How long does codeine stay in your system?

Codeine only stays in your system for a couple of days. More about codeine detection windows for blood, hair, and urine tests here.

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Reviewed by: Dr. Dili Gonzalez, M.D.

The body quickly absorbs and metabolizes codeine narcotics.

So for most standard blood or urine screens, codeine will be detectable for 1-2 days.  However, codeine is detectable in hair for longer periods of time. If you are looking for help with codeine abuse or addiction, you can find answers to your many questions and learn what happens during codeine addiction treatment programs in our comprehensive guide on Treatment and Help for Codeine Addiction. We also invite your questions about codeine at the end of the page.

Main codeine uses

Codeine is used as a pain reliever in cases of mild to moderate pain, and to help relieve coughing when over-the-counter medications aren’t strong enough. Codeine belongs to the opiate class of medications and it alters the brain and nervous system’s response to pain. This psychoactive effect can cause numbing effects in the body and suppress the body’s cough reflex, but it can also cause a euphoric high that people chase when they take codeine to get high.

How do you take codeine?

Codeine comes in tablet, capsule, and solution form. When used for medical reasons, codeine is taken orally. However, codeine can also be abused. Some abusers will drink excessive amounts of codeine cough syrup to try to achieve a euphoric high. Codeine abusers also chew or crush the tablets to release all the medication at once. They may also crush the tablets and either snort them, or dissolve them in water and inject the mixture into the blood. These modes of administration are not recommended, as they increase risk of dependence, overdose and death.

Peak levels and half life of codeine

Codeine starts to take effect quickly. It reaches peak levels in about 30 minutes, at 200 ng/ml. After peak effect, codeine has a half-life of about 3 hours.

Codeine drug testing: How long does codeine stay in the body?

Narcotics like codeine clear the body fairly quickly. Most likely, codeine is detectable by drug testing for only a couple of days after last use. In general, blood screens for codeine are the least likely way to detect the opiate drug, followed by urine and hair tests.

How long does codeine stay in blood?

Due to its short half-life, codeine doesn’t stay in the blood long-term. In fact, codeine will typically fall beneath detectable levels after a day. Blood tests will probably only be ordered in situations requiring medical treatment for potential overdose or other adverse effects.

How long does codeine stay in hair?

Hair follicle samples testing for drugs such as codeine is not standard for pre-employment or workplace drug screens and is only usually used to monitor people in drug treatment programs. Still, codeine can be detected in hair for about 90 days. This detection window depends on the length of your hair is and how much codeine you’ve taken in the past. Trace amounts of codeine will be harder to detect than chronic abuse.

How long does codeine stay in urine?

The exact amount of time that codeine is detectable in urine depends on the amount of codeine a person is taking, what formulation of the drug they’re using, and how long they’ve used it. Typically, codeine can be detected in urine for only 1 or 2 days. It can be detectable for slightly longer when someone’s last dose was a very large amount, or if someone has chronically abused codeine.

Codeine and addiction

Codeine is an addictive drug. In fact, codeine can be habit-forming in those who use it to manage long-term pain and those who abuse it intentionally. Codeine abusers experience withdrawal when they don’t have access to the medication and will crave codeine when it is no longer acting in the body. Codeine abusers and addicts are at a greater risk of overdose, as opiate tolerance leads them to taking higher and higher doses of codeine to achieve euphoric effect.

Problems with codeine?

Do you think that you have a problem with codeine? You probably do. If you struggle with codeine addiction, a doctor can refer you to therapies which will help, including medications and psychological treatment. So talk first with your primary physician and seek referral to an addiction specialist to learn more.

Codeine in your system questions

If we still haven’t answered your question(s) about codeine in the system, please leave your question(s) below. We are more than happy to respond to you personally, and will do so as quickly as possible. If we cannot answer your codeine question, we will refer you to someone who can.

Reference Sources: DMME: Drug Free Workplace
Medline Plus: Codeine
Toxnet: Codeine

PubChem: Codeine
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Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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  1. I have been on codalgin forte paracetamol 500mg codeine phosphate 30mg for 6 years now I can take up to 8 a day if required for pain. How long will it take to leave your saliva for a road side test there are new laws coming in for drug driving where I am and I have to drive most days. I am not affected by the medication but I don’t think the test or police will care about that more that I have it in my system.

  2. If you have Tylenol with codeine for three days prescribed and three days after last dose if I take regular Tylenol will it bring codeine levels up in a drug test?

  3. Are cocaine and codeine consider the same in a drug test and in a drug test is there a way to know the difference just a question want to see what my brother is abusing

  4. I have a old scipt for tylenol 3. I took 9 in three days due to a migraine. I have a urine test in 7 days. Will it test positive.

  5. Hi, I took to tylenal3 with codeine on Thursday at 7pm I have a drug screen on Monday day at 4…I didn’t realize what I took and as soon as I took it I went up stairs and throw up for 10 min. And I haven’t had an opiate for 5 years…will I be ok to take itest

  6. I only take co/codamol every now and then not every week
    I was told if I have to do a drug test it would come back as morphine even if it has been over 3 before I have taken them i believe cocaine it a opate can it turn into morphine in it body

  7. My husband took 1-10 ML dose of Virtussin AC Syrup Thursday evening, and he has a urine drug test in the morning, April 9th. Will the codeine show up on his drug test? Thank you!

  8. Hi. If codeine is being abused so roughly 10 tablets every second day or so,how long until it leaves the system and a urine test can be done ? What can be done to have it not detected in your test ? Any info on how to have it clear in 3 days will help

  9. I am insane abuser of codeine daily i consume 400 ml and am taking from a long period and even am a NA member i’ve been relapse back from 3yrs. I was clean for 16 or 19 months but now i cant look forward for my future and am totally zero in everything i wants to start my courier and i have criminal records with 9 cases. I badly need help from someone and i know only my ALLAH can help me by sending help from you so plz if you can help so plz i beg u all. And i dont want anybody to know that i am relaps and again m goin to do rehab brother sister who ever you are for god sake help me thanku.

  10. Not addicted but it feels like the best thing for me when I can’t sleep. I’ve tried every herbal, medicine, food, tea over the counter sleeping pill Thorzadone. Meditation, music, and pillow shapes. I can not sleep. But codeine is the only thing that works. I will sleep for an hour then up for 5 hours then back to sleep until 5 am for work. I know stress is the root but can’t change the job. A teacher from a low-income city. Bla bla bla, it works!

  11. I’m currently on 30/500 co-codamol prescription and also been taking extra codeine for my pain is this ok to carry on as I’m finding I’m taking about 8 tabs co-codamol plus up to 6 8 codeine as well would like info I’m I’m doing wrong many thanks

  12. I started taking codeine #3 once at night for sleep due to pain about a week ago. I will have shoulder surgery in 5 days and wonder if I should not take that 1 pill any longer. Will It have any deleterious effect on me?

  13. I have stopped taking prescription solpadol 30/500 after 10 years I was not exceeding the recommend dose 8 a day I was feel crap flew
    Like symptom so I started taking 8/500 from the chemists 6 a day I am going to see doctors Monday.

  14. I had 5mil of cough medicine with codeine around 4:30. I had a small glass of wine around 10:30. Should I be concerned?

  15. I been failing my drug tests for 2 weeks for drinking Codeine,can you tell me how it’s still in my system if I haven’t used in 3 weeks?

  16. My husband does not use hydrocodone but he took one last night because of some knee pain. It was a 325/10. How long will it stay in his urine.

  17. I was taking codeine after surgery and have extreme itching on my legs. I previously took a codeine cough product and had itching on my arms that went away very quickly after stopping the cough medicine.
    I stopped the codeine from the surgery about 3 days ago but the itching on my legs continues. How long does it usually take for the codeine to clear my system so that the itching stops?

  18. I was prescribed co-codamol many years ago as i have osteoarthiritis,after many yrs. on this I have now been given Zapain…5 days ago i started cutting down the dose from 2 every 4hrs. to now none at all..i now take ibuprofen and paracetamol… problems have arisen last evening,pounding heart,flu like symptoms,extreme anger,shaking…could this be withdrawal symptoms?? and if so,how long will it take to ease off please??

  19. I took 6 tylenol4 with code in a day ago and two more today(60mg) have a 5 panel dot test tomorrow. Will it show up. I am 6 foot and weigh 140

  20. Hi there 7yrs ago I got non Hodgkin lymphoma, so when all the treatment was over I was put on co-codamol 30-500 for twitching legs, arms etc:. I take 2 tablets every night as my legs/arms move all the time but the co-codamol relaxes me. Does this mean I’m addicted? Don’t think I could sleep without them!! Thanks

  21. Hi, I’ve been taking cocodamol for 10 years due to breaking my neck in a bike accident. I’m due to go for a medical soon and this medication is banned from my specific workplace. I never take this medication during the day only after my work has finished in the evenings. Is it likely to show up in a urine test? I could probably stop taking it for 3/4 days b4 the medical just as a precaution. I’m not trying to cheat the system, when I’m working I hardly feel the burning/ pain in my back & leg but as soon as I switch off and relax it all comes flooding back. Just need to pass this urine screen, the medical is for a certain training course, and once I pass the course I will rarely use the specific ticket I will get, so I just need to pass the urine test.
    Regards Gary.

  22. If Codeine is stopped and a care home give one extra dose than specified (one tablet of 30mg) what harm would that cause if anything to a patient’s well being
    Thank you

  23. I’ve been taking Tylenol#4 for the past 5 days I have a drug test in 5 days from now if I stop taking the Tylenol #4 today will it show up in my urine.

  24. I had to submit a urine sample for drinking will they look for other things like drugs in my system or will it specifically be alcohol only

  25. Hi.. so for the last three days I have abused 384mg codeine per .. I have a urinalysis in 4 days.. Tuesday morning ( last used today at 3.00pm).. if I don’t take any more should by rights I give a negative result to urinalysis.. or should I wait longer?.. thank you, zach

  26. Hi I’ve had a hair strand test and the results are saying I had codiene I havnt taken co_codamol for over 12 months but I used to take 15 _20 a day why is it saying I’m still having codiene I’m in the middle of a court case about my baby as I was a long term heroin user and it’s really frightening

  27. does tylenol 3 break down into morphine and if so how long after your last use? and how long will it show up as morphine in a drug test?

  28. Alot of doctors scripts of codeine end up in an adiction but people think nor Am ok I only got them of the doctor.ive been a heroin addict and when you on codeine it’s pretty similar to living a heroin lifestyle

  29. i did a urine test for codiene once ,in decemeber and i want to go for another now,i have not taken since then,will it still show?

  30. I am addicted to Tylenol #3. I took 20 of them from about 10 am until about 11 pm. Is that a fatal dose for a 4 ft 11 inch female weighing 162lbs? I am not trying to off myself. I have 3 daughters. I am trying to come off the darn things. I just fell off the wagon so to speak and i am too embarrassed to tell my doctor or anyone else. Please respond!

  31. I’m on disability and I’ve taken codeine to help with my cold and cough but I was piss tested yesterday by my doctor someone has told me the govern mentioned will stop my benefits if they find anything in my system hat shouldn’t be? Is this true or false

  32. I normally do take codeine but I’m not an addict I do it for the euphoric effect at my leasure time but I want to know exactly how I can get codeine out of my system if I do take daily

  33. I took 2 Tylenol 3 in April for a tooth ache.. Now i have a hair follicle test for employment i was wondering if it will show up if i only took 2 them ..

  34. I took about 180mg of codeine of Robotussin AC in one shot, one time and didn’t take any before or after that. I have a dipstick drug test today which is Monday in the afternoon and I drank this codeine syrup last Thursday night. Im 200 pounds, male, 6’1″, about 13% bodyfat, and exercise 3-4x a week. Will I fail for opiates in my test today??

  35. I’ve been taking 8-10 solphadine per day since Aug 15 I’m trying to get off it and was wondering how long the coding will remain in my system as I’m completely off it 3-4 day now and feely fairly rough , mood swings and headaches mostly

  36. Hi I quit codeine 4 days ago but I use to take up to 12 tablets a day can u tell me if in 4 days I will still have a reading of codeine in my urine sample and if so will it be high

  37. I want to take Tylenol with codeine but I am afraid it will come out in my system. I just want to take one pill do too amounts of coughing from my cold. The reason I ask is because I’m going up for a job next week and they do urine and hair testing. The one that worries me is the hair follicle. I have never taken any Tylenol with codeine before but I’m afraid it will come out. Will i be ok if I take it today April 18th 2017 and Will i be ok on th 24th or 25th of April? It will only be one pill.

  38. I have been addicted to sulphadine for 20 years I am 2 months clean at present. I am experiencing still a lot of muscle cramping and other symptoms. How long does this continue until my brain chemistry and pysycial body is normalised. ???

  39. I took a Tylenol 4 bout 5 am yesterday morning I need to take a dot physical so I can start driving would I pass or fail drug test if took tomorrow morning I’ve been drinking alot of water only took cause was severely hurting have a metal rod in back n one in hip due to convoy being blown up in Afghanistan

  40. My mum who has advancing dementia was prescribed codeine last November for possible pain arising from gallstones although I do not believe she has been in pain. From that time mum gas been suffering from increasingly prolonged bouts of anxiety attacks, drowsyness and lack of appetite. This has been put down to dementia but I have a creeping feeling this is caused by codeine. Could this be the case? I have asked the Home to stop administering codeine. If she were in pain surely this should be investigated anyway not just be given codeine in case. In addition, could she now suffer from codeine addiction which means she will also have withdrawal symptoms please?

  41. how long does codeine and promethazine stay in your urine for am trying to get into the marines and they want a urine test by Thursday would i be clean by then.

  42. How can a woman get ride of codeine from her system after taking it for long before she realised she was pregnant

  43. I was tested for opiates in my drug clinic and had a positive for opiates. I had not taken any heroin but had taken codeine small amount a couple of days before test so if like to know is there a test kit i cld grt to detect codeine?

  44. Was taking co codomol 30/500 for 20+ years for back pain, recently was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and put on dyhydracodien +gabapentin. To cut a long story didn’t like side effects and decided to wean myself off . Had very bad withdrawal and am now taking nothing . Wondered hospital long codien takes to leave your system having taken it for so long ?

  45. I took a urine test today. I thought they asked if you were using any prescription meds? I have rx for virtussin and took a 5 ml dose on Tuesday. I usually don’t worry about these things but I really want this job lol.

  46. Hi,I’m 53 and have been addicted to codeine since I was 16,thankfully,I’ve weaned myself off it in the last month.My health started to suffer and it caused me to have fecal impaction and had numerous hospital visits,xrays,scans,and loads of other procedures.I would like codeine to be prescription only as thousands of people are abusing this drug,it made me extremely I’ll to the point of suicidal thoughts as my stomach problems took over my life.I feel great now without this poison,my head is clear again and I’m a lot richer as they are not cheap,thanks for listening to me ranting on,I just want people to think before they take those little white killers,Suzanne.

  47. I am not perfect In English. ….pls understand
    I take codeine last 08 year 1 to 2 bottles a day. now I looking sum sex problem in my life.. but when I don’t take codeine my sex power no work properly and my body is also not sutable..
    Can u help me how can I done for leave tha codeine permanently from my life….

  48. I fell on cement hurt back which is deteriorating broke foot twice one year and femur bone in leg Dr won’t give me any bikes till appt the 8th I found some tylonol 4s been taking them so much pain been getting pee tested every 6 months do you think they will the 8th since I haven had any help please

  49. I had a bad fall on Christmas morning and broke or fractured a rib. Medication was Cocodomol which was constipating, so my Doctor, at the beginning of January, put me on Codeine Phosphate and Paracetemol, to be taken 4 times a day, or 2 of each if this was not sufficient. I have not taken any tablets today and cannot sleep. Is this because I have stopped taking the tablets?

  50. A friend of mine took acetaminophen/ codein she went the next day and had a drug test she failed the test they said there was meth in her system does this medicine show up as meth she doesn’t do drugs,

  51. So I smoked a few blunts last night laced with codeine syrup. I have a drug test in 3 days, not worried about the marijuana showing up but I am worried about the syrup. Should I even be worried?

  52. my husband has not taken codeine for 2 months, instead he has been given Oxycodone for his pain. but he still tests positive for codeine why would that happen

    Thank you

  53. I just took 40 ml of guaifenesin-codeine soon 100…I have a drug test probably urine in 4 days at 9:00 a.m. will I pass my screen…I weigh 18lbs at 6’0 tall. I do not use on a regular basis…I take presciption tramadol everyday tho…will I test positive in 4 days?

  54. hi,
    I had urine drug test yesterday about 22.30 at my work. About 6 hours before that I had taken 1 tablet of co-codamol 15/500 to release my eye pain. This medication was prescribed to me to take as required because I had a corneal transplant surgery 2 years ago and i still have some stitches in my eye, that why sometimes i have eye pain. I had written a notice about this medication before i did a test. do you think my drug test will be positive.
    Thank you
    hi iffa

  55. I have been withdrawing from Suboxone 2mg strip for 8 days. Yesterday (day 7) I took 360mg of Codiene. Will this put my withdrawal symptoms back to day 1?

  56. Hi,
    I have been taking co codamol 15/500 for about 3 months now as pain relief after a car accident.I recently done a drug test in work and it has come back positive. The readings were very high . I only take 2 in the morning and 2 at night. Can anyone tell me why my readings where so high. I know you are meant to eat something when taking them but i dont take breakfast or lunch i only would have one main meal a day when i come home from work. On Saturday before the test on Monday i didnt get any sleep as i was in casualty with my son until 5am in the morning and then straight into work. Could this effect the high reading.


  57. Sir I am codeine cough syrup addict over 8 years. I use daily 8 to 1o bottles of codex phensydyl e.t.c. now I want recover from this . I tried lot of times to stop this addiction but I stop 2 days only after that I take that how I can recover from this . is there any test to calculate how much codeine deposit in my body plz tell me

  58. Yesterday I was prescribed cough syrup with codeine it was the one ending in tussin anyway i took 10 ml of it at 11pm and had a drug test at 2pm the next day will it show up in the utine thats what 15 hours since i took it? I only took the one dosage. It was my boyfriend’s medicine and i dont have a prescription.

  59. I took Tylenol with codeine Sunday morning at 10am. I was in pain and since I am not working I don’t have insurance to go to the doctor. I had tylenol with codeine from my 12 old son that he didn’t take so I took some. It was a low dose. I haven’t taken it before and was just trying to help my pain. But today which is Tuesday I got a job offer and I had to take a 5 panel drug screen at 3. Will I fail it because I took it on Sunday? It

  60. my mom received double dose of codeine cough medicine in the hospital 4 x daily for 6 days- is that enough time and dosage for her to experience withdrawal symptoms? And how long before she is feeling better if so. She is 90 lbs and 79 years old and has a serious lung disease which made them wish to eliminate as much coughing as possible.

  61. Hi. I have been taking Zapain 30mg ,2 four times a day for about 2 months for severe back pain. Is that enough for me to get addicted to them. I am on repeat perscription. I haven’t taken any today and am feeling a bit anxious. Is it possible to get addicted after 2 months only and if not how long does it take before you become addicted.

  62. Hey so today I took 30mg x 4 of codeine all at once and I feel kind of drowsy and very dizzy, I have also been sick and I cannot sleep. I am too scared to go to the hospital as I don’t want my mum to find out. Will I be alright if I just stayed at home and slept?

  63. Hi I saw this in the article above and wondered what dose this referred to.

    Peak levels and half life of codeine
    Codeine starts to take effect quickly. It reaches peak levels in about 30 minutes, at 200 ng/ml. After peak effect, codeine has a half-life of about 3 hours.

  64. I took co codamol 10pm Friday. Is it possible that it caused heart racing, hot flushes followed by feeling cold last night. I haven’t taken any other meds
    . No alcohol or caffeine

  65. I had been taking codeine for about 4 days for back pain and felt very dopy on it. I have not taken any now for two days and still feel dizzy and thick headed. How long will this last, or should I contact my doctor?

  66. I took caught syrup (given to me by my husband while sick ). We didn’t know it contained codein..I only took it 1-dose a day for 5-days. That was 16 days ag.. If I drug test (ua) on Monday… Will it still be a positive resul..? The urine is sent to a lab, if that matter.. I know they do test for metabolized medications also. Please help. I’ve NEVER used drugs so I’m worried about my credibility. THANK YOU!!

  67. Hey i drank 1oz of codiene syrup which is 30mg just one time 7 days ago how long would it stay in my system

  68. Will it take longer then the 1-2 days you’ve talked about to get codeine outta my urine if I drank a whole bottle off it last night? I need to be able to pass a drug test on Tuesday. :/

  69. Hey i just want to know i drank 1 ounce of promethazine with codeine once and how long will it take to get out of my system

  70. Hello, I have been taking 30.9mg of codeine syrup some last year November, how long will it take to get out of my system.

    1. Hi Katie. Vomiting may not help eliminate toxic effects, so I suggest you call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

  71. Can I still fall pregnant? Or can my husband get children? Because we both were on codeine quiet some time .

  72. I took 1 tsp. of promethazine-codeine syrup for a cough that my mother gave me 3-4 days ago. Tomorrow I have a hair follicle test for a job. Will that be enough to alter my test results?

  73. I’m 170 pounds and im 5′ 7. I took one tylenol 3 and had a urine test the next day. Will it be clean?

  74. Hi,
    This isn’t an addiction related question. Rather one relating to the side effects of codeine.
    I have been taking cocodamol for 2 days for pain relief. Unfortunately I’m suffering terribly from the nausea side effect. I’ve stopped taking it and thought that after the drug had finished working then I would stop feeling sick but it’s been 6 hours and I still can’t sit up without wanting to vomit.

    How long will it take for the side effect to wear off?

  75. I have been a codeine abuser from last 5 years in form of cough syrup having composition of 10 mg codeine per bottle with Avg 3 bottles a day.I am trying hard to get rid of it.but all in vain.My wife knows about this and had tried a lot to get me out of this..Finally she met a doctor who has prescribed her Naltrexone tablet to be given,and I too want to start it.So pls suggest wat should be the time gap between your last codeine dose and starting Naltrexone.

  76. Hi there , I’ve been taking codipar (paracetamol/codeine) for a tooth and nerve pain that I’ve had for the last week . The tooth was removed and I have now stopped taking the pain killers . I am feeling very shaky , and dizzy since yesterday since I stopped taking them I assume it’s coming down from the codeine . How long will this last . By the way I was eating the tablets like smarties sweets due to very bad pain . Thanks

  77. Hi, I am taking codydramol 1.5 tabs every 4 hrs and have now been subscribed naproxen instead. How long please is it before I can take naproxen after last dosecof codydramol 4 hours ago ? Thank u. Codydramol 10mg/500 mg. Tabs.

  78. So today april 6 . I took a little sip of this girls lean mixed with sprite and jolly rancher.. i didn’t know it had lean. ( cough syrup) and tommorow april 7 i go report to probation and im scared they will try to drug test me and for me to come out dirty . This was my 1st time it was only a sip .. odk what to do im scared my test mayne at 4pm.

  79. I took 100mg of tylonel 3 w/ codeine. That was 17 days ago. Will it show up in my hair test? That is they only time in my life I took it

  80. I have been using or abusing codeine for over a year taking up to 36 tablets a day. Im down to only 6 tablets a week for the last 3 weeka but my hair keeps falling out excesivily. Must I completely stop using even if its just 6 tablets a week now for my hair to stop falling out in large amounts. I can even see my scalp on some places. If i stop completely with the 6 tablets a week how long until my hair stops falling out. I cant carry on like thia because i will be bold soon and thats why i has a fright and went down from 36 tablets a day to only 6 a week. I just wanna know if i completely stop how long will it take for my hair to stop falling out? 90 days???


  81. I took 2 teaspoons of promethazine/codein last night before bed because i was having a bad cough. I havent taken it for 3 months prior to last night and that was when i had a bad cough as well. I have a drug test this tuesday which is in 3 days. Should i be worried or will i be okay?

  82. I had been taking cocodamol 500/30 4 times a day for 5yrs. I’m now on day 11 of withdrawal. How long does it take to leave my system please as the withdrawal effects are getting me so down

  83. my daughter is on court order drug testing and one test came out with a positive for a low amount codeine in her system and she is telling me she doesn’t know how it got there all her test have come back negative for over 4 months also she swears she really don’t even know what the drug is

  84. My friend has a urine test to do in 24 hours and has taken more tylenol 3 then what prescribe will the high levels show in her urine test

  85. Hi, a friend of mines who’s passed away recently has had a toxicity report done that says he had cocaine in his system. I was wondering if you could give me a list of medicines (prescribed or over the counter) that would contain a substance like that. I’m asking because I don’t know him to be a coke user and I definitely know him to be against addiction. Please help. Thank you

  86. Iv takn 5 /20mg of codeine pain killers was on stronger but I requested my gp i didn’t want to take dem the pain was to bad so I took over the countér neurfen flus just 5 how long wil it take for dem to leave my urine

  87. I can not tolerate morphine, codeine or anything similar–I suppose I’m hypersensitive. Because of a bad cough, my Dr. prescribed a Rx that had codeine in it…and I was not aware. It has been about 24 hours now since my last (and second 5ml) dose and my head hasn’t been right yet. How can I flush this out of my system sooner rather than later. Thank you
    Signed…Head in the Fog

  88. Hi I am reovering from a codeine addiction and I have been clean now the last 8 weeks I am on a methadone program and I get tested every Tuesday however I had my period this week and I took 4 nurofen plus containing codeine today Thursday will it be gone out of my system for my urine test at the clinic on Tuesday ?

  89. Hi, I took ty.#3 that has codeine on Monday about 5 of them I have a drug test on friday.will it show up ….I drink alot of water too.

  90. Hi, I took ty.#3 that has coding on Monday about 5 of them I have a drug test on friday.will it show up ….I drink alot of water too.

  91. Hey I used to have a prescription for codeine contin 100mg 2x in 24 hours but lost it because I was taking extra on the side. well I’m having blood work done tomorrow and I scored 1 150 mg tablet and I snorted it at 6:00 pm and my appointment is at 12:30 the next day will it be detected and will they know I snorted it? Please help very worried ?

  92. My friend is an addict who is also doing a 2 year program through the courts instead of doing jail time ( he is on his last 6 months clean) and my question is can a person test positive for codeine if they haven’t taken it in years, on a drug test….and can over the counter cold remedies and over the counter inflammatory like Naproxen make for a false positive test?

  93. I have been taking Panadine extra about 4 a day. 2 in morn ,2 at night. I am 65 and work still as a hair dresser so I have Bursitis in my hips and long days aren’t good. Plus Arthritis etc. I am worried the tablets are not good to take and don’t want to take them all the time. I am getting a bit light headed and wondering if when I don’t take them that happens . Thank you for your reply.

  94. Just started taking codeine with acetomenophen for the ACL reconstruction surgery I had yesterday. Now that the nerve blocker has worn off, I am in so much pain, my muscles are tensing and I’m starting to shake. Took my prescription dose at 5:30 this morning and have not felt a change in pain and its now 7:30. How long do I need to wait before I switch to hydrocodone? I don’t want to overlap them too soon, but I can’t handle staying in this much pain without doing something about it.

  95. if I had a urine reading of 50 000 ng/ml how many milligrams does that mean I took of codeine? I have a prescription for codeine contin 100mg 4 times a day and codeine 30mg 4 times a day does that add up to the reading? also I had another urine test in the past and it showed up negative even though I was taking the same prescription as above why is that? also my hair follicle tests always come back negative is this normal? I also have a friend who takes 8 tablets of Tylenol #1 (which has 8mg of codeine) she takes this amount 4 times a day she has a urine test coming up and wants to know when she should stop this medication so that the test comes out negative? thanks for your response

  96. Hello,

    I work in a pharmaceutical packaging company and am exposed to codeiene dust while wearing a dust mask. I recently took a preemployment hair test for another company and failed for codeine in my system. They said the way it showed up was that it was ingested not inhaled. My question is, if codeine dust got into a dust mask and into my mouth, would it attach to saliva and be absorbed in a way that would cause it to show up as ingested? And if so, how long would it take to be away from any exposure before a hair test would come up clean? Would certain hair locations show lower or higher levels? I was tested using chest hair as my head hair was too short. I had also been working around the codeine dust the night before I went in for the test.

  97. I have a pre-employment medical screening on the 17th of November. How long before then do I have to stay off alcohol and codeine? I take the cough syrup Tuxil-c with codeine. Please I need to pass this test. Help!

  98. ive been taking Tylenol 3 {which has codeine) in them but I do have a scrip for, now I also have been taking oxycodone 5 mg will it show up the same thing on a drug test? this reson iam asking is because iam on probation and I have a drug screen coming up and iam just wanting to know if both of them will show up the same thing?? please help!!

  99. An injured employee was taken to an emergency room and given a drug test at 23:50 and then given 2 codeine tablets at the same clock time. 23:50. Obviously, the hospital states that the drug screen was given before the tablets were give to the patient. The patient states they give him the tablets and then took the drug screen. This is the reason he failed the drug test. The workmen’s compensation adjuster is taking the employee side. Since he believes that the hospital gave the tablets prior to the drug screen, the claim is being accepted. Forgetting the fact that the employee certainly has a vested interest in being untrustful and the hospital would unlikely give a pain killer prior to the drug screen, would it be possible for the codeine to show up within the same minute the drug screen and tablets were given, assuming hospital did provide tablets before drug screen.

  100. I took ty. 4 for 3 days, the only reason I did so, was because my replacement hip, was killing me, I had ran out 3 days of my pain medicine, I have not taken any today, I have to the 8th at 1:00 pm on the 8th. can I pass the drug test. please respond.

  101. I had a really bad toothache and had no medicine to take at the time. I asked my mom if she had anything she gave me tylenol with codeine. She just told me it was for pain and it would make me drowsy thats all. Now, I just took a drug test for work readign about what is 8 hours after I just took the test. Am I in trouble?

  102. Hi my son had motor bike accident and was given cocoa oil 30mg He took them for 3 days and did not agree with him He’s been off them for 2 days but still drops to and walks as tho he’s drunk Could it still be the tablets that’s effecting him

  103. I take a weekly drug test because I am on suboxone. I show up every now and then positive for codeine. I have not taken any drug including codeine since I started suboxone 6 months ago. I dont understand why this is happening. Please help.

  104. After a major operation 4 months ago I was put on 30 Codeine Phosphate they reduced the mg to 15mg when I got home after a long struggle to wean myself off these tablets I managed to stop taking them two weeks ago but am still having withdrawal symptoms burning up inside and shaking how long will this go on, how long will they stay in my system?

  105. I smoked meth last nite around 7pm and I took 1 bentyl 10 mg and 1 tylenol 3 30 mg. I took these at 9 this morning. I havent been to sleep. And I have a panic disorder. Im worry really bad. Am I gonna be ok? Plus my pupils are small.

  106. i took too much of codeine this morning because i am having cough and ever since then ,i have not be myself. I have been visiting toilet for more than 26times today alone. Very weak and dull. My major problem now is my stomach, very painful and blood is coming out of my anus each time i enter toilet. Please,what can i use?

    1. Hi Festus. Blood in your stool is a sign of an internal stomach or intestinal bleeding and should not be happening. Do you have gastritis or an ulcer? Please go see a doctor immediately.

  107. I got guardianship of my grandson who is 20 months old I got him on August 5th and on August 10th he had a drs appt I suspected drug abuse on him and on the 11th I took him for blood work ordered by the dr the test came back 3 days later for codeine I never gave my grandson anything my son said his aunt did is it possible and how in that time frame to be positive

  108. My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10+ years ago. He did radiation therapy which caused him to go through a lot of pain . He’s cured of the prostate cancer it’s just the reaction to the radiation resulted in him having to be prescribed Tylenol 4 codeine. Once his meds run out his body goes through what I call withdrawals; he has aches and pains, insomnia, lose bowels at times and muscle aches. Is there anything he can do to prevent having these problems when his meds run out?

  109. I never taken promethazine w/codine before its been about 6 days ago .I only took 2 tablespoon. No more. I need to take a urine drug test with In 2 day that will be 7 whole days. I need to be sure Will it show up n my system are to I need more time.

  110. Hi iv taken codene last week. Two one night, then four another night, then six another night. That was 5 days ago now. I haven’t taken anymore but for the last 4 days iv had morning nausea and vomitting. I am wondering if this is a side effect or early pregnancy sign? Hope you can help me! Thanks

  111. Hi I Gave my 10 year old child paNadine with 8mg of codine about 3:30pm to reduce his fever,at 10pm can I give him ibuprofen

  112. I have been on tynel 3 for 4 years loss lots of weight,and gotten very sick I stopped taken the #3 and the pain in my legs oh boy is that normal after being on for so long I had to go on them after being off for aweek so for being on for that long could this be withdraw and should I come off them slowly

  113. I’ve taken tynel 3 with codeine I took 6 30mg tablets in a 12 hr period how long would it take to exit my system

  114. l was given malaria treatment but after have finished malaria treatment l developed a very bad headache so I went back to the hospital and l was given co-coldam. Please kindly help me to know how long it stays in ones body.

  115. I have just taken codipar,and now have the shakes and don’t feel right at all,took 2 tabs for pain in my head which has been there on and off for a few days,could I be allergic to codiene?

  116. i was tested first time last month and take 2 Tylenol #4 twice a day for breakthrough pain as I use Fentanyl 50 mcg patch every 3 days, and my urine came up positive for morphine! I also use premarin, prednisolone and soma for muscle relaXING. wHY WOULD MY URINE COME UP POSITIVE FOR MORPHINE? I must also take Zyrtec now for allergies and had to give myself a shot of epinephrine a couple of days before test, also 50 mg of benadryl on way to hospital. Why did I test positive for morpine?

  117. I have been taking codeine for over three years. I started taking 30mg every 4 hours but usually only once a day. Now I am up to 180 mg every two or three days. As far as I’m concerned I’m taking too much. I want to be able to lessen the amount and for it to work as it did before. I know I’m not addicted to it as if I run out of my prescription I can go a few weeks without it. I don’t drink or take any other mind altering drugs except trazadone at bed time. I just don’t want to become addicted and I want it to work so I can take thre or even two pills at a time and have the pain gone! Plus my Gi thinks taking codeine is really bad for CROHN’S disease. Can anyone help please?

  118. I’ve been taking codeine cough syrup for 8 months for a cough that won’t stop. I have no more cough syrup… Still have my cough…. And am an emotional wreck. I cry a lot and desperately want my own mind back. This has been a two edged sword for me because I wasn’t sleeping due to my cough so taking the syrup was easy. All too easy. Please advise me how to get this out of my system so I can get myself back. Desperately seeking a solution.

  119. i need to know how long Tylenol with codeine 300 mg-30 stays in your system. I had to stop taking it for my CDL. So I rake aleive now. I stopped taking it Monday will have another drug screen this coming up Monday on the 6 th. will it be out of my system.

  120. My husband had a migraine on Sunday I have him a Tylenol 3 and he ended up having to take a drug test on Tuesday will he be ok

  121. I took a drug test for therapy and it came up positive for codeine and I’ve never taken codeine in my life. How is this possible ?

  122. I use tylenol #3 about six pills a day every three or four days.. I am applying for a job and I know they drug test.. how long will it take to get out of my urine? I am heavy set. 5’4

  123. Message to April.I’m about 2yrs.late.Codeine addiction is =TO Herion addict if not worse.Save yourself. If He doesn’t recognize the problem, your life is in serious danger.Love is.only a.WORD when drugs are in the pic.There.are safer,non-narcotic pain reliever that GETS. the.job done.I’m texting from experience and NO turning back.the.clock but.set the.alarm for LIFE!GOD BLESS

  124. My mom has taken codeine for approximately 25 years!!! She had untreatable headaches based on dr’s diagnosis and still refuses that she is addicted to codeine…i tried to convince her that she has to stop but she would not listen!! She moved from an older drug to solpadeine at about 15+ years ago…and i want to show her that she is in fact addicted (taking more than 6 pills a day)…i want to know how to test for codeine addiction if there is any possible way
    P.s: when she cuts it off she has nausea and a huge headache…so am sure she is addicted….PLZ HELP

    1. Hi mhmd. Check this article to read how codeine addiction is developed, the difference between addiction and dependence, and review the signs and symptoms of addiction. If you have the ability and if your mother is willing to stop using codeine, after 25 years she will need to be monitored by medical professionals in a detox treatment facility.

  125. I am breastfeeding but I have stopped yesterday because I started taking codeine for my back pain. I want to continue breastfeeding so I will express for some days and give my baby formula while I am taking codeine. How long does the drug stay in my body? When would it be safe to start breastfeeding again?

    1. Hello Silvana. When codeine enters the body, some of it is changed (metabolized) to morphine. Codeine leaves the body 12 to 24 hours after taking the drug. Morphine stays in the body longer than codeine and may remain for up to 4 days. Just to be safe, I suggest you keep feeding your baby with the formula for a couple more days.

  126. plz help me i need to no I am a carer on Wednesday i enterd one of my clients house and he has two cares each visit when the other carer administered his medicine i saw the person giving him 4 cocodamol 30/500 i explained to the person that she can’t do this they relied that’s what everyone dose i contacted my office right away as was told by the person that he also gets at lunchtime between 12 o’clock or 1 o’clock he gets another 4 cocodamol I no this is miss conduct am am worried about this mans health as I need all information as I am going to be speaking to the care commission

    1. Hello Ann. Yes, report this issue to the care commission. You have the right to react for the security and well-being of your client. It’s the right thing to do.

  127. Iam taking cough syrup contains chloriniramine maleate and codiene phosphate on an average of 100ml/day for almost 45 days…i want to say u that im taking alcohol from last 6years about 150 ml per day..after that i started cough syrup as for 45days as i mentioned above so im feeling sleeping and lazynes, so that from last 4 days im not taking cough syrup then also im feeling the same…so for that i am taking as usual alcohol in terms of beer,brandy but not cough syrup…so the pbm im getng becs of cough syrup wil get remove r not…or i hv to go for medical treatment

  128. Hi … I am on morphine, xanax, fiorinal, iron, metformin, metoprolol er, mirapex, zoloft, imitrex, topamax and trazodone for a work injury. I just received the results of my urine toxin and it showed that I had codeine in my system … how is this even possible when I absolutely did not take it … only the pills listed above??? My pain management Dr who I have been going to for years is strictly by the book and I fear this could possibly put me in jeopardy of losing her trust! I also had just gotten over a uti about a 2 weeks before.

    1. Hello Lisa. I suggest you ask for another test analysis. Laboratories do their job well, but mistakes are possible.

  129. Hi just a quick question im on panadeine forte for pain im bit lost i am able to move it bit more i took it st bout 12pm is it the painkiller or is my tendon better was at hosp with it today sorry

  130. I was told that at a friend’s house the other night I was drinking vodka with codeine in it. One thing though is I don’t even remember drinking, and he waited until I was home to inform me. It’s been a full 24 hours but I still get dizzy spells and feel sick from time to time. How dangerous is the codeine with alcohol?? Should I be worried??

  131. Hi, I have a prescription for co-codamol (30mg) which i take for backpain. I had a random drugs test on monday, the night before at around 10pm i had taken 120mg in the space of four hours, will I show for normal levels the test was around 10am on the Monday?

  132. Hi
    I am a regular user of tylenol 3 I take 3 -12 pills a day for the last 10 yrs, the last time I took them was Fri night and I took 3 before bed, I’m booked for a drug test on Tues morning at 9am will it be out of my system yet, I really need to pass this test as I’m starting a new job with a new company any tips in helping pass would help…thankyou

  133. Took a cough syrup on march 18th one tsp. With codiene in it and 1tsp. On the 19th of march. I did a urine drug test on april 7th will that codiene show up? Only took 2 tsp. All together. i cant use the script cause the cough syrup is a year old. But please tell me since i didnt take that much shouldn’t it be out of my system in 19 days.

  134. I have had a hair follicle test and this is the second test the one i had the first time i had to have one for the family court did not get there before trial started, and now my ex is taking me through court for the second time and of my own back i have done another one which has come back positive to codeine of 30 pg/mg is this high as i have only had it once that i can remember and the other times if i have a bad headache i take panadeine does this have codeine in it to.

  135. I had an ACL rupture in 2002 and have been taking codeine 2 – 3 times a day since. I used to do a lot of running including a marathon and never suffered with any cramps in my legs what so ever. I’ve started to run again now over the past year but am unable to get further than about 3 miles without having a severe cramp in my calf muscles. It’s as if I pull a muscle, it’s that bad, and it isn’t just on 1 leg it can be either. Could these cramps be down to codeine in my system ?? I haven’t taken any codeine now for 9 weeks and went for a run today and had to stop due to this calf pain. I find this extremely irritating and would love to get to the bottom of the problem.

  136. I am still taking health treatments for pain going on 11 days but they only help for about 2 hours if I’m lucky. Does anyone know if this due to the codeine that I took for many years or whether it is actual pain which I need to address with a doctor?

  137. I have been taking codeine for 3 years for pain but now I feel I need to come off and find my real pain compared to codeine pain. I have been on 30/500 off and on but always tried to stay on lowest dose possible. I would like to know how long before the brain returns to normal after withdrawel.

  138. I have been taking codeine for many years but have recently stopped now going on 5 days. Is the codeine out of my system? I have decided to use health treatments instead and would like to know whether the continued pain is due to the codeine.

  139. Hi, I suffer from bad migraines but due to the sport I compete in I get regular drug tests done under WADA rules and regulations so there for I very rarely take anything for other than ibuprofen. But this migraine i have just had was that bad I had to take two 30/500 cocodomol tablets, how long will it take to leave my system for a urine test

  140. I had a codral pill on friday 8 pm. Now i reslize that it got a codeine. Pill was day time one.. i will have my blood test tomorrow about drugs. Will it be still in my system. The time will be about 52 hours since i took the pill till my blood test? Thanks

  141. I was involved in a work injury had to do a urine and hair sample drug screen per company policy. Because of previous surgeries I was taking 10/325mg hydrocodone and it was in my personal medical file,so no matter What I was going to test positive. The Question is that 45 days prior to the incident I took two tylenol 3’s to hold me overnight until I got my new script so I am wondering how long does the codeine stay in my system?

  142. i swallowed about 60 ml of cheratussin (has codeine in it of course) on friday. i have a drug test on wednesday. it should be out of my system by then right?

  143. My son’s mother took a H.F. Test. She had abused alcohol throughout our son’s pregnancy. She manipulated the Hospital into NOT having his Meconium tested for Alcohol. Furthermore, has not been taking her ordered EtG tests. She was prescribed Tylenol 3 on 12-28-14′ (30 tabs), then went back for 10 more tabs on 1-1-15. She took this H.F. Test on 2-9-15. However, the cut-off is 200mg. Her level for Positive was 463. If she had stopped using this drug(s) it would have tapered down; the research I have done shows she was doing one of two things; using heroin or morphine. There is no possible way she was using any prescription drugs with opiate past 1-1-15. I have the prescriptions list. to the date of 2-9-15. How in God’s name would that level be so extremely high if she were not using morphine or heroin? There could be no other way. My son is extremely ill. She has him, is abusing drugs, and I need to get mys on out of her care. I just don’t know what to do right now & know this is impossible (463mg number w/ 200mg cut-off) for Opiates.

    There is not even enough Codeine in Tylenol 3 to provide this 463mg amount in the test on 2-9 all the way back from 1-1… I am “thinking” about a medical officer review, but do not feel I need to even pay for one. I feel I have done enough research to prove heroin usage otherwise. But, do need cold hard facts!

    Thank you!

  144. hi myself sonu .i am using neurofine from last 5 years and now i feel like its not worth it .i want my life back i am a responsible husband ,father, son and this drug rueing my life .please help me i am very desperate.i am ready for detox step by step.thanks
    yours obediently

  145. Hi Dean. Have you seen a doctor before attempting to detox? If not, I’d advise you to do so. Or at least discus it with a pharmacist, they can give you guidance and maybe some over-the-counter meds to help you deal with symptoms of withdrawal.

  146. Good evening-
    I have taken 2 fiorecet with codein earlier around noon. I’ve had a problem with pain pills and have been given suboxen to take. Is it ok to take an 8mg strip of suboxen tonight or should I wait for tomorrow. I’m already feeling some withdrawal including diarrhea. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

  147. I went to my pain Dr today and they drug tested me to test my levels. I am prescribed 4 a day but I took 6 that day because it was a bad inflammation day. I took the drug test 12 hours later. Am I going to get in trouble for my levels? How does that work?

  148. Hi Mandy. You can call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 and tell the poison expert about your situation. I’m sure you’ll be able to get a valid and safe answer to your question.

  149. Again not an addiction question, just that the Dr prescribed paracetamol/codeine to be taken with anti-inflammatory medication. However I do not want to take the paracetamol/codeine more than 3 days as do not want to risk addiction. So how long should I leave between each 3 day course of the paracetamol/codeine tablets?

  150. I’ve been on suboxone for about five months I’m prescribed 16 mg daily I probably take about 12 mg a day..this morning I took my regular meds but not my subs because my mom had 300mg tylenol with 30mg codeine so I took 2 of them at about 11am then about 12pm I took 4 more, I don’t feel good at all I actually feel awful. …please someone answer me and let me know when I can take my suboxone? ???

  151. Please help, I had knee surgery about two years ago and since been trying to return to full fitness, I take between 6-12 8mg/500mg per day codeine and paracetamol. As I said I’ve taken these for 2 years and stopped on Sunday evening, I have since had a urine test for a new job on the Friday. Will this codeine/paracetamol usage show up? I’m terrified it will and I’ll not get my dream job!

  152. I was prescribed with bronchitis and, along with an antibiotic, was given cough medicine with codeine in it. It made me feel dizzy, of-balance and “drugged”. How long will this stay in my system? I took it last to sleep on Wednesday evening and have not had anymore since then., Still feeling weak, but want it out of my system.


  153. Need some feedback on urine test: Last Thur took 2 (V 36 05 “Vicodin”), Fri took 4 Vicodin, Sat took 4 Vicodin and Sun took 2 Vicodin and 90ML of Promethazine VC with Codeine. Last drug consumed was Sun at 4PM. I have not drank in over a year and the last time I ‘played’ with RX’s was over a year. I just came across these, had a bad cold and helped myself. I have a urine test this coming Fri (5 full days since last use). I am healthy, eat well, etc….Will the hydrocodone and codeine be detectable? Also, are home tests (Walgreens, etc) fairly accurate? Thanks in advance for any feedback

  154. Hi Amanda. You have no reason to worry for dependence or withdrawal. But, visit the doctor again and ask for help with your pneumonia. You shouldn’t leave this condition untreated and you may need to spend some time in the hospital to fully recover.

  155. Hi, i have severe pneumonia and bruised ribs and i have been prescribed panadeine forte for ten days, 30mg codeine, a total of 40 tablets. I took my last tablet last night and do not want anymore. I had about 4 tablets a day but was prescribed 8. My coughing has been ongoing for 6 weeks and this bruised my ribs 2 weeks ago. Do i expect withdrawals now after ten days of use. What should i expect. Im not addicted and will not get another prescription although im still in permanent pain from my ribs and now think ive pulled a stomach muscle. Whenever i cough, i feel like a balloon is popping in my stomach. Thanks for any advice.

  156. Hi i am very worried because i have been taking paracetamol+codeine (500+8mg) pills for my toothache and i am breastfeeding at the same time. I only take one pill each night and have only done this twice.

    My baby is 7weeks old, is he at risk or am i paranoid???

    Kind regards


  157. Like any opiate, if you continue taking codeine few times daily for couple of weeks, it can be detectable much longer than a day or so> As codeine breaks down into morphine, the more you take it, the longer morphine stays in the system, allowing for short acting agents like codeine, to have therapeutic effects once the body has a stable amount of morphine continously in the body.
    Problems with codeine isn’t that it is a strong opiate(rather weak) The problems occur when one has taking it for a long time, allowing the morphine to build up, causing problems with the intestinal track, along with cough suppressant activities, that are suppresed while taking codeine. once you get off, they go into excitatory mode, unleashing severe diarrhea, cough, flu like symptoms one can experience when going through morphine withdrawal.

  158. I have been taking t3 for the last 2 mo. And I am 37 wks pregnant. It’s all prescriptions that was given but today my doc said child services could get involved. If I stop taking them now what would be the risk that would happen? Could it happen even though they’ve been prescribed?

  159. Does taking codeine in tablets with ibuprophen or paracetamol in it in amount of 12.5 mg or less for long periods of time to treat a long term condition cause an addiction? Can taking other painkillers such as paracetamol enforce dependence on codeine?

  160. my friend goes to the pain clinic n her drug test keeps coming back positive for codeine n she doesn’t take anything with that in it?????

  161. I took one Tylenol with codeine 300 mg and I failed a pre-employment utube test. They might just make me take it again how long does it stay on ur system for a urine test?

  162. Hi Kaitlin. How immediatley did you throw up? You know, meds are quickley dissolved and absorbed into the bloodstream. If you are sure you threw it up then you can take another one.

  163. I took Tylenol codine a immediately threw up. Is it not in my system anymore and should I take another for my severe cramps?

  164. I took 2 teaspoons of cough syrup with codiene in it. I am not prescribed it. I took it about10pm on night and had a urine test at 12:30 pm the next day. Should I be worried or should I be clear?

  165. Hi, I am addictive to codiene phosphate and have been for 3 years now I’m 24 and a female and I take a really high dose everyday I take
    About 15 to 20 tablets of plain codiene phosphate not co codomol a day each tablet is 30 mg so that a lot of mg! .. I’ve always been lucky I gess and not really done any harm to myself with taking this much bit I think I’ve developed a tolerance to it and my body can take it. My question is I’m thinking of stopping now can you please tell me how long 20 tablets of codiene phosphate 30mg would take to get out of your system you no to stop effecting me like cleared out of my kidneys out of my brain just completey out of my system how many days or hours please… It’s not for a drug test it’s just for me so I no how long that much stays in your system .. Thankyou 🙂

  166. Hi I am a CoD addict I went to doc n am now takin burnorphine evday at chemist my worry is my hubby is addicted to dihydrocodiene around 35-40 30mg tablets a day he can’t stop them as he’s try’ed n he was so ill upset n in pain how can I help him!? Thanks

  167. Today I smoked one hit of a lean blunt because my friend didn’t tell me but any way how long does it take for it to be out my system

  168. I have chronic pain and diagnosed w Fibermyalgia. Through my PCP I have been prescribed Hydrocodone 5/325 for a little more than a year. Now w FDA madates for triplcate forms for prescription, my PCP is swtching all his Hydrcodone patients to either Tramodol or Tylenol w Codine IV (300/60) I went over my concerns with both my PCP and my Phamacist wanting to know the ratio between the two. My dosage remains the same 1-2 tabs every 6 hours as needed. My PCP says up to 3x/day and my Pharmacist says I can go as much as 4x/day as long as they are spced out accordingly. I really need to know that if I am now taking 60 mg per dose instead of 5, will this be a staight conversion (60/5=12x as much codeine)?????? I had a really hard time coming off of Tyl w Codeine 30 yours ago after having my daughter. I didn’t even know Hydrocodone contained any type of codeine dervitives until 2004 when I broke my leg. Darvacet had worked wonders for me even better than the Hydrcodone, but now that’s been discontinued. Thank you for any help you can give!

  169. I have been taking cough syrups, spasmo proximon(blue capsule) and nitrazepam 10 mg since last one year and I have used all of them regular 2 times a day and always overdose them. now i have stopped taking meds form last 2 days. NOW tell me that the side effects of all these medicals… And how long will it take to get out off my body.. M Fedup from this itching, continuous sweating and it also take time while peeing..

  170. Hi, I have in the last few months realised my girlfriend has a codiene addiction. Everyday she uses a different chemist to buy either panadeine fort , iborprofine plus or anything else she can get her hands on. She takes a minimum of 40 tablets a day and it’s scaring the hell out of me. I’ve spoken to her about this when I realised a consistent routine when we’re near a chemist. She told me she would stop but she hasn’t. I want to know can she stop cold turkey or if she needs weening of this drug. I don’t know how to help her. I’ve given all our surrounding chemists a heads up on her addiction and some of them are willing to stop selling it to her. Will she become aggressive if she doesn’t get her daily fix. Are there things I should look out for when and if I can get her off these. Any help is much appreciated

  171. I have been taking cough syrups, spasmo proximon(blue capsule) and nitrazepam 10 mg since last one year and I have used all of them regular 2 times a day and always overdose them. now i have stopped taking meds form last 2 days. NOW tell me that the side effects of all these medicals… And how long will it take to get out off my body.. M Fedup from this itching, continuous sweating and it also take time while peeing..

  172. My husband gets 180 tylenol 3 a mo and is out by 2 weeks averages 9 to 10 a day I’m worried he maybe hooked on them???

  173. I had a work comp urine test opiates in my system should so up opiates supossedly but ran out 2 days before I took the test no opiates I can’t get pain medicine for 5 back surgery and back pain no more. was taking 2 Tylenol 4 3 times a day so how long would codeine be in my urine if I ran out 2 days before my test.Plus I took a butran patch of that day but I sweat a lot so why didn’t that show up

  174. I’m getting a general sort of blood test in 2 days to test things like liver function etc (I’m not sure exactly what tests are being performed). I’ve also been taking codeine (300-400mg/day) for the past 3-4 weeks. I’m just wondering if that is likely to affect the results in any way. I’m not being screened for drugs, it’s just sort of an overall check I think. Thanks for any response (not expecting one as I see the last ones were over 2 years ago!).

  175. I had knee surgery and was given Tylenol 3 with codeine. It has made me very sick to my stomach. Even after I stopped the medication I am still very nauseated. It has been 3 days since I stopped the medication and I’m just dealing with the pain.

  176. I got prescribed Tylenol with codeine and ive also been prescribed promethazine 25 milligrams. I know that mixed this makes lean which gets u high. If I take them as prescribed will the two together gwt me high?

  177. Hello, I have smoked 3 cigarettes dipped in Codiene Syrup and have a urine test that will be sent to the lab on the 14th, will it be out of my system?

  178. Hi I took two cocdmol 30:500, 4hrs before I was told from my work there is a man coming today to do a drug test. He arrive and set up his test kit in the man’s bathroom. This was so horrible as there were people all in the lobby next to the loo. He said that only one red line came up and said this means a none negative. do he sent to lab now wait 3-4 days I told him about coocdmol.

    Can they tell that it was the coocdmol 30/500 I took 4hr before the test? I was told it takes 3 days to find out…I take them as I am waiting to get knew knee op!!


  179. Hi, I do take co-codamol if I have a nighttime pain only as it definitely aids relaxation and therefore helps me sleep. This may happen 3 nights a week for 2 weeks (just 2 500/8 ), then I don’t take it for a month perhaps. Do I have a problem?(no day time use) There’s no doubt that if I have night time pain I see it as a positive benefit. It helps ease the pain and the anxiety about not getting enough sleep to drive to work (that’s what makes me want to check am I psychologically dependent on its calming effects at night ) hope that makes sense

  180. Hello Alex. Perhaps your stomach is upset for some other reasons. Maybe the symptoms you are getting are, in fact, stomach flu. It is possible even if you take another pill, to throw up again. Since you are in a great deal of pain, you should consider talking to your pharmacist or a doctor.

  181. I am taking tylonol and codene for an injury as pain medicine. Today I am having symptoms of the stomach flu. I took one tablet of codene and threw up within 30 seconds. Is it safe to take another one? Is it out of my system or not? Please let me know because I am in a great deal of pain.

  182. Ive only been having codeine for about a month now can i just come off them without having any problems like i said ive only had them for 1 month please reply to my message

  183. I am having to take 30mg of codeine four times per day to thicken the contents of my colostomy bag. I had my op in February. I have noticed that my hair is thinning. Is this due to me taking codeine. Once I have my reversal in July would this thinning stop?

  184. I drank a half ounce of high tech promo with codine diluted in 12 oz of sprite last night. When i woke up this morning i drank about 2 gallons of water. Will i gail a codine yest later to day around 530? Im 6’2″ and 175 lbs

  185. I took 1 tylenol3 on Sunday about 3pm and took a drug test for truck driving Monday at 5:15pm, that was the first time in years that I had that will it show up and cause me to fail the drug test.

  186. I take about two bottles of couh syrup containin codiene every two weeks, my last dose was two bottles two dats ago, how long will it be detectable in a dru test

  187. Have over 2000mg of codeine in my system have a drug test in 2 days (urine) been off pills for a week will the codeine still be in my system.

  188. I took 1 Tylenol 3 with codeine pill in Sunday evening to treat a migraine. I don’t use any other prescription drugs or and kind of drugs. It was 1 pill 1 time. I gave a urine specimen on Wednesday for a pre-employment drug screening. Will I test positive? I’m really worried.

  189. I took one co codamol for stomach cramps about 4 hours before I had a medical. I had no idea that co codamol could show a positive result in a urine drugs test, I just thought it was a pain killer. Will it definitely show up. I do not normally take this prescribed drug and only took one. Also how long will it be in my system for in case I have to repeat the urine test.
    Thank you.

  190. I had to have a medical for a cruise ship job. I travelled on the overnight coach and was given a co codamol table by my grandmother around 4 hours prior to my medical as I had severe stomach cramps. I was unaware that Co codamol has a product that will show up in a urine drugs test. I only took one tablet, what is the likely hood that it will show up and how how long would it be in my system for.
    Thank you

  191. should i of been prescribed codeine while i was 8 months pregnant. as i took them but should of the doctor prescibed me them. also if drug tested can the tester tell weather it is codeine or heroine

  192. I have been prescribed codiene linctus 200ml to take 4 times a day because i have a violent cough and am wretching pulling all my stomach i took two teaspoons yesterday and 4 today but it doesnt seem to be helping im not sure why

  193. Took one and half tyneol with codeine Monday night and have drug test Wednesday mid morning just wondering if I’ll pass a urine drug test. They were tyneol 3.

  194. after tacking 10 ml. of codeine-guaiFENesin(cheratussin) oral Liqd. for 5 days.1 time at bed time. on the next day could there be any side affects like tired ness or you just siting there and just drop of to sleep for a few min. or any other side affects. Am also using prinivil. 1 time per day 10 mg. Thank. you for your answer.

  195. I have been taking codine everyday for six weeks. Please I will like to know how long it will take before the drug clears out of my urine for a drug test. I will be very grateful if my question is answered quickly. Thank you

  196. Hi,
    I’m in shock. I’ve gotten 2 false negatives for morphine, blood tests. Yet a week after 1 test I had surgery & was tested in the morning & it was positive. The other 2 tests, 1 was about 3:30 & the other 10:00 p.m. I take 60mg morphine as soon as I wake each morning for the last 19 months because of severe abdominal pain. So now I’ve been fired. I have to drink a lot of water because I have to take a drug urine test every month I go there, could that be flushing the morphine out of my system??? I take 1-2 tablets each day for approximately 2 years. Shouldn’t morphine be in my bloodstream at all times???? I’m not like the people that get their scripts & sell them. I need my painkillers. I’ve never sold or given one away since becoming a pain patient in 2007. This is impossible isn’t it????


  197. Good day. Please I would like to know how long it will take codine to clear out of the urine for someone that takes cough syrup containing codine on a daily basis for six weeks. I learnt codine clears from the urine quickly. But for someone takes codine regularly for six weeks. That is for a chronic user. How long will it take codine to clear from the urine. Thank you. Pls answer is needed urgently. Thank you and best regards

  198. Hello Yolande. It’s difficult to tell. I’d suggest that you record your symptoms on a calendar (time, symptom, intensity, duration, etc.) and schedule an appointment with a doctor. Best of luck to you.

  199. Hi I’ve been on Tuscosed linctus for roughly a week. I did not stick to the recommended dosage and drank large amounts everyday. Eventually i became dependent on the euphoric feeling and took liquid codeine everyday since i did not want to come off of that “good” feeling. The next day when i was coming down, i noticed i had severe tremors (internal and external) lightheadedness and dizzy spells, paranoia, weakness, sleep problems, terrible anxiety, nervousness, depression, chest congestion, hallucinations, feeling like im going crazy, stomach cramps, nausea, confused thoughts, head aches, muscle spasms. Its two weeks since i stopped taking codeine linctus and feeling better than i was a week ago, but still have some dizziness with chest congestion and mild tremors. Could i have been going through withdrawals from codeine? Should i still see a doctor? Thanks.

  200. I took a Tylenol 3 early tues around 4am nd had a oral test done on thursday about 3pm will it show up…i chew tobacco and ingested two gatorades 24oz..

  201. I go to this school where they drug test me & and im on probation so they tell my p.o if i come up dirty. I am going to drink lean this saturday . will it show up if i get drug tested on monday morning?? its a urine test that gets sent to the lab. answer asap please.

  202. I only was stupid enough to try codeine twice and I have absolutely no desire to do it again to get that straight, but I took about 120-150mg on Sunday at 5 and then went on and had an enjoyable time but then yesterday morning at about 7:30 am I decided it would be fun to do again and that I thought the more the Better! I was taking pure codeine so it had no Tylenol etc, but I took about 330 mg without thinking resulting in an absolute and enjoyable high until a few hours in.. I realized I needed to attend school and that my puils were about the size of a pencil lead! I ended up eventually going and made it through about 30 minutes before having to run out of the classroom and puke into the hallway garbage I was fortunately not caught and allowed home after a short period of waiting where I felt very scared and traumatized as the assistant principal called me over and was starting to catch on, as I was on a mind altering drug this “tripped me out and I ended up running to my locker grabbing my things and leaving as soon as the principal had dismissed me, it seemed like the hallway was full of people who knew what had happened and I was scared. I got on the bus after what in this altered state felt like an eternity. I proceeded to throw up on the bus only minutes later and cleaned that up, I then got off at the corner store near my house which I went to to buy myself a ginger ale. ( this was about 4 hours after I originally took it and while I waited to buy it I puked outside the store, I bought the ginger ale and skateboarded home with nothing left in my stomach, I drank the ginger ale while I sat in the noon sun and almost fell asleep, as codeine will do. I threw up the ginger ale about five minutes later and went to bed for the rest of the day puking twice more when my mom arrived home, i since then slept from 3- 7 am only waking to puke those two times, I got up this morning and as soon as I stood up I puked and proceeded to do the same after standing twice in a row. I haven’t puked since, (for about 2 hours ) and finally have kept down a ginger ale and some chicken broth. How long will these effects last and how dangerous was this for me to do? I never plan on doing it again but I do want to learn from it and wonder when I will no longer have it in my bloodstream and begin to feel better.

  203. I have been on vicodin for over 20years for fibromyalgia. I have no insurance and wanted to know if there was a way to wean off it using herbs? Any information on how to get off this medication would be extremely helpful. Thank you.

  204. Without thinking, I took tylenol with codeine this morning for cramps, I was drug tested for a new job about an hour and a half later. Will opiates show up on the drug test that soon after taking it? I do not take it regularly and it was taken on an empty stomach. It was16mg of codeine.

  205. Hello, I took 1 Tylenol with 8mg of codeine on Saturday for knee pain, had a test came back positive and was sent to a lab.i have not taken any for about 5 weeks prior to this Saturday, will it show up under the 2000 cut off. Thanks

  206. Hi
    I had a drug screen today and it came back positive for opiates. On Monday night I drank about 800mg of Tylenol with codein… anyway its Thurs and I had the screen. And they are sending it off to be annualized to see the level in my urine. I lied and said that I was giving it to my son and some got on my tongue while trying to convince him to take it.

    My question is… i took it Monday and it’s Thurs since its been 2 & a half days since I took it… will my level still b high enough for them to tell since it has been this long?????? Please help … if it is high then I get kicked off my program and I really don’t want that??? Please help!!!

    Thank you

  207. Hello,

    I have lived out of the country for 8 years and just recently moved back to Las Vegas for work. I was living in the Dominican republic and codeine is available over the counter. (I have had numerous back surgeries L4/L5 fusion etc) As far as I can remember I haven’t taken any codeine since the end of May, and during the entire month of May took no more than 10 30mg pills. I have a hair drug test coming up on Aug. 16th. My hair is roughly about a 1/2 inch long. All of the stuff I have read on the internet tells me theoretically they can only “see” back about one month with hair so short. I am not sure how my future employer will react if I have taken codeine for pain. my wife is still down in the Dominican republic and is going to send me a copy for a prescription just to be safe….any advice would be greatly appreciated….



  208. i took some promethazine w/ codeine that was prescribed to my dad on the 24th of july and i have a drug test (hair) tomorrow would I be ok for the drug test? thanks

  209. Hi. I am a long term MXL (slow release morphine sulphate) user. I have been on MXL maintenance for about 4 years as an alternative to Methadone. My last two urine samples have come back positive for codeine but I haven’t knowingly taken ANY medication containing codeine. How could it have shown up in my sample??
    Any help appreciated.
    P.S I am not lying to my support workers. If I had taken any illicit substance or substance I don’t get a prescription for I would tell them. I am only taking MXL. Nothing else.

  210. I have been using codeine about 5 yrs, have had a lot of problems with pain. & now I have become addicted & have attempted to stop many times.Average dose is about 600mg / day. got caught with awork urine test & have been stood down.I now have to provide a clean sample before I can return. Cut off is 2000ng/ml . I have been reducing a lot , but only sleep 2 hrs a night & have very bad restlesslegs, chills etc.Need to know the how many mg would it have to rejoice to to be below that???

  211. How do I get codeine out my system so that I can go for another test as I failed the first one and how long after the 1 st test do n need to do the next one
    Regards Willem

  212. I took about 2 teaspoons of acetaminophen/codeine las night and have a drug test that expires tommorrow, however the medicine is expired for about 10 mnths now. Will this substance show up in my drug test?

    1. I took 2tsp of codeine 2 days before shaved hair drug test. hair was 1/2 inch long drinking lots of water and lots of blueberry strawberry mango smoothies full blender added 2tsp sugar drank all two times daily sweating alot. Will opiates still show in hair shaved drug test?

  213. Hi Sean. The effects of codeine don’t usually last longer than 12 hours, tops. However, check in with a doctor to report what happened, or to diagnose possible other illness.

  214. My friend and I thought mixing codeine with juice would be a good idea to have a good time…… I drank it two days ago and ever since i drank it i have felt awful, I have bad headaches, nauseous, always sleepy,and loss of appetite…… I’m a little nervous and not sure what to do….. this is my first time drinking it

  215. Thanks so much. I’m pleased to say I haven’t had any codeine since my last post and I’m no longer suffering cravings. I’m very confident I won’t be returning to my addiction. For anyone else who is in a similar situation, I found that the cravings were no longer distracting me from about day 6 or 7.
    Now to tackle the nicotine addiction!
    Thank you

  216. Hello,

    my husband has been abusing Tabletts with codeine for many years in very high quantities. He now has a fractured bone and the prescribed Endone (1 -2 tablettes every 4 hours, which he also doesn’t adhere to and takes 6 instead) doesn’t work. His doctor knows about his addiction and prescribed additional codeine tabletts. He is still in excrutiating pain.
    Is there any way to help with his pain? Akupuncture did not help either.

    Many thanks

  217. I had a bad headache and no pain reliever in the house so I took 1 tylenol 3. This was a old RX of my son and did not think of it at the time. I took the medication at 8 pm and had to take a drug test the next morning at 9am. I do not take any other medications and only took 1 pill. Will it be enough to go over the cutoff limit for codeine on the drug test.

  218. Hi.
    If you took 3 teaspoons of codeine without a script (prometh/codeine) 51 days ago and had a hair test in about 10-12 more days,would that be enough to test positive for opiates?


  219. An recovering addict was around me last night with constricted pupils, and glassy eyes. He seemed anxious and jittery. When I confronted him about his appearance, he later claimed that he still had some prescription cough syrup with codeine and took it 2x that day for a cold. Would codeine cause constricted pupils, or dialited pupils?

  220. Hi Faye. Cravings are a function of the way that opiates like codeine affect reinforced brain circuitry in the pleasure center of the brain (the VGA). Unlike other acute symptoms of codeine withdrawal which resolve in the first week after you stop taking codeine, cravings can be present for weeks to months after you stop using codeine. Cravings are best treated with cognitive behavioral therapies; in effect, changing the way that you think. The best course of action might be to find a therapist in your area who specializes in compulsion related to drug use, and/or seek out self-help programs like SMART Recovery. Does this help?

  221. Hello,
    I have been taking co-codamols regularly for many years and realised I was addicted about 5 years ago. This has now been addressed and I stopped taking the tablets the day before yesterday. I haven’t had any for 30 hours. I was taking 4 doses of 8/500 (x2) co-codamols every day. I don’t want to tell the doctor about this and I’m quite confident I can manage this with support from friends and family.
    My question is – how long before I stop craving codeine?
    I’ve looked online and can’t find an answer and I’d really like to have a milestone to look forward to (similar to people who quit smoking always say the first 3 days are the worst.).
    Can you help?
    Thank you.

  222. Hi Shannon. Just bring your prescription with you to the testing center. As long as you are taking the medication as prescribed, your test will come back NEGATIVE for abuse, even if codeine is detected in your system.

  223. I was taking Tylenol with cocedine for a really bad tooth ache. I am scheduled to take a urine drug test on Wednesday I was taking the pills all weekend until I was able to go to the dentist on Monday. I took 18 pills in three days 300/30mg. Will it show up in my urine? & should I let them know before I take the test? I don’t want this to keep me from getting this job because I don’t use any other drugs. Please advise!!!!

  224. Hello Natassha. It would probably be best to go in for a doctor’s check. Breast fluid or discharge is not associated with use of codeine, as far as I know.

  225. hello,my age is 24 yr…i was having cough problem due to that my dr. prescribed Grilinctus_cd cough syrup ,which contain codeine phosphate nd chlorpheniramine maleate .after taking it for 4 5 day, i just realise that on pressing my breast i saw whistist discharge coming out.this is a serious issue??or this happen on taking codein? .shall i concern other dr for this issue?

  226. Hello Megan. Check with a pharmacist about the answer to this question. But BE SURE to tell the ENT specialist about the codeine BEFORE the procedure for the tubes. I wish you the best! It sounds like you’re dealing with a lot at the moment!!!

  227. My little guy was prescribed tylenol with codeine to help him sleep better. Doc diagnosed him with croup, although he’s not coughing or having trouble breathing, and his lung sounds are all clear. I have given it to him 2 nights in a row, a very small does-1/2 tsp (he’s one). He was seen today by an ENT d/t re-current ear infections and the ENT wants to put tubes in…tomorrow. Being that the last does of tylenol with codeine he got was last night, if I do not give him any tonight, will it be cleared out of his system by tomorrow morning?

  228. I took a swig of cough syrup last night not knowing it contained codeine.Ive never used codeine before. This was about 2 in the morning. Took a drug test for a job about 3 this afternoon and surprise i failed for opiates. I take one more at 8 in the morning. Thats a little over 24 hours. Ive already dtank about a cgallon and a half of water and some green tea. I weigh 135lbs and am 5 ft 11. Will i pass tomorrow you think?

  229. I have been prescribed Norco 5 mg/ 325 acetominophen for about 8 months now. It started at 3 times a day and then decreased to two times a day in the last two months. I have been drug screened 4 times and the last three times have come back negative even though I have been taking my medicine as prescribed. My question is this, after taking the codeine for an extended period of time does your body metabolize it and get rid of it faster and is there any medical proof of that? any and all information you can give me is greatly appreciated.

  230. ive been taking codeine of and on for 1 year to treat pain for anal absess. I don’t use it every day its more like this. I have a operation and for 2 weeks take it regular like 60ms 2 tablets oraly 2-3 times in 24 hours. then I can go 4-8 weeks just on no painkillers with a occasional bad day (estimate 5-6 days in that time) so I take 30-60mg 1 time on that day.
    problem is I seem to be confused, bad reactions for a few days. light headed even after 2 days of taking last tablet. is this normal and is this something that goes away. I am worried about this side effect as I has a large impact on my life currently. I am not addicted to codine and do not use it regular but when I have pain it is excellent at hiding it.

  231. Hello PCS. Tylenol 4, or Tylenol with codeine, should leave the system within 48 hours of last dose. However, you may experience withdrawal symptoms as it seems likely your body has become dependent on codeine to function properly.

  232. Hey this isn’t an abuse question my wife was prescribed the codeine/phenergan cough syrup for a upper respiratory infection Thursday 12/20/2012 and she stopped taking it that Saturday due to the blurry vision and such that she was having. My question is this it is now Monday 12/24/2012 and her vision is still blurry… Is this normal or is it something we need to worry about.. We did have a glass of wine during the day Thursday, and Friday and she wouldn’t take the med until hours after the wine…

  233. Hi John. Tasting a drop of liquid containing codeine is probably not a large enough amount to show in a drug test. You should be OK. Please let us know how it goes.

  234. I have a job interview tomorrow and drug screen but I took my finger in the top of a promathazine with codeine bottle and tasted it, will only a dap on the finger show up

  235. Hi Jane. Yes, one week is probably enough time between use and detection screening for codeine via urinalysis and blood testing.

  236. i know a guy whos been abusing codeine for about 5 weeks, taking about 20 pills of 15/500 codiene a paracetomol. he has a drug test for blood and urine on friday…he stoped taking them last friday,so is 1 week enough to get it out of his system.he has also been running to sweat it out and drinking lots of water and metamucil.

  237. Hi Nick. Codeine can be detected in urine for 1 or 2 days or a few days more for significant, high dose use. To be sure of whether or not codeine has passed through your system, I’d suggest buying a home testing kit for opiates and test over the period of every few days until the test (which is usually a dipstick test and is typically less sensitive than a laboratory test) is clean.

  238. Hi Dai. There should be NO PROBLEM if you’ve been prescribed the Tylenol with codeine for dentistry. Just present the Rx at the drug screening office and the Medical Review Officer will interpret [possible] levels of codeine in your urine with expected norms. In fact, the codeine will probably clear your blood totally in time for the blood test. As long are you are taking codeine as prescribed, the drug screen will come back NEGATIVE for inappropriate use/abuse.

  239. Hi I took 3 tylenol #3 with codiene on monday and have a drug test thur at 4pm will I be clear from blood and urine on thursday test?

  240. Hello April. I’m sorry to hear about the drug abuse going on in your family. It must be very hard for you to deal with.

    Codeine (methylmorphine) is rapidly absorbed and is excreted as unchanged codeine, morphine, and glucuronide conjugates. Initially, you can drug screen your husband using an opiate specific urinalysis test (you’ll have to call a drug testing center and ask for specific information about test name, cost, etc.). In general, the cutoff levels for codeine are around 2000 ng/ml which indicate codeine use. However, HIGH LEVELS OF TOTAL MORPHINE IN URINE (>5000 ng/ml) INDICATE ABUSE of the drug. Once you get the drug test, you can have a lab technician or medical review officer analyze the results and let you know more. You can also report your suspicions to your husband’s prescribing doctor and request that the MD drug test him.

    Does this help?

  241. My husband is abusing codiene. He has a prescription for it but has been going thought through his way to quickly and then steals mine. Is there a test that can show how much he is taking. He is taking about 5 more pills a day than he is being prescribed. And how far back can they test. I am trying to help him but he lies about it. I need to know if there is any way to prove that he is using more and more each month.

  242. HI Nick. What a conundrum. Either way, it seems that you are not able to win. I would still suggest that honesty is always the best policy. A prescription or doctor’s note for legitimate pain relief will ensure that any codeine left in your system is accounted for in the next drug screen. So, if you are willing to admit the injury, the drug screen will come back NEGATIVE. Otherwise, for a urine analysis (according to my reading), the codeine should be out of your system by now. Perhaps you can buy a home test and try it out before your next drug screen.

  243. drug test was a urine test sent to a lab for results.

    yes i do have a script for the Apotex medication from my gp but can not let testing people know that i was taking it for at least a month or there gp on staff due to a back injury.
    because if i did alarm bells would go off and i work in construction i wouuld nt be able to work in that industry again and have a mark against your name.
    so i didnt tell them about it now it has shown up twice on my test firm will not take me on.
    now i do have a kidney problem which my gp keeps and eye on things acrumen is still in its range of levels.
    so how long will it take to get out of my system before i go for another job

  244. Hi Nick. Codeine can be detected in hair based tests up to 90 days (or more) after use. What kind of drug and alcohol screen are you using? Also, did you have a prescription for the Apotex?

  245. i have been taking apotex for about 6 weeks it contains codein 30mg. i have stopped taking meds for 2 weeks now how long will it take to get out off my system?
    have done a drug and alchol test and it has shown up positive.2 days ago.

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