Sometimes it's necessary to take opioid medication when you have moderate-to-severe pain, but these medications can also cause problems on drug tests, possibly leading to embarrassing questions or even worse, disciplinary action.
Taking a painkiller doesn't have to ruin your life, and we'll look at the different aspects. For example, how long does one Lortab 10mg stay in your system? Does this increase the more you use it? We'll also look at what you should do in the case of failing a drug test, as well as how to avoid failing in the first place.
Lortab and drug tests
Lortab is actually a combination of two pain medications, namely hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is commonly sold over the counter in products like Tylenol, so it is never considered in drug tests. Hydrocodone, however, is a narcotic opioid with a potential for abuse, so it can be tested for in extended drug testing.
This means it should not affect a typical 5-panel drug screening, although some urinary analysis devices might detect it on the opiates panel. It's then largely a case of whether the result is confirmed with GC-MS analysis and whether this looks just for morphine.
To be entirely safe, we suggest you follow the advice toward the end of this article.
How long does one Lortab 10mg stay in your system?
It usually takes hydrocodone about 3-4 days to come out of your system enough to pass a urine drug test. It's possibly a little less for saliva drug tests, but the sensitivity of these devices can vary considerably.
If it really is just a single, one-off use of a Lortab 10mg pill, the detox time will probably be at the lower end of this estimate, but unfortunately, you can never know for sure. The only way to be certain is to test yourself, but home testing kits for hydrocodone are not commonly available. Longer term users should be prepared for the detox to take a little longer, but not massively so.
This uncertainty means you should either wait long enough to be sure the hydrocodone is out of your system (at least four days, possibly with a detox program) or take preventative measures.
Handling a drug test for Lortab
There are two basic approaches you can take for a drug test. Firstly, you could show your prescription to your employer or your testing agent. Taking the pill container is often good enough, as this shows the prescription information on the label.
If you prefer not to do this, the best approach is to avoid failing the test. This can be achieved by using an appropriate detox drink shortly before your test. Note that you can get special drinks for a larger body mass. With one of these drinks, you're aiming to make your urine as clean as possible by triggering your urinary system to flush itself. The process is entirely natural, and there's no need to do anything unpleasant like swap substitute urine. All you need to do is follow the directions carefully and make sure you pee a few times before your drug test.
Being this well prepared, you will be able to avoid any awkward questions.