Does Percocet show up on drug tests?

Yes. The active ingredient in Percocet is an opiate painkiller which will show up on routine drug tests. More on the most common types of drug tests used to detect Percocet here.

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Yes. Percocet shows up on drug tests.

Percocet is a narcotic painkilling medication containing oxycodone. Oxycodone shows up as a positive for opiates on most standard 5 panel drug tests. Because of the high rate of abuse associated with opiate medications like Percocet, standard drug screens will be able to detect oxycodone in urine. More on drug testing for Percocet here.

Why order a drug test for Percocet?

Employers and law enforcement order tests for Percocet to identify prescription drug abuse, a major problem in the U.S. Opiates are part of that focus due to their highly addictive nature. Other times, doctors might order drug tests for Percocet when you’re admitted to a hospital with a suspected drug overdose.  In these cases, toxicology screening can help best determine treatment options.

Types of Percocet testing

There are a few different ways that oxycodone might be detected in your system via drug testing. The most common testing you’ll probably be asked to submit to would be a urine sample. Opiate medications can also be detected using blood or hair samples. Blood samples are more likely to be requested in a medical setting, and hair samples might be used to detect past Percocet use several weeks after taking the drug.  The most common types of Percocet drug testing use samples or specimens taken from:

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1. Percocet blood based test

2. Percocet hair follicle test

3. Percocet urine screen

Percocet detection

Detection of Percocet depends upon a number of factors. For example, your weight, size, Percocet dosage, and frequency of dose can all impact Percocet drug testing.

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Oxycodone hits peak levels in urine within eight hours of initially taking Percocet. After that, oxycodone levels begin to decline after 24 to 48 hours. Low levels of the drug – those below 300-ng/mL – may not be picked up by urine tests. But generally, oxycodone stays in the system and can be detected 1-3 days after use.

Testing positive for Percocet

If you’re taking Percocet to help manage pain after a medical procedure or operation or to help with chronic pain…and are taking Percocet as prescribed, you have nothing to worry about. But you’ll want to let the test administrator know – otherwise, there may be some uncomfortable questions when you test positive for opiate use. If, however, you are taking Percocet for recreational use, most standard drug tests will pick up the presence of Percocet in your system. Consequences will depend on who is testing for Percocet and why.

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Percocet use and abuse

There’s a reason that oxycodone is a controlled substance and that you can’t get Percocet without a prescription. The fact is that Percocet abuse is dangerous. The oxycodone portion of the medication is addictive, but the added acetaminophen in Percocet can easily cause liver damage if taken in excessive amounts. It’s a bit harder to overdose on the oxycodone within Percocet, but it can cause breathing problems and high blood pressure, which can be deadly.

Do I have a problem with Percocet?

If you think that you have a problem with Percocet, you probably do. If you want to stop taking Percocet, there is help. Please leave us your questions about Percocet, drug screens for Percocet or other questions about Percocet use here. We will be happy to answer your questions with a personal and prompt reply.

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Reference Sources: DailyMed drug information for Percocet
Forensic drug testing for opiates. VI. Urine testing for hydromorphone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone with commercial opiate immunoassays and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.
Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control: Oxycodone
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  1. I don’t take Percocet but I took one 5 mg Oxycodone at 10:30 am Tuesday and I have to take a drug test for a new job on Thursday, will I fail this drug test ?

  2. If a person is prescribed Percocet 10/325, by taking ocycodone 20mg would that fail a drug test if prescribed the oxycodone 10/325. Would it show up that the person had been taking oxycodone 20mg instead of Percocet 10/325?

  3. If I took a 2 10 mg Percocet on sat & 1 on Sunday will it show up positive at the pain management on Tuesday morning. I have add strep throat the last couple of days and don’t want to take any with my anti- bioctics. So will the Percocet still show up?

  4. I took a half of a percocet 10 mg this morning for a migraine and could possibly be drug screened on monday would this show up on the drug screen or should i not worry being it was only a half of ten mg

  5. I recently had a false negative drug screen for Percocets even though I take them 4 times a day along with fentanyl and neurontin. What could have caused this. I do drink a lot of water due to the heat here in Georgia.

  6. I have lower back pain and I feel that I am addicted to hydrocodone and percocets to make me feel good in my pain I was prescribed by hospital for these meds.but they haven’t prescribed me anymore so I get them from a cousin who does when i ask for hers she give to me cause I be in so much pain but I feel that I have became addicted can you help!?

  7. I am going to Elite Pain management. was disabled nine years ago with extreme back pain was hit by a car when I was 19 years of age, I am now 62 years old. I have had an MRI showing a lot of damage in my spine. they are giving me oxycodone and fentanyl for my pain, 10-325 and 75 mg. I tested positive for morphine on a urine drug test, I am in pain most the time, and do not even know were to find that stuff. only take what is prescribed for me. I will get thrown out with one more positive test.

  8. I have been on 7.5 Percocet for around 4 years., I am disabled, have ddd, and 2 plates in my neck, so I have chronic pain. This past summer, my urine levels came back low, so he lowered my dosage from 5 a day to 4 a day. even though I have been taking them as ordered, and then it went back up but they said they would never raise it to 5 a day again once your levels go down. Well, now it has happened again. I waited as usual for my level test to be done so they could give me my script, but weeks later they called and said I had to bring back the second one to be filled due to low levels again, and that they were reducing my to 3 pills a day. In my case I will be an invalid if this happens. I am on Trazodone, Primidone, Wellbutrin , buspar, and several vit. supplements. I also drink but not everyday, just socially. would any of this have an effect on the levels of my urine tests. There has to be something wrong, and I cant find an answer. thank you

  9. Hello, I have an unusual situation. I have taken Hydrocodone for 5 years, and it helps take edge off pain. – Dr ask me to try Percocet for 1 month to see if it helped better. I said maybe for 2 weeks only. So after finishing script for Hydrocodone, got Percocet, and took it for just 1 week, and did not like it. So for next 2 days took Percocet only at night, and took 1/2 Hydrocodone 2 times that day, and next morning. Very next day had Dr apt, and they tested my urine. – Was asked if anything but Percocet would show in urine?- I stated maybe, because I just started back on Hydrocodone, and would turn-in the rest of Percocet for disposal immediately. – To my surprise I was cut off all Pain meds – period!!?? – was in shock. The only pain clinic in my county. I told them I had 4 1/2 Hydrocodone in my closet, and took them right before the urine test. I was totally honest. – But did not matter. Now instead I must drive 40 mils if I can get Pain med. Use to go 1 block. I am 67 and do not like to drive in winter. – Sounds like Reverse Discrimination, or Medical abuse. Now what?! — These Opiate pain laws are wrong in my case. I am 67, in pain and was fine on Hydrocodone for 5 years. – Now will have to consider alcohol, after 5 years of sobriety from whiskey – It is scary!! – Sincerely, – Joe

  10. My BF, who is about 230 lbs, took probably 12 percocets over the course of 4 days. Will that show up in a hair follicle test?

  11. I’m currently prescribed lortab 10 mg and I took just a few percocets 7.5mg I weigh 214 lbs and 5″1 tall
    I only took the perks for two days I took a urune drug test 22 days later will the Percocet show up?

  12. Is it possible for metabolites of oxycodone (oxymorphone) to stay in the system over three days? Could these metabolites stay in your system for over a week? Thank you!

  13. If I take oxycodne 15 mg what other Percocet won’t show up on drug screen would regular one be ok as long as it spent have asprin

  14. I took 1 Percocet to manage some tooth pain I was having. Not sure of the milligrams. In 2 days I have to go for drug testing. Will this show on the test?

    1. Hi Jody. Generally, oxycodone stays in the system and can be detected 1-3 days after use. If you are taking Percocet as prescribed, you have nothing to worry about. But, I suggest you tell the test administrator about your Percocet use.

  15. I had Oxycodone back in October 2015. I have had very slow hair growth, I suffer with alopecia. I am continuing to test positive for Oxycodone through hair analysis. All urine screens have been negative 3X/week since then. They will not return my child to me because of a positive hair analysis. Any ideas as to why the hair follicle analysis is still positive. I read a recent article written by AAA ? Inc. where the criminologist says that the hair analysis will always be positive and that the test can only tell how far back you have used the prescriptions. Is this true. Help me get my child back. No one believes me despite the urine screens.

  16. Oxycodone has an approximate half life of 3.5 hours, as in your husbands case, more than likely Oxycontin which has a approx half life of 4.5 hours. Considering your husband has normal kidney function, you can follow the following formula to predict clearance rate.
    Divide total mg by 2. For each division cycle, multiply total by 4.5 hours. Example
    15 mg/2 = 7.5 mg, 7.5/2= 3.75mg, 3.75/2= 1.875, keep dividing until below 100 etc. Multiply total of division by 4.5 hours. In our example we did three iterations by 2, therefore 3 x 4.5 = 13.5 hours. So in 13.5 hours there is still 1.875 mg of oxycodone in your husbands system. Anyhow it take at least a couple days for him to clear it out of his system.

  17. Hi, I caught my husband snorting 15 mg (1 pill, 15 whatever the amount is) off my kitchen counter this summer. He is a former heroin addict (like 20+years ago). He has a herniated disk, and found out his dr was prescribing him 125 pills a month. I have his word that he is clean, I have given him probably 6,
    Home drug tests (5 panel urine). They have all
    Come up negative. I am worried that they are not reliable and that he is still using. It is ruining my marriage. Are these drug store tests accurate? How little/much Percocet would u need in your system for it to test positive? Would 1 pill show up the next day? Any advice? My distrust is causing major anxiety. Thank you.

  18. I have sickle cell anemia.I’ ve been on perocets for years.Started off taking as perscribed.Now taking just to try to get that first Hugh.I take about ten or more a day.I want to get off of them.Will it be safe to do it cold turkey,or do i need medical Help?And is it ok to take them again after i’ve gotten back to taking them as perscibed for the sickle cell pain i have?Please let me know something

    1. Hi, Chris. I’ve read that gradually reducing the drug dosage is a safer way to quit. So, you may consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Also, you can seek help from a pharmacist to recommend some over-the-counter medications, home remedies and teas to ease withdrawal.

  19. Oxycodone has a half life of 3-4.5 hours. Determine total hours from last dose to drug test day. Subtract 4.5 from Total hours. For every subtraction divide drug dose by 2.
    Example for a 10 Mg Oxycodone
    If your last dose was 8 am Monday and you have a urinalysis at 8 am Wednesday, resulting in a total of 48 hours.
    48 – 4.5 = 43.5 hours remaining then divide 10 Mg / 2 = 5 Mg
    43.5 -4.5 = 39 hours then 5 Mg /2 = 2.5 Mg
    39 – 4.5 = 34.5 then 2.5 /2 = 1.25 Mg
    34.5 – 4.5 = 30 then 1.25/2= .625 Mg Pretty much negative,DOD testing threshold
    30- 4.5= 25.5 then .625/2= .3125 –
    25.5 -4.5 = 21 then .3125/2 = .1565 Mg – no more worries beyond this point
    21- 4.5 = 16.5 then .1565 /2= .07825

    Total Clearance Time: 4.5 x 7 = 31.5 hours to clear 10 MG of Oxycodone from a typical person with normal urinary functions. It helps to drink lots water. For DOD Personnel, you can dilute your sample without repercussions by consuming at least a liter of water an hour prior to the test. Make sure you get your initial urinal evacuation out of the way and submit a test after subsequent evacuations. This is because DOD labs is based on threshold not presence of a drug.

    Just doing this because I also took a risk taking someones meds instead of going to sick call. Option was self report or either risk it. Fortunately I had nothing to worry about.

  20. I have gone to this same clinic for about 8 years so I have a good rapport with them and have never abused drugs. In fact, I was thinking about titrating myself off of the Norco slowly to see if my pain still required an Opoid and maybe taking something else not so addicting. Any suggestions?

  21. Hi. I take Norco for arthritic pain only and not to get high. I’ve taken two to three per day for about seven years and have never needed more or do I seek to get more. My problem is while Xmas shopping with a girlfriend I did not have my Norco with me but my friend, having a recent knee replacement had her Percoset with her and I borrowed one (7.5) but only took half. This was on Saturday. To my surprise, my pain management Dr. Did a random urine test on Monday afternoon and I’m wondering if that small amount will show? I am 50 and weigh 120. I never take Percoset and only did because my legs were starting to ache and I knew that Norco was compatible and wouldn’t hurt me. My history at this clinic has been a good one without any such incidences as this. Do you think it will show in the testing and if so, what will happen? Honestly, it was innocent. I know that you are not supposed to do what I did but it was out of convenience. I didn’t want to drive home to get my Norco. Good news please!

    1. Hi Carol. All pain medications show up the same in drug tests – as opiates, which is actually the drug that is in the pain meds. Now, if your doctor tests for hydrocodone and oxycodone separately, you might show positive for both oxy and hydro. But, I really suspect this scenario because it really was a small dose.

    1. Hello Diane. Detection of Percocet depends upon a number of factors like dosage, its frequency, your weight, etc. Generally speaking, oxycodone, as a main ingredient in Percocet, stays in the system, and can be detected 1-3 days after the intake.

  22. Hey ,
    So I was in a car accident a few years back. Doc had me on Demerol for a while. But than changed it Percocet. I’m have been taking them for about 2.5 years. Taking 8+ pills a day! I’m getting sick of the feeling they are giving me. I get abdominal pain dizziness fatigue twitching just weird feelings coming over my body. I want to get off these I hate the way I’m feeling please do anyone have any tips on where to start. How to start I would really appreciate it. I don’t want to feel like this daily. The only soloutine is get off these pills. So if there is anyone out there than want to help me I would so appreciate it! Hope to hear from someone. Xoxo

  23. I took 5 percots Friday thru out the day, I had a urine test today they dosage was 5/325, will they show up on my urine test?

  24. i took a urine drug test at 315 pm an drunk a 5/325 percocet at 145 pm the same day will my test be positive

  25. Please I want to get off my pain pills but it’s the withdrawals that are keeping me on them.I’ve heard the only way to not have withdrawals is by taking other drugs is there an herb or something I can take instead.I’m taking pain pills legally but I feel Luke a drug addict when I don’t take it right after the 6 hours is up.I start twitching and can’t relax.please help me what can I do

  26. In urine test can perc show up one week later if its a 7.5 & 5 were used in 24hr time then no longer & haven’t been taken for about 1-2 yrs. Ty very much.

  27. Hello, I am prescribed percocet 5/325 for chronic knee pain. And I took a couple of percocet 10/325 from an old prescription. Will the 10/325 show up different on a urine drug screen? I took 2. 10/325 Friday. Will it show up different on the drug screen Monday afternoon? Thank you!

  28. Hello:
    I have been taking 5-325 of Oxycodone three times a day for 1.5 years for both cervical spinal compression/herniated discs and herniated discs in my lumbar spine, causing nerve pain in my arms, neck pain and severe, debilitating bilateral sciatica. I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by a neurologist which I believe gives me a whole body pain/ache, similar to flu symptoms. I also take, on rare occasion, Oxycotin 10 mg, for breakthrough pain. I am due for a surgical consult and will be reviewing my recent MRI’s with a Neurological Surgeon at the end of the month. I suffer in pain 24/7, and nothing so far has relieved the pain other tun Oxycodone. I understand it’s probably through it’s chemical affect, worsening my pain, but I have 5 children and must function for them; these pills get me out of bed and give me some quality of life. I have a few questions at this point:
    (1) Do I stand a chance of liver damage from this pill with this quantity as my Pain Management Doctor said I’m on a low dose, and it’s not a high level of daily acetaminophen.
    (2) When I do discontinue this drug, what measures will I take to help combat the withdrawal symptoms? Do you have any suggestions for drugs to help wean me off, or for other medications w/o acetaminophen with similar pain relief effects?
    (3) I am due for an annual physical: do the Oxycodone pills affect the Lab results or alter my levels?; I heard it may affect liver and lipid panels.
    Thank you very much for your time!
    Best Regards,

    1. Hi Kate. Your liver shouldn’t be in danger if you don’t have previous liver damage or you are not abusing the medication. Your doctor can run tests from time to time to check if your liver and kidneys are working properly. It also shouldn’t influence your lab results significantly and of course, you should tell the doctor and nurses that you are taking prescribed doses of Oxycodone. When you’ll feel ready to quit the medication, you should first talk to your doctor to help you create a gradual tapering schedule. This will help you greatly. Your doctor can also prescribe other meds to help you deal with withdrawal symptoms. At home you can treat your withdrawal with flu and cold medications bought from the pharmacy. Ginger and peppermint teas can address symptoms of nausea and gastro intestinal discomfort. Also, many people say hot baths, hot pads, and hot/cold can really help address muscle aches.

  29. I have to take a urine screen. I took sixty mg of oxycodone. Seventy two hrs will jave lapsed. Wondering if levels will be low enough.

  30. I ‘ve been prescribe percocets for some medical condition I need to know if I’m addictive to them,when I experience pain I take and still works after years of using them I just had a liver test it came out normal just need to know if I can stop without having to be sick physically

  31. Hi Patsy. Have you tried staging an intervention? If done properly it can help get your daughter-in-law in rehab and get her sober successfully. Counseling is important, but she needs to take it seriously and commit to it.

  32. My daughter-in-law is addicted to opiates. Her most recent test was positive, 2000 ng/ml. Is this typical of a normal prescribed dosage, or that of over dosing? She refuses rehab, saying counseling is sufficient. obviously, it’s not.

  33. I have been raking Percocets for several months. Recently I have stopped 12 days ago my friend gave me a tiny piece of suboxone a about 10 days ago. I am looking for a new job and afraid they they drug test, how long should I give the suboxone to get out of my system? I don’t drink or smoke. Thank you

  34. I took 2 oxtcodone 5g on Wednesday. I have to take a drug test Friday. Will they show up? The last time I took them was weeks ago. I don’t drink and don’t smoke. Please help.

  35. I took 1 oxcodone in the 90-period before my hair test. Is this going to put me above the threshold and show positive. If someone could help me out quickly with an answer I would greatly appreciate it.

  36. No it will not. I have jst taken a urine 7 panel AND a standard 5 panel hair follicle test. Bear in mind I used typically regularly ONLY on weekends. The samples were taken Friday & negative results were reported to HR & myself the following Wednesday.

  37. I recently took some hydrocodone on Friday at 1.00 oclock that day and i was given a drug screen later that night at 930 that night.that was the first time I’ve taken any opiates in 40 days will it show up positive?? Because here it is wednesday night I’ve still have not heard anything. The thing is if i was to pass the drug test i wouldn’t here anything back.

  38. Hello Tom. While we can sympathize with your desire to pass a drug test, we do not offer or print advice on how to falsely pass drug screens. If you are given a drug screen for “Extended Opioids”, oxycodone can be detected within 2-4 days after last use, depending on the amount that you take daily.

  39. I have to take a drug test to get my license back how can I pass the test I take Percocet not given by doctor how long do they wait till test is given I have two dui in 5 yrs I don’t drink or anything else can I take something to pass the test thankyou

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