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    Default how fast does hydrocodone get into the urine?

    Once again ive been chosen for a random drug screen at my newest job (random yeah right) I took 3 loritabs at 12:45 pm and was drug tested at 3:00 pm. Im not really worried about failing because i do have a script but does anyone know how quick hydro can show up in the urine. By the way folks just because you gotta script dosent mean your safe. This will be the second job ive been terminated at with a valid prescriptions if they go that route. Seems like we have no privacy these days. BTW its a hospital job.
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    this is for all (or most) pills
    your case is hard to tell and if your times are exact thats 2 1/4 hours. usually, if you swallow a pill and once it gets metabolized, a small amount of it could start gradually enter your urine.

    and depending on how much you ate/drank (fluids) will be a factor. also depends on how much and how often you take it (not just those 3 pills, but on a daily basis). ALSO, relating to how much you drank fluids, it depends on how many times you urinated throughout the whole day. for example if that was your first piss of the day, you should be fine.

    this all comes from my experience being at an IOP, not the IOP we know of but some of us may relate to: intensive outpatient program (for drug addiction, obviously). i was required to pee in a cup twice a week, got f***ed couple times..

    so thats a tough one, good thing is you got that script
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wabbitt View Post
    Once again ive been chosen for a random drug screen at my newest job (random yeah right) I took 3 loritabs at 12:45 pm and was drug tested at 3:00 pm. Im not really worried about failing because i do have a script but does anyone know how quick hydro can show up in the urine. By the way folks just because you gotta script dosent mean your safe. This will be the second job ive been terminated at with a valid prescriptions if they go that route. Seems like we have no privacy these days. BTW its a hospital job.
    @Wabbitt I'm sorry to hear about these so called random drug test. I've been tested for pre job screening but never just a random drug test. I was scripted opiates and benzodiazepines and tested positive but presented them my bottles and it was all good. Also for probation and they asked no questions. And that's a little more serious.

    But if it was your first pee after the dose I think you'll be fine. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhino236 View Post
    Also for probation and they asked no questions. And that's a little more serious.
    thats why im blessed to have an ativan script... benzo nation without getting the VOP. plus once you're good and the probation officer can tell you're not screwin around, we get mouthswabbed isntead of urine tests, which is easier to get away with.. but i dont take my chances
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wabbitt View Post
    Once again ive been chosen for a random drug screen at my newest job (random yeah right) I took 3 loritabs at 12:45 pm and was drug tested at 3:00 pm. Im not really worried about failing because i do have a script but does anyone know how quick hydro can show up in the urine.
    Since hydrocodone has a serum half-life of around three hours, it would be very unusual if it did not show positive in a urine test more than two hours after ingestion.
    Were you drug tested during your initial employment process and did you reveal to the hospital then that you are being prescribed Lortab for pain?

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    @Wabbitt,Yep sorry to say i think your meds/hydro will show on that test.thats lots of time to get into your urine im sorry to say. on the bright side,unless your using heavy machinery youll be fine with that script.just tell them first that you have a scirpt before you fail otherwise they will report it to your job. if you tell them first and bring proof theyre legally unable to share your results for the test.(unless it involves heavy equipment,or hazardous materials ect.)
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    You don't always have to tell them beforehand. After the drug test, if anything shows up, you get a call from a doctor asking about the medicine in your system. You can then tell them you have a script and the doctor will ask for either your doctor's name, the pharmacy you filled it at or ask you to bring in the bottle. Once they see it's valid then they contact your employer and tell them the test was negative. If you say "what xanax? I don't take that." then they call your employer and say it was a positive and out the door you go.

    So you don't have to panic if you didn't tell them beforehand. You'll always get a call from a doctor before they contact your employer with the results.

    I've come to believe that many of the testing facilities employ idiots, or something is going wrong before the urine gets to the facility. They failed me on my last two tests although my doctor ignored it. The first time because of the amount of water I drink (I drink about 12-15 of the 24 oz bottles a day) and the 2nd time they failed me for having benzos in my system even though I'm prescribed a benzo lol. I was reading the test results and the doctor said "yeah, don't worry about; someone forgot to put down that you take klonopin".

    I had 2-3 other tests that came back weird when I was at a pain clinic years ago. First they said my tests were inconclusive, then said none of my medicine was in me and then realized that they don't test for oxymorphone at Labcorp so I had to go back again and be tested specifically for it. One test said I had 3 different benzos, 2 sleeping meds, 4 narcotics and I don't remember what else. All I could think was that I'd be dead if I truly had all that crap in me. I'm now very anxious when I have to pee in a bottle and I pray I get a good tech that is testing my urine.

    Sorry to go OT. But yeah, I agree that the hydrocodone should show up. It's a short acting med so I can't imagine that it wouldn't be in your urine, although you're fine unless you are under contract not to take any medicines without telling your employer first. I worked w/ engineers for years and the contractors had to sign a form saying they would not be under the influence of any mind altering meds and should take off work until they were finished with the medicine.

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    Question... Will a test show specifically which opiate is in your system? Can they tell oxy vs. hydro?

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    Yes they can tell the difference, but it depends on what test they give you.

    When my last pain clinic tested me they always checked the regular panel and then had to check oxy and methadone separately and write in oxymorphone because it wasn't an option on the test. I take oxys right now and my test would show if I was taking hydros instead of oxys, or if I was taking valium instead of klonopin. No one should ever assume that because they are on one opiate that it'll cover them on a test if they are taking other opiates.

    My doctor lets me read my test results and it lists virtually every medicine out there, has a positive or negative beside each one, and if it's positive it then gives a number that tells them how much is in my blood. It even finds my Lyrica and promethazine. I don't know what company he uses or what type of test this is, but it will find anything and everything in your system.

    I've also noticed that pain clinics often test down to zero, which means it picks up any amount in your system, instead of having a cut off number like most UA's have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basehead View Post
    this is for all (or most) pills
    your case is hard to tell and if your times are exact thats 2 1/4 hours. usually, if you swallow a pill and once it gets metabolized, a small amount of it could start gradually enter your urine.

    and depending on how much you ate/drank (fluids) will be a factor. also depends on how much and how often you take it (not just those 3 pills, but on a daily basis). ALSO, relating to how much you drank fluids, it depends on how many times you urinated throughout the whole day. for example if that was your first piss of the day, you should be fine.

    this all comes from my experience being at an IOP, not the IOP we know of but some of us may relate to: intensive outpatient program (for drug addiction, obviously). i was required to pee in a cup twice a week, got f***ed couple times..

    so thats a tough one, good thing is you got that script
    I only have a script for the roxys not the loritabs. Im soo sick of this bullshit. Every i go this shit happens to me. I had a bad cold about two years ago and got some tussinex hydro/cough syrup. I wonder if i get the printoff from the pharmacy if that will work. like i wonder if they can tell the diff between loritab hydro and tussinex hydro?

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    @Wabbitt

    hey sorry, i havent been online for like five days. really really busy with work
    but im 99% sure that tussionex and lortab will both show as the same

    the only difference is that lortab has tylenol in it (acetaminophen)
    and tussoinex has chlorpheniramine, which is an anti-histamine (usually used for cold-like symptoms.) i highly doubt any place would test you an anti-histmanie.

    the only thing i'd be concerned of is that hydro is not the same as roxycontin. i know that a lot of drug tests (even home tests) have an "opiate detector" as well as an "oxycontin detector." i know that if you take a perc, it shows up as an opiate.
    im not too sure about the difference between the banned oxys and the roxys too much, i would look into that.

    ive been off opiates for almost a year now and never seen an OP, this is from my experience '07-'10
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    Good news! i passed my test. ive been informed to report back to work but they are gonna have a "talk" with me when i get back ....hmmmm

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    @Wabbitt

    congrats.. and maybe a promotion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nola View Post
    @Wabbitt,Yep sorry to say i think your meds/hydro will show on that test.thats lots of time to get into your urine im sorry to say. on the bright side,unless your using heavy machinery youll be fine with that script.just tell them first that you have a scirpt before you fail otherwise they will report it to your job. if you tell them first and bring proof theyre legally unable to share your results for the test.(unless it involves heavy equipment,or hazardous materials ect.)
    Thank you, you saved me typing this exact post.

  15. I was curious to know how long do pain meds generally stay in your system since this is a thread on drug testing. I have read like 2 to 3 days but others have said a week or even much more. Does it depend on how long you been taking them? Any help is appreciated on drug testing....

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    It depends on the drug, the usage, your weight, diet, fluid intake. There are a ton of factors to consider.
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