Percocet typically stays in the body for around 3 hours or so, and normally will not show up on a drug test just a few days later with a standard urine screen. If you are having a hair test done then Percocet could be detected for a few months after having taken it, but hair tests are fairly rare these days.
The question you need to ask yourself is this: “Why is it important to you to know this information?”
If you are trying to beat the system and be able to test negative for a drug screen while still abusing Percocet then there is a serious problem going on. This is often known as denial in the world of addiction recovery. You should probably take a long hard look at your behavior and where your life is headed at this point.
Many people will get offended by such a statement, and the extent to which you are offended is also a measure of how deeply in denial you are about your problem. Most of us would like to believe that we are in total control of our drug or alcohol use, that we are not an addict or a junkie, and that we don’t really have a problem. But if you are using a substance like Percocet without a prescription then there is huge potential for addiction. At the very least this is already fitting the description of drug abuse.
It may be helpful to understand how Percocet works in the body to realize why and how it is addictive. The medication contains Oxycodone, which is an opiate, along with a non narcotic like Tylenol. So what happens is that your brain has certain opiate receptors in it that will allow you to feel better when there are opiates present in your system.
Now it is important to realize that even if you are not taking any substances at all, your body still produces a tiny amount of natural opiates for its own use. This is just your normal everyday amount of opiates that gets trickled into the body from your brain so that you can feel normal. If you ever suffer a serious injury then your brain knows that it can produce a bit extra of this natural opiate to make you feel a bit better. This is how the natural body works.
When you start abusing a drug like Oxycodone, you are essentially flooding the brain with an artificial opiate from the outside, and the opiate molecules fill up all of those receptors in the brain and the body feels euphoric and happy. Now if this happens over and over again on a regular basis then eventually the body will realize that it does not have to produce that normal, everyday trickle of natural opiates that it normally feeds the body, because all of those opiate receptors in the brain are being steadily filled up every day with Oxycodone.
At that point, after a few weeks or months of abuse, the body will stop producing its own natural opiate. Now you have a situation that is ripe for addiction. When the person in this situation suddenly stops putting Percocet into their system, their brain is going to have all of those empty opiate receptors, and the body is not going to be in the habit of giving itself that daily trickle of natural opiates that it needs to just feel normal. And so that is going to send the body into withdrawal and the person is going to feel sick. The detox symptoms from this will generally resemble the flu and it is not pleasant at all. This is why opiate based drugs can be so addictive–the withdrawal is massively uncomfortable and you can obviously avoid those unpleasant symptoms by taking more opiates.
And hopefully you can see that once you are trapped in this cycle of withdrawal and relapse that it is very difficult to break free from it without outside help. This is why I would strongly urge you to seek out help at an addiction treatment center. There they will have a medical detoxification area that will help you to get past the withdrawal symptoms. In fact, most medical detox centers have certain medications that will allow you to minimize or avoid those unpleasant symptoms almost entirely. They can greatly reduce your discomfort in a way that will allow you to get through your detox in just a few short days.
Depending on the opiate that you are addicted to, the withdrawal can last anywhere from about 2 days up to over a week. For example, a drug such as Methadone has a very long half life compared to Percocet, and the withdrawal will take more time to fully unwind. Other opiates have a shorter half life and therefore the withdrawal may be over much quicker. However, keep in mind that a short withdrawal can still be very unpleasant and intense, and therefore you still may need some help.
The real reason that many people need help in such situations is that they not only need to get through the withdrawal process, but they also need to learn how to avoid relapse. Failure to learn some basic recovery tools means that you are pretty much doomed to keep repeating the cycle of addiction. After a while this can become very tiresome and miserable. There is hope though. Call up a treatment center and ask for help. Find out what you need to do in order to attend inpatient rehab, where they can help you through the detox process and get you the help that you need to live clean and sober. It is possible to feel good again without having to rely on pills all the time. This is a level of freedom and happiness that you deserve. Make the call today!