Prescription Vicodin

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Rubber Duck's Comment
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I had a script for Vicodin for a serious illness that required I be treated with Vicodin. I won’t go into the Illness but it is very important to surprises the pain in order to prevent nerve damage. Well I could only take the script on weekends and after the first two weekends I flushed the rest down the toilet because I was afraid if I got a random or in an accident my two week script would now be useless. In hindsight I should of had the doctor write a 4 week script but keep the pill count the same or something like that so I could of benefit from the pain suppression on weekends for longer. Well my question is will two weekends of Vicodin show on a hair follicle test.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Well my question is will two weekends of Vicodin show on a hair follicle test.

Short answer, yes. If it was in fact prescribed, you should be in the clear. Were you taking it while you were employed by a Carrier? If so, that could be a big problem. If you are not yet driving, and wanting to start training, you will need proof of the prescription from the prescribing Doctor.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Most likely - depending on the dosage. Example - if you took 6 X 10MG pills over the course of a weekend for 2 weekends, the constant presence in your system over two 48 hour periods would be enough to show up - depending on how soon afterwards you were tested.

For "random urine" - they are usually out of your system after 72 hour.

Also - hydrocodone is a opioid narcotic that is forbidden. If you got in an incident, or a random urine and it was still in your system (scrip or not), you would have HUGE PROBLEMS as a result.

Likely - the best thing would have been to report your surgery and meds to the SAFETY DEPARTMENT and let them be the judge.

Also - never heard of the use of narcotics to "prevent nerve damage". Pain management can be a touchy subject. But testing hot, especially while actively driving, can be a career ender.

Hope you're feeling better soon.


Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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After my surgery I was concerned about my pain meds and returning to work. My Safety department told me I was fine as long as I had 48 hours between taking it and driving. I gave their doctor my medical records for my new DOT card after surgery. However, I had 5 weeks between a pill and driving. No problem.

Just be upfront went you took it and provide the documentaion for a legal script.


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Bruce K.'s Comment
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The other issue here is dependency (addiction). Remember Brett Farve? His addiction was well publicized. When he was MVP of the NFL, the joke was that 'MVP' stood for 'More Vicodin Please' He later revealed that he took 14 Vicodins at a time, at least once, maybe more times. So, I think it's fair to believe that Vicodin is addictive. Beware!

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