Saturday August 23rd 2014

How long does Percocet stay in your system?

Percocet is absorbed and metabolized quickly by the body. Therefore, Percocet will only be detectable for a couple of days after taking the medication, at least for most standard drug tests. Hair-based tests will be able to detect it for much longer, but these tests are rarely used for employment and other routine drug testing. More on Percocet detection times and drug testing here, plus a section at the end for your questions about Percocet in the system.

Main Percocet uses

Percocet is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Some people get high on Percocet, and euphoria occurs because Percocet contains oxycodone, an opiate class medication, and the non-narcotic pain reliever acetaminophen. Percocet works by altering the brain and nervous system’s response to pain. 

How do you take Percocet?

Percocet is available in tablet form and is taken orally. However, Percocet abusers will sometimes chew or crush the tablets to release all the medication at once. They may also crush the tablets and snort the powder, or dissolve the pills in water and inject the mixture into the blood.  However, snorting Percs or injecting Percocet increase risk of Percocet addiction.

Peak levels and half life of Percocet

Percocet takes effect within just 15-20 minutes after oral administration. It reaches peak levels in 30-60 minutes. A normal formulation of Percocet has a half-life of around 3.2 hours.

Percocet drug testing: How long does Percocet stay in the body?

Narcotic pain medications like Percocet don’t stay in the body very long. Although blood tests are the least reliable means for detecting Percocet in the system, urine and hair tests are both reliable and accurate means for detecting Percocet. More here on detection windows by drug test type here.

How long does Percocet stay in blood?

Due to its short half-life, Percocet doesn’t stay in the blood long-term. The levels of Percocet in the blood are typically undetectable after about a day.

How long does Percocet stay in hair?

Most drugs can be detected in hair for about 90 days. This does depend on how long someone’s hair is, how recently it’s been cut, the color of the hair, chemical hair treatments, and the amount of the drug taken. And trace amounts of Percocet are more difficult to detect than large amounts or chronic use. Still this kind of testing may be used to monitor compliance in a drug treatment program or to give authorities a long term picture of past drug use.

How long does Percocet stay in urine?

Percocet can usually only be detected in urine for 1-2 days. In cases of heavy or chronic use, it might be detectable for slightly longer periods. The exact amount of time urine screens will detect Percocet depends on the amount of Percocet a person is taking, how long they’ve been using it, and their own personal metabolism.

Percocet and addiction

Percocet is an addictive drug. In fact, Percocet can be habit-forming even in those who use it for legitimate medical purposes. The drug gives a euphoric high when taken in large doses. A Percocet addict runs the risk of withdrawal symptoms if they try to quit, and overdose if they abuse it carelessly. An Percocet addiction may, ultimately, be fatal.

Problems with Percocet?

If you think that you have a problem with Percocet, you probably do. If you struggle with Percocet addiction, a doctor can refer you to therapies which will help. There are medical interventions which may be able to help you first stop taking Percocet and then manage addiction. Being open with friends and family about your Percocet addiction can help you build a support network, which can help prevent relapse.

Percocet in your system questions

Do you still have questions about Percocet in your system? Please leave any question about Percocet use here. We will try our best to answer you with a personal and prompt response, or refer you to someone who can.

Reference Sources: PubMed Health: Percocet
National Drug Intelligence Center: OxyContin Fast Facts
DMME: Drug Free Workplace Protocols

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37 Responses to “How long does Percocet stay in your system?
joelene hartman
2:38 am May 5th, 2012

i need to know long oxycodone stays in your blood stream for the doctors to test your oxycodone levels

1:27 pm May 9th, 2012

Oxycodone (the main active ingredient in Percocet) can remain and be detected in the blood for about 24 hours, or less.

steven hossler
9:22 am August 11th, 2012

I am 5′ 6″ and weigh approx 200 lbs. I have been taking 90 milligrams of percocet (the little blue round pills) for two weeks straight with the occasional one day break. What is the longest possible amount of time that it will take to pass a urine test. Need an answer as soon as possible and thank you for your time and help.

3:32 pm August 14th, 2012

Hi Steven. You’d probably be OK to wait 4-5 days after last Percocet use to take a test and come out clean. But you can always request a home testing kit for “extended opiates” (to test for the oxycodone in Percocet) and test yourself at home to be sure.

Terence
2:25 am September 26th, 2012

I took a percocet two weeks ago for a back injury and took one the week before that. Prior to that I don’t take any pain meds I have a drug test next Tues Oct.2 (hair test) will the percocet show up

Terence
2:29 am September 26th, 2012

In reference to mythe last reply I’m black with a short haircut plan on getting haircut before I go. And what about underarm hair

1:13 pm September 27th, 2012

Hi Terence. If you are to take a hair sample drug screen analysis for extended opioids (which includes oxycodone), the Percocet use will be detected. Underarm hair which is 1/2 inch long can detect drug use 30 days previous.

Britney
5:30 pm October 5th, 2012

I’m 5’4 120lbs and I took 30mg perk on Tuesday night. How long will this be in my system for?

1:19 pm October 17th, 2012

Hi Birtney. The main active ingredient in Percocet, oxycodone, usually metabolizes at about a similar rate for most people, and should be through your system and go undetected by drug screens within 2-3 days after use.

Kate
4:07 pm October 17th, 2012

My mother has been perscribed percoset for her chronic spine pain. She may take one to three daily, but only takes them when she absolutely needs one. Here is my question. I contend that she should not be driving even after taking only one persoset. My thoughts is that it impares a persons judgements and she could cause a wreck or be in one. If a drug test were ordered for her if she were in an accident or ticketed, I contend that she would get a DUI. Am I correct? The other thing I think is that if she were to only take one in the morning, that by afternoon, the effects would wear off of her enough to be able to get her errands done, however the same applies, that if she were pulled over and ordered a drug test, she would fail and DUI result. What are your thoughts?

12:40 pm October 18th, 2012

Hello Kate. Thanks for your questions. In 2011, Researchers found that of all U.S. drivers who died in a crash, about 25% tested positive for drugs. This does not mean that your mother will necessarily be involved in a fatal crash; it’s just a statistic I thought you’d like to pass on. http://www.roads.ne.gov/safetysummit/2012/presentations/romell-cooks.pdf

Each state has its own DWI laws, so you’ll need to check with your state governance for exact laws about what is considered a “safe” level for driving while drugged. Also, as a general piece of information: Police officers are certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and can become Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) with specific training.

Barb
7:27 am January 28th, 2013

I’m worried the other morning my husband woke me up and told me to get him one of his pain meds (hydro) .Well I was sick with the flu and a little out of it. I got in our lock draw felt the size of the bottle and got out a pill. The light wasn’t on so I never looked at it. Now I’m worried the I gave him one of my Percocet 10 . This was on Wednesday (he took at 7 am) he is 5 ’11 and around 180 to 190 lbs. he had to take a drug test on Saturday at 8 am . Well his urine be okay clean ? If not i just cost him his job. We won’t find out til Tuesday .

9:21 am January 28th, 2013

Hi Barb. Hydrocodone and oxycodone both appear in drug screens as “extended opiates/opioids”. While the dose may have been higher, oxycodone should also clear the system within a couple of days and as long as your husband is taking hydrocodone as prescribed, there should be little to worry about. Please let us know how it goes!

Bill
6:26 pm March 11th, 2013

If my friend took a 30mg percocet on thursday and a 15mg on friday, will he be OK for a urine test on tuesday? He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds. Works out 3 times a week and does a lot of cardio as well. Please let me know.

nish
7:28 pm March 13th, 2013

i took a percocet 10 on tue at 1:30 pm and had a drug on wed at 12pm wil the percocet show up on a urine test as positive

Rhonda T.
1:16 pm May 21st, 2013

I have been on percocet for about five years, two per day. I recently failed my drug screenings, percocet was not in my system. I know it is because I changed my diet to a strict Paleo diet plus protien shakes and I have been power lifting. I have boosted my metabolism. Is there a way to prove this?

Carolina
5:40 pm July 26th, 2013

I been taking percocets for 5 months straightm around 4 per day the 602 kind, I have a UA’s in 2 weeks and for this 2 weeks Im planning not to take none AT ALL!! Is 2 weeks good enough time for me to be clean?? I’m 5’3 and 145 lb IM VERY WORRY!! this is very important to me…I appreciate your time and help

kevin
9:06 pm September 12th, 2013

I had a toothache 2 days ago and my grandmother handed me a pill i later found out it was a percocet 512 i only took one and i got called for an interview in 3 days will it still be in my urine?

will
12:10 am November 8th, 2013

well I have a urine tst in november 20 today is the 7th of november I have been taking 602endos percocets about 4a day for 7thdays I having take nothing for 2day including today I have pintch nervs betweng L1 n L5 thats why I take them and I just been working in this companie we have union I was told they going to keep me fulltime I really want this job paids well so my question to is if you think I be clean on the 20 of this month I have 13 mire days for the test ?thank you for your time…!!!

Cindy
4:16 pm December 30th, 2013

I need to find a home drug testing kit that can detect percs if they are smoked. I have read that normal tests do not detect the drug if it is smoked.

11:32 am December 31st, 2013

Hi Cindy; it’s not the smoking. Percocet enters and can be detected in the blood stream regardless of mode of administration. However, most drug tests do not include “extended opioids” such as oxycodone.

jimi
1:29 am April 6th, 2014

If I am prescribed 4 Percocet 10/325 daily, but I take more at the beginning of the month and then less at the end of the month, can my doctor tell the difference from a urine test? I don’t want him to think I am selling them or anything if I’m only taking a couple of pills per day by the time my next appointment comes and there is less in my system than there should be.

lena
9:06 pm April 15th, 2014

I took half a percocet today -tues & have a drug test Friday @ 3 I weigh approx 150 & am 5″9 will I pass

kammy
1:30 pm May 5th, 2014

how long does 2.5 ml of percocet last in your system?

laura
10:47 am May 28th, 2014

For a pee drug test if i only take a couple of petcs how long wwill it be in my system. thanks

juan roda
8:07 pm May 29th, 2014

Can it be detected in a sweat patch drug test

frank
11:08 am June 1st, 2014

How long can a quarter of 30mg of oxycodone last in your system?

justin
8:57 pm June 5th, 2014

I was prescribed Tylenol 3 and ran out so i took a 5 milligram perocet last night, will a drug test show up as general oxycodone in my system or the perocet exactly? I think the drug test is urine or mouth swab. Also I took a xanex a couple days ago will i be ok on that as well or should i be worried?

jon
11:55 am June 18th, 2014

I have been abusing percocet for about 6 months. Probably taking about 80 mg a day. I’ve gotten off them and I have an at home urin test in 10 days. Will I pass? I am physically fit, active with a fast matabolism

Cindy
3:41 am June 20th, 2014

If I took 7mg of Percocet on Tuesday will I pass a urine drug screen on friday afternoon?

Keven B.
6:10 pm June 22nd, 2014

I took 4 10/325 Percocet’s on Friday. Monday i have a urine drug test. Will it show up?
Also, I’m on methadone maintenance and have Hepatitis C.
Thank you!

ashley
9:27 pm June 24th, 2014

I’ve been taking 10 mg perks for about a year every day. How long will it take to get out of my system completely cutting cold turkey tomorrow? It’s gonna be one hell of a ride but gotta get clean…

Doug
3:51 pm June 25th, 2014

I have been using 30mg percocet for a month and a half I think I was getting hooked so I stopped today is day 3 and I feel fine is that odd no withdraw or am I lucky I stopped in time. I’m 175 pound and very active would that help it to leave my system ? Everywhere I read it seem like the talk is about heavy usage

Jo Magram, caregiver for a Pancreatic Cancer patient
4:52 pm July 21st, 2014

If one pill is taken for pain by a Cancer patient and the label says you can take one every four hours if needed but don’t, how long after four hours can there still be some side effects with only one???

steve
10:27 pm July 21st, 2014

Took 2. 30Mg. Perks friday night have test tues. Wed. At latest will i pass urine lab. Test for job

Georgianna
1:22 am August 4th, 2014

I took a Percocet 2 days ago and I still feel kind of groggy and light headed, is that common?

kirk
4:06 am August 18th, 2014

I take 2-3 -5/325 per day I am down from 4 10/325 x 2 years I just can’t seem to get over that hump to stop can you suggest anything to help please I can’t let my family down

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