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“How long does oxycodone stay in your system?”
This is a common question from patients who are prescribed or are addicted to certain opiates. The answer varies depending on many factors, including age, weight, medications, health and the type of drug taken. However, most drugs are highly soluble in fat and therefore remain in the body for much longer than originally believed. Here’s what you need to know about the subject.
Oxycodone, also known as OxyContin, is a pain reliever that acts as a narcotics. Doctors prescribe it for a wide variety of conditions, but it is primarily used as a treatment for severe and chronic pain. For this reason, it is highly susceptible to being metabolized into the body and entering the bloodstream. Since most people do not notice the effects of oxycodone in their urine for days after taking the drug, doctors often fail to detect an oxycodone overdose until someone collapses or experiences shortness of breath or other signs of respiratory distress.
While most people only feel the effects of oxycodone when they are experiencing strong pain, this narcotic can still be detected through testing the urine of patients taking oxycodone. In fact, experts have detected oxycodone in the urine of every person who has died from prescription overdose. Unfortunately, since detection time is so short, it is not uncommon for a patient to die from an overdose before they are correctly diagnosed with having taken too much. To catch an overdose quickly, you should get a urine test done quickly. Once your doctor explains the results, you will probably be given instructions on how to properly take your medication. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders, and you must never miss a dose of oxycodone even if symptoms last for several days.
As your body adjusts to the effects of oxycodone, it will likely cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. An increase in these two factors can make it more difficult for your body to properly process the drug. These side effects are symptoms of withdrawal and should be treated accordingly. If your doctor does not prescribe additional medications or strongly suggest you stop taking the drug, you may need to seek addiction treatment services. Your medical professional should be able to give you a better understanding of how long does oxycodone remain in your system, and what kind of effect withdrawal can have on you.
How long does oxycodone remain in your system depends on your metabolism, your tolerance, how long your body has been taking the drug, and how your body is being affected by the drug. If you are taking a very low amount of the drug per day and your body does not metabolize it quickly, then you may not notice a difference in the amount of time it takes to get to the pharmacy. You could possibly pass out several times and not even realize it. Oxycodone passes through your digestive system fairly quickly, so you will not notice a difference in how long it takes to leave your system. If your body absorbs too much Oxycodone, though, there is a good chance that you will find that your vision is impaired, that you cannot think straight, and your coordination is impaired.
If you take a very high dose of oxycodone, called an extended-release product, within four days you will most likely exhibit signs of withdrawal, such as restlessness, insomnia, increased heart rate, and tremors. If the extended-release drug has been administered continuously for four days, you might experience agitation, depression, fever, and vomiting. If your body takes a long time to break down and metabolize the drug, your urine might appear dark or have an odour. You will also find yourself experiencing frequent urination and having trouble controlling your bowels.
The last step in the removal cycle of any abused drug is to analyze your urine. Any drug test which checks the purity of your urine should not fail to detect oxycodone. Your urine might show only the drug or a combination of the drug and other substances. Oxycodone usually has a colour which changes from red to purple during its first 24 hours in storage. However, as the drug breaks down more slowly, the colour tends to become yellow, brown, or other colours. If your urine is blood-based, then your oxycodone detection time will be longer, up to a couple of weeks, as your blood absorbs much of the drug before it reaches your urine.
When your body starts to show signs of physical dependency on the drug, it is now very difficult to stop taking. It is likely that your doctor will want you to go on a regime of medication in order to help you avoid a full relapse. Your doctor will probably also want you to take part in group therapy in order to learn coping skills and ways to avoid becoming dependent on the drug once again. If all else fails and you still find yourself struggling with your oxycodone addiction, your doctor may refer you to an alcohol rehabilitation unit in order to receive counselling and also help you deal with the physical withdrawal symptoms which are so damaging to your health and well-being.