies!!!!! I am a prescribed methadone client…. Any advice for me????? HELP

Iluvmybabies
5:31 am October 8th, 2012

Forgot to ask sorry will I pass the cutoff to make it negative im so worried!!!!!

10:34 am October 9th, 2012

Hi iluvmybabies. Hydrocodone can be detected in a hair test drug screen. The test needs to be specifically designed to detected opioids like hydrocodone, but even one time detection is technically possible. It’s really hard to know what kind of effect the shampoo has on the hair analysis test. Plus, while hair analysis drug tests are known to be highly accurate, they can also be affected by hair treatments, hair color itself, as well as the testing method. So while I’m hopefully optimistic for your sake (and the sake of your children), detection is possible.

georgette
9:47 am October 22nd, 2012

Iam perscribed 120/750 hydrocodone a month for serious back pain, I been in process of moving my doublewide home for 30days, I some days took only 1 750 and other days 4, some days none stressed out and sleeping forgetting to take meds, sometimes I dont use all my perscription unless I need it, sometimes I just take aleve, will I be fine if they take my levels, should I just take more to get my levels right before I go back to doctors, Or will I be fine , I cant lose my perscription just this month been unusall.

11:02 am October 22nd, 2012

Hello Georgette. I’d suggest a full disclosure about your hydrocodone use with your doctors. Are you prescribed daily doses or as needed?

georgette
11:56 am October 23rd, 2012

ok that what I will do, Iam prescribed as needed.

d p
1:54 am November 10th, 2012

I have been taking 10mg lortab for the last year and morphine sulfate as well 15mg. last month my doctor switched me to 7.5 percocet and it was awful hardly covered my back pain. i had dental work done last 2 weeks and and had taken medicine until 3rd of november. I got drug tested today at my pain management doctors office. will the hydrocodone show up in my drug screening? difference of about 6.5 days.
Thanks!

C D
1:59 am November 10th, 2012

the dentist gave me about 40 5 mg norco total.

C D
2:03 am November 10th, 2012

I was taking 10 mg hydrocodone for about a year from my doctor. 5 weeks ago i was switched to oxycodone 7.5 mg. it sucked for helping my pain. about 3 weeks ago my dentist did a lot of dental work and perscribed 50 norco pills. i stopped taking last saturday. i got drug tested today at my pain man. office. will the hydrocodone show up on the drug screening?

mimi
4:09 am November 15th, 2012

I took 12 lortab 10s two weeks ago will it show up on 10 panel drug sreen? it was 14 days ecxact

11:32 am November 15th, 2012

Hi Mimi. No, most 10 panel screens do not test for opioid metabolites. In fact, to detect hydrocodone, you need a particular “Extended Opioids” screen. Call the testing center to confirm what is included on the ten panel, however. You can never be too prepared!

C D
2:42 pm November 16th, 2012

I was taking 10 mg hydrocodone for about a year from my doctor. 5 weeks ago i was switched to oxycodone 7.5 mg. it sucked for helping my pain. about 3 weeks ago my dentist did a lot of dental work and perscribed 50 norco pills. i stopped taking last saturday, about 7 days before urine exam. i am prescribed morphine sulfate and percocet when i took the test. prior to that i was on lortab 1omg for 9 months. i got drug tested today at my pain man. office. will the hydrocodone show up on the drug screening?

Sin Clair
6:11 pm November 16th, 2012

I am not a drug user but I am almost 50 yrs old – things hurt. One week ago today a friend gave me a (one) pain pill with hydrocodone/acetaminophen combo – I think it was a 7.5mg.
I am scheduled to take a drug screen for entry into a healthcare related school and I am worried I may test positive- what do you think?

Manders
2:28 am November 30th, 2012

Hello. I had a very very sore throat that had started on a Thursday, got worse by Friday evening. Had some leftover vicodin (5-500) that I was prescribed to use as needed for breakthrough pain for my sciatic. I had gone to the doctor Friday around 5pm just for a swab. Myself and the nurse thought that it was strep. Around 8pm that same night, I had a fever and glands were really swollen. Took one of my vicodin, completely forgetting I had a drug screen the following Tuesday. Called the advice line, they spoke with a doctor who said that it would be ok to take 1-2 every 4 hours as needed. I didn’t take any more because I kind of freaked out about it. Non-DOT drug screen was done around 2pm Tuesday. The bag they put it in said Quest Diagnostics. I have a prescription, for the back. However the doctor said for the throat was ok. What are my chances for passing? And if it comes back positive, the paperwork said that I would have to pay for the second (two containers were filled) to be tested. Shouldn’t they automatically do a more thorough test just to be sure anyway?

krissy
4:51 am December 15th, 2012

hi i took 3 vikes as i am perscribed today and am wondering if they will still be in my system for my pain management apt. monday at 11;40 because i ran out now.

krissy
4:52 am December 15th, 2012

it is 11;51pm right now

ki-ki
10:22 pm December 30th, 2012

i am 5 10. weighing around 140 pounds. i took 4 hydrocodone 10 mgs. 2 of them on 12/29/12 and 2 more of them 12/30/12. i have a piss test on 1/2/13 by my po at 3:30 pm and drug consular at 5pm. will i pass my piss test? the last hydrocodone 10 mg i took was at 5 pm 12/30/12

Jo Ann Agha
6:19 pm February 15th, 2013

I took a urine test didn’t but drink a lot of water two days before but still took hyrocodone/ace 8 pills a day will test positive, been taking medication for some but urine that didn’t show anything but was the meds?

Jo Ann Agha
7:13 am February 18th, 2013

I take hydrocodone/ace 8-9 pills a day and in pain, i took a test in cup at doctor office show negative how it was send to a lab I only thing idid was drink a lot of water. will come back positive

1:29 pm February 18th, 2013

Hi Jo Ann. I’m not quite clear on the situation – did you already test negative? Are you wondering what can cause a false negative for hydrocodone?

for ki ki you will be dirty
8:02 pm February 18th, 2013

for ki ki you will be dirty

K E
11:48 am March 1st, 2013

i took two 7.5 vicodin and took a urine test 44 hours later. what are the odds i passed? thats was the first time ive taken them in years. does drinking alot of water hepl it get out of your system faster because i drank over two gallons in that 44 hour time frame?

kiley
10:27 pm March 6th, 2013

How early can hydrocodone 10mg be detected in the urine?

richie
12:13 am March 14th, 2013

hi my name is richie and i am on probation . i have to inroal in a oasis program, i have 2 doctors one is my phsycotrits and 1 is my primary care doc i take klonapin through my phsyc,and norco10/325 from primary care doc . i dont want my primary care doc to know, and i have urine test on march 20 ,will my test show positive for norco if so what can i take to block from urine test .on probation for a dwi .i dont drink but that night i went to a bachelor party and had a couple of drinks if my primary doc finds out he will not prescribe me my norco 1 take 4 a day 120 a month and i need them for my pain i am on disabilaty what should i do i dindnt tell my probation officer anything yet

niki
3:47 am April 5th, 2013

I am prescribed norco 10, 4/day from my pain management doctor for nerve damage and herniated discs. I seriously sprained my ankle last week and used a few pills extra for a couple of days. My appointment is tomorrow but I am out of medication now. On Saturday I took 1/2 tablet (5mg) in the am and pm, then nothing all week until 9pm tonight (12 hours before my urine test) I took my last 1/2 tablet (5mg)… is a single 5mg dose after 5 days of no medication still show up in my urine after 12 hours? I don’t want my MD to drop me becsuse he doesn’t think I am actually taking it, so I WANT it to show up… will my urkne test positive tomorrow? Should I try to hold my pee for all 12 hours until the test, or is it ok to go when I wake up, then Will I still test positive for the test 3 hours later?

roland
4:08 pm April 9th, 2013

i took one hydrocodone 5/500 for four days from 3/31-4/3 for my back pain. i got the meds from my wife. i have to take a drug test on 4/11. will it be detected? thank you in advance for your answer.

JB
6:43 pm April 20th, 2013

I have been reading so many sites…How long will Vicodin 7.5 stay in your urine for a urine lab test….It seems there are so many different answers…Please help

kcrabtree
4:02 am July 26th, 2013

I have been taking 2 loratab 10′s almost on a daily basis for the past month due to back pain but do not have a prescription for them. I possibly have a drug test tomorrow or the latest Monday…The last day i took them was this past Tuesday the 23rd…Do you think they will be out of my system if I have to take the drug test tomorrow??
Thanks for you help!!

Larocque
1:54 am September 11th, 2013

I have been on norco 10/325 for about a year now, and I do have an active prescription. My doctor also prescribed fioricet as well.

It was Wednesday morning about 6am, and I took 1 Norco pill. Wednesday at 10:30 I had a job interview. After the interview, they gave me paperwork and I had to get a pre-employment drug screen by end of day, on the same day, Wednesday. I did the urine test same day about noon time. On the following Tuesday, the medical review officer calls and wants the Rx info on my fioricet as I tested positive for that, nothing else.

It had been about 24 hours since my last fioricet, but I take x4 norcos/day, every day…for about a year.

My question is how did noro…opiate not show in the drug screen???

I don’t really give a rats arse about passing as I have a legitimate Rx, but I was completely puzzled as how an opiate did not show in my screen.

I ended up getting the job because everything checked out and the MRO reported negative.

…but….can anyone tell me how come my norco did not show?? I am curious.
thank you
Lar

Nina
8:49 pm September 19th, 2013

Hi there, Lynn. I took a (1) Vicodin 7.5 on Tues (9/17)around 10am (none RX) and took my oral drug test (DSAP 6) today at (9/19) around 10:30am. Will I be able to pass the oral drug test? fingers crossed

Angelia
8:21 pm October 1st, 2013

I had a urine test on tues. I took 2loratab 10 on Monday about 430. Will it show up in my urine

jeannie
10:11 pm October 14th, 2013

ive been taking hyro 10-650 for a very long time. I want off them and have been for 2 days now. im doing better then I thought I would but have no engery. how long before they leave my system and I get back to normal? id rather feel the pain then be addicted to theses. very ashamed of my self.

jeannie
10:13 pm October 14th, 2013

should I watch what over the counter pain pills I take?

seymour
3:57 am November 7th, 2013

I took like 20 pill of waston 385 to night 11/6 nd I have to take a drug test on 11/8 for my PO at 1245 I will b clean cuz I don’t want to go to jail or what should I do to get clean by then

Susan Nguyen
10:59 pm January 22nd, 2014

I took 1 hydrocodone pill about 6-7 months ago that I had leftover from a surgery for a migraine. I may have to take a drug test: urine, hair or fingernail, not sure. Will that one time dose show up in any of these drug test?

julian
10:02 am January 25th, 2014

I been taking pain pills for 2 years an I have court feb 4th an they are probably going to drug test me. but I cant fail or im going to jail, but the withdrawls are to bad! if I take suboxone instead will I fail the drug test?

julian
10:04 am January 25th, 2014

if ive been taking pain pills for 2 years will it b out of my system in 2 to 4 days like your average person?

amy
2:58 am February 1st, 2014

Hello I have been having a lot of backpain my friend gave me 3 of her 5mg hydrocodoneS I took them at 2 in the afternoon and then was called in to work and had to take a drug test at 7 that eveING was wondering if that would show up on the test I rarely take any thing for pain thank you

jenniw
11:34 pm February 26th, 2014

I took 6 7.5mg of hydrocodone today (2-25-14). I have a drug test next Tuesday, May 4th. Will I have that out by then? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

lucy white
1:44 am March 1st, 2014

My son was given Hydrocodone 5/500mg for pain after having an incision and drainage of a abscess. This was about two months ago. He went for a drug screen using hair for pre-employment and the test came back positive. He told the job he had a rx. for hydrocodone and the reply was that it was showing up as an opiate and they don’t know what it is. It can be pills or heroin for all they know. This seems unfair to me. I read that on a hair test Hydrocodone can show up for ninety days and if a person can prove that they have a prescription for the drug, should this not be taken into consideration?

Mike
3:19 am March 11th, 2014

I remember taking 3 – 5/500 hydrocodone on a Sunday night and had a urine test Tuesday morning and PASSED. Couldn’t believe it! That was some 15 years ago and now have a drug test in 3 days and I just took 4 – 10/325 hydrocodone. Based on my last test 15 years ago, I would think I should pass this test in 3 days. My metabolism rate must be pretty fast, but that was 15 years ago. I wonder if it slows down with age. Anyone know? Thanks…

mike
6:28 pm June 12th, 2014

Would like to know how long or wait time for a person to show positive on a random piss test for Xanax or/and Norco 7.5? They test me to see if I am taking the prescribed meds, but I have shown negative. I go every month, so like to know when (if I haven’t been taking them like I should) to wait before taking them again so as to show positive at the time of appointment.

MRM
9:42 pm June 16th, 2014

I am a patient in a pain managment program for a herniated disk. I get a drug screen randomly to a sure that I am taking my meds and that I’m not taking anything not percribed. I have found myself in many situations where I have had to worry about outcome of these drug screens. I am not a person who takes ANY illegal drugs but many times I have taken a test where I have taken hydrocodone instead of my oxycodone jyst because I ran out of my due to a lot of pain and taking extra. So here are a few examples of what I have went through if it helps ease anyone’s minds a bit. I no what worry is. I no it to be a fact that opiates are out in 3 days. I had an entire script of 20 hydrocodone 10′s that I took in a matter of 3 days then only 3 days after discontinued use I was given a drug screen and passed. I always save at least 1 oxycodone to take the evening before I go to be sure my meds show. Also the drug screens that are given to me are the expensive ones sent out to a lab. I also took a few Xanax for help with sleeping prior to last test and discontinued use of those 9 days before testing. So like I said to ease anyone’s minds I beleive opiates are out of your system in just 2 days

Teresa
6:04 pm June 25th, 2014

I was on 10/325 Hydrcodones every 4 hours for around 3 years. I was taking more than I was supposed to and more often than prescribed. Of course I’d run out and I was getting 180 pills a month. I could go through them in 2 1/2 weeks. Then suffer till I was able to refill, then the cycle would start all over again. I had finally had enough and wanted off these damn things all together. I asked for doctors help, they were going to put me in a residential place here, but when they did the checking, there was NO place for me since I am on oxygen 24/7. So, of course I felt totally defeated & beat down. I even asked one doc if she could give me something else besides Lortabs to help me get off of them, she gave me 60 more Lortabs a month, so no help there. What I ended up doing was just going cold turkey, but I had no choice, I had no one willing to help me. The withdrawals were awful, but I think I’m through them now. It’s been 15 days and no pills except for the ones I’m suppose to take. I’m still having some cravings, but not really that bad. Funny thing is…These doctors have no problem getting you ON these damn pills, but when you ask for help getting off of them, “sorry, nothing I can do”…Pi**es me right the hell off, it does. Thank You for letting me vent!

Bubba
12:37 am July 20th, 2014

Took 6 hydrocodones on wed and I do 2 hrs of physical activities a day and sweat a lot plus drink close to a gallon of water per day will I show up on a ua if I take a drug test the next Friday at 1:30. That is 8 1/2 days since last use?

wallflower
3:08 am August 4th, 2014

Hi i was reading all our comments. Thank you for the imformation. I am on oxycoden my spellin is not great , but I take 10 mg every 4 hours. Ihate having to take all the meds i do but I have had several back surgerys and need another one . I am sick of being cut open and not getting any better from it. I have notruoble with the doctors I have. I have tried to just stop taking the meds but 3 of my doctors said I will always have to take them and one of m docs frecked out and said I stopping this med with my heart probelms , I could have a heart attack . This scares me alot… is this true. He is my main doctor. thanks for any input.

9:35 am August 4th, 2014

Hi Wallflower. Check in with a pharmacist to get more information about how oxycodone is related to your heart diagnosis. The more medical knowledge, the better you can make a decision.

lady bug
7:27 pm August 5th, 2014

I took a half of hydro last night and I have a drug test at drs on thursday will it be out my system by then

Sandra
5:55 pm August 25th, 2014

Hi! I’ve been Norco free since August 11th. Took the last one on 08/10/14 at 9pm. I’ve been on them for 5 years. The last year I took about 30mg a day. I feel great now and don’t want them ever again. My question is: I have a 7 panel drug screen for a job and I know they test for opiates and oxycodone among other things. The drug screen is on 08/27/14. It will be a full 16 days without it. I did take midol during the time frame. I’m 5’8, 135lbs, 30 years old. I understand that it’s 2-4 days to leave your system but after you’ve been using it for 5 years, does the same logic apply? Should I be worried? I don’t have a current script.

roxy
8:15 pm August 26th, 2014

I’ve been taking Norco on and off for over a year and I’m pregnant my baby is due the end of October, if I stop now will it be out of my system? Please don’t judge me I already feel like a horrible person!

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