How long does Oxycodone stay in your system?

Effects of oxycodone, a prescription drug for pain relief

Oxycodone is an opioid medication prescribed to treat moderate-to-severe pain. Oxycodone is intended to be taken every six hours, as needed, to manage chronic pain. Oxycodone can remain active in the bloodstream for up to 12 hours, and it often takes about 24 hours to fully process out of the body.

Oxycodone is highly effective as a pain medication but carries a high risk of addiction and potential for abuse, much like heroin, codeine, or fentanyl. Users who are addicted to oxycodone or are experiencing withdrawal symptoms can find treatment programs at a suitable recovery center that can be recommended by a healthcare professional.

Find out more about oxycodone withdrawal & detox treatment with ANR Clinic.

How long does Oxycodone stay in your system?

Oxycodone detection time in your body

Drug tests or drug screening can detect oxycodone following consumption of the prescription opioid and after the user is no longer feeling the effects.

The detection window for each testing method is as follows:

  • Blood: up to 24 hours
  • Saliva: up to 2 days
  • Urine: up to 4 days
  • Hair: up to 90 days

 Half-life of oxycodone

The half-life is the amount of time it takes for half a dose of oxycodone to leave one’s body.

Oxycodone has a half-life of 3.2 hours (immediate-release oxycodone); this is the amount of time it takes for half a dose of oxycodone to leave one’s body after the user has stopped taking the drug.

The drug is effectively eliminated from the blood in 22.5 hours, which is when the bodies metabolize the drug entirely. The periods of time for this process to occur may be higher for users who have a tolerance to oxycodone.

Drug testing detection windows

Urine, hair, blood, and saliva tests are the methods used when detecting oxycodone in a person’s system.

The level of exposure, as well as the length of time the patient has been taking oxycodone, may also determine the detection times.

Blood tests

Blood testing can detect oxycodone up to 24 hours following ingestion. 

Saliva tests

Saliva testing can detect oxycodone up to 2 days following ingestion. 

Hair tests

Oxycodone can be detected in a hair follicle up to 90 days following ingestion. 

Urine tests

Oxycodone is detectable through urine testing for up to 4 days following ingestion. 

Factors that determine how long oxycodone stays in people’s system

There are many influences that determine the period the drug remains in an individual’s body.

A user who has an oxycodone addiction may take longer to remove the substance from their system. 

The following factors may influence how long oxycodone stays in the system: 

  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Basal metabolic rate
  • Liver function and kidney function
  • Body mass index (BMI) & body fat content 
  • Quantity of oxycodone consumed
  • Duration of oxycodone consumption

Risks of oxycodone: substance abuse, opioid addiction, and overdose

Like other prescription opioids there is a risk of drug abuse, symptoms of withdrawal and if left untreated, overdose.

Treatment for oxycodone drug addiction can be facilitated at a suitable drug rehab center.

 Addiction recovery: treatment centers and opioid detox

Medical professionals or your healthcare provider can suggest addiction treatment options and facilities. 

Addiction treatment centers offer medical advice diagnosis or treatment options such as Medication-Assisted Treatment, inpatient rehab,  and intensive outpatient programs. 

Treatment options are also suitable for co-occurring disorders including the following:

  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Opioid addiction

Check if your insurance covers rehab costs for oxycodone treatment.

Oxycodone withdrawal & addiction treatment through ANR

Accelerated Neuro Regulation (ANR) is an extremely effective opioid addiction treatment. ANR is the only form of medical treatment that works to re-regulate the critical endorphin-receptor imbalance, tackling the root cause of addiction in the brain. Unlike traditional detox treatment, ANR works on a deeper level and targets the physiologic mechanism behind dependency. After treatment with ANR, patients can go back to their daily lives without ongoing pain or the constant fear of relapse.

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