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Hydrocodone detection times

Hydrocodone detection times

Hydrocodone is most likely to be found on a drug test if you’ve taken it within the last 24 hours. After that, the amounts in blood and urine are low enough that many labs won’t pick up on them.

Here, we’ll look more at how hydrocodone is metabolized and how it stays in various bodily systems. Keep in mind that hydrocodone narcotic addictive and can lead to side effects hydrocodone withdrawal, even when used as prescribed.  Your questions about hydrocodone use and detection are welcomed at the end.

Main hydrocodone uses

Hydrocodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone works by changing the way the body and brain respond to pain; it also affects the part of the brain that controls the coughing reflex, which is why it’s so useful in prescription cough syrups.

How do you take hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is usually administered in pill form, and is only available in combination with other non-narcotic painkillers. These include acetaminophen, and aspirin. Sometimes hydrocodone is used as an active ingredient in cough syrups. However, hydrocodone is usually taken orally, both for medical and illicit purposes. Many people may take hydrocodone in combination with alcohol, which can be extremely dangerous and raises the risk of serious adverse effects.  And you should always take hydrocodone as prescribed.  Can you die from hydrocodone?  Yes, especially when you take hydrocodone more often, in higher doses or in ways other than prescribed (snorting, inhaling, injecting, etc.)

Peak levels and half life of hydrocodone

The half life for hydrocodone in the typical adult is just under 4 hours. In fact, hydrocodone reaches its peak level in the blood after about 1.3 hours. The amount in someone’s system will vary on the kind of medication they’ve taken: hydrocodone as a painkiller or anti-tussive cough medication.

Hydrocodone drug testing detection times

Hydrocodone is metabolized fairly quickly in the body. It’s difficult to detect hydrocodone in someone who isn’t a heavy or habitual user, especially after 24 hours or more. However, hair sample testing may detect hydrocodone use up to months after last dose. More on the types of drug testing for hydrocodone here.

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Hydrocodone detection time in blood

Because of its short half-life, hydrocodone is unlikely to be detected in the blood after about 24 hours. A blood test would mostly be useful in cases of medical emergency, impaired driving, or any other situation where there’s reason to believe someone is currently under the influence of hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone detection time in hair

Hydrocodone can be detected in hair. Hair testing for hydrocodone can usually uncover substance abuse that occurred several weeks before, a time frame during which urine tests will no longer be accurate.

Hydrocodone detection time in urine

Hydrocodone reaches its peak concentration in urine after about 8 hours. At that point, levels of hydrocodone in urine begin to taper off. Depending on the dose taken, hydrocodone may only be detectable for 6-24 hours after taking the drug.

Hydrocodone and addiction

Like all opiate medications, hydrocodone is addictive. Hydrocodone addiction is characterized by drug craving, in spite of negative life consequences and even when the drug is out of your system. Even if you don’t get addicted to hydrocodone, users can easily develop a tolerance to hydrocodone, leading them to take hydrocodone in progressively larger doses to achieve original effect. Hydrocodone also fosters a physical dependence, even in people who are using it for legitimate medical reasons like pain management. People dependent on hydrocodone experience withdrawal when they lower dose or stop taking hydrocodone completely. Hydrocodone cannot be stopped abruptly without causing cravings and physical side effects and you should always detox from hydrocodone under medical supervision.

Problems with hydrocodone?

If you think that you have a problem with hydrocodone, you probably do. If you’re addicted to narcotics, there are support groups and medical treatments available to help. If you’re a patient with a hydrocodone prescription and you’re having to take large doses for pain relief, speak to your doctor about adjusting your dosage or trying a different medication. If you’ve developed and dependence on the drug, but want to quit, your doctor can help you slowly wean yourself from the drug.

Hydrocodone detection questions

Do you still have questions about the detection time for hydrocodone or how long hydrocodone stays in your system? Please leave your questions here. We try our best to answer all legitimate questions about hydrocodone with a personal and prompt response.

Reference Sources: PubMed Health: Hydrocodone
Forensic drug testing for opiates

Wisconsin Crime Laboratory System: Toxicology

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168 Responses to “Hydrocodone detection times
Robert Foreman
5:08 am November 18th, 2012

I have a prescription for hydrocodone apap 5mg/500. I rarely take them and only if needed and try to not unless the pain is severe enough and I know I wont be driving, or working. I took one friday evening, one saturday and one saturday late night probably 11 pm. I had a 5 panel DOT test monday afternoon. The initial test done there showed nothing. A week later no call nothing. I was expecting a MRO to call the next day or day after for my prescription info. But nothing a week later. Since 5mg is low, and I rarely to hardly use it for pain management is this why it was low enough below levels to not be flagged or out of the system 24 hours to 32 hours later? A MRO would call in less then 48 hours correct?

12:22 pm November 19th, 2012

Hi Robert. Thanks for your question. Hydrocodone is typically NOT detected in a DOT 5 panel, but requires a special set of tests called an “Extended opioids” screen. You’re probably in the clear, but even if it shows up, simply present your prescription to the MRO and the test will come back to your employer as negative.

Fred Branson
6:09 am November 22nd, 2012

How long can my mom take one half of a M367 per day. She takes 1/2 every day which would be 5mg codeine and 162.5 tylenol per day. I was wondering about the accumulative effects of this small amount on her. She is 89 years old.

10:55 am January 11th, 2013

I took about 5 5-10mg vicodin or percocet over the course of 2 days, 15 days ago, I took a UA today and it came up positive for morphine, I think it is a 5 panel test. They are going to send it to the lab to confirm, but is it possible to stay in my system that long?
I also took quite a few different types of “Male Enhancement” pills 4 days ago, is it more likely that produced a false positive ? Would the false positive be duplicated in the lab test? Would the Vicodin from before show up in the lab test?

9:58 am January 31st, 2013

My doctor prescribed 7.5 hydrocodone for my chronic back pain. I was given a random urine test at my last visit and my urine showed negatative for opioids, but I had been taking them regularly. He is sending the urine sample to the lab for analysis. Do you know any reason I would have a false negative?

11:14 am February 12th, 2013

Hello Buddy. Occasionally immunoassays for opioids can result in false negatives, but this is usually less than 1% of all cases.

You can ask for a combination of immunoassays which include a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) for most accurate results.

Best of luck.

2:09 am February 28th, 2013

I took 240ml of tussionex over a 3-4 day period approximately a month ago and took a hair test today what are the chances it is enough to show up?

3:40 pm April 16th, 2013

Yesterday around 8:30am I took a norco and I was notified that I have a urine test today for my new job! I have a prescription for this! I have not taken one since then will it show up on my drug test today?

1:50 pm May 3rd, 2013

I took a couple hydrocone pills and was given a urine drug screen about 35-40 minutes later. Test showed positive for opiates. The urine was sent to a lab for analysis. It has to be mailed. Will it be detected then. I do not normally take hydrocodone on a regular basis

Steve B
1:48 pm May 15th, 2013

My son was having back pain and I gave him 2 10/325 Hydrocodone, He has not taken any other medication and at the time I gave it to him I thought it was tylenol but now I realize it had an opiod in it. My question is will it be detectable by a hair folical test and if so how long would he have to wait before it is not detectable. these two pills are the only ones he has taken. He is going to take one (hair test) as a requirement for a job and i don’t want any one to think he has a problem because i made the mistake of giving it to him and he didn’t realize what it was. Please email me an answer. Thanks.

6:36 pm May 22nd, 2013

How long to you have to take hydrocone in order for it to show up on a urine and hair test? I took it for 2 days after a dentist appt. I never took it before.

4:02 pm May 30th, 2013

I took 2 5-325 tablets of hydrocodone/acetaminophen from a left over I had for pain at 1:30 AM and I had a surprise urine test at 12:30 (noon). If screened for abuse of hydrocodone will it show up as a positive?

10:09 am June 3rd, 2013

Hi Mario. Present your prescription (even if it’s a year old, or so) and you should be OK. Medical review officers know that addicts don’t keep the SAME prescription for years.

8:06 pm June 12th, 2013

Hi, I took some hycodin couph syrup (hydrocodone) on Tuesday and I have to go for a drug test on monday morning. I am tested extensively for narcotics every monday. I was at a friends house cat sitting and needed couph syrup. I did not know it had narcotics in it. I have never heard of couph syrup with narcotics!!!! I probably had about 6 tablespoons in 2 days!!! Then she came home and told me there were narcotics in it!!! Good thing I told her I took some!!! Will this show up on monday morning? I am taking suboxone to stay off of drugs!!!!! So get tested every week!!!

2:16 pm July 9th, 2013

I have a script for hydro. I broke 3 ribs this month and knew it was no use to ask for anything else in this state even though broken ribs are the worst! So took more Hydro. I saved 2 to take before Dr does Urine test. How long before test should I take them?

Rebecca Sims
9:25 pm July 21st, 2013

I have been taking Lorotab 5mg for about 3 months (as prescribed by my doctor) for lower back pain and restless leg syndrome. I try not to take it in the daytime, but prefer to take it at night because thats when I have most of my leg and back pain. My doctor did a urine drug screen on me a few weeks ago. Last week I got a certified letter from her saying that the urine drug test showed no trace of hydrocodone and she (my doctor) is suspicious of misuse and diversion. I am totally intimidated as I am not guilty of this accusation. I have searched for answers and found in this Blog that tonic water with quinine could cause this test to be unreliable and I drink it every night for cramps in my legs. I called my doctors office and told her nurse what I had read in my computer and asked for a second opinion and for asked for my doctor to call me and give me another test when I leave off the quinine water. She will not return my calls and I need a doctor because I am 81 years old and am diabetic. Can you advise me as to what I can do because she has given me 30 days to get another doctor. Will another doctor see me?

9:15 am July 25th, 2013

Hello Rebecca. Yes. You should be able to see another family doctor and seek help. Each individual doctor reserves the right to make judgment calls on possible drug abuse cases. So, ask around your circle of family and friends for a reference.

3:32 pm July 25th, 2013

I took 5 norcos yesterday and have a drug test tomorrow. I am 160 pounds. What are my chances of failing

3:34 pm July 25th, 2013

By the way it is a 5 panel urine screen.

1:42 pm September 24th, 2013

With a cwe of 15, 10-325 norco, (dosage over 2 days )show up on a homekit drug test? The previous label on the cup showed 3 panels with coc, meth, and thc….would 133hours clean leave ANY trace or indication of usage?

4:17 am September 25th, 2013

How long would it really take until its not detected in my urine I’m was taking 10 mg hydrocodone for 3 weeks now 6 a day I’m 5’6″ 200 lbs thanx

11:33 pm November 4th, 2013

How long will a half of a 7.5 hydrocodone be detectable in my urine for lab test

9:07 am November 20th, 2013

Ive been on narco gen for hydrocodon for pain mag for five years 3 10mg pills a day. My job has closed and moved over sea so I’ve been looking for new jobs once they see that I’m on the meds it’s always the same reply sorry all has been filled one guy told me off the record get the meds out of my system just till I get hired so I guess what I’m asking is will the meds stay in my system longer were I’ve been taking them this long and how long it will show up on a temp sevices

9:46 pm December 25th, 2013

I took 2 5/500 norcos on tues. I have a saliva drug test on thurs. Will they b outta my system?

11:16 am January 9th, 2014

Does sniffing Hydrocodone dangerouss and what healtth problems may this cause? Also, can doctors deect this type of use?

12:05 am January 14th, 2014

I took 15 mg of hydrocodone and had a urine test 8 days later . What’s the verdict?

6:45 am January 17th, 2014

I took two 10mg norco on a friday, one 10mg norco on the next thursday, now have a urine drug test next tuesday. What r the chances of a positive result, if not a chronic user?

6:23 am January 22nd, 2014

I have a prescription for Norco 10/325. I ran out of my pills and I still had severe neck pain. I acquired some Generic Norco M367 pills from a friend. Will the two forms show up different on a urine test? I am going back to my job and I don’t want to give a bad UA. I have the opportunity to be honest with my employer and let them know my situation. I don’t abuse meds but the pain was unbearable and my insurance was canceled when I left. I had to find something that would help me. This will be a pre-employment drug test and I don’t want to screw it up. So again my question is will Norco and the generic Norco show up different on a ua?

1:43 am February 1st, 2014

I took 3 5mg hydrocodoneS a friend gave me for my back pain I rarely take any thing for pain but I took it at 2:00 in the afternoon and had a drug test at 7:00 pm the same day I need to know if they will show on my test I have a fast metabolism so could some one please let me know I don’t know much about pain medication thank you

5:49 am March 5th, 2014

I took one 10 mg of norco today. Tomorrow I have a pre employment drug screen. Will it show in my drug test?

12:22 am May 1st, 2014

after taking two to three 5/325mg hydrocodones a day for approximately 4 to 5 days would it possible for me to be clean for my first outpatient appointment in around 48 hours?

3:25 am May 4th, 2014

I hav Ben taking 10/325norco for about 18months prescribed for back and knee pain I take about 5-6pills a day how long will it take to clear my system to pass a urine test?

2:23 am May 29th, 2014

Hi! I do not take hydrocodone or any other prescription medication. However, I have been taking a urine drug test once a week for months now. Just last week they decided to tell me a test came back dirty for hydrocodone and hydromorphone…and I know it isn’t possible. What would make it come back that way? I do take OTC sleep aids and allergy pills. I have informed them of everything I take and have never hid anything from them. Please help me in understanding this. Thank you!

Christie Lane
5:10 pm June 11th, 2014

I am a case manager in the dependency system. Two children were sheltered from their parents due to substance misuse. The mother has a prescription for Hydrocodone 10mg. We require her to complete random UAs. She is testing positive with levels of 1152 units, 1134 units, over 3000 units, and 474 units. Can you tell me if this is normal given her prescription?

5:38 am June 13th, 2014

Hi Christie. Thanks for your question. You may need to consult with a toxicologist or a Medical Review Officer in a drug testing lab. This is a very technical question that will require an expert opinion. Best to you!

Kate McGee
9:42 pm June 14th, 2014

I was prescribed Norco 10/325 on Weds, June 11, 2014 for a broken radius. I will be drug tested on either Tues or Weds the following week. If I stop taking them today, Saturday, will I pass the drug screen? Even with a prescription the company I work for has a zero tolerance for narcotic pain relievers. I work as a counselor for an alcohol and substance abuse center. The pain was too immense to not take the meds. But I can stop today as it has eased tremendously. I can’t afford not to pass that drug screen. Any advice?

1:41 am July 10th, 2014

Hello, I have taken 10 hydrocodones in two day period-Saturday and Sunday. I have a urine drug test in 9 days from the time of consumption. Will it be gone from my urine in 9 days? It’s hydrocodone 5 375 milligrams.

no name
12:49 pm July 12th, 2014

I took six 7.5 hydros on the 12th and have a urine test that is sent to lab on 17th for pain management. Only methadone is supposed to be in my system. Will I pass?

6:47 am July 17th, 2014

Took four hours before urine test an the guy said I passed that I wasn’t taking enough for it to show up I have a script I just thought it was crazy it didn’t show up on the test

3:03 am July 22nd, 2014

Hi, So I dont usually ever abuse anything and I am currently on a strict diet. I was tempted by the devil and broke into the Peanut Butter jar around midnight on Tuesday. Im supposed to take a UA on Thursday and my question is how ling will the Peanut Butter stay in my system and will they be able to tell that I scooped it out with my fingers instead of a spoon? I also chased it with some breast milk… any info from psychic doctors that can tell me if ill be ok?

2:13 am August 2nd, 2014

I took 1 & 1/2 norcos once day for the past 3 days., i stopped 6:30 Friday morning. I have a urine test on monday morning at 8am. I’m active and I metabolism quickly. Will i pass?

9:02 am August 3rd, 2014

Anyone who believes hydro is not detected in urine test less than 72 hours is deluded or was given a false test to scare a person because with technology of 2014 & nanogram testing you take it 7pm Friday night just 5mg and it is going to show at 6pm MONDAY night too. No way around it at all no matter your body type or what you do other than make your urine test positive with very clear so they know you tried to flush it out which is impossible now. As a scientists I know these facts & as a person tired of drug addicts making it hard for those in real pain from diseases from MS to Cancer, move to Portugal! You will be busted up to 7 days later but certainly 3 to 4 days not an hour less than 72 hours. That is reality. It’s BS out of system in 6-30 hours. Not sure what idiot came up with that one.

11:05 pm August 4th, 2014

I took 2 10/350’s of hydrocodone for my carpal tunnel, i am prescribed the med but took 2 at once instead of 1. I am staying very hydrated, weigh approx 140 lbs. I have a urine analysis in approx 48 hours. It is the test cup with the 7 drug test strips right on the cup. Will I test positive in that 48 hours?

4:38 pm August 6th, 2014

If a person only takes 1/2 of a 10mg daily for the past 6months absolutely no more than that and has not had any for the past 2 weeks what will show on a hair follicle drug test if they take one now

8:36 pm August 6th, 2014

I had to take a urine test to check if I was taken my meds, well I have not been taking my norcos so I hurried up and took one and twenty min later I peed for them do u think it will show up

9:57 pm August 8th, 2014

Will lortab show up in urine after 8 hours

10:29 pm August 19th, 2014

I have a suboxone appt. @ 9am in the morning.. I took some loritabs today will I be able to pass the urine test they are going to give me at my appt. in the morning??

11:30 pm August 20th, 2014

I have been going to a pain clinic for a year. Unfortunately, last month when I was randomly screened (urine) the test came back negative for hydrocodone. I was given a half rose of what I previously had been given with instructions to return in two weeks for a repeat screen. Since I was given half the number of pills I was trying toake them last. I took one 20mg around midnight and a second one at about 3:30 am. My appointment was at 1:30. I was told its still negative. But they will send specimen yo an independent lab.

I don’t understand why it didn’t show up? Also this independent lab has the capability of testing half life. Shouldn’t they be able to detect the med?

Thank you

3:58 pm August 29th, 2014

I took 1 hydrocodone pill 8 days before a hair 5 panel drug test. I am not a frequent user. Will it show up on the panel?

6:28 am September 8th, 2014

I have a question. Here’s some background on my situation. On Wednesday at 3 pm I took half of a 10 mg hydrocodone Tylenol mix. At 5, I took the other half. I have never taken this before this instance. I went for a laboratory (routine) drug test for pre employment Friday at 11 am of that same week. About 41 hours after taking it. I drank extra water and some Gatorade to help speed up the process. I weigh 140 lbs. my question is, what are the chances of me failing this drug test? Again, first time taking it. 41 hours later. Drank Gatorade and water to help. Please let me know I really need this job!!! Thanks!

6:33 am September 8th, 2014

I took half a 10 mg hydro condone Tylenol mix at 3 pm Wednesday. The other half at 5 pm. Never taken it before. Drank lots of Gatorade and water to speed up the process. I took a pre employment drug test at 11 am Friday. I weigh 140 lbs. what are the chances that I failed?

10:34 pm September 10th, 2014

Paige. You should be fine. Hydrocodone is out of your system in 3 days. Since you only took the two small doses probably even less than that. Like 25 hours based on its half-life

11:59 pm September 10th, 2014

Hi I have taken two 7.5mg percacets for a week straight with last one I took was 4 days ago. Will I pass a urine screen tomorrow with it being my fifth day clean??? Kind of worried about a job I need to get and the interview is tomorrow. Thanks.

12:54 pm September 11th, 2014

Todd. I think you will be OK. Like I said half life has it out of your system in 5 days. That’s kinda cutting it close but all the literature says 3-5 days. Hydrocodone really doesn’t stay in your system for long. If you are really worried tell them you have taken cough medicine with dextramathoraphan in it (like Vicks 44). That ingredient is know to cause false positives

10:44 pm September 16th, 2014

I tested positive for excessive amounts of hydrocodiene. I am allergic to it. I did take it several months ago, why would it show up as massive amounts now? I haven’t taken it since February.

12:33 pm September 17th, 2014

Have you eaten poppy seeds, taking any cough medicine with dextromathoraphan, or been on antibiotics such as cipro or levaquin? All of those things can make you test positive

8:36 pm September 17th, 2014

My question is I had 2 leftover hydrocodone 7.5/200 I was perscribed in February of this year I took both of them this morning (wednessday) around 11:00 am and now I have found out I have a pre employment ua I have to take at 9:30 am Friday morning I still have the prescription bottle but I have no medication left. If I fail the drug test would my empty prescription bottle still count?

6:14 am September 25th, 2014

I took a half a roxy 30 and had a random ua 4 hours later but was clean before that … What will the results likely going to be?

8:36 am September 25th, 2014

i pee about 10 to 15 times aday blood presure med took half a 10 hydro how long will it take to get out my system.

5:05 pm September 30th, 2014

How long will three watson 387 pills stay in my urine ?

10:04 pm October 3rd, 2014

I have been taking hydrocodone for years daily. 3 to 8 pills a day. How long until I can pass a urine lab test?

Time frame hydrcodone to metabolize
9:18 pm October 11th, 2014

I guess im getting busted bc I have five days to a u a.Just wondered am a chronic user.20 hydrocodone in 4 days.My levels is the concern.For two a day.Instructed per day.Metobolized level.Can the liver dispose of in this time frame to level out.

7:29 am October 25th, 2014

I’ve taken. 6-10 pills a day for a couple months .. How long before it won’t show up on blood test ?

9:41 pm November 8th, 2014

I take hydrocodone 10/325 last month when I went to see my Dr, he gave me two months worth and said he would see me in December on the 29th. My dilemma is, is that the first months prescription I got late because I only get my disability check once a month. So I started taking them when I bought them. I get my other refill on the 3rd of December. My question is since I started taking them late and soon to start on another refill when it’s time to go back to see my Dr, and he gives me a urine test, will I have a positive result? I can’t afford to lose my Hydros, because I suffer with chronic back pain and fibromyalgia along with a bulging disc. I just wanted to make sure that I would be okay. Thank you for your advice.

12:26 pm November 16th, 2014

Hello so I took 3 10\325s.How long is the active ingredients at work.Is it only 4 hours.I take other meds.And I’m a very caution.

12:26 am November 18th, 2014

If I’ve drank ,6 16ounces of water I have urinalysis in the morning at 9:30 10:30 am this morning I took 20 milligrams of hydrocodone will it show up

12:17 pm November 18th, 2014

Hi Lily. The elimination time depends on many factors, plus you have to take into consideration what are the other medications. Talk to a pharmacist at the local pharmacy, just to be safe.

Darryl Taylor
5:51 am November 19th, 2014

I talk large doses of Hydrocodon (60mg per day) and Morphine (75 mg per day) for pain control. I’ve been on the same dosage for over 6 years and it has become much less effective. Also my urine drug screen shows high levels of both drugs for morphine 4884 and Hydrocodon 296. They are marked as high on the drug screen, but I’m not taking additional drugs. Is my body metabolizing these more efficiently and could that be why they are less effective? I’ve been trying for several years to get an increase in these medications, but to no avail. I’ve lost 10% of my function a year over the last 3 years and constantly think of suicide due to the poorly managed pain, but when I had kidney failure the same dosage was effective in managing the pain.

8:00 pm November 19th, 2014

If ive been on hydrocodone for a month takin 4 a day will it still be in my system

3:26 am November 27th, 2014

I chewed a piece of hydrocodone and had a salvia drug test 5 mintues later will it show up in the test?

6:41 am November 27th, 2014

Does hydrocodone stay in the blood after it is drawn? Will the blood drawn ever show clean?

larry graf
4:42 am December 3rd, 2014

I am perscribed 60 mg hydrocodone 10/325 daily for chronic back pain, from my POW years, although i live in constant pain,verified by cat scans and mri s the VA is constantly screwing with veterans that require such meds,and on many occasions get our meds to us late.So i have learned to try not to take all my daily meds,so when they are late, i have some to fall back on. Well it seems that the v a tested me for illeagle drugs and found none in my system,but also asked why i wasnt takeing the hydrocodone.I was shocked,but latter remembered that i had been reduceing my intake.So my question is how much hydrocodone do i need to take and for how long to show i am takeing it regurlarly??Now that the new laws passed involveing this narcotic, they are buckleing down. I would like to get off of it entirely one day,so i am also reduceing my intake for this reason,but i’m not going to tell them that,or they’d reduce my scrip for sure Please email me privately..thankyou so much

6:00 pm December 5th, 2014

Does codeine show up the same as hydrcodone 10/325???

8:45 pm December 9th, 2014

Why do my urine test read low like having one pill every few days or so even though I take 3 to 4 norco a day is it to do with my other meds that I take which are Lasix and metolazone

10:32 am December 11th, 2014

I took 4 10/325s like at 7 on wed and 2, 1mgs of xanax like at 12 same day. Will they show up on a U/A on Friday morning?

6:03 pm December 11th, 2014

From my experience this is accurate.
I am 230 lbs and 5’9″ – have some muscle but a lot of fat.
I took hydrocodone regularly (40mg per day) and as I was quitting I took a 10mg and some codeine cough syrup 9 days before my test. Then, 5 days before my test I relapsed and took 52.5 MG of hydrocodone. After 118 hours of my last dose I passed on a First Check 4 drug test home kit. Then when I went in and took a 12 panel test I passed which was 12 hours (130 hours after last dose) and passed. I didn’t dilute or drink excessive fluids. I drank 4 cups of coffee and one cup of water starting 2 hours prior up until I went to urinate.

Given my weight range, my lower metabolism and nearly no physical activity I cannot image hydrocodone showing up on a test longer than 5 days.

9:34 pm December 11th, 2014

I take hydrocodone have been for bout 15 yrs if I stop takin them a couple days before a standard drug test will it show up

5:09 pm December 12th, 2014

I am prescribed hydrocodone for plantar fasciitis by my physician. I am scheduled for a urine screen on Tuesday of this week for a new employer. My foot is hurting but I don’t want to take the medication if it means not getting the job. What do you recommend.

7:59 pm December 17th, 2014

Took one narcot 10 / 24hrs ago have to take drug test at work today will I false my test(I need my job)

4:28 am December 23rd, 2014

if i weigh about 93-98 lbs and took one 10 mg hydrocodone about 3hrs before a random hair and unrine sample will it show up

6:44 am December 29th, 2014

Hi, I’m prescribed 30 mg norco for chronic pain daily. My urine was not showing the drug in it. So I offered a blood draw. I had taken 5mg just 90 min prior to the blood draw. The test came back neg. Next time in clinic, I took 5mg in front of nurse, than 60 min later had blood drawn. This time blood tested positive. I am also nursing a 1 yr old. How is this possible?

11:33 am January 9th, 2015

My husband is 6′ 418 prescribed 4 hydrocdeone. 10/325 per day. How many will he need to take for a good level in his body. We have 2 weeks, he hasn’t been taking them

1:57 am January 10th, 2015

if you take your wifes lortab for a tooth ache? How long will it take to get in your hair follicles? if wait two weeks and shave my hair off? will that erase all traces of drugs that can be detected?

4:58 pm January 13th, 2015

I took 2 5mg Hydrocone from an old prescription a little over a month ago. Would that amount be enough to show up in a hair test?

8:00 pm January 16th, 2015

Do vicadin and norco test differently in a gas chomotography

betty forehand
4:45 pm January 21st, 2015

will hydrocodone will be in system today? I took 3, 10 mg on Sunday at noon….that was the last dose.

1:03 am January 26th, 2015

I have been on 5/325 x 6 daily hydrocodone for 6 years. They lowered dosage to 4 a day. Recently I was told I do not have enough metabolites in my system to prove I am taking it as directed. I told them need to take 2 at a time and 1 is not enough. Therefore by the time my apt is every two weeks with u/a there is lower amounts of these so called metabolites. My question is how many metabolites and how long would 3 hydrocodone 5/ 325 stay in system? I do 5 are my medicine on time but need more than directed and now afraid they are going to shut me off rather than up my dosage. I do not understand. 5/325 is mostly aspirin anyway can’t it be part of the problem?

10:55 pm January 26th, 2015

If I took 3 hydrocodone tens 36 hours. Before my urine test would. I test positive?? Also if I drink water before I take it would that help? I’m only 172 ponds

6:39 pm January 28th, 2015

Thank you. For a gs ms test is a month long enough for three to four days of use for hydrocodone to be out of the system?

4:07 pm February 25th, 2015

I’m perscriped hydrocodone and its Not showing up in my urine test. I take 4 a day. Why isn’t it showing up

6:04 pm March 4th, 2015

I got app at 1pm today at my pain clinic , im prescribed percocet 10, but i took lortab 10, the last one was sunday morning & i took a total of 10 of them over the course of weekend, i will have urine test today , will the hydro 10s be detectable, im very worried & i took some somas(325mg)the same time period & 10 of them also. Thank you

3:15 am March 23rd, 2015

I am prescribed to hydrocodone and have been taking it regularly as prescribed. My question is, My last does was 3 days ago and have an appt tomorrow and I’m afraid I won’t show positive in my urine test because my prescription ran out 3 days before my appointment. Is this a possibility?

12:50 am March 24th, 2015

I have a suboxone appt. Tomarrow and i took hydros an hr.ago cuz i have to be positive on my Urine test tomarrow in order to get my subs. My question is will i have enough in My system for my appt tomarrow

9:33 pm April 14th, 2015

How long after taking does it take narco to show up in u a? ? My mother takes them regularly but test says not showing up? In u a. Or lab work? How is that possible? ?

10:17 pm April 20th, 2015

I took 10 7.5 on Friday. I have a urine test Tuesday morning. I’ve been downing water and watermelon starting Saturday. Should I pass? I’m not a usual pill taker, I used to be and relapsed

5:45 am April 21st, 2015

I want to know if 86ng/ml is considered a high level of hydrocrodone in a blood test was prescribed 10mg/325 of the medication

12:06 am April 27th, 2015

I took 15 5/325 on sat. I’m curious if it will still be in my system tomorrow.

3:10 pm May 5th, 2015

To answer two questions. Hydrocodone is very addictive and a tolerance level is easily built up. It is also one over the oppose that is abused most and overdoses are common; especially in chronic pain patients, or use in conjunction with other opioiods and benzodiazepines. The reason for the extensive overdoses is that it is prescribed in post-operative, ER, and by PCP’s. More readily available due to new laws than Oxycontin / Oxycodone, Morphine ((Ms Contin ER), Hydromorphone ((Dillaudid), Fentanyl, and other drugs included but not limited to Midazolam, Methadone.
Hydrocodone can be taken after taking Suboxone but not after. Serious medical issues can result including death!
Withdrawal and leaving the system; actually depends and acts differently in each individual. Usually within 24-72 hours of Nausea, Vomiting, Diahrrea, abdominal pain/cramps, weakness,sweating. Drink plenty of fluids take appropriate vitamins recommended by a physician will aid in reducing discomfort. Withdrawal from opiates and benzodiazepines chronic and recreational can result in Seizures, heart arrythmias , and even death resulting. A seizure from Benzodiazepine withdrawal, like Aprazolam can affect the hypothalamus gland increasing body core temperature so high it damages the brain,in chronic addiction. I have seen 1 patient die after this with a core temperature of over 108.00 degrees. Had to due a nasal intubation due to the jaws being locked so tight could not even pry open.

2:14 am May 7th, 2015

Pain dr says I am going to be due for urine test (sends to lab) problem is I took vicodin 10-500 instead of norco 10-325’s do they check the acetaminophen levels? Or should I be ok? Took same dosage just the 500 vs 325 content is different. Any help would be great

9:12 pm May 10th, 2015

I just recently went to my pain management clinic. I am prescribed hydrocodone 10/325. I take them as I am supposed to. But at my appointment, they had me take the mandatory urine test. For some reason the test came back negative. I don’t understand how this could be. I do everything they tell me to. I see every doctor in the building they want me to see, have every test they order to have done, to get to the bottom of what else can be done for this pain. I even get injections that aren’t making a difference so far,if anything, they’ve added more pain. I also am on prescription diuretics from my pcp,that I take daily, so I obviously urinate Alot,and also have a chronic diarrhea problem I take prescription medication for daily also(it slows it down some,but doesn’t stop it completely)so I do have to keep myself pretty well hydrated.. Could either or both of these things effect how the test comes out reading on the hydrocodone at pain management? I am very confused over this negative test,and am fairly new at this,so I don’t understand. If someone could help me understand,I would appreciate it, I have to go back in a couple weeks,and they want to check it again. If it happens to come out negative again, I still will not be able to explain why, even though I am doing everything as I am supposed to. Please help me understand.

6:38 pm May 18th, 2015

I am prescribed hydrocodone and I take them on a daily basis however two days prior and the day of test I only had a half each day and my urine test came back negative well the next wk I took a blood levels test and took several at 8am and around 3 I took the blood test that was then sent to a lab 2 hrs away and it also came back negative. Why is that?

12:00 am May 26th, 2015

I took not quite half of a 5mg hydrocodone on Sunday about 6pm and was given a urine screen at 7:30 on Tuesday do you think that it would show up? I have a prescription but just don’t want any trouble. thanks

9:22 am June 4th, 2015

If I took (2) 10/325 norco on Tuesday and Thurs I took a home test kit and it was negative. Same day I took have a 5 panel with detection levels for probation will it be negative as well?

6:56 pm June 4th, 2015

I am prescribed valumn and norco i take them as little as possible but am being asked to have a urine test done i guess to make sure they are present in my system? I am xoncerned that i do not take them often enough to show up as i did a urine test for my job about 2 weeks ago and no one has contacted me for a list of current medications. How long after taking them will they show up and is it levels they are looking for?

2:21 pm June 18th, 2015

Can a drug test tell if you have taken 5.5 or 7.5 or 10mg hydro’s

12:50 pm June 28th, 2015

if i take 6 vicodins for one day how long does it show up in your system

4:17 pm July 1st, 2015

I take 1 hydro 10 a day and have a saliva test in 6 days if I stop now should I pass and I’ve been taking 1 a day for about two weeks

2:23 am July 3rd, 2015

I took a 325 mg hydrocodone 7 days ago for back pain I have a irine drug test being conducted tonight will it show on my urine drug test

10:08 pm July 8th, 2015

Hello I have a prescription for norco to take 3 7.5mg pills a day but often I take more for my pain and I am going in Friday for a pre employment drug screen I’m hoping two days of only taking my recommended dose is enough for the levels to show up normal if uou have any suggestions please let me know

4:03 am July 14th, 2015

Y does the pain clinic say my test show I’m not taking my norco 5 mil. When I do take them? I had no problem for first 3 mths but the last 2 they have been questioning me.

1:40 am July 18th, 2015

I am being tested from my urine and I am prescribed norco 10-325 for my chronic back pain ,nerve pain, and arthritis in my lumbar. I was questioned about my medication use and the tests saying that it looked like I abuse the medicine or that my pain is not being managed. I take the medicine as needed for my pain. I would like to know if I lower my doses and or don’t take my medication beforehand (urine test) if my levels of this medication will be lowered? And by how much ? I am female and weight is 260 height 5’6. I have been on this medication for years to manage my pain. Hopefully you can answer my questions. Thanks

3:39 pm July 20th, 2015

If I took vicodin monday will it show up Thursday in a urine test

Need answers
4:30 pm July 22nd, 2015

I have to test for probation I ended up in the ER June 23,2015 since that day I’ve been taking hydrocodone/acetaminophen 7.5-325 T 4 tables a day till I see my doctor I took one 7 am and went to test at 3 pm will I come out positive for meth

6:18 pm July 24th, 2015

i took 8mg of hydrocodone on July 18th then 8 or 9 more mg on July 19th my drug test is today the 24th am I clean? (Btw that was the first time I’ve ever done it)

4:03 pm July 25th, 2015

If i took one 5mg hydrocodone a month ago will it come out on a hair test. I have been clean for over 9 years.

4:59 am August 1st, 2015

I recently had a reinjury to my back and used one old generic vicodin (left over from having a tooth extracted a year ago) I had left from a prescrip. The next day ironically, I got called for a hair test. I have never nor do I now recreational use ANY drugs. Should I have a problem with my hair sample being positive? I’m worried. Back pain is better and I have not taken any more since….just ibuprofen.

8:01 pm August 2nd, 2015

Will Norco 10’s and Tylenol #3 show up as the same thing on a urine drug screen ?? Thanks for your time and what you do for all of us !!!

Brenda Stephens
2:25 am August 4th, 2015

I take hydrocodone. 10-325mg. I have a bulging disk, server Rheumatism, muscle spasms and other problems I take it for.I keep testing negative in ny urine and my Dr gets on to me. I always take it at least an hour to an hour and a half before I go. I take it every day. Why is this happening. And what can I do to solve the problem?

10:37 am August 4th, 2015

I took 30 mg. Of hydrocodone on August 1st around 5 pm. I have a urine test on Tuesday August 4 at 4:45 pm for my treatment center. The test costs 25 dollars and I’m not sure how many panels it is. Am I in the clear?

3:06 am August 5th, 2015

I took 3. 325/10 on friday. and 4 on sat. hv drug urine test this wed. will i pass test. i nvr took before

4:39 pm August 5th, 2015

If I took 2 hydrocodones 10mg on Monday will it show up today in my urine??

5:32 pm August 5th, 2015

Took 3. 325/10 on fri. and 4 on sat. hv urine test today. wed. will i pass test

3:53 pm August 6th, 2015

I took 9 #5 viccodine on 8/5/15 and I have to give a blood test for my drug test on 8/6/15 will it show up

4:17 pm August 6th, 2015

I took 5 #10 narco on on 7/31/15 then took 5 #10 narco on 8/1/15 and 3 #10 narco on 8/2/15 and on 8/3/15 took 3 #10 narco on the 8/4/15 took 3 #10 narco and on the 5 took 9 # 5 vicdin now on the 8/6/15 I have to give blood for my drug test how long will it take to get out of my blood

8:51 pm August 6th, 2015

I took a 350mg tablet of hydrocodone last night about 11pm. I was called for an interview today. I have a drug test in one hour. Will it come up. I’m not a habitual user?

8:52 am August 9th, 2015

I took one hydrocodone acetaminophen 5-325 tonight 8\8\15 at 11pm, I weigh about 165 and am 6’5 how long will it be noticed on a urine test for ?

4:32 pm August 12th, 2015

I been taking hydrocodone and i am doing a hair test monday and today is wendsday. Will i be okay

5:38 pm August 13th, 2015

If I take norco 5 and do a saliva test will it show immedantly or how soon

12:29 am August 14th, 2015

I’ve been prescribed hydrocodone for pain management for the last 8 years due to permanent injuries sustained in a car accident. I recently quit taking them all together about 4 days ago but I was in such pain I took 1 Norco 10 today. I have a drug test Monday if I don’t take anymore will I be able to pass the urine test Monday today is Thursday??

7:31 am August 14th, 2015

What is the quickest hydrocodone can be detected in a urine drug screen. If I took a hydrocodone and then had a UDS 1 1/2 hours later will it show up?

2:46 am August 17th, 2015

I took a vicodin 5 MG 2 days ago and have a UA tomorrow. Will it show up?

4:31 am August 17th, 2015

I haven’t taken any kind of pain pills for at least ten years. I am on methadone. I took a vicoden 7.5 at 3pm. I had a suprise urine Monday morning. What are the chances it was still in my urine?

5:15 pm August 19th, 2015

Will hydrocodone 7.5 x’s 2 be detected in a drug test (urine) after about 50 current weight is 140 and am 5′ 5″

9:27 pm August 19th, 2015

I take hydrocodone and I took a drug test for my pain Dr and it came back positive for oxycodone why I may not get my meds wen I go back on Friday

11:19 pm August 20th, 2015

If I take my meds now and then just when needed and last pill was Sunday will it show up in urine today

4:10 am August 23rd, 2015

Why would my urinalysis lab tests show I’m taking less than prescribed if I’m taking all of them. Recently my dr. Cut me back because he said it’s showing I’m hardly taking them. Which is very wrong because I take all my prescription. I weigh 110 have a fast metabolism, don’t drink much water. What could it be? I also take half the pill of hydrocodones apap 10- 325mg instead of the whole at a time. But equal out 4 pills total. What could be the problem?

7:35 am August 24th, 2015

not hardly ever taking hydrocodone i took 2 10.325 how long before it leaves your system?

6:08 pm August 25th, 2015

If I took eight hydrocodone 10 mg in one day how long will it take to get out of my urine for an upcoming drug test?

5:45 am August 27th, 2015

I took Norco 10/325mg 3-4 times a day for years, but my urine drug test showed very low levels. How is this possible ?

3:17 am August 28th, 2015

I have a friend that has been taking hydrocodone and oxycodone for 7 plus years, and is now having to take a UA to get her children back, she was getting a script but medical insurance got cancelled due to being let go (not fired, laid off, And could not afford the high ass cobra packages of health insurance) they had a old bottle of extra meds that has been trying to slowly take and what not.. Anyways to my questions.. As today is 8/27/2015 and the hearing is Oct 14th 2015 @9am.. How long will it or would it take to be able to pass a UA cause this person has serious issues and needs the meds bad bad.. From RLS TO CYSTS that are damn near cancer to sciatica to some really messed up vertebra in lower back due to a bad bad epidural experience 8 years ago.. She loves her children want them back so bad.. But she has good days and bad days OF pain like everyone else.. So again.. Of 7 plus years of taking them and her slowly trying to taper herself off which IS not easy.. How long could she stop taking them long enough to pass a drug screen.. How many days before the court hearing??? Please please help we need answers

7:04 pm August 28th, 2015

If I took a total of 40 mg hydrocodeine over a 2 day period the first part of July would it appear in a hair drug test that will be taken during the first week of September?

Melissa heller
11:01 am September 5th, 2015

How long will it take 3 10 milligram hydrocodones to show up in a blood test. I was pulled over on a suspended license new I was going to jail so I took my last three right when I got pulled over well he wanted a blood test because he thought I was DUI on drugs so I declined state of Georgia to get a warrant for your blood had taken to around 7 a.m. but I’m very careful and do not drive on my medication the only reason I took the 3 because I stay in severe pain and didn’t know how long it would be before I got bonded out but my real question is how long would it take them to hit my system if they gave me the blood test an hour after I took them driving now going to show in my blood test

2:29 am September 7th, 2015

I still don’t know how many days it takes hydrocodone to NOT show up in a Blood Test> Can i get a simple answer?

10:09 am September 7th, 2015

Hi Ken. As explained in the text above, because of its short half-life, hydrocodone is unlikely to be detected in the blood after about 24 hours.

8:42 pm September 8th, 2015

Hi i took one hydrocodone at 7.5 325mg friday 11am-12pm i have drug test this following wensday will i be okay its a 5panel drug test

4:51 am September 10th, 2015

If I took a 10/325 mg hydrocodone and 30 minutes later my blood was drawn, will it show up or does it need more time to absorb?

7:26 am September 12th, 2015

If I take 2 norco 10/325 today will it show up in my urine tomorrow

4:01 pm September 15th, 2015

I still don’t know exactly what the detection time for hydrocodone is, ( in a blood lab test, that the lab would mainly be searching for hydrocodone in your system) can u elaborate more on this example?

4:04 am September 16th, 2015

I took 20mg of hydrocodone at 9pm an have a drug test at 1:30pm on Thursday. It is a standard 5 panel used by probation an parole. I’m 165lbs an tend to do alot of activity. I haven’t used pain meds in many months so should I be in the clear???

4:15 pm September 16th, 2015

I had two Vicodin 10mg offered to me yesterday 9-15-15 and I was hurting very badly so I took them I have to see my doc tomorrow 9-17-15 @ 9am will it still be detectable in my urine? Been drinking straight water and Gatorade

6:20 pm September 16th, 2015

I take 3 oxycodine 10 mg daily. Out of town 72hrs ago and used 3 if my old hydrocodone. Will that show differently on a urine test or was the three days long enough

9:59 pm September 17th, 2015

I took a urine test 31 days after use and my Dr. Found it. How :could this happen?

10:01 pm September 17th, 2015

I took a urine test 31 days after use and my Dr. Found it. How :could this happen? Hydrocodone.

8:46 am September 19th, 2015

Hello i took about 3 norcos thursday night last night and have a drug test on saturday morning at about 7 its for a job i realy want. I dont have a prescription but really needed them because i have chronic joint pain. It is now friday at 1146 and im really worried please comment back

3:35 am September 21st, 2015

I have to take a hair follicle test coming up. I’m on Morphine for pain. Between s month to 1 1/2 months ago I took one maybe 2 of my Mom’said hydrocodone pills to see if they would work as good as what I’m on. Thinking about having my doc change my script if it did. Anyway will the Lortab show up on the screening? And if so I bought a detoxifying shampoo. Do you know if it will work or should I bleach my hair before shampooing?

8:46 pm September 21st, 2015

If I take lortab now will it show up in my system in an hour

3:25 pm September 24th, 2015

I took 2 norco on sunday and one on monday i hzve an urine test today at my pain management dr and was wondering will the norco be detrcted. I am prescribed oxycodone daily. I had an old script for the norco

6:50 pm September 24th, 2015

If you take 10 hydrocodone in 2 days will it show in a urine test at a lab for hydrocodone 20 days later if you drink lots of water and pee 8 to 10 times a day

4:09 am September 26th, 2015

I took 2 hydrocodone over 3 weeks ago. I niw have to take a hair drug test. Hiw will this affect the results of my test

3:23 pm September 28th, 2015

I took 4 hydrocodone 10mg on Friday last one was at 11pm Friday night I have a drug test Tuesday by urine will it be in my system I am 5’2 and weight 127

10:00 pm September 28th, 2015

I took 4 Norco 10/325mg at 4 pm. I’m 5′ 7″, 147 lbs. How long should I wait before doing an ‘in-home’ urine test for Opiates to get a NEGATIVE result?

10:17 pm September 29th, 2015

I took a few norcos on a Sunday will I pass a urine test on Thursday?

4:53 pm October 1st, 2015

I took 5/326 around 7 am on Thursday, how long before I can pass a five panel urinalysis?

9:05 pm October 3rd, 2015

I took 3 10mg laritab (hydrocodone) and i havent taken any in months but i need to know about how long it will be in my system please

5:29 pm October 4th, 2015

Okay, so I had some hydrocodone left over from having some dental procedures done. My doctor, who takes up to 5 days to write a new prescription, wrote my roxicodone to take a 30mg, 4 times a day. These pills are microscopic almost, so cutting them is nearly impossible without crushing half the pill or more. Any ways, did run out of my roxicidone like a day early. So I took 1 hydrocodone. That was prescribed before I started ever seeing this doctor ir did a pain contact. I’ve had 1 back surgery and am classified as failed back surgery syndrome. Yeah the hydrocodone was prescribed for my mouth, not my back but they were mine. I got popped with a random, I told them what I did. Because the doctor was sick, they didn’t know what He might do. I’ve got an appointment this week with him.though so I’ll be sure I explain what and why I did it. I had about a 80 hr time lapse from dose to year y by urine.

2:08 am October 5th, 2015

I took a norco 10 325 Sunday morning. If i take another one Sunday night will it show up in a urine drug test on Monday morning?

2:16 am October 5th, 2015

I took a norco 10 325 this morning if i took another one that same night will it show up the next day in a urine drug test

3:51 pm October 6th, 2015

I have been taking hydrocodone for some years now but I had skipped about a week and a half and I went to the doctor and when they took my earring they said that I didn’t have any in my system so I would like to know how long does it take to get out of your system

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