How Long Does Percocet Stay in Urine?

A couple of days.
A couple of days. (Image: belchonock/iStock/Getty Images)

Percocet is a prescription pain medication containing the opiate oxycodone mixed with acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. The drug is subject to abuse because some users get high on it. Percocet alters your brain chemistry to relieve pain and, often, to induce euphoria. It can typically be detected in urine for one to two days after ingestion, subject to a few variables.

Testing for Percocet

The body quickly absorbs and metabolizes Percocet, so that most standard drug tests can only detect it within a couple of days. The actual number of hours that Percocet remains detectable in the urine is influenced by the amount you take, the frequency of ingestion and your rate of metabolism. Blood tests for Percocet are effective for only a day. However, the drug might remain in your hair for up to 90 days -- the length of time is proportional to the amount you take.

Dangers of Long-Term Use

Percocet is addictive. You can become addicted even if you take Percocet through a legitimate prescription from a doctor. In large doses, the drug can induce euphoria. Overdoses can be fatal and withdrawal symptoms can be harsh, but less so if properly managed by competent medical professionals. Even if you don't overdose, long-term use can kill you.

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