If you've been taking OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta, Endone, OxyIR, or Oxynorm, you've been taking oxycodone. Should you be concerned about drug tests? Under what circumstances might you be tested for oxycodone/OxyContin? How long does oxycodone/OxyContin stay in your system?
We'll try to answer all these questions and more as simply as possible.
Oxycodone/OxyContin and Urine Tests
Many prescription opioids won't be detected on standard 5-panel urine tests. Typically, they need a special extended test to be performed before they can be detected. Unfortunately, this isn't necessarily true for oxycodone.
Although morphine isn't a major metabolite of oxycodone, it is a minor one. This means that if you took a high enough dose recently enough, you can fail a standard drug test for opiates. That said, people on low to moderate doses shouldn't fail in most cases.
Even if you're on a low dose, however, there are cheap urine tests to detect oxycodone at a 100 ng/mL cutoff. This means that if you're subject to an extended drug test, there's a good chance you will fail.
Given that there are multiple ways of failing a drug test for OxyContin, you really should be concerned about it.
So, How Long Does Oxycodone/OxyContin Stay in Your System?
Note that these numbers are for guidance only. Every person's body is different and handles drugs in a different way. To be certain you will test clean, always test yourself beforehand with a suitable home-testing kit.
Assuming that you'll be specifically tested for Oxycodone/OxyContin, you can fail a urine test for 3-4 days after your last dose. This will be slightly shorter for a saliva test.
It's not clear what the detection time would be for a standard opiates test. It may be shorter, as the amount of morphine is lower. To be safe, however, you should assume a detection time of 2-4 days.
Hair tests, unfortunately, have a much longer detection time of 90 days. It's not clear if this also applies to opiates detection. However, if you've been a long-term user of oxycodone, you should prepare for the possibility of failing for opiates as well.
One fact that is clear is how oxycodone can cause you to fail a drug test in multiple ways.
Taking a Drug Test
Abstaining for four or five days (maybe more if you want to be safe) before a urine drug test should be enough to pass it. You could also get your doctor to write you a note. Even if you also test positive for morphine, most labs should accept that this is a false positive caused by the oxycodone use.
If you want to protect your privacy, however, you can take other precautions. Detox drinks offer a convenient way to get through urine drug tests for example. You can also get a special mouthwash to use before a saliva test.
To clean your hair of drug metabolites, you need to apply a detox shampoo treatment. This will cleanse deep into the hair to remove any toxins. Note that if you continue to take oxycodone, any new hair that grows out afterwards will contain new traces.