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How long does Percocet stay in your system?

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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87 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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?

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

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?

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…!!!

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.

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.

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

1:30 pm May 5th, 2014

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

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

11:08 am June 1st, 2014

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

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?

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

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!

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…

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???

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

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?

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

4:41 am September 2nd, 2014

I have been taken Percocet 10mg 4x a day for about 3 years. How long will it take for it to stop showing up in my urine approximately??

9:26 am September 2nd, 2014

Hello Janeth. When will Percocet be completely out of your system depends on many factors. Your age, weight, health state, your metabolic rate, level of hydration, sensitivity of the test, etc. play an important role in how long it will stay detectable. It’s different for everyone, but generally it can stay in urine anywhere from 3 to 8 days.

2:42 pm September 2nd, 2014

HI. I never take percocette but I took a tiny piece of one last night bc I had a tooth ache. I have a drug test tomorrow around 1 and am scared that it is going to show up. It was not even half of a pill it was much smaller. It knocked me out and I got some sleep bc the pain from my tooth was horrible. Will I fail my test?

9:14 pm September 2nd, 2014

I take 325/7.5 pills. I took 4 pills Wednesday, 6 on Thursday, 6 on friday, 6 on Saturday, 5 on Sunday and 4 on monday. I have been drinking 1-2 gallons of water a day since monday. Should I be able to pass a 10 panel test on Wednesday morning?

4:26 pm September 5th, 2014

I take have a percocet 15mg every or everyother day there are times I go four days to a week with it. its been four days since I have done them. I do snort them. I am 166 pounds and drink four to five bottles of water a day.

4:28 pm September 5th, 2014

Will they be out of my system for the test I took this morningat ten

8:18 pm September 16th, 2014

I have been prescribed five 10/325 mg Percocets a day for the last two years due to complications from prostate cancer surgery. I took a drug test and it was negative. I took another one and it just barely showed up. I take an average of five a day sometimes I take four and sometimes I take six a day depending on the pain. What can be the cause of this?

11:19 pm September 17th, 2014

Hello, I am 5’2 and I weigh about 105. I was on percocet for a wrist injury. I was taking 5-325mb tab once a day for about 2 weeks. How long would it take for me to pass a urine test? Thank you

6:24 pm October 5th, 2014

I snorted 4 perks for first time in 9 Months Thursday my drug test is monday I weigh 115 and I’m on my period (idk if that matters) my test is urine and they are a lab do you think I’ll be ok?? It was perk 10s.

11:52 pm October 7th, 2014

I need to take a drug text how long does per covets stay in your bad I’ve been taking at least 1 to 2 a day for about two weeks

1:45 am October 17th, 2014

i have taken one and a half percocet 10 in 2 days, would i be able to pass a mouth swab in 12 hrs.? thanks

Jeanine S.
1:42 am October 20th, 2014

I have been taking oxycodone, percocet, and tylonal 3 w/codon, not together, but for different physical and internal pains. Pancreatic pains, back pain, from me falling. I feel that my life is being ran by medications. I am really watching what I do with these hearty drugs. The thing that worries me, is the fact I’ve been stumbling around like my scents of balance is way off. I can take a few steps, but then stumble. I’m not thinking clearly…unable to spell words, my handwriting is very shakie along with my hands. Is this a sign that I’ve used too much of the medicine? Can this go away after stopping the meds or have I caused permanent damage? I’m very, very, very scared and worried. Can you please respond to my post soon?!?

6:47 am October 20th, 2014

Hi Jeanine. If you’re thinking about stopping meds, you should consult with a doctor first. Before starting anything, have him examine you and the symptoms you’ve been experienceing. Then, your doctor will be able to give an accurate diagnosis and treat you for a condition or taper you off medications.

2:34 pm October 20th, 2014

I took a Percocet 10mg 5days ago following an accident that landed me in er …only one and none before that for a couple years now I may be drug tested tomorrow for probation and was wondering if that one Percocet would show up? I’ve been taking the flexeril and tordol prescribed to me following that visit as directed ..FYI in case that affects the metabolite of the Percocet. Thank you in advance and a prompt response please

5:11 pm October 20th, 2014

I took a percocet today and I have a urine drug test tomorrow will it be out of my system if I only took that one today?

10:59 am October 30th, 2014

Hello, I tore my quad preparing for a bodybuilding competition and my mom gave me one of her 30mg oxycodone. This was 24 hours ago. I got a call today back about a job but they want me to submit a drug test Friday morning, I took the oxy Tues night. I really need this job! I don’t take narcotics hardly ever and I’m active and healthy. Do you think I will pass or should I just bag the whole idea? :(

4:47 pm November 1st, 2014

i took 2 percosets on weds and on friday i was required to do a mouth swab drug test for cps will it show up???

5:00 am November 3rd, 2014

If i take half of a half of perk 5 which would b 2.5 mg of oxycodone sunday at ten pm will it b out of my system by tuesday at 430 to pass a urine screen

10:54 pm November 12th, 2014

I have been on percocet for ten years for chronic pain in my shoulder I’ve never failed my drug test with my Dr but they have introduced a new system where they test for matabolites they are dismissing me for low matabolites for6 months I don’t understand how that’s right Or even how they could be low unlike mist with injuries like mine I still work and can’t afford to not work but can’t work with out idk what to do

5:09 pm November 14th, 2014

I took 4 percocet 5s on friday, 8 pills on sat, n 4 pills on sun morning about 730. I took a lab drug test on Wednesday morning about 930. Should I b ok. I got kicked out of pain management cuz of clean uas even though I took them everyday except the morning of test. So does that mean I have a fast metabolism

6:02 pm November 15th, 2014

If I took 20 percocet 5s over the weekend, last dose of 4 taken at 730 am sunday n I get a lab ua Wednesday at 930 am should I b ok?

12:30 am November 18th, 2014

If I been taking more of my percent than I should 8 to 10 a day and I got a drug test coming up how long will it take my oxygen levels to come back to normal so I can pass the test

4:17 am November 21st, 2014

if I take oxycodone and took some Percocet will my urine show up different

7:55 pm December 5th, 2014

I’m prescribed four 5 milligram oxycodone a day and my doctor sends the urine test away for checking metabolites and levels and all I need to know how many days I need to take only four before my next urine test to get an accurate lab result

5:34 pm December 10th, 2014

I am 5’10 180 lbs. I took a perc 7.5 yesterday. How long will it be detectable in my system.

K Keetering
7:17 am December 12th, 2014

I have been taking 5/325mg percocet for years only 4 a day. I take it as I am told. I failed my drug test. She raised it to 10/325 ER once every 12 hours and she said I failed it again. I don’t understand. I take over the counter vitiamins and I have trouble sleeping so I had been taking sleeping pills to help sleep. Any help would’ve great to understand why this is not showing.I am 5’2 140pds.

12:03 pm December 16th, 2014

I took 10 mg of percocet Sunday and have a mouth swab test on Wednesday. Will it still show? I do regularly drink at lest 8 cups of water a day.

3:06 am January 10th, 2015

I haven’t taken anything for 10 days and today will b the first that I’ve taken. Which is perk tens. Takeing three of them and have a ua on mon so will I pass my test.

7:02 am January 12th, 2015

hi i am 180 pounds, 5’5..I have not taken a percocet since august of 2013, i took 2 within the past week, and may have to get a hair drug screen… will this show up on the test? like I said since 2013 I have only taken two percocet total. please get back thank you!

Chad C.
1:44 pm January 15th, 2015

I have been taking prescribed Percocet for chronic pain for over a year. Tablets are 5/325mg ratio. I generally take 4-6 tablets per day but sometimes up to 8 tablets on days when pain is more severe. Other days 3-4 tablets when pain is not as severe but unfortunately this is not the norm. I would say that I have a normal to fast metabolic rate. Because of duration of pain management using this medication, upon ceasing to use it, do the same general metabolism timelines apply in regards to urine tests (3-5 days)?

7:28 pm January 15th, 2015

If I take a Percocet 10-325mg the night before my urine drug screen will it show up? I’m prescribed them and only have one left and needing it to show up for my pain management doctor so when would be the best time to take the pill for it to be detected in urine drug screen? Thank you!

4:00 pm January 23rd, 2015

I need help here my ex boyfriend took percs the 602 kind …2 at a time i dont know how many by day… he would break one n keep the other one whole…. he said it help him be alert n function n get him out of his lazy moods.. then a few months down the line i found out that he was taking heroin .. i notice he started to lose weight…. alot n fast… n i search for help for him , i try to reach his mom but she only let the voice mail get the calls n called him to c y what i said…. he lied n she just gives him money so he stops having a tantrum fits hes now 29 this started when he was 26… n e way i took him to my doctor that was the only thing i could do , even had to fight him on going…. well he started to see a suboxane doctor n the Dr. Charged him 100.00 every 2wks but by now hes addictid to suboxanes….. we had lost in touch, he had gained some weight i ran into him about a month ago…. now hes started to look thin again…. my question is this how can i help him n be there for him if his mom n family ignore this issue with him n drugs…. hes a good person n was never in touble b for, he was a christian n carried his bible everywhere…. now he is so wild… how do u help some u love n dont want to c him die , if i try to help him the family gets mad… they just give him money n say ok….. im so scared i dont know what he is on nowadays….. please help

4:05 pm January 23rd, 2015

I dont want to hear of him over dosing n dying but i cant put him in my pocket either, i just need to find a way to help him n to keep him alive n clean im so scared i dont know what he could b on NOW

9:01 pm February 1st, 2015

I took 3 oxycodone thirtys which is ninety mg on sat. I have a urinescreen on tues. 74 hrs between for test. Wondering will i be clean?

11:58 pm February 3rd, 2015

What r the numbers for your levels if u take three percent tens a day for the month

12:25 am February 5th, 2015

What’s the longest Percocet can stay in ur system with a slow metabolism

4:08 am February 7th, 2015

With any type of drug, you need to be careful about what are called “metabolites” As the drug metabolizes, it changes form. Metabolites can remain detectable long after the drug is gone. I have personally had this happen with Diazepam. Even though I had a prescription for it, take a very low dose, and it had been over 24 hours since I had taken any (I left home without it) I wound up getting arrested for DUI, and they did a blood test. They found a minute trace of a metabolite, not even close to being enough to cause impairment, but was still charged with DUI. I got off pretty easily, but it still cost me $$$ for an attorney. Many unscrupulous cops/employers will charge/terminate you if they find ANYTHING at all.

2:28 am February 8th, 2015

I took 2 10mg of Oxycodone Friday but I have to take a Urine test Monday when they show up

10:39 am February 8th, 2015

Can a drug test detect how much percocet I’ve taken each day. I am on a PM program and sometimes take 1.5 pills per day and no more than 2.5 pills a day depending on pain.. Can the test determine dosage to that specific level. I ask as I am new to Pain Management process and don’t want to rock the boat and can’t ask Dr until Monday. Thanks.

1:08 pm February 9th, 2015

I took my last perkiset on the 9th but my drug test is on the 12th will it still be in my urine test

12:57 pm February 17th, 2015

I just had a baby on Feb 11and was put on Percocet with acetaminophen 5-325 I had to take it every 4 hours while at the hospital they also gave me Motrin 600 mg In between I think every 8 hours but I didn’t take it that much. When on the percocet it made me feel terrible made Me cry numb panic I thought I was dying so I stopped taking the pills officially Feb 16 around 630am and haven’t been on it since. I want to take just regular strength Tylenol for my pain since I had a c-section but I’m scared and I still feel pretty bad from the percocet I guess I want to know if it’s safe I can take the Tylenol even though I still have Percocet in my system and still feel out of it.

5:12 pm February 17th, 2015

Took half a pill of Percocet 5/325mg bout 8/9pm andI got to work bout 730.. random drug testing takin place..will it show in ny urine I’m bout 250lbs.

9:39 pm February 23rd, 2015

I took a half of a 10mg perkset Saturday an got a urine test on Tuesday would it be detected in my urine

8:59 am March 2nd, 2015

I havent used percoset in over 4 months n i took like a quarter of a percocet 10 monday night n i have too drug test wednesday. Will it be out of my system by then???

5:01 am March 10th, 2015

I take Percocet not every day, once a week about 5 to 15 mg. Been doing this for 4 to 5 months. Sometimes all take 5 to 15 mg within two days back to back….(how long does it take for that to come out of my system ?)i’m 200 pounds will fit. I don’t Abuse it I take it orally … I am a subcontractor drywaller as well as weightlifter I take when in a lot of pain ..

5:05 pm March 10th, 2015

I take Perocet, I ran out of them and was going to take a hydro for pain but I am scared it will show up in a urine drug test, will it show up that I took a hydro in my system? Is that true?

8:42 pm March 12th, 2015

i took one 10mg percocet for the frist time 3 days ago how long will it stay in my urine and blood

11:52 pm March 12th, 2015

I had the whipper. How long will weed stay in my system. It’s been 90 day and I’m still dirty

1:26 pm March 13th, 2015

How long is percocet in saliva? Is it out within 3days or so after using as pain med for 3 weeks.

11:53 pm March 28th, 2015

If I take a 10mg percocet Saturday night, will I be clean for a urine test tuesday afternoon? Im 5’2 and around 180lbs

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