How Long Does Hydrocodone Stay in Your System?

Detection Timetable Depends on Many Variables

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A variety of factors play a role in determining exactly how long Hydrocodone is detectable in the body, including which kind drug test is being used.

Hydrocodone - also known as Vicodin, Lorcet, Norco, Lortab, Vicoprofen, dilles, vikes, vic, vics - can be detected for a shorter time with some tests, but can be "visible" for up to three months in other tests.

The timetable for detecting Hydrocodone in the system is also dependent upon each individual's metabolism, body mass, age, hydration level, physical activity, health conditions and other factors, making it almost impossible to determine an exact time Hydrocodone will show up on a drug test.

The following is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which hydrocodone can be detected by various testing methods:

How Long Does Hydrocodone Stay in the Urine?

Hydrocodone can be detected in the urine for 3-4 days

How Long Can Hydrocodone Be Detected in Blood?

A blood test can identify Hydrocodone for up to 24 hours.

How Long Can a Saliva Test Detect Hydrocodone?

A saliva test can detect Hydrocodone for up to 1-4 days

How Long Can a Hair Test Detect Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone, like many other drugs, can be detected with a hair follicle drug test for up to 90 days.

Why It's Important to Know How Long Hydrocodone Remains in the Body

Hydrocodone is prescribed for people with severe pain who need the medication 24 hours a day. It is an opiate analgesic that works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.

If more of Hydrocodone is taken before the last dose is out of the system, anĀ overdose could occur.

Here are the symptoms of a Hydrocodone overdose:

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you suspect someone is suffering from a Hydrocodone overdose. If caught early the overdose can be reversed with a treatment of Narcan.


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