November 19, 2023

How Long Does Vicodin Stay in Your System?

A prescription painkiller that is widely misused for its euphoric high and feelings of well-being, Vicodin (r) (hydrocodone) can cause addiction when abused. The acetaminophen component of the drug, which reduces inflammation and swelling in the body, is especially dangerous when taken in large doses. If a person has a history of abuse or is a chronic user, it may take longer for the drug to leave their system than those who use it only occasionally.

Vicodin’s half-life, the amount of time it takes for half a dose to be eliminated from the body, is around 3.8 hours. However, traces can remain in the body for days depending on a number of factors. The size of the dose and frequency of use are important, as is hydration. When people drink plenty of water, it will dilute their urine and make the acetaminophen less detectable. Body mass and fat also affect the timeline, as hydrocodone builds up in fatty tissue.

Drug tests can see acetaminophen in the body for two to four days after use. Saliva and hair tests are more effective in detecting opioids, including Vicodin.

The safest and most practical way to get rid of Vicodin from the body is to undergo detox in a medically supervised environment. During Vicodin detox, the body is monitored by medical professionals as the drug and any other toxins are safely eliminated from the system. After completing detox, addiction treatment can help individuals learn to live without relapse and cravings for opioids.

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