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Can you overdose (OD) on OxyContin?

Yes, you can overdose on OxyContin when you take too much of it.

But the amount of OxyContin to overdose varies depending on your tolerance to opiates. And although most drug overdoses are unintentional, and OxyContin OD can be avoided. Here, we review the risk factors for OxyContin overdose and invite your questions about OxyContin and overdose at the end.

Can you overdose on OxyContin?

Yes, you can overdose on oxycodone, the main ingredient in OxyContin. Most common causes of accidental overdose are initiated by patients increasing dosing to get pain relief. But increasing your dosing amounts or frequency can lead to can overdose.

Sometimes people take too much OxyContin on purpose, in an attempt to achieve a euphoric “high,” but overdose in the process. This is a risk especially in people who haven’t had much exposure to OxyContin in the past. And be clear: OxyContin abuse increases your risk of death and overdose. This is why OxyContin should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor. You’re much more likely to overdose when you chew, crush, snort or inject OxyContin pills.

What happens when you overdose on OxyContin?

You may lose consciousness when experiencing an OxyContin overdose. But the most dangerous complication of OxyContin overdose is slowed or shallow breathing. And OxyContin overdose can even cause your breathing to stop, if you take enough of the drug.

How many OxyContin is too much?

How much OxyContin can you take at once?  One every 12 hours.  And safe dosing levels of OxyContin depend on the strength of OxyContin you’ve been prescribed. Just one 60 mg tablet could be dangerous if you’ve never taken the drug before. You can follow a few basis guidelines to stay safe: a single dose of more than 40 mg OxyContin, or total daily doses greater than 80 mg, is too much for someone who’s just started the medicine. Always be careful to follow your doctor’s instructions when trying this medication for the first time.

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The amount of OxyContin that is safe for you depends on whether you’ve recently been exposed to opioid medications or have developed a tolerance to narcotics. Your tolerance to OxyContin may require you to take a higher dose than someone just starting out. So be sure to always follow your doctor’s guidelines and always seek medical advice and supervision when you feel ready to increase dosing amounts or frequency.

OxyContin overdose help

An OxyContin overdose will not always be fatal. As long as breathing hasn’t been compromised, you can usually recover without long-term health effects. Still, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately if you believe you’ve taken too much OxyContin or suspect someone else has overdoses. If you delay treatment, an OxyContin overdose can be deadly or can result in permanent brain damage due to the lack of oxygen to the brain.

Furthermore, serious cases of OxyContin overdose may require that doctors administer oxygen to help you breathe. Sometimes, in near fatal cases of an OxyContin OD, medicine is given to counteract the effects of OxyContin.

Overdose on OxyContin questions

If you have any questions about safe amounts of OxyContin in your system, please leave them here. We are happy to try to help answer your questions about OxyContin, and will try to respond with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.


Reference Sources: CDC NCHS Data Brief: Drug Poisoning Deaths in the United States, 1980-2008
PubMed: A history of being prescribed controlled substances and risk of drug overdose death
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs: Trends in Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths

Medline Plus: Hydrocodone/Oxycodone overdose

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7 Responses to “Can you overdose (OD) on OxyContin?
4:08 pm April 25th, 2014

Approx how long is the release period of 120 mg of OxyContin taken orally ?.

11:17 am May 14th, 2014

Hello D. Most slow-release versions of oxycodone are made for at least 12 hour relief of pain. But check on the RX bottle for exact duration of action. More here

9:50 pm August 25th, 2014

Since one year ago, I have a prostate cancer with bone metastasis. I have been prescribed, gradually, painkillers and I am now, since three months ago, at 220 mg of OxyContin LP a day (110 mg + 120 mg) as well as 30 mg of OxyNorm every 2 hours, as needed, according to the the level of pain.
What level of OxyContin LP and OxyNorm would be considered overdose ?

6:28 am March 28th, 2015

I took 2 10mg Pills for pain for the first time ever. I feel weak, shakey and like im drunk ready to pass out. I weigh 160lbs. A nurse gave them to me. Did i OD? I am scared.

10:57 am March 30th, 2015

Hi Stuart. You can call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 and talk to a poison expert to determine the risk of overdose. If you have OD they will also provide you guidance on what to do next. If you are feeling worse as time passes, have someone drive you to the hospital.

8:25 pm November 28th, 2017

Hello this is my first time trying oxycontin and my question is that can i take 160mg?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:24 pm November 29th, 2017

Hi Henri. I suggest that you consult with a doctor about your dosage.

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