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
- fast heart beat
- joint pain and aches
- loss of appetite
- runny nose
- sleep disturbances
- watering eyes
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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