How Long Does Norco Stay in Your System?

Detection Timetable Depends on Many Variables

Norco 7.5 Label
How Long Does Norco Stay in the Body?. Watson

When trying to determine exactly how long Norco is detectable in the body, it depends on many variables, including which kind drug test is being used. Norco - a combination product containing Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone - 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 Norco 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 Norco will show up on a drug test.

Other factors that can influence how long Norco remains in the body are the frequency the medication is taken and the amount that is used.

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

How Long Does Norco Stay in the Urine?

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

How Long Can Norco Be Detected in Blood?

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

How Long Can a Saliva Test Detect Norco?

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

How Long Can a Hair Test Detect Norco?

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

Prevent an Overdose of Norco

Knowing how long Norco remains in the system and help prevent an accidental overdose by taking too much of the medication too soon.

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of a Norco overdose:

  • Bluish-colored fingernails and lips

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you suspect someone has taken an overdose of Norco.

First responders may be able to revive the person by administering Narcan.

Before calling 9-1-1, it would be helpful to have this information available if possible:

  • Age, weight, and condition of the person
  • Name and strength of the medication
  • Approximate time it was taken
  • Amount that was taken
  • If the medication was prescribed for the person

The faster the person who overdosed gets medical help the better their chances of a quick recovery. How well someone does recover depends on how much Norco they swallowed and how quickly they receive treatment.

There are complications that can cause permanent disability with a Norco overdose. Some of those complications include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Muscle damage from lying on a hard surface
  • Brain damage from lack of oxygen
  • Liver damage or liver failure

If no complications arise, long-term effects and death are rare with Norco overdoses. The person can recover within 1-4 days with proper medical treatment, including medication to reverse the effects of hydrocodone.


Always Test Clean. "What Are Drug Detection Times?" Drug Test Facts Accessed December 2015

American Association for Clinical Chemistry "Drugs of Abuse Testing." Lab Tests Online. Revised 2 January 2013.

LabCorp, Inc. "Drugs of Abuse Reference Guide." Accessed March 2013.

OHS Health & Safety Services. "How long do drugs stay in your system?." Accessed March 2013.

U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Hydrocodone and acetaminophen overdose." Drugs, Herbs, and Supplements. May 2015

Continue Reading