How Long Does Percocet Stay in Your System?

Effects of Percocet – a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen for pain relief

Percocet is the brand name of a drug that contains the over-the-counter medication acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) and the opioid painkiller oxycodone. It is a prescription medication dispensed to treat moderate-to-severe pain or even chronic pain. Percocet 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.

Like heroin, codeine, or fentanyl, there is a high potential for prescription drug abuse. This is because the opioid, oxycodone is present in Percocet and can have addictive properties. Percocet can still be a suitable pain relief option..

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

Percocet detection time in your body

Drug testing can detect Percocet following consumption of the prescription opioid even after the user is no longer feeling the effects.

The detection window for each method is as follows:

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

Percocet’s half-life

A drug’s half-life is half the time required for the drug’s initial concentration to be reduced by 50%.   

Percocet has an average half-life of 3.5 hours, meaning this is the amount of time it takes for half a dose of Percocet to leave one’s system.

It will take an average of 19 hours to eliminate Percocet from the system. However, this can take longer for those who are long-term users of the drug and those who have poor kidney or liver function.

Drug test detection windows

Blood, saliva, hair, and urine tests are the methods used when detecting the pain reliever Percocet. 

Blood tests

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

Saliva tests

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

Hair follicle tests

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

Urine tests

Urine testing can detect Percocet up to 4 days following ingestion. 

Factors that determine how long Percocet stays in your system

There are many factors that determine how long a drug remains in an individual’s body.

A user who has a Percocet or oxycodone addiction may take longer to remove the substance from their system once they have slowed or stopped taking Percocet. 

If someone has been abusing Percocet by taking heavy doses for an extended period of time, it will accumulate in the fatty tissue, where it will be stored for several days.

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

  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Basal metabolic rate
  • Kidney and liver function
  • Body mass index (BMI) & body fat content 
  • Quantity of Percocet consumed
  • Duration of Percocet consumption
  • Drug interactions

Risks of Percocet: liver & kidney damage, substance abuse, opioid addiction, and Percocet overdose

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

The liver and kidneys work together to metabolize and excrete the oxycodone in Percocet. Combining acetaminophen and alcohol can lead to liver failure.

Treatment for Percocet drug addiction can be facilitated at a suitable drug rehab center or recovery village.

Drug addiction treatment: detox treatment programs at a recovery center

Medical professionals or your healthcare provider can suggest addiction centers for substance use disorder treatment. The types of treatments offered encourage sober living and relapse prevention.

Addiction treatment centers offer professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment options such as partial hospitalization programs, inpatient rehab, and intensive outpatient programs to overcome addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

Treatment center options are also suitable for dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders, including the following:

  • Drug and alcohol addiction 
  • Eating disorders
  • Opiate addiction
  • Mental health treatment

Check if your insurance covers rehab costs for Percocet treatment.

Percocet 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 physiological 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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