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Can vicodin present in urine test ?

recently my son was in a car accident where he sustained a concussion. the officer at the scene accused him of being either high and/or drunk. my son has no recollection of the arrest, etc. the question i have is the night before the accident my son had back pain at work (the job requires physical work and long periods of time standing) and asked co-workers for tylenol . since nobody had tylenol one co-worker gave my son 1 vicodin tablet. my worry is if my son was given a urine test , 24 hrs after taking the vicodin, it will show up. whether it shows up or not what are the chances of this one tablet affecting his ability to drive 24 hrs later? thank you in advance.
Asked On : Tue, 25 Jan 2011
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Thanks for posting your query.

Vicodin is a tablet containing a combination of acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone narcotic pain relievers.

Vicodin should always be taken with doctor's prescription, as it has many side effects.

Vicodin can cause side effects that may impair the thinking or reactions. One has to be careful while driving or doing anything that requires to be awake and alert.

Regarding your query about urine test, it is possible that son may show Vicodin concentration in urine 24 hours after it's consumption.

I would suggest him to drink a lot of water as it will enhance the clearance.

Hope I have answered your query well.

Wish you and your son good health.


Dr. Jyoti Patil.
Answered: Fri, 19 Aug 2011
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