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How long does Oxycontin withdrawal last?

How long does Oxycontin withdrawal last?

Planning to quit or cut back on OxyContin?

You probably already know that OxyContin (oxycodone) can be highly habit-forming and addictive. In fact, doctors expect that daily users become dependent on OxyContin after a few weeks.  So, once you have decided to quit taking Oxycontin after daily use, there will be a period in which you experience OxyContin withdrawal syndrome. But how long will withdrawal from OxyContin last?

Acute OxyContin withdrawal usually resolves in the first week after you stop taking OxyContin. But some symptoms persist well after this period. Read on for an OxyContin withdrawal timeline and a section for your questions about OxyContin withdrawal at the end.

How long until OxyContin withdrawal starts?

After your last dose of OxyContin, you can expect withdrawal symptoms to start about 6-8 hours later or after the effect of oxycodone has worn off. Keep in mind that the longer you have been physically dependent on OxyContin, or the higher the Oxycodone dosage you’ve been taking, the longer and the harder the period of withdrawal. Usually, withdrawal from OxyContin – an opioid – symptoms feel as if you’ve just come down with the flu. The following are typical of symptoms you will most like experience during OxyContin withdrawal:

  • accelerated breathing
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • fast heart beat
  • joint pain and aches
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea/vomiting
  • restlessness
  • runny nose
  • sleep disturbances
  • watering eyes
  • yawning

How long do OxyContin withdrawal symptoms last?

Withdrawal symptoms from OxyContin detox usually even out in about 4-5 weeks. But, there are chances you can develop protracted withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) which can last for months after you have stopped taking OxyContin.

OxyContin withdrawal timeline

Most OxyContin withdrawal symptoms resolve anywhere between 3-8 weeks after cessation of OxyContin. Below is a timeline that will give you a better idea of what to anticipate as you are withdrawing from OxyContin.

24 – 72 hours OxyContin withdrawal: During this period, the onset of symptoms emerge and peak. The most commonly reported symptoms occur during this time include: flu like symptoms, abdominal cramps, and agitation. The first several hours of withdrawal can be the most intense and the most uncomfortable, but do not last much longer than about three (3) days.

Week 1 OxyContin withdrawal: Acute withdrawal symptoms continue to peak and can last into the first week after you stop taking OxyContin. Insomnia, drug cravings, and the shakes are at their worst during this time of withdrawal.

Week 2 OxyContin withdrawal: It is during week two that symptoms start evening out and your body will regain a level of normalcy. Later onset withdrawal symptoms canmanifest during this time. These symptoms include: abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting. Sleep patterns should also start returning to normal.

Week 3-4 OxyContin withdrawal: A few weeks into OxyContin detox, the physical body should be feeling better. However, psychological symptoms may persist and long after you physical dependence has disappeared. These can included anxiety, depression, and dysphoria – an intense dissatisfaction with life.

OxyContin withdrawal: how long?

If you are not experiencing a “typical OxyCondin withdrawal”, do not worry. Every body’s system is different and will experience withdrawal in its own way. Some may experience a shorter or longer time period during OxyContin detox. For the most part, however, those who have been taking high doses of OxyContin or have been abusing the medication for a long time will exhibit harsher symptoms which will take longer to resolve.

One last thing, you may experience a process called PAWS, or post-acute withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms of withdrawal continue to manifest long past the period of time when withdrawal symptoms should have been resolved. In particular, OxyContin use exhibits opiate specific protracted withdrawal symptoms. Opiate specific symptoms of PAWS can include: short term memory loss, anxiety, and depression. If you are experience any of these symptoms of PAWS, it is advisable to seek medical help.

How long OxyContin withdrawal questions

If you have any more questions regarding withdrawal from Oxycontin, please ask. We do our best to respond to your questions accurately and promptly.

Reference Sources: Pub Med Health: Oxycodone
National Library of Medicine: Reduction of opioid withdrawal and potentiation of acute opioid analgesia by systemic AV411

Daily Med: OxyContin

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69 Responses to “How long does Oxycontin withdrawal last?
1:50 am February 20th, 2013

I had my hip replacement on 1/29/13, at which time they put me on 20mg of OxyContin twice a day. I took it one day shy of two weeks. I saw the doctor because I was having chills with no fever so they told me to stop the am dose and just take the PM dose. I decided that I didn’t need it so I stopped it all together and lowered my Vicodin use also. This past week has been a nightmare and when I called the doctor he told me to start both medicines again and he will guide me on how to wean off. I don’t want to start the OxyContin again for fear of this withdrawal lasting a lot longer. I still have symptoms of withdrawal but should I really go back on if Imhave been off for a week. I don’t mind taking the Vicodin as prescribed but scared on the OxyContin. Please advise.

2:46 pm February 21st, 2013

Hello Linda. Hmmm. This is a good question. I’d suggest that you consult with your local pharmacist for a second opinion. I’m not sure how oxycodone and hydrocodone work in terms of complementary effect and occupying the opioid receptors in the brain. But it seems to me like your instinct is right on. Just keep asking (medical professionals) for more answers, and then you can make an informed decision about what to do. Good luck and please let us know how it goes!

12:28 am March 25th, 2013

Hey linda I was in your same boat…….. was addicted to oxy for a couple years after i got into a car accident and was injured. After I got better, I still took the pills and got addicted. Bad mistake. Decided to get off them for good and looked for a comfortable and reasonable solution . Finally I completed an at home detox system/program from a company called pure health group. They have all natural products that really reduce withdrawal side effects. Previous to using their products, i many times tried going cold turkey but too many symptoms from withdrawal kept me from getting through the day. When I found this product I was sooooooooo happy! It’s the withdrawal relief complex. So, it addressed so many of the symptoms I was suffering. Check them out for sure, because it works. And if you are ready to quit, they will help. Good luck Linda!

2:49 pm March 25th, 2013

I had been on OxyContin for 7-8 years. I’m 65 yrs. old & went on it for pain. I just went through a suboxone detox program. The docs have been psychologically and verbally abusive. I am home now after 5 days in hospital. I am on suboxone. I am still having terrible withdrawal symptoms. I’m not really sure if it’s the oxy withdrawal or the suboxone that is making me so sick. Any thoughts? I want off the suboxone, but am not sure how to do it? I will not go back to the docs that I had in the hospital because they have the “you are an addict & alcoholic mentality” and also are unethical. I am not an addict or alchoholic. I am dependent on opiates and enjoy my wine now and then. So I need to find a suboxone doc fast or someone to advise me who is knowledgeable. If anyone has advice, thanks in advance.

5:44 am April 11th, 2013

Hi Claire. SAMHSA has a buprenorphine doctor directory on their website.

Jennifer Parrino
11:21 pm June 30th, 2013

I’ve been taking oxycontin for about 11-12 years now STRAIGHT. It started off innocently enough with a Percocet Rx for a surgery I had, but quickly turned into something much more serious. When I had that 1st surgery, OUT OF CONCERN & NOT KNOWING ANY BETTER, a family member of mine gave me some of their oxycontin 20mg to which I fell in complete love w/ bc the pain was gone & I had a surge of energy that I still cannot resist! Soon, 20′s weren’t enough anymore & even though this family member was continuing to GIVE me the 20′s, I had complete access to ALL of this persons medications, so I began to STEAL their 80 mg’s & began taking halves of 80′s then after a while, it was WHOLE 80′s, til eventually it got up to 2 a day & has remained that amount for years til the present. I hate having this addiction & have been wanting to get off of them for years, but I’ve always been so scared to go thru the withdraws, but more than anythg, I’m scared of how am I’m going to be able to function w/out them bc I’ve never had to, I’ve always had them throughout my entire adult life. In all these years, I’ve only gone a few days w/out some kind of pain pill. Its my only vice & the only addiction I have but I’m SO done w/it! I finally have started to take the steps to quit though. Tomorrow I go in for an appointment to begin my road to sobriety & I’m scared to death to be honest, yet I’m so excited to begin a life w/out oxycontin in it!!! My question & concern for you is since I’ve been on such a heavy dose for SO many years, in your opinion, how severe & long do you think my withdraws will last? I’m not going to any methadone clinic or an inpatient treatment center bc methadone is just another drug to replace this one & I heard it worse to get off of than oxy’s, & I cant do inpatient bc I’m needed to care for my ailing mother. I don’t work so I’ll have time to focus completely on my treatment, yet I’m concerned that since I’ll be an outpatient, I wont be able to detox w/any safe medications & I’ll have to go through the withdraws on my own. SO what is your opinion on my situation. Need advice!!!

1:00 am July 15th, 2013

Is naltrexone. Enough or must it be used with a program

6:16 pm July 16th, 2013

Hi Jennifer,
Thought I might be of some assistance to you and same you some time. You are justified in feeling scared, due to years of oxy use. However, I was in your boat. Addicted for years, decided to get clean, but I had to still function, had to go to work, couldn’t go to an inpatient place and needed to have my life. And I didn’t want the withdrawal symptoms to get in the way of my life.

I did a lot of research on all natural detox programs and eventually found a company that supports you while going through withdrawals. To answer your question regarding withdrawals: withdrawals can last off and on for many days, but each person really varies; however, using their products, I was really surprised at how quick they took effect and allowed me to be “me”, for the most part. The withdrawal side effects didn’t go away completely, but on a scale of 1-10, 10 being worst, my symptoms were reduced to about a 3, and by day 5-6, I was over the hump. I made sure to drink a ton of fluids, took hot showers and had access to a steam and sauna to sweat out more of the toxins so that helped me tremendously. The company is called Pure Health Group. They sell a system that supports you through the withdrawal process, it is a daytime supplement and then a nighttime supplement (energy and sleep, two vital components for me when I was going through this) and then another product that supports craving and relapse prevention; you take that after you have completed the other two products. I tried cold turkey and I failed. I used their products and I succeeded. I have never been so grateful. So, you should check them out. Their ingredients have been clinically proven(I looked at some of the studies) to reduce withdrawal with opiates. I spoke at length with one of the reps before I purchased their products and they were very helpful and supportive. They sell their stuff online also.

Hope this helps you and good luck. You can do it!

2:17 am July 17th, 2013

I’ve been on OxyContin since 1999. Due to numerous surgeries. Large doses. At times over two hundred mg daily. Average 120mg daily
Decided to stop. It took me six months to get to 30 mg daily
The withdrawals just won’t stop. I can’t get below this dose
I feel lethargic. I have pain I areas of previous surgeries and muscle pain
What should I do?

11:02 am July 17th, 2013

Hello Karla. I’d suggest that you seek help from your prescribing doctor or seek a second opinion with another pain specialist who can recommend alternative therapies or refer you to other resources outside of opioid medications. I wish you all the best!!!

11:37 pm September 9th, 2013

I was on prescription Oxycontin 50-80 mg per day for a year and prior to that vicodin for a year. I detoxed at a facility in January of this year and have not been the same since. I have since been to 3 different facilities to “find out” what is wrong with me. I have clouding of mental functions, body “jerking” like electric shocks, high anxiety, no sense of smell or taste, very weak and lethargic, I cannot drive, rapid weight gain, ( 30 pds), decreased awareness and responsiveness, hard to focus, little memory short or long, feeling of unreality, paranoia and a sense of detachment of self from body and nightmares.

My questions is”When will this all go away?”, it is going on 3 months. “Will I return to normal?”,”What do I do about all of this and what type of doctors should I see?”

11:12 am September 13th, 2013

Hello Cindy. Have you tried any lifestyle changes that include regular exercise, health eating, and meditation? Sometimes, if no medical reason exists for a certain condition or state of mind, we need to change our behavior.

june deeley
11:32 am October 13th, 2013

I am withdrawing from osy… ihave come down from 70-80-mg a day to 20mg a day over the last 6 weeks… I should be down to 5 a day in two weeks…I still have pain.. I had a hip replacement jul 3 and have been on oxy for about a year but most intense two-three mos before operation… I am experiencing that lack of enjoying life… I am on 30 mg Cymbalta which I though should help with that but its not…I am walking with a cane and enough pain to make me not want to get up…….is this normal?

june deeley
11:42 am October 13th, 2013

for continue from my previous posts… I was on tramadol for 8 years prior to hip surgery and quit cold turkey when I had the op… docs did that not me…does that make a difference? I don’t want to feel like this forever… my partner is losing patience with me and I cant seem to explain my crying and constant pain… sure would like to talk to someone… j

7:38 am October 14th, 2013

Hello June. I feel for you!

Is it possible for you to move and exercise? Can you get a 20-30 min cardio workout in per day?

june deeley
12:05 pm October 14th, 2013

acrually I am starting a 5 min walk with my walker in the am and in the afternoon 30 min in the pool with physio exercises, treading water etc… it helps a little but yesterday morning I had a small breadown and couldn’t stop crying. iknow it sounds woosy but it is real to me… thank-you for answering me…. june

4:22 pm October 14th, 2013

Hello June. Some people report protracted withdrawal symptoms from opioids that last for a year, or more. So, feeling emotionally drained, overwhelmed, or depressed is a typical outcome of long term use of opioids like oxycodone. Hang in there. Another thing to do for help is to speak with a psychologist or licensed counselor. Talk therapy can really help sort out what’s going on and can offer insight into how to move beyond the feelings that are trapping you.

6:19 pm November 9th, 2013

I quit taking 180mg of oxycontin about 3 months ago cold turkey. I has been the most difficult and painful experience that I have ever endured. I refused any medical help of any sort, for I am going through a nasty divorce and my x would have found a way to use it against me. I never took more than prescribed, nor did I fail a drug test in all of the six years that I was taking the medication for a messed up back. I am still having terrible issues with bone pain in my legs. Some days it is so awful that it is hard to function and the only form of relief I have is hot baths. My attorney has requested that I seek some help from a professional to verify my symptoms. I need to get to work and begin a new career(life), but I really am afraid of a full time job until this leg pain is under control. It is hard to focus and my short term memory is shot, I feel dumb as a box of rocks some days. I am having a difficult time finding a doctor in Utah that understands the long term affects of oxy withdrawl. Do you have any idea where I can find a doctor that can help verify that these symptoms are VERY VERY real? I do not want any sort of medication prescibed. I will never ever take another one of those terrible devil pills as long as I live. If I had any idea of the hell associated with cessation of oxycontin, I never would have taken them for the extended period of time that I had. If you know of any good clinic or doctor that deals with PAWS from oxycontin in Utah could you please let me know. Thank you. P.S. Hang in there everyone! We are all stronger than we think!

12:17 am November 28th, 2013

I have been detoxing off of percoset and oxycontin for a month. Off of percs for two weeks and had some problems w.flu like symptoms but took me a month to ween off 3 a day for two years. The oxy I am just starting cutting back my 3 a day 40 mg. two year habit and am having night terrors and am very uncomfortable going to sleep knowing that these beyond real terrors will come back. I am slowly tapering but are these nightmares going to happen for awhile?

love life
1:01 am January 4th, 2014

every month I have to take oxy code own 5 milligrams 3 to 4 times a day for Android me to you sir how long should I expect to have withdrawal symptoms for? a lot of the times I seem to experience my withdrawal symptoms fairly quickly is this normal the worst of it all is that I always get restless leg syndrome. but it feels more like my feet are asleep, has anyone else experienced this my legs hurt a little bit but my feet feel like they’re of him being poked into them.

1:07 am January 4th, 2014

I am on and off painkillers every month for endrmetrious how long does one week of taking oxy 5mg usually last?

4:29 pm January 28th, 2014

I have been taking high to extremely high doses of oxyneo (was OxyContin) for 8 yrs now. I underwent a fusion with instrumentation of L4 -S1 in 2007. Pain never really went away. I’ve always been very careful to take only what is prescribed. Unfortunately I’ve only been half a person. I was taking 320 mg per day. I am in my 4th week of decreasing my dose. As if yesterday I was at 120 mg but in what I am guessing was a severe detox. I had to increase my dose back to 160 mg which seems to have eased my detox. I will probably need too move slower on my detox. My question is having been on such high (perhaps lethal) doses for over 8 years how long can I expect to suffer withdrawal symptoms xnd perhaps PAWS? Thank you for any help. I’m so tired.

1:04 pm March 3rd, 2014

I have chronic lung disease with scarring all around my lungs. After taking OxyContin in both slow release and quick release pills for over 6 years, midway through 2013 I decided something had to be done.

I had watched my 13 year old daughter come of OxyContin after suffering nerve damage caused by a nerve coming through a hole in her spinal column and seen her come out the other end a much much stronger person. Now it’s my turn.

First the long released tapered off over 4 months, then after taking 5mg tabs twice a day for a week. No more. That was my Christmas present to myself.

Now to the quick acting capsules. 5-10mg tabs up to a max of 30mg a day and this had been my regime for 6 years but no more.

Day 1. Last dose taken at 7am. Felt fine all day, though the sneezes and yawns started kicking in by about 4pm. Took a couple of seeping tablets to help with the leg jerking.
Day 2. Sneezes, yawns, coughing, agitation all worse as the day wears on, worked from 7.30am to 3pm but had to leave as was just getting too bad. Restless night even with sleeping tablets. Woke up all night and hard to get back to sleep.
Day 3. No work today, feel terrible. Sit on couch and read all day. Tried a panadeine forte to see if helped but just made me feel as if back at the start. No more of them. And if all the other stuff weren’t bad enough, today marked the beginning of the diarrhea At 41kg (90lbs), I cannot afford to lose weight. I struggled to get from 37kgs ( 81lbs) to were I am now. I hope I don’t go backwards.
Day 4. At work for 6 hours, good thing Friday is short day. Didn’t drive, did not feel safe. All other symptoms the same. No relief.
Day 5. Stayed home and just relaxed on couch. Interesting symptom comes up. I am all woozy. Not dizzy, the room isn’t spinning , I am. Spending a lot of time lying down.
Day 6. Pretty much spent like yesterday. Still woozy, but otherwise, starting to feel better.
Day 6. Still woozy so husband drove me to work. Apart from the occasional sneeze and cough, I really think I am on the home straight. Wish wooziness would go away.
Day 7. Haven’t stared it yet, but can only get better – right.

7:53 pm March 7th, 2014

I have now found out, much to my doctor’s horror. I not only went cold turkey on the OxyNorm I also stopped taking anti-depressants, stopping those 2 days after the oxy. This was the reason for the new symptoms beginning at day 4.

Here I sit at day 12 from the oxy and day 10 from the antidepressant and I feel great. Not kicking goals quite yet, but know that in another week, I will be. It has been a hell 2 weeks, but it will be the hardest and best thing I ever did. Very proud of myself.

4:14 am April 11th, 2014

Wow good for you Ksara. I am still detoxing from my 320 mg / day of OxyNeo. I am decreasing 10 mg per week. I have terrible volcanic heat eruptions that completely incapacitate me. I have linked them to the increased pain and decreased oxy. I am slowing decreasing and my symptoms have tapered off. It seems after I decrease about 20 – 30 mg the withdrawals spike again. But after another week them taper again. Its a terrible roller coaster ride but I am determined to get off these pills. They have totally overtaken my life. I am currently taking 160 mg/day which is HALF of what I was taking in January 2014. It is much slower than I would like but I have had two doctors tell me I am asking for trouble if I go cold turkey due to the high dose I was on over such a long period (almost 9 yrs). My biggest problem is the reason I started taking them in the first place which is nerve pain from a broken back. My spinal cord hadn’t been severed so I can still walk, etc. but the pain is excruciating. I am sure you are no stranger to pain so my question is what do you do now to handle the pain? I don’t want to back slide and start taking them again. Thank you for your comments on detoxing and good on you. God Bless

12:10 am April 13th, 2014

Hi Shelley,

Knowing what my daughter went through with the nerve pain in her back, I can fully sympathise. She went through months of hell before discovering the cause but still causes her pain to this day.

I take my strength from her, if she can cope so can I. Mainly she uses distraction method. When in pain, do something fun that distracts from the pain, even if it is something as simple as easing a loved book.

As my problems are related to my lungs, every day is a challenge. I go to the shops and hear someone cough, and panic, have they got a cold, will they pass it too me. It will be when I get a chest infection that will test me. Day to day, I use over the counter medication and vitamins and my GP said that we will look at alternative pain control when it is required.

After seeing my doctor’s reaction when I told him I had gone cold turkey on both oxy and pristiq, I can well imagine why your doctors are against you doing the same thing. I was on a dose much lower than you and I can only stand in awe of what you are doing. It takes time, but it does get better. And the pride that you feel in coming off the oxy is a bonus. It seems to be a form of pain control in itself. It is like, if I can get through that, I can handle anything. I also think that while yes, I was in pain, the oxy had me reaching for it well before I really needed it, simply because my body was telling me it’s time to take my next dose.

I feel like I am rambling, so will end it here. I wish you only the best of luck as you continue to reduce and wish only good blessings for you. Let me know how you are going.


9:43 pm June 17th, 2014

ok, i abruptly quit oxycontn & oxycodone (12 hrs & every 4-6 hrs as needed) last Friday (6/13). Since then I have been quite ill. Yes I have gone thru and still am going thru a lot of the above withdrawal side effects. My question, at the same time I abruptly stopped my psych meds to, i was on ativan, risperdone and one other can’t remember. My question is this it is now Tuesday (6/17) and I am wondering, what should i do. I went to my Primary Care physician on Monday and he gave me Mobic & Skelexan for my joint/back pain (i have been diagnosed with sciatica and have undergone radiofrequency therapy). I just don’t know what to do as my sciatica discomfort has come back today with a vengeneous and my lower lumbar (where i have a bulging disc) is extremely discomforting to the point i am just flat out uncomfortable. what can i do or what should i do?

6:01 am June 26th, 2014

I’m going on three weeks clean and am still experiencing withdrawal it’s eased up but it have the urges and body pain i also have experienced memory loss and I’m just curious is it cause I took them everyday for about two years, thanks for any help!

2:18 am July 3rd, 2014

damn the doc for priscribing oxy for a pain releafe, when its given for last stage of cancer…
ive been addicted on 5 of 80s a day for the last 3 years . 2 weeks ago i decided to quit cause of my 2 small kids. i kept thinking that somethen is gona happen to me when i find out my liver was way bigger…i was prescribed oxy 2 of 80s daily for my back pain and the 2 becomes 5 and my life is gettin worse. i seek to some DOC and they say suboxone or methadone is ur only way… well i tought if i was prescribed oxy for back pain , i can immagine what kind of rehab is gona be …remember doctors dont really care what ull go through.. i go cold turkey my friends , am batteling with this shit for 8 days now. from day 1 lots of water and multy vitamines and calcium pills, hit the shower wth warm water daily or twice a day , eat normal food not junk food and by day 3 everything will get better, the only problem is the insomnia (hmmm) i started running for an hour p/-day or exercising to keep on moovin remember the more u moove the better and faster ull heal my friends. we r special spcs all we need to do is to think straight and to take the DECISION……..after 8 days i am a diffrent person…it wouldv take a month if not the practising and the multi vitamines and calcium pills …GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY ND RMBR TMRW IS BETTER THAN today ;)

Hope their is hope for me
7:20 am July 20th, 2014

I’m 32 yrs old and have been on Oxy & Percocet for 10+ yrs. Due to having severe Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, mis-placed discs in my back inc fractures. The pain got so bad my Dr had put me onto Fentanyl patches 25mg. I went back to Oxy’s 10mg after a yr and Pecocet also tylenol 3. My doctor doesn’t know I’ve been taking more then my prescribed dosage as the pain is so bad and she won’t up it. I’m on a very low dose, 10mg twice daily now 10mg once daily and 4 percocet and tylenol 3 for breakthrough. I’m also on clonazapam for anxiety. What she had me on it 2x daily it wasn’t working as your body gets used to this drug. Now I’m on it once a day 10mg. But I’ve been taking 30-60mg just so I can function. I’v had so many surgeries due to medical issues, have seen specialist as I have a slew of health issues due to my past, unfortunately accidents, getting beat up by ex bf’s lucky me. I’ve made the concious choice to get off of this, I’ve been slowly tappering off with oxy 10mg but the last few days have taken 10mg twice a day plus percocet and tylenol 3. This drug had changed me, ruined my life and I regret what I’ve put my family through. It’s not worth it, I just want off and find another way to deal with the daily pain I have. I want my life back. It’s been a week and I still feel like crap! I’m determined to get off by slowly tapering with what I have left not much, so basically I’m using just tylenol with a few percocets sarting tomorrow, I have a few oxy’s but they are 20′s and I really dont want to use them. I just want off of these and want my life back and feel normal, is it possible? Has anyone else been successful?

2:26 am July 26th, 2014

on day 9 of withdrawal.very surprised it is lasting this long.tapered from 60mg a day to .6 a day to make this is not easy at all. I am so weak I can hardly walk.This isn’t going like I have read about. 1st 4-5 days were so easy…then all hell broke loose..any ideas why?Thank God my doc gave me a lot of support meds,It still has reduced me to tears.I went on oxy for pain for 2 years…when I started tolerating it..I decided to come off.

10:34 pm August 17th, 2014

3:15 pm Aug 17th,2014 I have many surgeries in the last 6 years due to a fall down 14 concrete stairs and the worst surgery I had recently was a knee replacement. I take 5 to 6 -80mg oxycontins and 8 -10 mg. valiums a day, 8 -30 mg. roxys, and 8 fioracets per day. I can’t believe I am still alive and so are my family and friends. I want to get back to being my fun caring self and yet I have 2 more major surgeries ahead so what do I do? quit for the 2 months ahead of me or just keep cutting back? Withdrawals are out of the question because I am in so much pain as it is or just do what the doctors say and wait until it’s all over and the surgeries are behind me?

8:48 pm September 2nd, 2014


1:47 am September 3rd, 2014

I am one week into quitting after 2 years of abusing 90 mgs a day of Oxy. I have quit, it’s done. After 1 week, it’s the sleep that is still messed up and I’m hoping this drug hasn’t messed me up forever. I want my old self back. My advice? Don’t ever abuse this drug. It will mess you up. I’m not one to get addicted to susbstances but this, this will take over your life. I cannot wait to be awarded my former self back again. Have a goal. I know it’s sounds stupid, but really that’s what it takes. You can’t just be living for somebody else or without a cause. You have to find a niche in life, don’t let the Oxy fool you. I know it seems my mind is wandering aimlessly right now, really I just want to give anybody reading this support. You can do it, I’ve done it. It is worth it, your life back. It will rob you and if your reading this, it probably already has. So just stop. Go around family and friends this drug has maken you distant from, do things you used to do. You know, like actually have FUN. Take a week off work (I used Labor Day weekend as an extra day of recovery), 2 if possible, and quit.

9:01 am September 6th, 2014

We’ll…… I was prescribed 90mg oxy per day for severe back pain for combat related injuries. I have been on this poison for 3 years. It was starting to take over my life, I always took what was prescribed and nothing extra …. I decided it was time to get off these evil little purple pills. I read up on every bodies posts…..took a week off, had a woman who is a saint (she didn’t do much, but just knowing she was behind the green door was the comfort and security I needed)…. Anyway, it sucked…. I stopped my last 30mg on Tuesday and it is now Friday and the worst is over… Here is the deal for me, it was just a very bad flu. I figured out the deal with these little bastards while I was in bed for 5 days… We all have had the flu and we all know we have to ride it out, there is nothing really to do, with our “flu” it can be cured in 5 min with a pill… I had one sitting on the table in case I thought I was gonna die…anyway it’s over for me…no more ….of course this is only how I decided to tackle it…..go to a Docter or detox center, anything to get your life back.. Stop these evil bastards from controlling your daily schedule…. I missed out on a lot of fun because it didn’t conform to my pill times….and who takes a drug that makes you not want sex??? Peace out and good luck…we only have one turn in this life…..

4:04 pm September 6th, 2014

After re-reading my post, it almost seemed like I was diminishing my Saint by saying she “she didn’t do much for me”….what I meant is there was nothing really for her to do except everything….water, support, watched my dog and most importantly didn’t bug me. So the moral of the story is….. I would not have made it without her….and that I owe her a big debt …..So please get a wingman/woman …

10:03 am September 26th, 2014

I have been on oxycontin for 12years pancreas attack intensive care in a coma 6 weeks pain management at Brisbane hospital..I have now stopped taking these pills( 120mg daily) it has been 4 days of agony almost falling over shakes not hungry stomache cramps etc
my mind plays tricks iam also having trouble typing this comment.. I take palexia 100mg 3 times daily my doc does not seem to care. hate it these withdrawels iam at the stage of not knowing what to do

10:32 pm September 26th, 2014

Hang tough my Aussie brother (I lived in perth and fought for your country)….
My time line as follows:
Day 1-2 : kinda sucks
Day 3-5: hell on earth (your almost over the hump)…. Hot showers and Advil gel caps helped me… Tons of water.. I lost 15 lbs in this phase
Day 6-12: seemed to gain hourly by the day, your in the “not quite right in the head” phase… And exhausted, not tired but no energy
Day 13-21: morning wood returns, bathroom habits return, hear birds, bright lights bother you….. Getting back to normal

Your almost finished with the hard part……restless leg/arm is the worst, but I’m sure you already know that. When I wrote my last post on was on day 6 and could barely focus on writing, I would have to close one eye to see the letters…. But by day 7 I could drive to my house… I’m still not 100 percent on day 24. However, I feel like a million bucks…

A pint at the victory hotel awaits you…… Hang tough, good luck and your at the worst… only good things after the peak!

1:18 am October 2nd, 2014

Hi iv been taking about 15mg of Percocets for about 1 in half now . For the past 3 weeks I been weaning down . I’m actually down to 35mg a day . I’m thinking of going cold turkey I’m tired this drug controlling my life .

10:01 am October 7th, 2014

I’ve been on Oxycodone 10mg IR for over 5 years. My back condition is considerably bad with no apparent solution. Not a candidate for surgery as my condition is rather unique.

My question is, I’ve been experiencing insomnia when I’m not on my medication. Perhaps 4-5 hours maximum sleep experiencing all the typical effects. If I quit oxy, will this insomnia issue go away? Feel like I cannot continue my daily life without the medication. The only way I can ensure I can perform my daily life is to continue taking this medication, without it, I’m useless.

8:13 am October 8th, 2014

Hi Lerk. Oxycodone has sleep-distruptive effects on many who take this medication. You may want to ask your doctor for another medication, or he might prescribe a sleeping aid. If you want to try natural remedies, try Melatonin or Alteril. You can also take a hot shower and drink something warm and then get into bed in a relaxed a state.

10:50 pm October 14th, 2014

I stopped taking oxycontin about 3 weeks ago after prolonged usage. My question is will taking 1 percocet or oxycontin now cause me to go back through all the withdrawal symptoms again. broke toe and don’t know id should except percocet

9:41 am October 16th, 2014

Hello Shelley. Taking just 1 won’t do any harm. You won’t have to go through withdrawal again, that’s not what 1 pill can do.

5:42 pm October 31st, 2014

Hi, I only snorted oxy twice, once a day and I’m not going looking for it and I’m not addicted but I’ve been having diarrhea for almost 48 hours and has been seriously nauseous. Is this withdrawal even from 2 times? And how soon will this go away?

2:05 am November 5th, 2014

I am planning a detox from Oxy this weekend, I’ve been taking 80mg for about a year before that around 40 also for a year. I am going to my sisters and we are going to lock our selfs in. We have 3 nights and 4 days for this before I have to come home. What are the odds I will be functioning a bit by then. I will have one more day at home before I have to start doing normal things like bringing my kids to school so total 5 days. What are the odds I will be able to do that? I can always take another day off work if nessasary but I need to be able to take care of my family. I have started cutting down to 50 mg this week in preparation and started taking Multi vitamins as well. I’m so scared of being sick but I’m more scared of not being able to take care of my family. Help please

2:04 pm November 6th, 2014

Hi josie. Yes, it is possible to go through withdrawal. However, please read the article we created about “What happens when you snort OxyContin” It will help you understand the seriousness and risks when you snort OxyContin.

6:31 am November 15th, 2014

I’m on day 5 of detoxing from oxy ‘ s . prior I was always either on perks or tynenol 3 for 2 surgeries I under went back in 2009 going on 2010 .I’ve only been using oxy’s for the last 4 months . I would take 1 single oxy pill and cut it into quarter’s. So in total it was 1 pill a day (sorry I do not no how much mg etc. .of doses I was in taking. As I was getting my oxy’s else where not from the doctors .) I decided to quit cold turkey as it was taking over my life. 1 pill was beginning to not have the same affect any more so I started to take almost 2 pills a day for about 1 month before I decided I will not tolerate these evil pills anymore !! My husband and I were beginning to fall apart because I was not very pleasant to be around. As my husband would say to me “these drugs are clouding your judgments.” I neglected my daughter cause these pills were beginning to be more important. Even having the drugs in me still made me a very bitter person . During this time my husband and a few friends were the only ones who knew I was on the oxycodone. Finally the day when I wanted to get off these pills once and for all I decided to tell my parents . Boy did I break their hearts ! But I knew if I was gonna do this I would have to have a very big support system as I have tried to quit before even doing oxy’s and relapse on day 2 . Keep in mind this was when I was abusing the perks and T3 not OXY’S. And still relapse because the withdrawal was so unbearable . Now that I’m on day 5 I realized the first time I quit and relapse after 2 days is not from how harsh the withdrawal was , it was because my mind was not determined enough to win the fight . I’m gonna be honest even during these 5 days of detoxing I have had thoughts of relapsing but because I had my parents , husband , sister, brothers and even friends with me every hour of the days supporting me through this I would have not made it through these 5 days .I would never wish this kind of pain on my worst enemies. That’s the best way I can explain the withdraws effect you get . I’m not trying to scare anyone who is going on this blog in hoping for a more sugar coated answears . It’s tough as I’m still going through it as I write this. I’m doing so much better though it’s true the first 3 days are the worst ! But once I got passed it I can actual get some sleep in and even get out of my house to do little things here and there . With not much energy and with all the diarrhea I still pulled myself together to be as active as I can . I’ve been reading so much blogs regarding this issue and it’s feels great to no I’m not alone but also sad to know how many people’s life’s this is destroying . I guess there are certain exceptions to using these drugs as some people have no choice due to surgeries , accidents etc… but as for me and alot out there we just generally became addicts . I know day 5 is not even that far along but like I mentioned I feel like the worst is over. Please for anyone who is reading this you can do it . Do not do it alone and it’s already depressing enough with all these symptoms you get during your detoxing . Remember your mind is always stronger than your body . I don’t have a miracle remedy to this issue as I was searching high and low myself for answers . The best remedy that worked for me is my family and love ones being there for me each day reminding me that I had a much better life prior to these drugs . I wish each and everyone of you the best of luck.

Much love

12:29 pm November 23rd, 2014

I’ve been on oxycodone for 13 years,every single day. I’ll be 36 in January. I feel as though I’ve wasted so much of my life. I’ve hidden it from everyone. My husband, Inlaws, parents…I’d say friends,but I don’t have any. I’ve pushed everyone away well being an addict. I’m now 30 hrs into detoxing…alone at home with my two kids. I fight through sore achy body and lethargy to seem as normal as possible to them. I haven’t been able to sleep yet. But for real,so far it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. “Knock on wood” I think the scariest part is,I don’t know who I am anymore,so even as I look forward to feeling “normal” and having my life back,I barely remember my life before the oxys?! Ok I’m just rambling now…oh btw I was on 7 5mg oxys. So 35mg a day. Sometimes 45mg. No pain reason to take them,I’m just a filthy addict,that decided more,I QUIT!!!

4:38 pm December 1st, 2014

hello everyone, hope everyone is still fighting the battle and hope all of you won the war. I was on oxy’s for about 3 years now. it started out as a prescription for severe back pain and turned into a recreational legally prescribed heaven. I took the required amount for about 4 months and someone found out I was on these and told me about the high if I take one more. Of course me being curious I took more and loved them, some days I managed to the dosage required others for pleasure. quitting wasn’t in my vocabulary until I realized how depressing life was without them, remembering how life was without them I took the devil by the horns. I was taking about 60mg a day to about 100 mg a on certain days. As previous comments the first 3 to 5 days were the worst. Believe me, you need support quitting. luckily I had an angel who stood by my side through the whole battle, she/partner was there to give me back massages and give me courage through the first week since I had no energy to even take a shower. I found once you have enough energy and courage take ibrofen 800mg to help with the withdrawals, hot baths and lots of water and detox tea helped. after the first week you will realize your emotions return and you might find yourself crying to the little things. don’t be afraid, its just your soul telling you its missed you. put good music on especially from the past before you were on your meds. after week 1 you start to have normal energy back but drained quickly. most of the flu like symptoms are gone and then you will feel like a common cold like runny nose, diarrhea and so on. you WILL lose wait between 15 to 20 pounds quitting. For the Men, you will realize your kick stand will keep you from rolling out of bed in the morning like you were back in high school and you might notice your stamina isn’t quite as long as it use to be. but, again it will quickly build back up ;). After your second week, you start to feel like yourself again, excitement, love, sensitivity to things. everything that God has blessed you with returns and its a great feeling. not waking up and taking the first 50 mgs to start your day and instead pouring your coffee and making love to the person who battled through it. this war isn’t just your own, it affects those you took for granted around you that had to put up with your agitation and aggressive behavior. their is light at the end of the tunnel, you CAN do it, yes the withdrawals are horrible and almost not worth it at the time but you will see. life is a lot more colorful without them. Stay strong people, you can do it, life is the perfect drug and you don’t need something dulling it. positive energy and prayers for all.

10:02 am December 10th, 2014

karla I’m a 65 year VIETNAM veteran I been on the oxi @mortfine for many year 40 times three a day 20 three times a day but less us not morphine for break out8 times a day . Plus advain. Sometime I would but other grubs in the mix also. Had both hips replaced knees done shoulder also 12/1/14 I see a doctor in north Trenton area near presten collage . His answered was I should go in to a clinc be treated or try to cold Turkic on your own. December 1 I cut my meds in half .the second night cut them down again. Kept cutting 12/12/14 today is the first da clean. Cold Turkie .not to pleasant sitting have coffie or normal chors running of of air can’t breath could eat plus had the diarea sets in,not a good time now I still have to take five showers a day just to uncovering the pain from both hips knees also a situation were we hit a land mine that’s when it started. Best of luck

8:44 pm December 23rd, 2014

I’ve been taking oxycodone 5mg twice a day for 3 months and stopped taking them 3 days ago. Im not sleeping and having diareaha. Would i be detoxing even though i only took it for 3 months? Any advice would be great.

2:26 pm January 20th, 2015

Hello guys
this is from my experiens I’m off oxys for 2months now I’m still going thru bad withdrawls

6:31 am February 8th, 2015

Not knowing anything about oxy, a “buddy” told me that he had 80mg pills that would help with my anxiety issues I started having after I was robbed, bear mased and had a gun put in my mouth beginning of January. I took my first one and thought “what the hell is this stuff?! I feel amazinggg”. Anxiety attacks stopped instantly and I continued using 80mg pills up to 3 times a day for 33 days exactly. Upon reading some things on the internet about what this stuff was I saw withdrawal effects. Once I saw I was beyond the point to avoid withdrawal I stopped cold turkey on Monday. I went through hell. Puking, anxiety, depression, water went right through me; the works. It’s Saturday today and I’m eating, going outside, happy and feel normal.
I feel like this isn’t right… I know everyone is different with their detox but this seems too good to be true. Should I be ready for extreme symptoms to come back? I’m sneezing like my life depends on it but that’s it! I’m so happy with how I feel but I’m still a bit scared for what’ might be coming….

12:55 am February 10th, 2015

Hi i was taking between 60-80 mg oxycotin every 8 hours and 20 mg oxycodone evrey 4 hours for about 3 years straight. was on percocet before that. i have chronic pain due to illness. My doc wanted me to try to lower the dosage and maybe try other therapies so i agreed to go to a pain mgmt center. they cant do epidural for my back like we thought as it is too deteriorated along with other pain i have. so the pain center only cut me to 40 mg oxycotin 2x per day and 10 mg oxycodone 4x a day. I have had the worst stomach pain since childbirth , vomiting, diarehha, can barely walk and my back seems 10x worse. i have not been able to get out of my house in days. Is this a normal reaction? ive been reading on withdraw and sounds like it could be. my biggest question is- is that a normal taper down ? seems kinda of drastic to me. To all you ouut there struggling- hope you all get pain free and feel better soon !! thanks

2:06 pm February 10th, 2015

Hi Sharon. Tapering doesn’t eliminate withdrawal symptoms, but it helps by not putting your organism through too much stress and makes the withdrawal less severe. If it is too uncomfortable for you, maybe it was a too quick decrease of doses. You can tell that you your doctor, don’t hesitate to let him/her know about the symptoms too. They’ll either give you medicines to treat the symptoms or manage your Oxy doses to fit your needs best.

3:45 am February 21st, 2015

I am recovering from a broken ankle (fractured in 3 places and had operation to put screws and metal plate) and was put on Oxycodone 15mg 4 times a day. The pain from the operation was pretty intense for the first 3 weeks but has since slowly gotten better and the medication certainly helps. I asked the Orthopedic surgeon what I should be aware of to avoid the addiction problems that can arise from Opioid pain medication and he was not as helpful in how to get off them but felt it important to continue their use for now. About 4 weeks into recovery I started to have some anxiety attacks before each dosage was to be taken. I assume this is because of the Oxycodone. I immediately decided to try to ween myself off by dropping from 4 times a day to 2-3. So far so good, I am concerned that it may take longer to withdraw if I don’t do this and I don’t want to be addicted for years before I make an attempt on my own. I feel the doctors are less concerned by my addiction and may be less than helpful when I need to deal with the withdraw. I found some things to do that helps but can’t recommend them at this time since I have not been able to complete the withdraw. I will be returning to work in a couple of weeks and my concern now is how this may affect my ability to work, I do not want to jeopardize my job, any advise on how to stay relaxed during my workday when I feel the anxiety coming on?

8:38 am February 27th, 2015

I had a surgery done on my chest 6 weeks ago. I was on Oxycontin (unsure of dosage) for about 20 days and then ran out of pills. I took one a day (sometimes 2) to deal with the pain. It’s been about 2 weeks or so since I went off of them, and I’m starting to suddenly have a repressed appetite, severe anxiety, problems sleeping, unintentional weight loss and chills. Could it possibly be withdrawal symptoms? I’m 16 years old, I seriously hope this isn’t a withdrawal symptom!

R. Alexander
12:18 am March 3rd, 2015

I am in week one of acute OxyContin withdrawal. I have all of the symptoms reported the worst inability to eat, severe internal tremor and gut wrenching diarrhea what will help me through this nightmare?

12:28 pm March 3rd, 2015

Hello R. Alexander. You are experiencing the most common withdrawal effects from OxyContin. I’d advise you to get an appointment with your doctor who can assess your current health state and prescribe medications that will help you ease the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. The most commonly prescribed medicine during OxyContin detox is Clonidine, which treats a wide spectrum of withdrawal symptoms. Stay strong and you will make it, Alexander…but for now you do need medical help to manage the withdrawal discomfort. Good luck to you.

crazy train
11:57 pm March 10th, 2015

Ive been detoxing for 2 weeks only doing 18 ml total i feel terrible although ive been on the pain medicine for 10 years this is very scary times one day i feel ok the next day i feel terrible im scared im not strong enough so ive went from daily use to none although ive done 18 ml during this 14 day period im done but scared the leg thing is bad why does your legs and feet burn ive not doe any in 8 days coming off alot to none is this wise its crazy . i have no energy at all but it does help to work it keeps my mind off the crap although i could not work for the first 7 days i was very sick . ive lost 6 pounds and look terrible whats up with this . help anyone with any answers to help me cope with this im trying to make it !??!.thank you

crazy train
12:59 pm March 12th, 2015

Hi everyone. Well day 16 wow i am starting to feel better still not sleeping really well but i hope that will come , i didnt think i. Would make it but im starting too feel i will its been really hard but v i took alot of advice for things ro help it does some , but tiday i feel alive for the first time in years wow its better i did not see it tgat away last week i pray for everyone fighting this battle but trust me 10 years of abuse to my poor body it will take time to heal . but have faith it will get better i feel and see this now .use some of the tools people gives you it does help.i used zanax for the first 7 days and drank insure to try to pump vitamins in .it does help coat your stomack and at least gives you vitamins .im eating now yea thats a plus but sleep i just hope it gets better please tell me it does im looking forward to over 3 hours sleep ok stay strong and thanks for all your support and advice along the way it helped !!!.

crazy train
2:23 pm March 13th, 2015

Day 17 i felt better but then getting thru work was still a challenge because i have no energy none how long does this last and is it normal i dont feel depressed and the nervous part is better i slept last night 7 hours wow the first time in 16 days ive been able to sleep this could be due to i worked my whole shift finally . my back hurt bad last night but i coped the energy thing is crazy any ideas help

crazy train
1:49 am March 19th, 2015

Day 22 better daily still no energy. Its bad any ideas on this herbs or anything

6:18 am March 23rd, 2015

My girlfriend was addicted to oxys and then to percocets…and she would seek out valium to get around withdrawal….but it seems it depressed her…l thought she was fine because she had 3 young kids and a close family.l was her neighbor and l loved her so much.l tried to get her to stop taking percs…but she would not stop.l went on a cruise and came home and called her…She dumped me as a friend and hung herself the next morning…l went to the cemetery today…and l wished l never heard of oxys or percs…she was 40…blonde…Beautiful..

1:02 pm March 23rd, 2015

I’m very sorry for the terrible loss of your loved one, John. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kevin B.
10:53 pm March 23rd, 2015

Hi, Glad to see this forum exists. Ivana, I just recovered from throat cancer and during radiation and chemo I took varying doses of oxycontin, to the point where I was up to 160 mg 2x a day. That only lasted maybe a week, but as you can see it got up quite high. Over a 2 week period, I dropped about 20% every 2-3 days until last week I was at 20 mg 3x a day, I figured that was a good time to go cold turkey and so for nearly six days I have been going through withdrawal symptoms. I had to do this once before (after surgical part of the cancer removal) but my dosage never got as high and it seemed to end in 72 hours (at least the hard part like not being able to sleep because of sweats and cold shakes). But here I am nearly twice as long out and still feeling terrible, Given the length of time I took the oxycontin (45-60 days at steadily increasing dosages), do you think its almost over?

crazy train
1:27 am March 26th, 2015

So sorry john its soo hard ?! People dont understand unless they go thru it they detroy lives .

11:45 am March 26th, 2015

Hi Kevin. The duration and intensity of the withdrawal symptoms vary from individual to individual based on many factors. Yes, the time and dosage in which you took OxyContin are two important factors, but your general health state, level of hydration, etc. are also important. Most OxyContin withdrawal symptoms resolve anywhere between 3-8 weeks. You can see your doctor to help you with the symptoms by prescribing medications such as antidepressants, clonidine (to help you regulate blood pressure), insomnia medications, etc.

10:57 am March 31st, 2015

What a ride! This stuff will take over your life whether you are physically dependent or mentally- inevitable to become both at some point. I’m a cpl hours from day 3, 4am now and not being able to sleep is one of the worst parts. It’s not my first time to try to quit, I’ve relapses too many times and tired of this roller coaster. Has anyone else had issues w staying off totally?

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