How Long Does Hydrocodone Stay In Your Urine?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on April 30, 2021

Vicodin (hydrocodone) is a prescription opioid drug that can be detected in the urine for one to four days after use. The timeline for hydrocodone detection may depend on factors such as drug dosage, frequency of use, and the nature of your hydrocodone use.

How Long Can Hydrocodone Be Detected In Your Urine?

Hydrocodone is a prescription opiate that can remain detectable in the urine for one to four days after use. This is an average estimate that can vary according to a variety of factors.

Urine drug tests are the preferred method for detecting drug use. After hair testing, urine testing can detect opioid use for the longest amount of time.

Detecting Hydrocodone In Urine

Hydrocodone can typically be detected in urine for between one and four days after its last use.

Factors That Can Affect How Long Hydrocodone Stays In Urine

Not all bodies process drugs like hydrocodone at the same rate. The actual timeline for how long hydrocodone will stay in urine can depend on several factors.

Factors that can affect how long hydrocodone stays in urine include:

  • dose taken
  • formulation (i.e. extended release vs immediate release)
  • frequency and duration of use
  • impaired kidney and liver function
  • slow metabolism
  • body fat percentage

Older age, impaired liver function, and chronic use of Vicodin can result in longer detection windows. Higher doses will also take longer to clear from the urine.

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Getting Hydrocodone Out Of Your Urine

Testing positive for opioids is a common concern among people who have been taking opioids like hydrocodone in any way other than prescribed by a doctor.

If you’ve been abusing hydrocodone, do not try to stop taking it all at once. This can trigger uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Getting off hydrocodone may require a drug detox program. After detox, further treatment in a substance abuse rehab program may be recommended.

Find Treatment For Hydrocodone Abuse And Addiction

Hydrocodone can be habit-forming and addictive when misused.

If you or a loved one is abusing hydrocodone, call our helpline today to find an opioid addiction treatment program that’s right for you.

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