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How long does Percocet withdrawal last?

How long does Percocet withdrawal last?

Are you preparing for Percocet withdrawal?

Percocet dependence time takes a few weeks to develop.  And typically, withdrawal from opioids like Percocet usually resolves within five (5) to ten (10) days after cessation. However, the number of symptoms you experience, how long you experience them, and how severe the symptoms of Percocet withdrawal all depend on your body’s individual response to withdrawal, how long you’ve been taking the medications and the dose of oxycodone you’ve been taking.

More here about how to quit taking Percocet, the withdrawal process from Percocet, and what you can expect over the course of a few weeks. We also invite you to ask any questions about Percocet withdrawal you may have at the end.

How long until Percocet withdrawal starts?

Once you have decided to stop taking Percocet, Percocet stays in your system for a couple of days.  However, you will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms about four (4) to six (6) hours after the effects of Percocet have worn off in the body. In other words, withdrawal starts when you body expects the next dose of Percocet…and you do not oblige. As the withdrawal process begins, you may notice that it hits you like you are experiencing a cold/flu and the stomach flu at the same time. There are, of course, other symptoms which encompass the spectrum of Percocet withdrawal symptoms. These can include:

  • anxiety
  • cold flashes
  • depression
  • flushed skin
  • heart palpitations
  • increased heart rate
  • insomnia
  • irritation
  • nausea/vomiting
  • restlessness
  • tingling and numbness of the limbs

How long do Percocet withdrawal symptoms last?

Withdrawal symptoms from Percocet detox will start about 6 hours after the last does has worn off. But the time it takes for withdrawal to resolve fluctuates from person to person. Acute, intense and uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal usually resolve within the first week of withdrawal. And most symptoms should even out in and be gone within about 4-5 weeks. But, there are chances you can develop protracted withdrawal symptoms which can last months after you have stopped taking Percocet.

Percocet withdrawal timeline

For chronic users of Percocet, the first days of withdrawal are usually the most intense and uncomfortable. During this time it is advisable that you be monitored and under medical supervision so that you can benefit from the addition of prescription medications to help ease symptoms, and to be monitored and supported during this time.

24 – 72 hours Percocet withdrawal: Percocet withdrawal is not life threatening, but it is not pleasant, to say the least. At about 72 hours after last Percocet dose, symptoms tend to peak in severity and intensity. The physical sickness can make this process of withdrawal daunting and frustrating but it will subside and pass.

Week 1 Percocet withdrawal: Acute withdrawal symptoms from oxycodone will last into this week. Cramp, chills, insomnia are symptoms can be present in this time frame. You may also experience drug seeking behavior and drug craving, thinking you need Percocet in order to return to normal.

Week 2 Percocet withdrawal: Your body should begin to feel a little more normal after a couple of weeks into withdrawal, though you may still have aches and pains. You will still feel drained and tired, possibly needing more sleep. Emotions of anxiousness and depression may be particularly hard at this time.

Week 3-4 Percocet withdrawal: Protracted withdrawal symptoms may be present and continue to linger long past the first month of withdrawal. This is more likely to happen to chronic users or Percocet abusers then those who were taking Percocet properly. Insomnia may also still be an issue.

Percocet withdrawal: how long?

In general, the longer you have been taking Percocet, or the more you have abused oxycodone, the greater the intensity of withdrawal will be. But most symptoms should dissipate after the first week of withdrawal. The human body is an amazing thing as its ability to adjust and adapt is quite remarkable. If you are not experiencing a “typical Percocet withdrawal” like other people you know or have read about, don’t worry. Everybody’s system is different and will experience withdrawal in its own way. And keep in mind that other health concerns do play a role in recovery.

It is also important to mention another possible condition present during Percocet withdrawal called “PAWS”, or post-acute withdrawal symptoms. The condition of PAWS is a set of persistent symptoms that can last for several weeks or months after you have stopped taking Percocet. Theses symptoms usually show up because of prolonged drug abuse. During a case of PAWS for Percocet, the body just takes longer to adjust to life without oxycodone. These symptoms are usually more psychological in nature and can include: short term memory loss, anxiety, and depression.

How long Percocet withdrawal questions

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

Reference Sources: The National Pain Foundation: Abrupt Withdrawal from Pain Medications — Information and Caution
Social Work: OxyContin in Missouri
Daily Med: Oxycodone and Acetaminophen

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62 Responses to “How long does Percocet withdrawal last?
11:58 pm September 17th, 2013

I’m concerned particularly regarding the duration of diarrhea. This is my third day. I think it’s letting up but I’ve been fooled before. At what point do I need to seek medical intervention? This is really the only concerning symptom I have. I’m 8 days in to a slow, month by month withdrawal from six 7.5 mg pills/day. Any insight or advice would be great.

10:40 am September 19th, 2013

Hello Ember. Be sure that you’re properly hydrated…dehydration salts can help. And I’d suggest that you do check in with a doctor. Have you tried Imodium AD?

4:20 pm September 30th, 2013

My husband has been taking Percocet for about two years for his back but of course he starting more then normal about 13 pill a day 325 and then he had enough so he started to wean off by taking each week or two he remove a pill then he stopped completely when he got to 2 pills a day he was very uncomfortable but he managed but by the third day he said he started to feel a little better he said its scaring him because he thinks its going to get worse later he doesn’t understand please help

8:49 am October 1st, 2013

Hello Lisa. Is your husband concerned about withdrawal symptoms or symptoms of pain?

9:14 pm October 5th, 2013

I had surgery to fix a broken tibia and fibula at the end of July. I was prescribed oxycodone as needed. I was taking about 25mg daily, and then my pain started to decrease so now I would like to be off. Three days ago I lowered my dose down to 10mg and woke up the next day feeling awful. For the next two days I took 5-10mg just to keep WD at bay, but I have had terrible insomnia and RLS as well as flu like symptoms. My last dose was 15 hours ago @ 5mg and I am hoping that that week be my last dose. My question is: how much longer should I anticipate these WD symptoms to last, and am I better off taking 2.5-5 mg at night to help me sleep, or just suffer through the insomnia? Thanks in advance! My heart goes out to everyone who suffers from oxy addiction. I had no idea how addictive it could be and how terrible the WD is even after short term use.

11:04 am October 9th, 2013

Hi Jessica. Symptoms usually peak 72 hours after your last dose. I’m sorry to hear about the insomnia. This, too, will pass.

10:49 pm October 20th, 2013

I have been taking Percocet, 10-325, six a day for almost two years for chronic pain. I would like to wean myself off so that I can see where the pain is at. It is difficult to tell as I take several medications for my health problem. I am worried about withdraw as much as I am worried about being in a great deal of pain if my symptoms are most likely still present. Any suggestions? In theory, I could be taking pain medication for the rest of my life and I am only 50 years old. Everyone tells me to use a medical marajuana rx but it’s just not my thing.

5:14 pm October 22nd, 2013

Hi Richard. I’d suggest that you work with your prescribing doctor to create an individualized tapering schedule just for you. Considering that you’re taking multiple medications, you need an expert opinion about how to go about weaning off Percocet.

Chrissy M
8:45 pm November 7th, 2013

I have been on percocets for 1 year due to chest pain. I had anxiety before that but in the past year felt like I kicked that issue. I weened off slowly and this is day 2 of being off them. My anxiety is bad, is it due to coming off the pils?

2:44 pm November 13th, 2013

Hi Chrissy. Yes, anxiety can be attributed to Percocet withdrawal. Check in with your prescribing physician for tips and suggestions on how to address it. Also, make a record or calendar of days, and record the symptoms (type, duration, intensity, etc.) so that you can report accurately to the doctor when you make a visit.

8:06 pm November 27th, 2013

I have been taking Percocet daily for about two years after back pain started. At one time, I was taking 2-3/day, but when my back pain settled down, I decreased the dose. For the better part of a year, I have rarely taken more than 1/2 – 1 of a Percocet 5/325 daily. I always thought Percocet withdrawal was dose-related, not time-related, and I figured that I could easily stop it when my back pain became livable. (I have suspected ankylosing spondylitis). What happens is that every day about the same time, the pain gets significant enough that I feel I suddenly really need the Percocet. I will take 1/4 or 1/2 tab. Generally I don’t repeat it later in the day, but sometimes I do, especially if I just want to enjoy watching a movie or something with my husband and not deal with pain. I have NEVER found that I needed to keep increasing the dose to get the same effect.
My doctor has never pushed me to stop, but I expressed that I want to, and she suggested Suboxone. My reading about Suboxone seems that it’s overkill for the dose of Percocet I am taking. Now that I am more educated about how Percocet may actually just be perpetuating my back pain, is it really necessary for someone at my dosage level to go through the whole Suboxone thing – or could I just stop it on my own with enough conviction to do so? My husband is completely supportive and I have a break from all work/school/social obligations after Christmas for about a month. I am ready to do it either way (Suboxone or on my own), but I just need some input on the difficulty level of withdrawing from my current dose of up to 5 mg per day. I am being entirely truthful about the dose, not minimizing. Thanks for any insight on this.

8:49 pm November 27th, 2013

Hi Sara. Each person deals with withdrawal differently. If you taper down Percocet doses over the course of 3-4 weeks, this will help minimize the severity of withdrawal. Then, withdrawal peaks about Day 3 after total cessation. Suboxone is used more in people who have psychological craving and compulsion to use Percocet addictively, as a way to mitigate cravings. But if you set up a plan with your prescribing doctor, with contingencies for how you’ll manage the symptoms of withdrawal + pain management , it seems like the Suboxone might just prolong the process. What does your doctor say?

8:59 pm November 27th, 2013

You have confirmed what I have been wondering since reading about Suboxone – that it may actually just prolong the process and, at least, is going to make it more costly and complicated than if I just tapered off. I see the Suboxone doctor on Tuesday next week (he is a partner of the family MD who suggested Suboxone). He is also a pharmacist. So he will be knowledgeable, but I wanted to suggest to him just tapering off as an alternative. I did notice some mild withdrawal when I tapered down originally (between 1 1/2 tablets to 1), so I wanted to do this under the doctor’s supervision, just not necessarily with Suboxone if I don’t have to.
Yes, I am definitely worried about pain control, but it might not be as bad as I think it is. As for craving Percocet, I don’t think I crave it so much as it feels like a security blanket. I fear pain.
One more question I did think of: if someone stops Percocet but later has reason to use it, i.e. after surgery, do you go right back to the level of dependence you had before?
I really appreciate your response. It is so helpful to someone like me, in this situation.

1:36 pm December 8th, 2013

For nearly 2 weeks prior to knee surgery from torn meniscus I was given Vicadin. After surgery I was given Percocet. Within 2 days of the procedure the pain stopped – so I quite taking the Percocet. It caused lethargy & constipation for 4 days. Subsequently I have unsettled stomach issues from hunger to bloating, headache & fatigue. Today there was a 1 time event of dark blood in my stool. From what I have read, this is rare. I had also stopped all aspects of exercising.
I would appreciate comments from all.

9:23 am December 12th, 2013

Hi Bob. Have you consulted with your supervising physician on the symptoms? Perhaps a quick phone call would quell your fears.

4:06 am February 21st, 2014

I suggest you ask your dr for some meds to help ease the pain of withdrawal. My dr. gave me clonadine which helps a lot with chills/hot flashes, anxiety, sleep and cravings. He also gave me Selaxtin, a mild muscle relaxer which helps with stomach cramps and general body aches. He also gave me promathazine for nausea. You can get Immodium over the counter for diarrhea. Vitamins and staying hydrated helsp too. Withdrawal sucks bad, but being prepared for it can make a big difference.

7:58 pm March 27th, 2014

I am day 2 of no Percocet and I feel ok just a few withdrawal symptoms. So my question is will it get worse from here or at 72 hours is it gonna be worse. Im scared I quit cold turkey after 3 years.

4:21 pm May 20th, 2014

I had a tonsil & adenoidectomy 8 days ago today. I was prescribed to take 1 tsp. of liquid Percocet every 4 hours for pain. Since the medicine was almost gone, I started to spread out the times I took the Percocet, so for example, instead of taking it every 4 hours I tried waiting 6 or 7 hours in-between doses. I started doing this 2 days ago and I’ve started to notice some changes. My first symptom was nausea and a general headache. From there the headache turned into lightheadedness and dizziness and the nausea turned into abdominal pain and diarrhea. I’ve been off the Percocet for a little over 24 hours and it feels like I have the stomach flu and I’m absolutely miserable and don’t understand why. Does this sound like Percocet withdrawal?

1:45 pm May 21st, 2014

Hello Shayna. It’s possible that you’ve become Percocet dependent. Record the symptoms and report them to your prescribing doctor for advise and supervision of withdrawal.

4:48 am May 28th, 2014

I have been taking Percocet for almost two years. Before that, I was taking Vicodin. A bad car accident almost 7 years ago. I was prescribed by my family doctor and then pain management. I have always abused them… ALWAYS.. for equal reasons, to get high and to keep my pain level low. I was taking 5mg of Percocet and Vicodin, but would always take 3-4 at one time because I do have severe pain… so I depend on them for pain and the high, equally. How long is withdraw? Should I try another medication, like Valium until the withdraw symptoms? There is a Community Drug Board who help addicts and offer Methadone, which is equally as addictive. What all ALL and ANY options do I have…. I feel like I am dying.. all the symptoms, and more severe pain, is making me thinking, since I feel like I am dying… Why not, then. Not that I would… just thoughts. I do know right from wrong. I just need all the information I can get to help me stop feeling like giving up is the only option I have.

8:51 am May 28th, 2014

Hello Angela. Opioid substitution therapies like methadone or buprenorphine are one option after detox from Percocet. But the combination of compulsion with pain management is a complicated one. I’d suggest that you seek medical advice from an addictions specialist MD, psychiatrist, or a psychologist who can advise you on best practices in both withdrawal to address high levels of tolerance for opioids as well as dose management…and the psychological aspects of use. More information here:

Or check out this publication: Managing Pain & Coexisting Disorders: Using the Addiction-Free Pain Management Treatment System

6:06 pm June 13th, 2014

I have been on Percocet 10 mg for about 3 months and I was totally taking more than was prescribed. I took 6-8 pills a day and found myself running out early. My pain Dr. gave me Toradal 50 mg which I also took more than was prescribed. During this I was having injections for Lumbar pain so It was not hard to get another Percocet prescription and I continued to misuse as usual. I am a recovering alcoholic with 6 years of sobriety so I know I have an addictive personality. Now I am stopping everything cold turkey and was wondering how long the withdrawal will last being as I have only been using a few months? Can anyone let me know if they have had a similar experience?

7:01 pm June 13th, 2014

Hey guys, Long story short I broke my L1 vertibre in a accident. I was perscribed viks in the beginning and took them for over 6 months.. Then i Hated taking something for the pain everyday reguarly. Ive always smoked pot, So i put down the viks and smoked when i had any pain. I had no withdrawl form viks.. well I went three years strong no meds. Then a Ex-friend now introduced me to Percocet. BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE NO JOKE… I STRONGLY RECOMMEND NEVER TAKING THEM FOR MORE THEN 2WEEKS. THEY COMPLETLY CONSUME YOU AFTER TIME AND U NEED THEM TO FEEL AND FUNCTION NORMAL EVERYDAY. For the past 6 month I have tried to quit so many times and now im about 84 yrs into Cold turkey withdrawl… If u know percocets u know the symptoms of withdrawl. This time what is the hardest to handle is the cramps and constint runs to the bathroom.. unreal feeling… I strongly Recommend tappering off if u can for less of a withdrawl feeling as I feel as Im going to cave in and get a perc30 to feel better but in my case i have no $ left and the little devils took everything I love and Enjoy away from me.. So im determined to not get 1 just to fell better for 1 day when im thinking the long run.. I dont want suboxone or anything else to help Bc I want to be clean not swap drugs bc i know ppl who cant go a day without suboxone.. For the past yr ive done 1 maybe 2 perc 30′s a day if u dont know what those r u shouldnt even be on here. No offense.. Ive splet maybe 4 hrs in the past 84 hrs.. im so tired and cant eat for crap.. This withdrawl for me Truely stops my life I cant go out what so ever bc of the crampping and runs. Gross i know but everyone will experiance it .. Im here just trying to go day to day and do this for my future not for the moment .. Anyone would like to talk about it please feel free for I am alone in this ordeal

3:52 pm July 7th, 2014

Hey everyone. If you are here that means you’re mind is in the right place. I have been through w.d 3 times. The 2nd was the most intense. I was bed ridden for 2 days and then my desire to pretty much just live came back. I relapsed as addicts do and was doing anywhere from 5-10 a day for a few months. I’m a week removed now and I have a little restlessness and my sleeping is weird but I am getting 6-7 hours a night with the help of Advil pm. The hardest part is the anxiety and fighting off the depression. This is the hardest part in my opinion. It’s so easy to let yourself be eaten up with negative thoughts. I lost my apartment my job and a very good relationship with a loved one becaue of my relationship with this terrible drug. Just plow through this and do it for no one but yourself. Stay active. I’ve been in the gym everyday even when I feel I cannot go I make myself. I’m waiting for all symptoms to pass and I’ll be out looking for a job and to rebuild my life. Stay strong everyone. You can do it. Seems like most people on here aren’t addicts so I thought some devilish perspective would help soothe you.

2:41 am August 6th, 2014

hey, ive been off the percocets for 5 days now. I have been doing them for 1 year now and only been severe for the past 5-6 months. The last 5-6 months i have been doing 10-12 percs a day and didnt notice how bad i had gotten until friday when i couldn’t go out with my friends because i hadn’t taken any percs yet. So i decided then and there that i was done and it was time to quit. My question is what can i do to help myself at night? the past few nights have been the worse ive ever experienced. im good in the day time then night time hits and im a train wreck, i get all depressed and can’t even lay in my bed with out having to get up and walk around or even sometimes burst out crying because its so bad. If anyone can help me please do, i called my doctor but they are busy for another month and don’t think i can wait :/.

10:44 pm August 16th, 2014

Day 10 off Percy’s and oxy just feeling very tired
First week I took kratom and had absolutely no withdrawl symptoms and I mean no diarrhea ,no sleeplessness etc

6:10 pm August 17th, 2014

I took percoset for 11 weeks, 3 days, every four hours. I had a total knee replacement and was in severe pain. Last Tuesday at 5pm, I took my last percoset dose 7.325 mg at 5pm. The dose before that was 5am the day before. I didn’t exactly taper off.

Last week, beginning on Wednesday, I experienced some of the most uncomfortable physical symptoms of my life: nausea, sore stomach, extreme vomiting, diarrhea (from Wednesday through Saturday) cold flashes, hot flashes – I couldn’t regulate my body temperature.

It has been five days. Given the time I took it, do you think the symptoms will subside soon? The emergency room staff (I had to go there because of difficulty breathing) prescribed ondansetron for nausea and vomiting.

Please give me an idea of how long I will feel this ill. Thank you.

1:02 pm August 19th, 2014

Hi Jules. Withdrawal symp[toms from Percocet usually peak around 2-3 days after you stopped taking the medication, but can last for as long as a week. If these symptoms persist, you may need to get doctor’s help.

1:17 pm August 19th, 2014

Depends how long and how much you were taking
I took up to 60mg a day for almost 5 years it’s been 12 days and I feel tired and get depressed
My first week I took kratom with no side effects at all

11:08 am August 20th, 2014

Thank you for your comments. On the eighth day of stopping the 7.325 mg of percoset every four hours round-the-clock for knee pain, my worst symptoms have subsided.
I feel queasy, tired, and everything aches. Constipation continues to be a problem and the thought of taking more Milk of Magnesia makes me want to check out.
This is the worst period of my entire life as I have never used any prescription drugs, alcohol, etc.
I hope people think twice before going beyond two weeks on percoset. What awaits is nothing but hell that you will not want to survive. I was so ill that I didn’t want to stay alive and I am usually and energetic, positive person who walks and reads every day. Until this nightmare medicine is out of my system, I can only sit and wonder if I dare to take in food again.
I probably won’t post again as I am wanting to close out what I just experienced but thought it might give others some insight. My orthopedic surgeon said yesterday that I am suffering from nerve pain and prescribed nerve pain. Total knee replacement is the most brutal surgery you can opt for and I would never, never do it again. Every step I take, eleven weeks out causes knee pain. Good Luck to everyone.

12:16 pm August 20th, 2014

Thank you for your feedback, Jules. Best of luck to you too!

7:18 pm August 20th, 2014

I have been on Percocet for the last 5 years or more. I lost my job and with it my insurance. This was a good way to force the time to stop. Friday will make two weeks since my last one. The tingles and numbness is driving me batshit crazy. Not being able to escape the pain for even a little while doesn’t help either. I start a new job in about two weeks and just want this to be over. It is one of those time things that you just have to get through I know. I dont like it but I know it is just a matter of suffering through it. Smoking was just as bad and I dont want to pick up drinking to get relief from the pain. Life is fun eh.

10:02 pm August 23rd, 2014

Just started day 8 coming off 12 a day percs. My feet ache only at night so I have been before bed soaking them in hot water and then immediately putting them into ice water bath. It works and gets me through the night. Since May 28 I have done 3 major withdrawals. I was on at the start of my first withdrawal 240 to 275 mg a day taking 3 20 mg of immediate release oxys every 6 hours. I was taking this for 1.5 years. My doctor actually gave me 3 days of percs when I told her to stop the heavys to wean off this dose. Luckily I had two full bottles of percs and for two months I continued with 60 mg a day just to stabilize a bit before completely quitting. So it’s day 8 today. I’m feeling depressed and I am still getting some hot and cold flashes. I’m 52 years old and am wondering how long will the depression last and or the remaining symptoms?

3:17 pm August 31st, 2014

I’ve been taking ton of percs for over ten years. My current dose is at least 10 10/325 jist to be normal. The well is drying up and my biggest problem is i cant work im so sick. Any advice on what to do so that i can work? I have all the symptoms from vomit to chills and sweats to severe body pain to zero energy. Need some help.

7:40 pm September 7th, 2014

Hi Everyone I feel I need to write this to try and help out anyone who is going through this terrible withdrawal. I was taking percs for like 5 years off and on, but the last 3 years I have taken them daily. I would take as many as I had and could not function without them. I went back to school and would have to make sure I had enough pills to get me through my classes. I just finished my summer semester and had a week off. I quit taken them 13 days ago and I took 2 tramadols(one in the morning and one before bed) the first 2 days then went to 1 for 2 days and then none. They definitely helped me out with my withdrawals. I had chills, restlessness, and went to the bathroom at least 10 times a day. The worst for me was the stomach aches. It felt like I had a virus. In the first week I even felt depressed. But I have to say IT WILL GET BETTER!!! I am on day 13 and by day 8 I felt great!!!!!!! Everyday will get easier don’t give up! I am so glad I quit them and I am feeling like my old self again. Good Luck and God Bless!!!!

3:22 pm September 10th, 2014

I have wrote this here before,but I want to help fellow addicts
Kratom,which can be bought online, took away all withdrawl symptoms and I stress ALL.
It is fairly cheap.
I am clean from 12 5mg Oxys a day for 5 weeks now.
My prescription. Would last for two weeks and then it was the black market .
My 5 year addiction is gone and my wife is extremely happy. As all addicts I did not realize what they did to me and those around me. If you can’t get it in the U.S. You can get it in Canada. For now it is completely legal.
I had tried to quit before but the. Withdrawls were too much ,KRATOM saved me

robert r.
5:52 am September 23rd, 2014

Robert I’ve been taking percent for over 10year I have cancer and the paian just don’t go away right now I’m going through withdrawn I’m in so much pain is there any think that could help please let me know don’t know how much more I can take

2:43 pm September 28th, 2014

My son was in a bad MVA 4 months ago. He has been off percoset for 20 days. He went to the ER 2x for bad abdominal pains. The last few days he had been feeling good, and even worked out at the gym yesterday. Last night he woke up with agonizing pain in his non-injured hip. He was screaming and crying. He went the the ER and they said he was still withdrawing (20 days later) because his pupils were dilated. They only gave him naproxen. Has anyone experienced this type of setback 20 days later? Is this normal? I am not sure if something is really wrong with his hip and he should go to a different hospital for a second opinion. Thank you for your help.

6:23 am September 29th, 2014

Hey im on my second day of stoppin my pain pill the first day i felt like i was dyein now the second day i feel like i have the flu stuffy nose aches weak is this normal :( when will this stop

11:50 am September 29th, 2014

Hi Maria. Congradulations on stopping the pills. What you’re experiencing is normal. Withdrawal symptms usually mimic those of a severe flu, but shouldn’t last more than a week or so.

6:50 pm October 16th, 2014

I have been using perks for over a year. I would take a small chunk from a thirty after work. I lost my job in august. Have been taking it more often. It takes me 2 days to go through 1 thirty. Need to stop. What kind of withdrawal can I expect?

3:53 pm October 17th, 2014

Hi mom. Here is an article that can give you a better idea of what Percocet withdrawal feel like, what you can expect and what to do about it:

2:59 am October 22nd, 2014

I took 40mg of percocet for 10 days in Sept(the 8th -the 18th and just finished my 10th day this month, yesterday. I didn’t think I could become used to something so quickly. but I am having a lot of symptoms today. I feel horrible. is there anything over the counter that helps?

12:52 pm October 27th, 2014

Hi Kim. It’s amazing how our bodies are addaptive. It’s crucial to our survival, but at the same time our bodies get easily acusomed to the presence of substances. Medications such as Nalotxone, Clondine, and Methadone are given to patients to help shorten withdrawal, ease symptoms, and help take care of drug craving and dependence. Buprenorphine is commonly prescribed in recent years and the primary medication for Percocet withdrawal.

kris white
7:05 pm November 5th, 2014

First of all thank you. I have been on oxycodone for decade. My doctor will no longer prescribe it or help me wean off. What can I expect? Is there something I can do to ease the WD?


9:48 am November 8th, 2014

I’m 36 weeks pregnant and I’m ashamed to say I’ve been taking oxycodone for awhile and I need help on what I should do to stop please email me and do u think my bad decision hurt my baby ?? Please help !

4:50 pm November 17th, 2014

Hi Marie. Talk to your doctor and your gynaecologist about ways to minimize the risk for you and your baby. I’m sure they’ll taper you down from the oxycodone first and find the best solutions to help you if you experience any withdrawal symptoms.

4:39 pm December 8th, 2014

I stopped taking Percocet Thursday and I’m feeling very tired and weak. How long does this last?

6:15 am December 13th, 2014

just popped my last 2 10′s…. 2 years of 100mil plus a day. tried stopppin before but restlessness and insomnia was brutal. wish me luck. never touching the crap again.

1:41 am December 17th, 2014

I can’t live like this any more but I don’t have the support to quit. My family doesn’t understand. I’ve asked them for help so many times but have been denied. Told to get over it…to suck it up. In January of this year I gathered my family together and begged for help with my child while I detoxed. They said they would. And did on and off for a week. I don’t take as much as most people I know or those I see posting about their addictions. But I have been using for 8 years. I take 5mg percocet 2 to 5 a day. Most days taking 10 to 15mg. Every time I try to detox the withdrawal last so long that I just give up. I can’t be sick for months and not be able to take care of my child, work, prepare meals and do house work. I’m always home alone with my child. Any advice for a single mother who is desperate to get better?

sweet silly sadie
2:27 am January 6th, 2015

hi so I’m actually on the 50 hr without percs or oxys , I’m going through withdrawl hot & cold flashes a little diarrhea insomnia can’t stay still , I just wanted to know if my case was considered extreme , to see how long I’m actually ganna go through withdrals i started taking them in June everyday not really into them off and on til Sept which its seems like since then I was taking 5-6 5 mg or 10mg per day off course some accession I took half of the 10mg , about 2 wks ago I dropped to 3 percs a day Saturday at 830 I took my last half of perc or oxy is my situation serious am I going to have to suffer wks at a time or am I at my peak or does it get worst during or after 72 hrs…..please help

sweet silly sadie
12:32 pm January 6th, 2015

Michelle , I just wanted to let u know that I was taking 5-6 5mg &10 mg per day it’s 5:22 am & I’m on my 60 hr without the drug , right now I have a slight headache , diarrhea chills , insomnia but all low doses , last night and the night before was crucial , I wasn’t sure if I make it , but I did and I am , I have my family support and if it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t been able , I’m tired I hate the fact that no pain doctor or ext proscribed me pills I was just bored and it was something to do , for 3 months straight I was taking them and stop cold turkey it was hard , I couldn’t understand how you feel but I know this the longer you’ve been taking the longer the withdrawal , but trust me after this pass 60 hrs I still feel much better than when I started , it’s one day at a time it won’t be easy but there is light at the end of the tunnel , may the lord bless u

4:09 pm January 14th, 2015

Hi Sadie. Most cases peak at 72 hours and resolve within 7-10 days. Hold on!!! And seek medical intervention for symptomatic treatment which can make the process less uncomfortable. I wish you the best.

7:25 am January 29th, 2015

I’ve been taking about 90mg of Percocet a day for about a year a half… I wanted off it as soon as I realized I had an issue. But my mindset was ” well Nick, you have to work… Can’t afford a week off work…” Which screwed me in the end… It ruined my life. I was living with someone I thiught I loved who had prescriptions coming out his ass… Anyway I got hooked on Percocet 30mg… Would take 3 to 4 a day to feel “NORMAL” so messed up… I lost my personality, my friends. my job.. I removed myself from him and the city we were in. I’m going through detox. It. Is. Awful. I took a methadone thinking it was helping me when honestly it was just prolonging the inevitable… It’s been about 2 weeks but I’m nervous the methadone put me back to square one. It was a 10mg and I took it two days ago… I don’t have symptoms anymore… I’m too smart to know I’m not out of the woods… This blog has helped me a lot… Hope is what I need. I’m now living in solitary… Scared to do anything until I’m “better” from symptoms. What do you guys think?

4:03 am February 3rd, 2015

Hi everyone. Never thought I would be here. Like many I didn’t realize I had a problem until it was too late. I’m a normal 33 year old mom of 2 beautiful teenage girls. I sell insurance…a great and well respectable job. Recently remarried. I guess I have a picture perfect life to some. I am on day 7 of no percs. I didn’t have pain…just decided to try a few to help get me thru the everyday hectic schedule. Gave me the energy to make it thru. Took away the stress. Felt amazing. I noticed I was having to take more and more. Did I mention, no one knew? And still no one knows. It’s really hard going thru the withdrawals alone. I guess that’s why I’m here. Everyone’s story helps so much. It gives me hope. I feel like I’m dying inside and so alone. Definitely feeling better, but the last 7 days have been hell. I still have the urge. I want one so bad. I keep thinking just one….but I know better. I have the addictive personally unfortunately. I feel like a horrible person. Every one would be so disappointed in me….and in shock. Guess I needed to vent. Thanks to all for ur stories. It really does help others. Good luck to all. I look forward to seeing ur updates. Stay strong and thanks again.

6:45 pm February 10th, 2015

I’m on day ten of perc 30s wds. I was taking 10 to 14 30s a day. I had some help with withdrawal with buying suboxone on the street. But I still feel awful. I was using for 4 years. Can a Dr prescribe me tramadol? Or am I too far into my withdrawal to get help still?

12:12 pm February 11th, 2015

Hi Haley. On day 10 the worst part should be over. Of course you can consult your doc and maybe get a prescription for a short-term tramadol use, but you can also treat most symptoms with regular over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies. Stay strong, Haley! You can make it!

2:54 am February 26th, 2015

Thank you for you kind words. Unfortunately I relapsed since I couldn’t find suboxone anymore and I honestly felt the drs and hospitals didn’t do a darn thing because they “didn’t accept my.Insurance” I am not doing as many as before. However, I feel that with this kind of situation all the drs are looking for are cash patients to make money off of.

9:55 am March 8th, 2015

Ok, i take a mix of oxy and perks like i have 40s and 80s those are the oxy and the 30s are the perks. Daily i probably take roughly around 210mg to 300mg its crazy just seeing that well anyways thats daily for three years now and still going. My biggest fear is the WD and the pain that comes along with it. Already I’m suffering through chills and like hot flashes when i don’t take the unnecessary dose. Its heart wrenching to me because i have children and i remember how i was before this i had my own energy didn’t depend on these to do any stupid thing as in do the dishes or go out to buy something. Can you imagine if i feel like i go through bad WD each few hours i don’t take the dose i take because i take them so much i guess my body depends on it more frequently. My thing is how bad do you think it’ll be for me its too much to try to do this at home i need some proffesional help right? I really would like to try at home since its very crazy expensive. Any like over the counter i can take or maybe any tricks or hacks anybody knows anything will help. Please keep rude comments to yourself all I’m looking for is just some advice thanks.

1:17 am March 13th, 2015

I was on Percocet for about a 16 days. I’ve stopped last night and today I have diarrhea . How long will this last?

12:54 pm March 13th, 2015

Hi Bill. It won’t be too long before it’s all over. Don’t forget to drink lots of water, since diarrhea may dehydrate you. Also, go to the nearest pharmacy and buy an over-the-counter medicine that can treat diarrhea and GI tract disturbances. The medication should take care of the unpleasant symptoms.

7:52 pm March 25th, 2015

I’ve been on 5mg of Percocet a day for about 2 months from an injury sustained. I’m on day 4 w/out them. I’m having small panic attacks, diarrhea, and anxiety with some depression. How much longer will this last? Ready to feel normal again.

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