Does anyone know how long it takes Vicodin to clear one's body for a UA. I have heard that it takes 3-days without taking Vicodin for a UA to come back clean. Does anyone know if this is true? And, would appreciate it if someone could explain in some detail the way it goes through the system and filters out. Would drinking a lot of water help the Vicodin to clear the body faster? Please no judgments, thankyou
It takes about a day to be out of your blood, and you can't count on it clearing your body totally that fast. It can help drinking water to get it out of your bladder, once it has cleared and gotten to your bladder. Meds all have half lives and you can't alter that. Vicodin is about 4 hrs. This means that in 4 hrs you have half the amount left. It keeps breaking down like that until in about 20 hrs it is gone from effecting your body.
Hydrocodone can take anywhere from 3-5 days to not show positive in a UDS (urine drug screen). Drinking water will not help you clear the medication faster. It will only dilute your urine. If your urine is too dilute they will make you retest and it also can alert them that you have something to hide. Your body metabolizes the drug changing it to metabolites and it is these particular metabolites they look for in the urine. Some tests only test for broad categories like "opiates" and if they test this way, since hydrocodone is semi-synthetic it may or may not trigger a positive result. Some test look for individual drugs. Since hydrocodone is a commonly abused drug, it is often one they look for. If you have a prescription for Vicodin, however, your employer cannot hold this against you.
They are looking for illegal use of drugs and having a prescription is a legal use and they cant penalize you for this. Some jobs though, like those that hold to DOT (Dept of Transportation) standards dont allow driving employees to take anything that can cause drowsiness but if you dont drive for work and you have a prescription they cant hold that against you. What they do is have you give the specimen. The urine goes to a lab and if they get a positive result you will have a medical officer from the lab call you to verify you have a script. They may ask for your Drs office number or an Rx number or pharmacy phone number so they can verify it is indeed a prescribed medication. Once they verify that it is prescribed, the medical officer will report it as a negative result to your employer.
It takes 3 to 5 days for Vicodin to leave your body enough for you to have a clean Urine drug test! And you can NOT clear any drug, including vicodin from your system by drinking lots of water or anything else. The only thing that you can do is wait it out, your body will clear it out on it's own, but I'm sorry you can't speed the process up. Believe my I wouldn't judge you, I'm a recovering addict, I got clean through the Methadone program and I have been taking random urine drug screens at least once a month , but usually more for the last 12 years, I have learned everything that I can about urine drug screens so you can be sure that I will answer you to the best of my knowledge.
I hope this helps!!
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