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How to stop taking oxycodone

How to stop taking oxycodone

Oxycodone is a powerful pain killer that causes physical dependence within days to weeks of consecutive use, even if you’re not getting high from oxycodone.  Is oxycodone an addictive drug?  Yes. Oxycodone is very addictive.  And in order to stop taking oxycodone safely, you need to follow a few guidelines.

Here, we review what happens in your brain and body when you stop taking oxycodone, how oxycodone works,  possible side effects and how to stop taking oxycodone safely. We invite your questions about stopping oxycodone at the end.

Can I just stop taking oxycodone?

Yes. And no.

If you have been taking oxycodone as needed for pain, and have not developed a physical dependence on oxycodone, discontinuing oxycodone pills should not be a problem. In these cases, the brain and the body have not grown used to the prescence of oxycodone in the system and will not experience a major shock when the pure opioid agonist is no longer available.

However, in cases of regular oxycodone dosing over the course of days or weeks, stopping oxycodone cold turkey is NOT RECCOMENDED. In fact, repeating oxycodone dosing results in the body’s adaptation to the opioid. This is called physical dependence. When you are physically dependent on oxycodone, you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it.

What happens when you stop taking oxycodone?

Basically, when you stop taking oxycodone after regular use you go through withdrawal. Repeated exposure to oxycodone alters the brain so that it functions more or less normally when oxycodone is present and abnormally when oxycodone is not. Why is this?

Simply, oxycodone changes brain systems, including an area at the base of the brain — the locus ceruleus (LC) as well as the mesolimbic reward system. When opioid molecules link to mu receptors on brain cells in the LC, they suppress the release of noradrenaline, resulting in drowsiness, slowed respiration, and low blood pressure. With repeated exposure to opioids like oxycodone, however, the LC neurons adjust by increasing their level of activity. Now, when opioids are no longer present to suppress the LC brain cells’ enhanced activity, the LC neurons release excessive amounts of noradrenaline, triggering the jitters, anxiety, muscle cramps, and diarrhea that are associated with opiate withdrawal.

Side effects stop taking oxycodone

Withdrawing from oxycodone is generally not life threatening. But some of the side effects can be very uncomfortable. The main side effects of oxycodone withdrawal are the same as other opiates and opioids and are graded as being mild, moderate or severe. Side effects occur based on dose strength and length of time that you take oxycodone. But most cases of oxycodone withdrawal will manifest AT LEAST the following side effects:

  1. agitation
  2. hypertension
  3. rapid heart beat
  4. shaking

Diagnostic criteria for opioid withdrawal includes having three or more of the following symptoms present:

  • diarrhea
  • dilated pupils
  • dysphoric (negative mood)
  • fever
  • goosebumps
  • insomnia
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • negative mood
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • vomiting
  • watery eyes
  • yawning

Stop taking oxycodone suddenly

Do not quit taking oxycodone suddenly or you could experience serious withdrawal symptoms If you decide to stop taking oxycodone suddenly, seek out medically supervised withdrawal (detoxification) with either opioid or nonopioid medications to help you manage symptoms.

Stop taking oxycodone cold turkey

If you decide to stop taking oxycodone cold turkey, be prepared to manage symptoms of withdrawal with the help of an outpatient or inpatient medical clinic, or from home. Follow the suggestions outlined below and let us know if you have additional questions by commenting at the end.

How do I stop taking oxycodone?

You should always stop taking oxycodone under the medical supervision of your prescribing doctor. In general, you stop taking oxycodone gradually by lowering the amount and frequency of oxycodone dosing until you quit totally. However, medications such as clonidine can help you manage more persistent or intense symptoms of withdrawal. Plus, supplemental medications, such as antidepressants to manage irritability, sleep disturbance or antiepileptics for neuropathic pain may also be helpful. And if needed, you can seek help at a detox clinic in order to help manage more severe symptoms that may occur when you stop taking oxycodone.

How to stop taking oxycodone safely

When you no longer requires oxycodone hydrochloride tablets to treat pain, opioid therapy should be gradually discontinued over time to prevent opioid abstinence syndrome (oxycodone withdrawal). In general, doses of oxycodone can be decreased by 25% to 50% per day with careful monitoring for signs and symptoms of withdrawal. however, some experts recommend more conservative tapering and a decrease by 10% of the original dose per week is usually well tolerated with minimal physiological adverse effects.  If you develop signs or symptoms of withdrawal, the dose should be raised to the previous level and lowered more slowly, either by increasing the interval between decreases, decreasing the amount of change in dose, or both.

Stop taking oxycodone questions

At the moment it is still not known at what dose of oxycodone hydrochloride you can stop without risk of developing withdrawal symptoms. If you have questions about withdrawal from oxycodone or otherwise how to stop taking oxycodone, please leave them here. We will be happy to help answer your questions personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: NIDA: The Neurobiology of Opioid Dependence: Implications for Treatment
SAMHSA: Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction, 4 Treatment Protocols
Daily Med: Oxycodone hydrochloride
Oregon State Department of Health: Opiate Withdrawal
AHRQ: Dependence vs. pain
Utah Department of Health: Utah Clinical Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Treatment of Pain, Strategies for Tapering and Weaning

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223 Responses to “How to stop taking oxycodone
Natalie
7:57 pm June 17th, 2012

I was prescribed percocet for a rotator cuff injury, took 4-5 pills a day until I had the surgery a year later and have been taking between 6-12 pills daily since last October (8 months).

I have a phobia of vomiting but want to stop taking percocet (still in pain but will deal with that once I’m off them)..Is it possible to wean down to 1 pill a day without having any withdrawal symptoms ?

Is there something I should ask my doctor for to help me ? Heard horror stories and am serious about stopping just don’t want to suffer or is that even possible ?? (read about suboxone but it appears to be just like changing meds so don’t think I want to just become addicted to something else)

Bottom line, if I reduce my percocet intake by 1 pill per week, starting with 8/day, will I be okay at the end of 8 weeks ? (meaning no withdrawal symptoms)

7:39 pm June 20th, 2012

Hi Natalie. Withdrawal from Percocet can be EASED by weaning, but slowly tapering doses will not eliminate all withdrawal symptoms. In other words, there may be no way to avoid vomiting and nausea. You’re right to think that stopping Percocet cold turkey will bring on more intense symptoms…and that you should seek medical advice from your prescribing doctor before you start to lower doses. There are medications out there like clonidine that can help ease these symptoms during withdrawal and you should ALWAYS withdraw from pain killers with medical supervision. But there’s no way to stop taking Percocet totally without withdrawal symptoms, unfortunately.

Does this help?

Capt
11:49 am October 14th, 2012

Persistent & severe shoulder pain required my being prescribed Percocet / Oxycodon while the diagnostic period took place for two months. I would take one low dose pill at bedtime. After two months, the doctor gave me a Cortisone shot into my shoulder. It worked like a miracle. I immediately stopped taking the Oxycodon. In the past five days I’ve experienced nite-time restlessness, excessive sweating, runny nose, and aggravation on a milder bases. How long can I expect these symptoms to continue? And, will drinking a lot of water help flush this medication out of my system faster?

10:35 am October 15th, 2012

Hi Capt. Thanks for your questions. Opioids like oxycodone undergo extensive metabolism, and while first-pass metabolism occurs mainly in the liver, renal excretion tends to be a minor route of elimination. For this reason, drinking water to speed up the metabolism of opioids is unlikely to work. (more info here:http://www.aiims.edu/aiims/departments/spcenter/nddtc/Substance%20Use%20Disorder%20-%20Manual%20for%20Physicians.pdf)

Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms tend to peak in the first 72 hours, and then taper off for 7-10 days afterwards. Be sure to drink water, especially if diarrhea is present, but don’t count on water to help you eliminate oxycodone. Time is needed. Other people swear by mild exercise, hot baths, taking cranberry extract pills and drinking a lot of cranberry juice…but I’m not sure about the scientific accuracy of these statements.

Good luck!

Steph blair
12:24 pm October 22nd, 2012

I too am being prescribed percocet for migraines, painful cyst in my foot needing surgery, and a torn MCL w/bruised bone. I had no idea about any addiction problems until I ran out of percocet and had these jumping things happening to my body when I tried to go to sleep, and a migraine so bad I had to go to the hospital. Is there any natural herbal way to withdraw?

9:08 am October 24th, 2012

Hello Steph. Thanks for your question. To clarify, you are most likely DEPENDENT on Percocet (oxycodone), and not addicted to Percocet. Do you crave oxycodone after you stop taking it? Or are you taking Percocet as prescribed?

Opioids like oxycodone, the main ingredient in Percocet, affect the opioid receptors in the nervous system and are some of the most powerful drugs known to man. Withdrawing from oxycodone is an uncomfortable but necessary process to complete if you want to stay off narcotics for good. If you’d like to try natural methods for detox, you might look into acupuncture or acupressure (see link below). But herbs are probably not going to do a whole lot for you during detox. Someone, please correct me if I’m wrong.

http://nccam.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/010410.htm

Sig
6:21 am November 3rd, 2012

I have been on oxycodone for 3+ years due to spinal fusion surgery and nerve damage. I have decided enough is enough and do not want to be a slave to my pills. I take a lot. I’m prescribed oxy 30mg/5per day.
I obtained 15, 8mg suboxone tabs to help with the process. I do not want to taper with oxy because it is too hard for me to control a long term taper process. I will be taking my last oxy pill 2 days from now.
I know there will be some level of discomfort, but can you explain the best way I can use the suboxone tabs to ease the process. Remember, I only have 15 of them. I only want to use them for the quitting process (1-2 weeks). I am NOT interested in suboxone maintenance as it is trading one addiction for another. Thanks.

7:45 am November 3rd, 2012

Hi Sig. Thanks for your question. Prescription pain relievers like oxycodone are opioids. Suboxone (buprenorphine) is used to treat physical dependence on or addiction to opioids. Buprenorphine prevents withdrawal symptoms so that you can stop taking oxycodone safely but only a doctor who is qualified in the use of buprenorphine can determine the dosing schedule for someone wanting to use Suboxone. Check out this article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851017/
Find a Suboxone prescribing doctor here:
http://buprenorphine.samhsa.gov/bwns_locator/index.html
Search for “site:.gov suboxone for oxycodone addiction” in your internet browser for more information.

Jo
4:57 pm January 7th, 2013

Hi-
I have been taking oxycodone for many, many years due to extensive medical issues that result in chronic pain. The issues include crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, congenital heart defects, tachycardia, fibromyalgia, disc issues… Bottom line: I’ve managed not to abuse the med, but several years ago I had to start using it daily to be able to work. I was taking 8-10 15mg pills day. I have reduced it over many months on my own to 4-6 day. I know my body is dependent. My pain continues. I worry that the drug is always in my blood stream. i worry about driving, and DUI’s and working w/levels in my blood. I worry about what so many years of daily use is doing to me. But I am afraid of being in severe pain. I would like to stop taking it every day, to return to just taking it when absolutely needed, the way i started so many years ago. I have a few questions for you as I have already learned a lot from reading above:

1. For someone w/so many medical issues, is it advisable to try detoxing/reducing at home (under docs care), or should I consider an inpatient program?
2. If I go inpatient, does that show up on my record for employers, etc. to see?
3. Is it possible to cure dependence, but then be able to take the med again as needed, or would any use return my body to dependence?

Thank you… I feel chained to this med. Don’t want to live with it- can’t live without it. I hate being dependent. But I hate constant pain even more…

1:41 pm January 10th, 2013

Hi Jo.

1. Hmmm. This is a very good question. I think that if you would feel more comfortable, an inpatient detox clinic would be the way to go. Especially given the underlying pain, you may be tempted to take oxycodone at home if you are not monitored. But 24-7 monitoring at an inpatient clinic may help you stay off oxycodone or to decide another course of action.

2. Another good question. By law, there needs to be reasonable cause for anyone to review your medical records. I do not believe that employers can request a copy of your records. But check with clinic administrators for confirmation on the HIPPA act.

3. Unfortunately, opioids like oxycodone are habit-forming by nature. They bind to the opioid receptors in the central nervous system and if you were to use them regularly again, you would become dependent after a few weeks of daily use.

I hope that this helps. Bless you on your journey. Perhaps you might want to look into alternative or Eastern medicines for working with chronic pain?

Laurie Rountree
3:24 pm January 11th, 2013

Compared to the questions above, mine is really minor. Had 3 level decompression and fusion with instrumentation on 11/12 & 11/13. Took 10mg Oxycodone 3-4 x a day and started reducing dosage 1 week ago with last 5 mg early Monday due to fear of addiction and wild mood swings. Water and thought of food makes me feel like gagging and I do have muscle pain as mentioned but also at night, if I get warm, I have disgusting wiggly feelings in my torso. Bowels are finally nearly normal although frequent. Does this sound normal? Thank you so much.

8:28 am January 14th, 2013

Hi Laurie. Yes. This sounds totally normal. Oxycodone reduces motility by increasing smooth muscle tone in the stomach and duodenum. In the small intestine, digestion of food is delayed by decreases in propulsive contractions. So when you stop taking oxycodone, the body rebounds and you experience an over-excited digestive reaction. If you have any other questions about withdrawal, you might try calling a local detox clinic for help.

Anne
10:06 am January 15th, 2013

I was prescribed OxyContin – intially 10mg twice daily, to relieve pain from a very badly smashed wrist (started October 2012 whilst in hospital). In December 2012 I reduced dose to 1 -10mg at night and have recently decided to stop, as wanted to see how much pain I was experiencing from my injury. I stopped on Friday 11 Jan and ever since I have not been able to sleep, am having hot & cold flushes and feel dreadful. I have spoken to my GP who advised that the sleep disturbance can take up to a week to settle down. Can you please advise if this is correct, as at night when I am tossing and turning, feeling exhausted, but unable to sleep, I feel at my wits end. What can I do to help alleviate this – help?

Matman
3:26 pm January 18th, 2013

I have my ups and downs with Oxy and the like. I still occasionally dable, but it’s expensive and not allways available when you are wanting it. When u turn forty I believe the government should just give u an endless script..lol. A friend of mine told me about Mitragyna Speciosa. It is a leaf from a plant in Thailand that stimulates the opiate receptors when chewed. The older tribesmen used to take it to be able to work more. It’s Legal, inexpensive and I didn’t believe it, but it Seriously works. It’s not exactly the same thing, but you can certainly feel it. I would totally recommend this for anyone trying to come off of opiates. I keep a regular supply.

Sandy
12:30 am February 5th, 2013

My Dad has been given oxycodone hydrochloride/acetophitamine, 5mg/325mg. He was in the hospital on morphine so we weren’t sure how he would react to the oxy. He has been home 4days and has only taken10 pills randomly. He was so groggy and confused I would like to stop the oxy. He shouldn’t have any withdrawals after such a short period of time-should he?

9:56 am February 5th, 2013

Hi Sandy. Yes, your dad is probably not yet physically dependent on OxyContin and the cessation will likely NOT provoke withdrawal symptoms. However, check with his prescribing doctor before altering his therapy.

Lori
10:25 pm February 6th, 2013

I have lupus and fibromyalgia. My mom passed away feb 2011 and I had a severe flair, I was so swollen I had to have my rings cut off, couldn’t wear my shoes, couldn’t walk or stand for long. My pain was so bad that I couldn’t sleep and was in tears. I was put on Vicodin, but was taking to much for safety, so I was put on oxycodone at 10mg but it wasn’t effective so he increased to 20. Now I’m on 30mg 4times a day. It’s the only thing that controls my pain enough to have a normal life, I still have flairs of worse pain but I refuse to increase any more. I’m scared to continue but am terrified to stop. I’m scared of the lupus/fibro pain but I’m terrified of withdrawal. Will I be able to stop by tapering or at this point will I need to go to rehab clinic? I’m so worried now after reading this article.
Thank you,
Lori

Lori
10:51 pm February 6th, 2013

I’m sorry but I do have one more question….. We are as a society medication based, for my lupus I take about 4 medications to control my flairs, I will always take these. They are immune suppressants and one of them could cause blindness so My eyes are checked twice a year. People take blood pressure meds instead of modifying diet, people take insulin to control sugar rather then change diet and exercise.
So now my question: why is it looked down on if I needed to continue pain meds, it does not cause any issue with my life, I don’t lay around in an addicted stupor, I’m not buying illegally, I’m not sneaking, I’m taking like I’m supposed to. So where is the danger in me continuing? Why is everyone so freaked out that I would need these. I feel like because it is used by addicts like heroine and meth it’s assumed that if you need them you are on them for the same reasons and I’m not! I would be less productive and involved less with my family and life without them.
I’m sorry for seeming so dramatic, but I’ve never found somewhere I could ask without seeming like a seeker.
Again… Thank you
Lori

1:49 pm February 7th, 2013

Hi Lori. You present good questions. I think that, in general, people look at situations from a very limited point of view. In order to understand what you’re going through, for example, someone would have to walk in your shoes for a while, or at least contemplate what it is like to be you. Pain medications can provide a good quality of life for people really in need…and this is one reasons why doctor’s advocate for their use. In order for people to move beyond stigma, they have to understand individual basis.

In your case, you might want to look into supplements to support your liver and/or kidneys. Long term use of opioids can damage both.

In terms of detox, talk with your prescribing doctor. A 3-4 week taper can help ease the severity and intensity of withdrawal symptoms. If needed, go longer. A good, slow taper is the #1 preventative way to help treat withdrawal symptoms when getting off any kind of opioid.

Thanks for your questions! They are very stimulating.

augusta
6:56 am February 8th, 2013

I had a humerous fracture and I got surgery I been drinking oxycodone-acetaminophen 10-325 for about a 3 weeks and then the doctor lower the dosage to 5/325 , I was taking 4 a day and now I wanted to taking less and I did the fort day I did 3 a day then 2 a day but then when I start doing it that way I feel a lot of anxiety and pain and want to take the pills . Sweating.,Agitation started to be present so I don’t know wat the best way to do it, I want to withdraw immediately from the pills by taking relax time tea which help the first day evry 4 hrs and still want to take the pills is it safe. And also I’m not able to sleep . I want to know wat the best option for me thank u

8:05 am February 9th, 2013

Hi Augusta. It sounds like you need a tapering plan. Consult your prescribing doctor to come up with a plan for slowly reducing doses of oxycodone over the period of 2-3 weeks. This way, you reduce by about 10% a day, and 25% a week until it’s totally out of your system. The symptoms you describe can be caused by withdrawal provoked by too fast a reduction in oxycodone. So, seek medical advice for the best plan and to be sure that the tea is not counter indicated with oxycodone.

Herbaloxy
3:34 pm February 9th, 2013

The Mitragyna Speciosa leaf has helped a ton of people tapering/coming off of oxy. You can buy it all over the web. It also is affective as a natural pain killer.

Lauren
8:07 pm February 20th, 2013

Hi there. I injured my shoulder delivering my child in July. I did 8 weeks of PT and have had X-rays and an MRI. We never found out what was wrong but my orthopedist gave me a RX for roxicodone Dec 31st to help with the pain. I took 5mg-7.5mg nightly until my RX for 40 pills ran out. I went about 2 weeks with out any meds until I followed up and he gave me a refill. I didn’t have any withdrawal symptoms then. But I started taking 10mg a night and have been for 3 weeks. I don’t plan to get another refill for fear of becoming dependent. I only have 2 pills left and now I am afraid I will have withdrawal symptoms. I still have shoulder pain but I can live with it as I have for the past 7 months. It isn’t worth it to me as I am afraid of becoming dependent.

Will 3 wks taking 10mg a day cause withdrawal?

2:32 pm February 21st, 2013

Hi Lauren. It’s difficult to day, as every person’s tolerance and dependence on oxycodone is highly personalized and individual. The one way to tell is to miss a dose and see how you feel. Onset of withdrawal usually occurs in the hours when your body is expecting another dose. If you can get past this first time frame, then you are most likely NOT physically dependent on Roxicodone. If withdrawal symptoms occur, talk to your prescribing doctor about setting up a tapering schedule to get off oxycodone over the course of a few weeks. Best of luck to you.

Herbaloxy
3:21 pm February 21st, 2013

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linda miller
8:28 pm February 25th, 2013

I “ve only been on oxycodone 10mg for two weeks one tab twice a day. Now I’am not in any pain I stopped taking them two days ago I fell sicker now than before my operation? What do I do.

linda miller
8:36 pm February 25th, 2013

Oh there’s one more question, how long must I go through this terriable withdrawl , is thee anything I can take to help speed the process of getting it out my system quicker?

Davie
10:29 pm March 3rd, 2013

Hi, I hope you can assist.

I have been taking oxycotin for almost two years. I am in my early 50′s, 6’2″, and weigh about 220lbs. Originally it was because of significant knee surgery. But, post-op I went into a pain management program at a clinic for that type of thing because the knee was still giving me problems (did not want to take the next step for knee replacement), and so that and in conjunction with some long term disc problems, it all became too much.

It varies depending upon the level of activity that day, but I typically take a total of about 60mg to 90mg a day in does of 15-30mg. My perscription allows this much. However, I now feel that going into pain management was a mistake. I want to explore other options to get my once active lifestyle back. When I discuss the situation at the clinic and my desire to cut back and stop, I never seem to get a straight answer. I am not saying they have improper motivations or do not care. But, my confidence in them is shaken and so I want to try and do this on my own.

I am certain I am addicted because if I do not take anything for an entire day I get symptoms of irritability, sweats, chills, and more pain in my legs. Here are my questions:

1. I know there are others who take a lot more than I, but I assume what I now take is significant in terms of a level to cause additicion?

2. I do not feel that I can back down further incrementally because of the temptation to ease the symptoms will be too hard. But, if I back down to or stay at 60mg a day for a week, which I know I can do, and then stop cold turkey, how long will the physical discomforts I described above last?

3. Regarding the leg pains from withdrawl (and I have gone without medication a few separate times to ensure these symptoms were the same), the original pain for which I had surgery was only my one knee, but without the medication, the pain is all over both legs. Never anywhere else in my body. It is soft tissue discomfort in the calves and thighs. Pain, but also tingling and a feeling that I cannot keep them still or I would go crazy. Does that sound like withdrawl symptoms? I have heard of rebound pain, but this is more than just the knee. Anything you can tell me about that issue would be very helpful and understanding it will probably help me get past the overall withdrawls.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Lisa
4:55 am March 12th, 2013

I had shoulder surgery (plate and 12 screws/pins) 7 weeks ago to repair a fractured humerus head and damaged rotator cuff. I took 10-12 5 mg percocets a day for about 10 days, and due to intense pain, I really needed every one of them. I continued with 10-12 daily for another week; then it dawned on me that my pain was less, so I started to cut back gradually. I did well, going down to 3 a day for a couple of weeks-no withdrawal effects.

About a week ago, I tried to get below 2 a day, because I really don’t like the way percocet makes me feel mentally. I feel sluggish, un-ambitious, lacking creativity-and it makes it difficult for me to communicate. But whenever I try to go below 2 or 2 1/2 pills, I get withdrawal symptoms-trouble sleeping, miserable restless leg syndrome, diarrhea, nausea. Perhaps because I’ve been on these meds for 7 weeks?

Unfortunately, I have a low pain tolerance, so I need something for pain so I can do my PT exercises and regain use of my right arm.

Any ideas for getting off the percocet and onto something safe to take long-term? Thanks.

Jon
8:40 am March 14th, 2013

Lori, I know what you mean about the stigma of pain med use. I was injured at work and because I wanted to work I took pain meds but when my employer found out I was kept from driving for ten months because of the meds! (OxyContin)I couldn’t even drive to work! I was able to change to a non narcotic substitute during the day and take the oxy at night. I was sent to an addiction specialist who after interviewing me said I was more coherent than most people he talked with and it was ok for me to drive on oxycontin. After 8 years of pain I was finally able to find a doctor who fixed my problem and now am weaning off oxy a little at a time. I was after 8 years taking 2 -40 mg oxycontin and 3 – 15 mg oxycodone a day (125 mg a day)i dropped to 2 – 20mg oxycontin first now I’m down to 2 – 10 mg oxycontin and 2 – 15mg oxycodone (50 mg a day) after two months with no withdrawals i use the 15 mg oxycodone as little as possible for break through now I’m going to drop the extended release on Friday and work on no meds by May 9th ! I have never gotten a buzz from taking oxys EVER even if I forgot and took an extra dose. All I got was a sore head! My point is if you need them for pain use them and don’t feel bad about it. When the pain is there you need something to keep you sane. Hope you are well and pain free ! Sorry I’m so chatty! Lol Jon just quit smoking too!

Matt
5:20 pm March 15th, 2013

First of all – Thank You for this article. It is very informative. I had my second back surgery the day after Christmas. I hurt it a little over two months prior to that. I was up to 90 mg perc pre-op and I’ve wittled down to 10 mg per day. It’s been a miserable 3 months. Now that I’m down to what amounts to one pill per day (I cut them into 4ths) do you think I should stop or continue to taper a few more weeks?

Any help would be great. I’m tired of the fatigue and nauseau and if I can go cold turkey and be done this weekend I would be very happy.

MellozPrincess
11:17 am March 18th, 2013

Hi. I’ve been on oxycodone for about 5 or six years after a really bad car wreck. I take 10mg four times a day. I was wondering if it is possible to taper my tolerance back down to maybe only taking 10mg twice a day. So far I have been trying to take 10mg three times a day & it’s really hard from dealing w/the actual pain and w/the withdrawal symptoms I feel slighly. Is tapering down possible at this point or do I need to try to get a doctors help?

pentax boy
8:55 pm March 20th, 2013

How does the clonidine help?

joyce
2:13 pm March 24th, 2013

i have been taking oxycodones, 7.5/325 mg, 3 pills a day for a year. i was wondering how to go off them.

Anthony Parran
6:10 pm March 31st, 2013

I have Cervical Spinal Stenosis (CSS) and Pernicious Anemia (PA). I had an operation for the Stenosis, but still suffer dramatic neurological pain, which as I understand is also possible from the PA.

I take Oxycodone, Gabapentin, and Ultram. I have, with the Ultram, extended my times between doses to 12 – 16 hours. I have experimented up to 18 hours.

I suffer from two levels of pain. The first is physical and the second is neurological.

I have no known issues with the Oxycodone except an occasional headache. I can live with or without it and have tried taking standard ASA tablets for the headaches. Obviously I do not have the same level of pain relief but am I addicted to it? I doubt it. My doctor prescribes a calculated one month supply and have always had some left over.

When I had my operation for the CSS, I was placed on a Morphine drip. It did nothing, even after the nurse increased the drip level to maximum. I was still in maximum pain, which is when they administered the Oxycodone. Within in 30-minutes I was sitting up and pain free.

As stated, I have experimented increasing the times between doses. The down side is, the pain becomes so great I can’t walk as the pain is from my lumbar (Right side) to my lower legs (Both). It feels as if someone has taken a blowtorch, burning both legs below the knees. My feet actually become numb as if my nervous system has shutdown completely.

The ultram has taken away the blowtorch feeling. Before taking it I could not sit down on hard surfaces. To do so meant maximum pain during and after. Now it is a no-brainer.

I thought I’d share my experience with everyone about using Oxycodone.

Give me something I can use that is not “addictive” and I’ll gladly use it, but for now, and until the doctors can find a cure for what ails me, I will continue using it and fight “City Hall” if it’s use is stopped completely.

Kathryn
12:55 am April 1st, 2013

I am beginning a weening protocol for oxycodone and if it is done properly shall I still have withdrawal symptoms..thank you I have been taking them for 5 years and about 60-80 mg a day.

7:26 am April 4th, 2013

Hi Kathryn. Thanks for your question. Yes, you will probably have withdrawal symptoms even when tapering down your doses of oxycodone. However, they will be much less severe than if you stopped oxycodone cold turkey. You can treat most symptoms with support and O-T-C aids like ibuprofen/acetaminophen, massage or heating oils, and hot pads. Good luck!

Carla miranda
7:20 am April 10th, 2013

After 5 years taking oxycodone 7.5mg sometimes 6 to 8 times a day. I stopped. And have 21 days I don’t taken nothing. I don’t stopped increase. And I saw a dr. And he gave me for taken Lamictal. I feel better . But now I feel in depression, crying every morning and feel sad. I can not sleeping good. What the best trateament for me. I need help!!!… I am happy for not taking any more this drugs. And I hope never in my life taken again. I did 2 back surgery. And after stopped taken oxycodone. I don’t have more pain. Can explain for why this happened. Thank you…I will appreciate recive help. Carla miranda

5:25 am April 11th, 2013

Hello Carla. I don’t know why you no longer experience pain from the surgeries…but good for you! Antidepressants can help address low levels of serotonin in the system. Seek help from a prescribing doctor and see what kinds of medicines can help.

Jess
11:24 am April 16th, 2013

Want to stop taking oxycodone can not go into a detox but want to just try and do it at home advice plz

Jess
11:47 am April 16th, 2013

Hi also i take about 10-12 a day some times 8 I take them cause my knee is bone on bone torn acl very bad arthritis and iam willing to deal with pain just want to stop them thanks again

Sheila Keenan
11:22 am April 17th, 2013

Hi I started taking oxycodone/hcl/acetaminophen in Feb. of 2013, I usually only take tylynol extra strengh that is enough for me for any pain.I have been sick since Nov 2012. divertidulitis? back problems? trouble with my left leg? Diverticulitis? is fine now no pain. Leg hip and back pain still here. I am 71 year young until now have never need heavy duty anthing everthng makes me feel sick,dizzy, cannot stand the feeling of not being in control of my body. I have been half a pill when I need it . Then every six to eight hrs. now every four hrs.some time it works another time no so much. Maybe I should not split them?

Donna
12:31 pm April 17th, 2013

I was taking 40=50mg of oxycodone a day. I stopped 3 days ago and am wondering how long can I expect to feel this jittery not right feeling. I was taking them for approximately 2 months.
Thank you.

P.S. Is there anything that can help with this?

8:00 am April 19th, 2013

Hi Sheila. I’d suggest that you check in with a prescribing doctor to describe your symptoms and get advice on best steps forward. Maybe the opioids do not agree with you.

Hello Donna. Oxycodone withdrawal usually resolves within a few days of last use, at most a week to 10 days later. Given your short period and relatively average dose of oxycodone, you’ll probably start feeling better any day now. Unfortunately, the best thing to do for oxycodone withdrawal is to taper doses, which would be going backwards. Seek council with a local pharmacist for over the counter aids during withdrawal.

WP
1:13 am April 23rd, 2013

Can you tell me how long and if brain also repairs itself after taking pain meds? I was taking them for years (30 to 50mg day) on a consistent basis. After taper under doctor care over, I did still go through typical withdrawl cycle (as you have described). I am curious (and concerned) about the brains ability to heal after opioid use. In other words, does my brain also heal too?

Thanks!!! Will

For those reading…after stopping with the taper method at 30 mg a day and stopping. I felt mostly and very lethargic at day 2 and 3 (like a flu). On day 4- 6 I found motivation again, sharpness, and happy thoughts. With only a minor haze after day 9, and then day 10 another spike in energy and consistent daily energy and sharpness. Reality is you deal with the typical symptoms as described above (runny nose, bathroom, etc…). However, they were all very manageable with OTC meds.

5:32 am April 24th, 2013

Hello WP. It can take 6 months to a year for the body to resolve protracted withdrawal symptoms from opioids after long term use. You will feel better in time. Seek support from a psychologist, psychiatrist or a general physician for more information and encouragement. You’re doing a good job!

daniel
2:08 pm May 6th, 2013

I have never taken painkillers recreationally. Have not touched alcohol for years. Yet, I have been on 110 mg combination of oxycontin and (oxycodone breakthrough). As a veteran I was injured, ignored the pain, then years later was in an auto accident where I sustained many injuries incl fx pelvis. That was 20 years ago. I was given painkillers on and off first minimal percocet and then much later medthedone. I didn’t respond well to methedone but stayed on it for years. I then got off the methedone and replaced with oxycodone. I was also on lexapro for years, which i discontinued gradually. Initially I was Ok but after months of abstinence from lexepro, and reducing the oxycodone with the help of 10 mg day of diazepam, I cannot handle the depression and morning withdrawal symptoms are intensive. I think of ‘ending it all’ constantly but do not act on it. Holding on every day. I won’t go into problems but they are quite lengthy and extreme, financial, family, autism, it all came apart years ago (hence the antidepressant from the start). I also had a heart attack yet still smoke as I cannot remove another dependence without completely breaking down. Tried to check into a detox center and after being told I was approved, they admitted they made a mistake – the Medicare insurance was denied. I’ve been going to the VA. The pain dept wants me to titrate down and I agree, but the task has been slow and very difficult with mornings where I am incapacitated by depression, classic withdrawal symptoms, etc. I have constant anxiety now, a condition that I had when discharged from the service after Vietnam. Now on disability, I am an emotional wreck. My career ruined. I cannot face my autistic son. I am absolutely miserable without a ray of hope or satisfaction anymore and I will be 60 this year – a depressive milestone. Worked hard and productively fot 40 years. I’ve been told by a business associate that I’m talented and creative, but that a black-cloud hangs over me, always unexplainable ‘bad luck’. I cannot deny it: the karma, the timing of events and downturns in my life have been uncanny to the point where it is almost unbelievable – one thing upon another, always with good intentions, and without lasting reward. I try looking at others who are even worse off, but it doesn’t help. Yes, I am severely depressed, and handling the challenges ahead feels impossible.

Hope
1:43 am May 22nd, 2013

Hang in there Daniel. I was really sick too for a long time and had to take oxycodone because of the severe pain. After years of not knowing what was wrong with me I finally found out that I have a genetic condition that doesn’t allow me to make antibodies to common household molds. The same genetic condition often affects children with autistic symptoms. It made me wonder if you have the same thing. It would make you feel really awful! Now I am 100% better and pain free after 5 years so I am reading this blog to quit the oxycodone because I don’t need it anymore. Don’t give up. I will be praying that you will find the solution.

Fenix
2:31 am May 24th, 2013

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Mary De Boer
12:35 am June 4th, 2013

Hi
I am at week 5 after having knee replacement surgery. I had a lot of pain post surgery, more than usual. I have been on 5mg of oxycodone every 4 hours for several weeks along with extra strength Tylenol when needed (about every 6 hours) and Vimovo twice per day. I have been trying to come off of the oxy but want to know what the best procedure is. The last two days I have been stretching the time between to 7 or 8 hours but am not feeling that great. I tried taking 1/2 a 5 mg pill 5 1/2 hours ago which seemed to make me feel a bit better. Is this the way to come off of this drug? Thanks for your advice.

fatiqued
1:44 pm June 4th, 2013

I am on day 18 after quiting oxy, after taking roughly 250mg a day for couple yrs. I made it through the hard wd, but it seems now I am getting weaker and weaker by the day. I walk every day take vitamins, been to acupuncture, etc, but feeling really no improvement. Is this normal, will it ever go away?

Flagirl
11:44 pm June 17th, 2013

I have been on oxy 30s for five years…I am going to suboxone dr on Friday bc i want OFF asap!!!! but I have to be offthe drug for 24hrs. I am going to be in the worst withdrawl ever. Will this kill me? Last time I withdrawled it was HERENDOUS…. How long do I have to wait to take suboxone after taking a pill?? Any help is really appreciated I am so so terrified …..But I HAVE to do this on Friday I HAVE to. PLZ help me

Steve
6:35 pm June 20th, 2013

Hi,

My use of oxycodone started as a prescription for restless leg syndrome. I only took it at bedtime to help me sleep. Of course over a period of two years the strength of the drug increased, but it was still only taken at bedtime. What really exacerbated the use of the drug was a string of illnesses from Crohn’s disease, CLL, the removal of my gall bladder, spleen and a small bowel resection in a time span of 18 months. And I believe a tooth infection which lead to its removal didn’t help. Now I’m dependent. The worst symptom of taking this drug is the sweating. That started about 5 months ago. It seems to be triggered from taking a shower to working in the yard. Any small physical activity can start it. It’s a drenching stinky sweat. It seems to come on regardless if I have just taken my meds, or if I’m between dosages. I take 30mg every 4 hours, sometimes 40mg as the prescription allows. This is a lot. Is the sweating withdrawal oriented or caused by my body trying to flush the medication? I feel so tired. I hate the feeling of sweating. I take no pleasure from taking this medication other than the pain relief it gives. And that seems to be less over time. I planning on going to detox to safely get of this medication this summer. With all my medical issues I’d be crazy to do it unsupervised. In the mean time can you comment on the sweating. It’s horrible. Does this happen to all patients at some point regardless of when you have taken your last dosage?

11:30 am July 5th, 2013

Hello Steve. Yes, all opioids (including oxycodone) can cause flushing and hot sweats. Check out this article by Dr. Jana Burson which describes how to treat sweating caused by opioids:

http://drug.addictionblog.org/can-taking-methadone-cause-excessive-sweating/

Flagirl
4:02 am July 6th, 2013

I did it!!! I am 3 weeks clean today!!!! I am so happy. Suboxone WORKS!! I am going to be weaned off it slowly by my new Dr. I went they 32 hours of AGONIZING WDs but I AM ALIVE!!!! And I did it!!!!!

fariba
3:39 am July 8th, 2013

i have stopped taking oxycodone for 20 days now and i feel the symptoms. But i still don’t take it and want my body to stop wanting it so how long should i wait until my body stops wanting.

Dorothy Myslak
8:19 pm July 20th, 2013

I am 70 years old and wanting to get off of oxycodone. I tried cold turkey and after 26 hours I could not take the jitters anymore. I took a pill, calmed down and was able to sleep. I generally take 1 pill in the morning and let pain dictate frequency of dosage the rest of the day. At the most, 3 pills a day and sometimes just 2. Can you tell me how I should schedule doses for withdrawal?

3:22 am July 21st, 2013

Hello Dorothy. You’ll need to consult your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist to establish and individual tapering plan to get off oxycodone. Reducing doses by no more than 50% at any one time usually helps minimize the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. But speak with a medical professional to set up a plan just for you.

Lori
4:17 am July 21st, 2013

I currently take 30mg 4 times a day, I have been taking oxycodone for lupus/fibromyalgia chronic pain and I’ve decided I’m tired of taking them, plus I’ve realized that my body is now deciding when I take my dose, not my pain level. I know there is a difference between addiction and dependence.
Anyway, my new dr tried to just drop one dose, which I’m embarrassed to say I couldn’t take. i saw pain management Dr and told him what the one Dr did and he said let’s reduce slower. So I will be dosing 30mg 3times a day with the 4th dose 20mg. Will he reduce 10% each month? And will I experience symptoms beyond anxiety, which I feel now, cause I think I’m now tolerant and would need to increase dose or get off. I’ve chosen to get off.
Thank you

9:18 am July 25th, 2013

Hello Lori. Sounds like a good plan. A conservative taper is more like 25% dose decreases monthly, which is already happening. Sounds like the new doctor has things under control. Follow the taper plan and record a daily record of symptoms that you experience. A long, slow taper should minimize the more severe and uncomfortable symptoms…perhaps you won’t even perceive them at all! Good luck.

Saynit
3:06 am July 27th, 2013

My doctor had me on a rotating taper schedule. This week I am on 1-30mg 2x per day then 1-30mg 1x per day for 7 days. Next week I only take 1-30mg daily for 7 days then stop. Does anyone what percentage the taper is and also is it possible to stop on such a high dosage. I am already struggling with thev1-30mg every other day.

Debbie
7:13 pm July 27th, 2013

After rotator cuff surgery in March 2013, I was taking Oxycodone for about 3 months. I was terrified of getting addicted to this nasty drug! I did wean slowly and with mild side effects….insomnia, crying, diarrhea, sweaty and a droopy eye. It’s been 2 weeks, and I am dealing with the pain from therapy, but would love to know if I will ever sleep again and if my eye will return to normal. I had to have the surgical manipulation for frozen shoulder on July 5th and started therapy all over again. Now I just take Tylenol because I can not take NSAIDS. How long until you know that you are totally done with these side effects?

brandy
3:00 am July 28th, 2013

I have been on oxycodone since 9/11/.A very long time. I had my colon removed 9/8/01, was in the hospital for ten days. I was released, told I could go back to work after 4 weeks. My colon was removed due to cronic colitis,which got to the point my whole colon was deseased. They made an internal J pouch and said I would have several BM’s a day I was sleeping in the bathroom and had constant sores outside and about 4 inches inside, I was told that after ten days I would have no pain. I was on steroid enema’s for 11 years plus pain meds. I could not even sit on my rear as it had ulcers around like the worst baby rash you have see. Finally in2011 I had my rectum removed and had to have an ileostomy. I have severe bulging disk’s and painful back.. The sergeon said the other Dr. had left about four inches of deseased colon in my rectum. I’m currently on 5 oxvcodans
a day. I take 2 15mg. in morning 2-15 mg. 4-5 hours later and one 15mg. before bed. I have been on higher doeses of oxy;s, morephine,pain patches, etc. I want to stop my pain pills now, I’m a 63 year old woman had lost my job and had to sell my home due to this pain. I want to get off these meds can’t afford rehab. Should I just keep lowering the dose or ask med help from my dr.It’s been so long
and I;m tired and depressed. I want off oxy’s. They helped me get threw the worst eleven years, I just want off them? What would you suggest? Please don’t ignore this. B

9:55 am July 29th, 2013

Hello Brandy. I cannot imagine the pain and difficulty that you have been through. If you want to get off oxycodone, you’ll need to have a pain management program in place in advance. Here are some guidelines that can help you in your planning.

http://www.agencymeddirectors.wa.gov/Files/OpioidGdline.pdf

http://www.healthquality.va.gov/cot/OpioidTaperingFactSheet23May2013v1.pdf

Toni
12:09 am August 1st, 2013

Hello, I too have recently stopped taking oxy 30 mg 5 day. I had a few suboxone for a couple of days and stopped. I think I’m in day 11 and now have flu like symptoms. When does this horror start subsiding? Thanks

Saynit
8:10 pm August 8th, 2013

Off the Oxy!!!! But I cannot sleep how long does this last?

Flagirl
5:35 am August 15th, 2013

I cannot sleep either. I stopped on June 21st and cannot sleep. Why is it that I can’t sleep?? I don’t understand this. Can someone plz answer my question. I don’t have anyone out here, just me, myself, and I. I am so so proud of myself for stopping, but I just want to kno why I cannot sleep??? Please don’t ignore this.

1:02 pm August 15th, 2013

Hi Flagirl. Good for you! I love your attitude! :) Insomnia can be one PAWS, or protracted withdrawal symptom of opiate withdrawal. I’d suggest that you seek help with a doctor or psychologist to start to learn techniques for sleep preparation. This symptom may not be as pervasive as depression or anxiety in former opioid addicts, but it can also be treated. Just avoid short term solutions like sleep hypnotics and concentrate on lifestyle changes…otherwise, you might substitute one addiction for another. Good luck.

Tammy
12:13 am August 26th, 2013

my very dear friend Jeanie is coming off percocet..im terrified for her… her blood sugar is spiking 295 -400….is this normal ?she calls me at night when she has insomia…im so worried about her Im reading up on everything I can. she lives far away …and I can only help her by phone..i talk her through jitters, and all the other emotions she is not on insulin Yet! but does not want to go to the dr for fear of them putting her in a detox facility she is on day 5 of cold turkey stopping percocet.

Carrie
9:29 pm August 28th, 2013

Ok so you cut down my 10 percent is that each day or every week

Leonie
7:34 am September 2nd, 2013

I was on 2x 10mgs Oxicotin slow release for 4 weeks, then was on 10mgs morning and then 5mgs at night for 4 days, then I went on to only 5mgs a day for the las 4 days, had head aches and a few sweats at night, but nothing I cant handle, but uncomfy.
I now want to stop the 5mgs, but not sure if I can just stop the tablet straight away. I am at 5 weeks after total knee replacement, and Im sure the pain I can now control with iceing and elevation. Can you please help me, Im so confused by what I have been reading. Thankyou.

Dee Carter
11:41 pm September 3rd, 2013

don’t give up FLAGIRL !!!!!!! You are not alone it will get better… I promise…

Michael Berman
8:36 pm September 6th, 2013

I have been taking prescribed Oxycontin, 80 mg 3or4 pills 6 times a day by my Dr for neck and back pain for over two years now, and I asked my Dr to take me off of them because I just can’t see myself taking so many pills for the rest of my life.
My Dr was furious with me gave me 24 more pills and asked me never to come back if I wasn’t going to listen to his advice.
Before he kicked me out I had asked him for Clonidine and Valium or Diazepam before I left.
I have cut down to two pills 80mg twice a day one every twelve hours and I am so tired and week I cannot stay up for more than two or three hours and just walking takes everything I have.
Is this normal or is something else going on with me?
Obviously I cannot ask my Dr because he no longer wishes to have me as a patient, because of my decision to stop taking the medication.
Please help, stuck and alone in WInnipeg.

11:21 am September 9th, 2013

Hi Michael. From what I understand, doctors receive commission on the sales of OxyContin…so don’t wonder why your doctor is upset with you. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong!

I’d suggest that you consult with another doctor about the fatigue and withdrawal symptoms. You’ll need a full in-office exam to identify possible causes.

Pauline
2:23 pm September 11th, 2013

I’m stopping OxyContin at the moment and have restless leg syndrome. One of the side effects for me of taking the tablets is that they ease the restless leg and the last time I stopped taking them my legs got much worse and the withdrawal symptoms lasted for over a month.

Is there something I can do to ease the withdrawal symptoms and keep the restless legs under control?

Thanks

11:19 am September 13th, 2013

Hi Pauline. I’d suggest that you seek help from a neurologist for the RLS.

Jennifer
10:11 pm September 20th, 2013

I would like to know if I can stop taking percocet 5/325. For 60 days I took one per day. The doctor increased my prescription to two per day by the 3rd month. I have a double s curve scoliosis over 50 degrees in both locations. Since the dosage increase I am more moody, unstable, agitated, anxious, etc. Since the dosage is so low can I just stop taking them safely? I have naproxen 500 mg tablets as well. I would prefer not to take narcotics. Please advise. I have read the blog and from what I can see with such a low dosage I should not experience to much difficulty…

Elaine Davis
12:41 am September 25th, 2013

I take oxycodone 3/325 and would like to quite. i only take them as needed for pain.

Michael
12:06 am September 26th, 2013

Does anyone have the same thing, whether it be a song, line from a movie, etc.. repeat over and over in their head when going through withdrawl? I’m a herion user and in not sure if everyone’s withdrawl symptoms are different but this one way I know I’m getting “sick” just wanted to know if anyone else had this happen. If so please let me know.

Billi
7:13 pm September 27th, 2013

I have been on pain meds for better than 30yrs for multiple physical conditions. About 10yrs ago we found that percocet 7.5/325 worked best for me. My dr has tried over the yrs to increase the dosage but i have stuck with what i had because i was always afraid of the tolerance i know i have built and i didnt want to walk around “stupid”, i just wanted to be able function in as little pain as pissible.So i have been taking the 7.5/325′s 3-5x a day (depending on how bad the day is) for at least 10yrs. Well my dr is an idiot and was recently shut down…i now have no dr…no insurance and i just took my last pain pill and i am scared to death. Does anyone have any advise…

zohan duken
10:52 am October 25th, 2013

I hav ed had start it with haydrcoden 5 now I take 6to 7 pills aday yesterday I tried tow y ed srerxay if I can gdt. Then leave cuse am about to take my pills cuse I Tesla have to

Susan Humphret
2:36 pm October 28th, 2013

My grandson had a operation on his shoulder on oct. 23 rd and is still on oxicodone ,he is 15 years old , 6’2 and weighs about 200 pounds…the dosage is 30 milligrams…which seems high…he wants to get of this, could you recommend something less addictive for the pain…as there is a lot of drug addiction in his family…

Lynn
10:45 pm October 30th, 2013

My DR. Put me on the Fentenayl patch low 25mcg I requested to keep that low, and 20ml oxycodone which has always been a good pain control formula, now she has decreased the dose and my pain is not control as my tolerance is high, but I have never had to go higher with the original prescribed amount. So I am sure she is just concerned but I have to go home and live with this. Is there another pain medication I can switch to so that I can no be on the oxycodone for awhile. It seems when I bring stuff up she becomes aggetated and thinks I causeing conflict with her decisions. Which I am not, I don’t think alot of Dr.like their patients to be proactive in their own health. Please let me know of a stronger med I can jump tp so she is not concerned about this high addiction. People with pain have a catch 22 everyday of their lives, not by choice. Thanks.

Donna Douglas
9:42 am November 1st, 2013

I feel for you. My pain management Dr. suddenly retired a little over a year ago. My primary will only give me 5 mg Norco 4x a day. She knows I was taking Oxycodone 40 mg tabs w/o tylenol 5x a day so needless to say I have a hard time even attempting to get out of the bed. I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic neck and back pain and severe muscle contractions and nerve damage from spinal and Thorasic surgeries (within 5 days of each other) due to a virus that settled in my spine and ate through part of it. Since my good Dr. is gone I can no longer do ANYTHING. I had started doing a limited form of my Yoga, walked some, got out and lost 70 lbs. Now I can’t do anything without hurting even more and regained the 70 lbs PLUS 20 more-in less than a year. I wish I could tell you what to do to help you.

Lynn
5:36 pm November 2nd, 2013

Gossh Donna, I would be in big trouble because no other pain clinic will take me, can you get into another? I have one Bloch on my record and they are so quick to dismiss, I am greatful. Especially hearing your story. If you live anywhere in N.C. they have several and very regulated which is fine people in pain, just want relief. I will pray for you and I pray your pain diminish. My God I wouldn’t even be here replying if I had pain. I hate to give you this advise, but while I was waiting to get in this clinic As a last resault I went to a methadone clinic and told them I was useing opiates. They gave me a urine test and I was put on methadone. I’m telling you I had ZERO Pain Zero. But if they don’t take insurance its expensive, if you do there is a waiting list. But it worked. I had to I was never suicidle until no one would contine my meds. I am riddled with arthritis and I have two bulging disc in my neck and two down in my lower back. I just can’t except sometimes I’m just going to be limited.
How on Earth are you getting through this? If you say God then I understand. Please reply I just wantto help you now think of some things.

Lynn
5:48 pm November 2nd, 2013

Hi my last question was not answered, but I did reply to someone else’s question.
Ok I would like an answer please, if you know. I’m on A 25mcg Fentanyl patch of course for chonic pain, I also was on 20ml Oxycodon which helped my lower back because the patch for some reason is only helping the disc in my neck and spine. I don’t understand. So I pretty much have to take my breakthrough at least for times a day and the miligram my Dr. Dropped me too is not working as well. I have had to take extra just to get out of bed. I’m tapering cuz I’m short and have to.
So my question is seeing I have a Fent patch on shouldn’t that help with withdraws some. I’m still getting opiates released. But if I take less Oxycodon I become full into withdrawl. Why are the Fent patches not helping any? Please answer. Thanks

11:04 am November 4th, 2013

Hello Lynn. It’s possible that you’ve developed a high tolerance to the combined opioids. This is why you may not be experiencing the pain relief any longer. Work with your prescribing doctor to adjust the doses and possibly lower your tolerance so that the pain medications can take therapeutic effect again.

Lynn
1:25 pm November 4th, 2013

Thank you, I have been thru years of this and was doing great on another patch, the Butrans patch. I am going ask her to go down to 10ml oxy 4 x day. Then next time. 5ml. For a month and that will be my taper. There is such a thing as rebound pain if you use these narcotics to long, I have experienced it. I had to get off of everything from MS cotin to Oxycodon to hydromophine. I got of everything and of course my pain was Raw, then I started useing patches. But last 3 months been on oxy for breakthrough pain. Its not worth it the pills. The patches have their risk, but who wants to double their trouble….I like the Fent only 25mcg and it works fine, but not for my lost back. But Rebound is not talked about so the pharmacuticals companies can keep pumping us full of their drugs. Don’t get me wrong I’m greatful for the pain control I’m getting, else I’d lose my mind or wanna be dead. But we can limit our useage in chonic pain less is more.
God Bless.

Karen
3:31 am November 7th, 2013

As a nurse with a suspended license thanks to the wonders of oxy and norco, this is nothing easy to get off of. I lost my lively hood because of uncontrolled pain. The only time I am somewhat pain free is when I have a slight buzz from these meds. I have tried many times to kick the habit, but then I was not able to move I ached so bad. I normally went cold turkey because I ran out of my pills from taking more then given in a month. I went through the sleepless nights, the many trips to the bathroom, the foggy feeling, the restless legs. Always to restart in 2 weeks or so. I never tried medical intervention because most of the meds given to get off the meds are also addicting. I tired cutting back this did not work as my pain increased so did my pills. Many if you have good ideas. Lynn stated trying Fentanyl and oxy for break through, if you can do this and NEED a narcotic this is a great option. These patches come in many doses and can keep you pain under better control. There are many non narcotic medications out there now for many different pain issues such as lupus, nerve pain it is just getting off the nasty oxy. I just needed to say good luck and check with your doctor about your pain and the causes as there are options and none of us are alone.

Flagirl
5:26 pm November 7th, 2013

Well here is my update! I have been clean since June 21st and it is now Nov 7th!! I have been on Suboxone, but I no longer need it! I am so proud. I do have trouble sleeping but that is a minor setback for a major comeback!!!! I am done, but I want people to know that if you have any questions I am willing to help in any way poss. I went cold turkey and was terrified, but it did it, and you can too. Break free from that bound up chained life and you will feel so free!!

Lynn
5:44 pm November 13th, 2013

Just a great big congrates, I unfortunately have to be on the patch for pain, but really nothing else. Very proud of you, keep a support system and allow God to guide you in you new liberated life!!!!

Kayla
7:34 am December 5th, 2013

So I’m just wondering what and if I can do to help myself not take oxy! Unfortunately I have to take them to cope with my pain everyday, I was in a severe car accident 4 yrs ago that caused me to be crushed (literally) from my waist up so I have severe spinal cord damage (which causes a lot of nerve issues as u may know) and metal rods down my spine with 18 screws but my problem is bay blessing from god I am finally pregnant 12 weeks and I hate that I’m taking oxy but I have tried to cut myself down but my pain is to unbelievable plus if my body doesn’t feel it has meds in it my legs,arms everywhere really start to twitch and has the most uncomfortable feeling in them so what can I do to help myself with this situation?
Thanks I hope you understand what I’m getting at and are more understanding then my new so called doctor

Gannicus
12:02 am December 12th, 2013

Hi, ive been on 30mg oxycodone8x a day for the past 4 months. Originally it was the time released contin, and ran out early, told my doc it was giving m stomach distress which it was but not that severe.Again, now ive been past my 240mg a day max to topping 300 and now a6 days short til next visit. I know i have to decrease fast so i can make it and get a grip for the future. The next visit, my doc was planning on starting my decrease, but I NEED to make sure i make it to the visit not short….How should i approach this? I 100 pills left. Is this gonna be severe withdrawals? Please ,feedback needed.

Ranja
4:20 am December 12th, 2013

Been on oxy for 10 years. Tried to quit but ended up in hospital 5 times. Now taking 10 mg about 10 pills a day. My worst withdrawal is extreme cramping and diarhea. I really need help please can someone tell me what to do. My stomach really kills me when I stop. What is the solution. I hope someone can provide help please.

Gannicus
2:42 pm December 12th, 2013

To be clear, Id have to drop from 10 or so 30mg Oxycodone to 5 to make to next refill…..Terrified of this, and wish i would of controlled myself. This is so horrible. I guess I have no choice. but would apprceciate any advice on what to expect and to lessen the withdrawals please.

Gannicus
2:55 pm December 12th, 2013

I feel keeping myself busy does help a bit, but have severe pains in neck and back from work accident. I get very depressed over this. Feel like its a war and im losing. I feel for all of you on here ! Its no joke my friends. But we have to really think long term and i must practice what i preach as well ! Gonna have to cut my 240mg to 300mg dose that i abused to 300 , to 150mg to get through next script. Very depressed, and new better , but was being irresponsible and hope l can do this now. Its a big drop ! Already feeling a tad sick. Hope it does not get worse. Guess theres not much advice other then to be grateful i still have them and can try to get through this month. God help me.

joneskane
10:17 pm December 12th, 2013

Trying to stop taking painpills cold turkey how lkng do the stomach pain last

Kris
12:00 am December 19th, 2013

I have a 4 level anterior, cervical fusion, and my back had a back surgery back in 1998, that was deemed “failed”. I was left with sciatica, and I could not sit, stand or walk for any length of time.
I use to be on kadian, oxycontin, flexoril, lyrica, neurontin, and norflex.
The fusion is the worst (drunk driver) of my problems, but I also knew that being constipated, only all the time, was making me feel lethargic and ugly.
I asked my doctor to switch me to oxycodone. I went off all the other stuff, except I take 10mg of flexoril at bedtime.
I am having a very hard time going from 30mg of oxycodone to 20 mgs. Tossing and turning, sweating, negativity from a normally upful woman. How long is this going to last?
I would appreciate any kind of help on this one. I told my husband and 19 year old son, so they would hopefully, understand my moodiness.
I am not sure I will ever be drug free with 8 titanium screws and a plate so high up in the cervical spine, but 10mgs TID, is my goal.

Gannicus
2:08 pm December 22nd, 2013

Ok, i was switched from instant to time released and it was a mild adjustment but will be planning now to extend time intervals slowly extending the intake. Id recommend that for anyone who is on pain meds for starters. Or, taking the instant the same method by extending the time intake. Look, most of us know that when those pills are sitting around, we make excuses and push it off, but do it asap ! I played that hand plenty and always wind up in panic,depressed,scared mode. Also,clonidine,a muscle relaxer, or better a low milligram valium,zanax, will help with anxiety. Some may disagree since those can become addictive, CONTROL YOURSELVES ! I want my life back bad enough,and some advice…always plan ahead if suboxone,subutex,or methadone is your alternative ! Suboxone is the one id be concerned about cause everyones body is different. Some need only to wait 24 to 35 hours in withdrawal and will experience mild withdrawals while others will take up to 3 to 4 days. Do not take any without a doctor on call !!! Overall subutex is the best method if weaning off just isnt in the cards,but is hard to find a doctor that will give it. If my insurance didnt take so dam long to approve fusion back surgery with other issues, I would not be in this turmoil,but it is what it is, and we all gotta be strong ! Good luck to all ! Also, nutrients,and plenty of water,fresh air helps more then you think !

Gannicus
2:18 pm December 22nd, 2013

Oh, one other thing that can really help and i do mean really…Gabapentin. Ask your doctor for it,and look it up. Ive heard its a miracle savior and may even give it a try if i do not get better !

Doug
5:51 pm January 12th, 2014

FYI This article is FALSE. Let me explain why..you should not lower dosages by 25-50% a day. Bad advice. I have tapered off opiates completely and this is how the medical community suggest..Every 72 hours you drop dosage by no more then 15%. The reason you always lower dosage after 3 days is because this gives your body time to level off so too speak. It is too harsh of a drop to cut dosages every day and your body never has time to adjust properly making withdrawals very difficult.. 72 hrs insures the metobolites /concentration has left the body. I wish you would do some homework before posting this stuff. Doug

2:06 pm January 13th, 2014

Please continue reading…”some experts recommend more conservative tapering and a decrease by 10% of the original dose per week is usually well tolerated with minimal physiological adverse effects. If you develop signs or symptoms of withdrawal, the dose should be raised to the previous level and lowered more slowly, either by increasing the interval between decreases, decreasing the amount of change in dose, or both.”

Ben Johnson
12:55 am January 15th, 2014

Take one oxy a day along with 60 mg of loperamide. Loperamide is an over the counter opioid. Do this daily until you run out of oxy. You will soon be on loperamide only and drift slowly off of that for the next month.some withdrawals last between 3 days to 2 years. PAWS ( post acute withdrawal syndrome ) can last years. Good luck!

Marg
3:28 am January 18th, 2014

Will I be physically ok if I cut my OxyContin down from 40mg daily to 20mg per day for the next 14 days. I would like to try to get off of this drug completely. I had shingles a long time ago and suffer with neuropathy so I have been taking this pIn med a very long time. Again, will I be ok mentally and physically? Please help

Diane
4:51 pm January 20th, 2014

I started taking OxyContin 5.350 mg seven months ago after a hip surgery. I am down to one pill a night for the last month. I would like to stop them now but don’t know the best way. Even with the one pill a day I experience symptoms of withdrawal. Should I break them in half now each night for a while or just stop it all together. Please help, I’m very nervous about this.

Flagirl
2:25 am January 22nd, 2014

Marge, u will be ok! I thought the WDS were going to kill me, but I made it thru….if u want it bad enough u can do it. I know for a fact if you taper down over a two week period, the awful WDS u are expecting do not seem as bad. My friend tapered down but she took 12 30mg Roxie’s a day, but she tapered down over two wks and then stopped completely. She had WDS but not as bad as she was prepared for. I used to take 10-12 Roxie’s a day and I stopped June 21st, 2013 and I have not looked back. The WDS were HORRID but as soon as I got a Suboxone I was ok…but it was 39 hours of WDS…..then u can’t take the subs too soon or u may go into precipitated WDS which are even worse… Just remember this too shall pass and u can do anything u set ur mind to…..it’s soooooooo worth it now I don’t have all those worries about running out, taking time off work to go to pain dr, trying to fill them at 5000 diff pharmacies etc…..it was a bloody nightmare!!!!!! There is no time like NOW so don’t wait any longer!!!!

Susan
5:58 am January 25th, 2014

Hi there,
What is the best way to ween of of 120 mg a day of oxycontin to nothing without with axiety and bad withdrawl symptoms? I cannot afford detox nor taking time off of work. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Started taking this for disk problems a year ago had no idea what a pain the butt it is to go off. Tried could not do it. Was the worst two days of my life! I’m a pretty normal person but this stuff has made me a person I don’t want to be! Help.
Sincerely,
Susan

Leslee
9:09 pm January 30th, 2014

HELP!!! I don’t know who else to “talk” to about this. I need to know if i’m on the right trail. I’ve been on oxcodone for 8yrs and ended up at 120mg of IR oxy per day total. I grew dependent on it and over the years had 2 boys. I’m a professional and have maintained a very functioning household on this stuff.

When my PM doc decided to change my opioid around, I was given MS 15mg tabs. I thought this was my chance to start my decend off oxycodone and opiates altogether. According to the Opioid conversion chart, I should be taking 180mg of morphine daily to match my oxycodone. I’m not only doing NO oxy but only doing about 80mg of MSIR daily.

Is this a good step? I have had w/d symptoms but I am hoping those will decrease and haven’t been all that bad. I also know this is, in part, due to my morphine intake. Symptoms include: restlessness, irritability at certain times during the day, a “heavy” feeling. No flu symptoms or anything like that.

My plan is to stay on a very limited amount of morphine and then wean down off that. I’ve heard oxy withdrawal is worse than morphine withdrawal so I’m hopeful that this was a good first step. Thoughts?

Gerry "TEC" Cummings
11:25 am January 31st, 2014

Leslee, here’s my 2¢ worth. I’ve got near 22 years on you. I first got on the Oxycodone merry-go-round in the winter of 1985. You know, when I first got the script for percodan, no oxycontin at that time, just percs, but anyway, when I first took these things, I thought I found God. They made me feel SOOOOO good. No pain, just a feeling of mass euphoria, and uber-energy. Being intimate was MAYBE the thing that passed those. Being a depressed person, actually Dougie Downer his own self, I thought I was born again happy. Everything was great until I started to get tolerant to that dosage. Then came the abuse. The beginning of the end. From what you have said again proves the ignorance of these highly respected physicians. What a friggin’ joke. These doctors are not what folks assume. They’re just people like me & you, contrary to what THEY think. They make a lot of mistakes…I found that out the hard way, and ended up paying for both my, and the doctor’s, mistakes. You were on 120mg of oxycodone, only to be brought DOWN to 80mg of a narcotic analgesic that is, IN MY VIEW, near only half as strong as oxycodone. What is your “good doctor” thinking He/she needs a slap. You M’am, will be feeling withdrawal symptoms I guarantee you will. What the flock, I’d kick your doctor in the seeds for doing that, the friggin’ sadist fool. Tell Dr. Dolittle to go back to med school and get their head out of their arsehole.

Kris
3:47 pm January 31st, 2014

The pain clinic that use to give me injections and radio frequency, said I should ask my primary care doctor, for,clonidine, to help take the edge off. I called this in to his receptionist, along with my monthly dose of oxycodone 20mg BID. (I am down from 30mgs, and I am OFF oxycontine completely) I went to pick up the script, since oxycodone cannot be called in, and he did not let me have the clonidine…maybe for the reasons, stated above…it is additive too.
I HATE oxycontin, and I just do not understand why people love it so much. I know it is a time released version of what I am taking, but for some odd reason, it weirds me out.
I feel better using my vaporizer, if I feel shakey, rather than another pill.
Good luck to everyone trying to get off or reduce their pain meds.

Flagirl
1:25 am February 4th, 2014

U guys can do it!! I NEVER thought I would be clean after years of abuse….I’m 30 now and have been clean since June 21 2013, it’s the BEST thing I’ve ever done…but I’m not sure I know what feeling “normal” feels like as I lack energy…..the blues had me like an energizer bunny…but I was very very scared of the WDS as well…..it’s all worth it my friends….being an addict is a sickness u must get well from….it’s not easy but you can overcome it<3

Gerry "TEC" Cummings
4:14 pm February 4th, 2014

Quitting oxycodone can be almost as big a hell as being wired to them. First, you MUST be serious as possible. If not, it’ll play with your head and screw you up even more. The drug absolutely takes right over your life. When I first started, nobody could tell me this fact. I learnt the hard way, like some. Some learn the even harder way…R.I.P. to them. I could not be more serious. Quitting cold turkey is not suggested…it won’t work. Try it and see for your own selves. I’d suggest asking your doctor to ween you off. Tell Bones that you’re very serious and if you live in a small town, that’ll put you on the danger list to other doctors in case you decide you don’t wanna quit. THAT WILL HAPPEN. You may as well quit, because after a while, you’ll be getting tolerant to the dose that works SO WELL for you. Once the tolerance nightmare begins, it won’t stop. That tolerance just seems to increase rapidly once it starts. The amount you take for the desired effect will increase and increase and increase in a very short amount of time. If you doubt what I say, and you probably will, then find out for yourselves. Either get someone like your doctor or pharmacist to ween you off slowly, or do it cold turkey and MAYBE (but I seriously doubt it) that’ll wizen you up. Bottom line being, you cannot do this without help from people who care. 25 years ago, I myself would think whoever wrote this was evil and out to bust my bubble. Man would I be so wrong. Best of luck, you’re gonna need some.

Gerry "TEC" Cummings
4:23 pm February 4th, 2014

LYNN: I WAS prescribed 100 microgram Fentanyl every 72hrs. 3-20mg OxyNeo/day for chronic pain. The oxys were useless after starting Fentanyl. I just sold the oxys after a while. If I were you, and I doubt I’ll ever be, I’d ask my doctor to up the 25 Fent. patch to a 50 Fent. patch, or even if he/she’ll prescribe you a 25 & 12.5. Increase the patch dose and can the oxys. I’m positive that’ll get you in better shape. Just forget the oxys now that you’ve been on Fentanyl. They won’t work now that your on high test…TRUST ME PLEASE. Take care Lynn.

Kris
1:59 pm February 5th, 2014

I unchecked the box so I do not get emails anymore.
It is like I am not even here……carry on with your private convo’s.

Ron
12:17 am February 8th, 2014

Im trying to quit useing percocets iv been taking 25- 30 mg a day for 2 years. i dont have insurance or a doctor iv been getting them from the street. i want to quit am i going to have bad WD i have to quit cold turkey im not strong enough to ween off. what can i do to ease the WD and how long will it last. THANKS IM READY TO GO BACK TO THE SOBER LIFE

jasmine
4:21 pm February 8th, 2014

I have been using oxycodone for more then 3-4 yrs. I never took more the prescribe and in fact took less then prescribed. 1St. long term and short term were prescribed- Long term 10 mg am and pm and short term 5mg 1-2 for break through pain q6 hours. The long term never relieved my pain so I used 1\4 of the scrip and the short term I used about 1/2 the script.1 yr. ago the pain management doctor discontinued the long term. And I continued on the short term same dose 1-2 5mg tabs q6 hours. I am using pain meds for severe neropathic, fibromiagic pain. due to a disc , spinal bone movement and and long term side effects of a drug prescribed for RA. I am in severe pain all the time. Have also been using zanax .25mg q6hrs for anxiety. At this point the drugs are making me feel awful and I want to stop so I cut back but am suffer with inc anxiety, pain jitters palpitations upper abdominal pain, generally feel terrible. over the past 3 weeks I have been cutting back on the medication now am taking 2 oxycodone 5mg in 24 hours and 2 zanax in 24 hours. I am not improving how long for side effects to stop. What can I do different?

Gerry
4:31 pm February 11th, 2014

The severity and length of the deadly withdrawals of a narcotic like oxycodone depends on two things. How long you’ve been wired to it & the amount you’re wired to. My experience makes it at least 6 months of hell. “They” say you’ll feel okay in 10 days. I say BS, in 10 days you’ll feel worse than day 1. Fact is, the people who write this stuff were never hooked on anything. Just book smart. I lived it, so I know. Trust me.

Danial
11:01 pm February 11th, 2014

I have been taking oxycodone, usually 2 30mg’s a day on and off for about 9 months. I have gone as long as 2-3 days during that time without any. I am trying to stop, had my last 15mg last Sunday at 11am. and Took a 5mg Hydrocodone this morning because I had been feeling so off yesterday. I know this isn’t as much as most people, but I am definitely not feeling myself, and all I do is think about the withdrawal part, I want to be done, but and scared about the uncertain future and how long it will take to feel normal again. Help please?

Richard
3:40 am February 19th, 2014

I have been taking 10 mg Percocet 4 times a day for 7 yrs. In the past I have been able to cut back to 20 mg a day with mild withdrawal. Now I’m back to 40 mg a day and am having difficulty sleeping through night withdrawal symptoms waking me up. I take 10 mg to get back to sleep. It is very difficult to get up out of bed so I break pill in half and shower eat and put off taking other half 3 to 4 hrs later then 10 mg as late in day as possible. Also take .5 z anax at bed time. Would rather deal with back pain than than continue this withdrawal rat race. Please help. 7 yrs!!

victoria
6:29 pm February 25th, 2014

Me and my husband have been together 5 years and got married last year. we used to do oxys all the time waste all of our money on the stuff then i got pregnant stopped cold turkey didnt have a problem but he went through withdrawls. now weve been clean for two to three years until just recently i found out my husband started again. at first it was something fun i guess for him but now hes addicted. been for about two months and he said hes bought up to 13 pills a day most likely 30 mg. and has been abusing them terribly by snorting and smoking them. i need help. We dont have insurance for him and this isnt him. i feel like a monster has taken over my best friend. this is not the man i married. and now hes going through severe withdrawls and its ruining our family life. i do not have money to slowly ween him off. as of now im having to buy subutex off the street but i know that and suboxone is addictive too. i need some idea of something non addicting ways to help… Please any advice would be really appreciated.

Bob
8:24 pm February 28th, 2014

I have been prescribed 20MG OxyContin every 12 hours for the last 8 years. My family physician quit his private practice in favor of working at the V.A. hospital (he is in the reserves) with absolutely no warning to his patients. I haven’t been able to find a new doctor who has no qualms about prescribing Oxy. Having no desire to find myself stopping cold turkey due to running out of pills, I am attempting to wean myself off it. Two weeks ago, I stopped cold turkey and withdrawal cramps were so bad that I gave in and took a tab. I went back to 20MG every 24 hours. I’m trying it again, but more slowly this time. I have had myself down to one 20MG Oxy every 30 hours for the last seven days. I tried to stretch that to 36 hours last night but my abdomen began cramping at 35 hours so I took one 20MG tab and am going to try for 36 hours again today/tomorrow. I have been researching weaning myself from Oxy on the Internet. Many people, sharing their experiences, have said they cut their dose by cutting the pill and taking half of one for a while, then taking just a quarter of one…..thus lowering the dosage while increasing the length of time. My main question is: Since what I have are time release tabs, if I cut the pill (say 50%), I get the full 50% in one shot rather than time-released. Is that safe to do?

Bob
10:10 pm March 9th, 2014

Never mind. I weaned myself from 40mg oxycontin per day, that I was prescribed for 8 years, on my own. It took 169 hours. I still have discomfort in my abdomen but as bad as I was cramping, that was expected.

Kelly
4:54 pm March 10th, 2014

Hi there, I have been taking 160 mg daily for about a year now have some ruptured disks in my back and have trouble sitting and walking standing for long periods of time.
Now I realize this is not safe and has effected my life ,mood,personality.
I and weening slow 10 mg a week until gone. If I do it this way will I suffer any withdrawal symptoms?
I am also going to NA meeting to get support because I feel alone.
This had been a horrible situation to be in, all kinds of weird side effects like later periods, depression bad. paranoid thoughts, shakes and jerks, falling into a dream state while sitting and writing an email or texting,wanting to eat only sugar food.
Will all this go away when I’m completely off!
Will this weening work the way I’m doing it?
Are there suppliments recommended to help ease some of the discomfort I’m going to have towards the end of the ween off
Any advice or stories to help me would be greatly appreciated.
Kelly

Mike d
11:37 am March 19th, 2014

I’m going in for major spine surgery next week. I’m taking 7 30 mg.’s per day for extreme pain and tolerance. Need help on step down level. Want to ween off it but need a schedule …… Thank u

Monica G.
4:38 pm March 24th, 2014

Hello everyone. I’m so glad I found this site-I need some help please. I had back surgery for ruptured discs in 2007. The surgery relieved most of my lower back pain but I ended up with severe nerve damage. I started going to a pain mgt doctor and have been on pain meds. And on full disability. I’ve had all sorts of injections, PT, a spinal cord stimulator (didn’t help my pain ), and then a morphine pump implant (almost killed me-had it emptied permanently against my PM docs advice-then changed docs). Which brings me to this-I’m over medicated, and seriously dependent on pain meds-and I HATE living like this! I work part time and go to school full time and I have a family to care for. I’ve been taking 2 Norco 10/325s four times a day plus 2 Oxycodone 30 mg four times a day, and one Neurontin 600 mgs three times a day….and I STILL have breakthrough pain. My tolerance level to these meds is ridiculously high-and so am I at times. I want to get off the oxy’s completely and be able to just take the Norco like I used to without being in pain still. I also don’t have insurance and I’ve paid the pharmacy $300 for 240 Oxy’s! I can’t afford them and I want off them. Does anyone have any advice on how to do this with my doctors help? I would really appreciate it. I’m terrified of going through withdrawal , I already feel symptoms when I don’t take my meds on time. In fact, they aren’t lasting as long as they should .

Karen
8:50 pm March 29th, 2014

Ben Johnson suggested to take loperamide to come off Oxy ….it’s for diarrhea !!!! How does this help???I have taken it for years at the prescribed dose but I think they are doing me more harm than good. I take 50 mg of OXYNEO( controlled release), morn and nite and 30 mg of immediate release 4/day. About 10 days ago I just decided to cut back by 10mg on most of my doses over this period and felt less pain!! But now all of a sudden I feel like a train hit me….I have Fibromyalgia. Can this have a delayed affect? I mean cuz of the way I did it ?

Cheryl
6:29 pm April 21st, 2014

I have Chiari Malformation. It is a painful neurological condition due to the cerebellum part of the brain being too low and pushing into the spinal chord. I have been on Oxycontin and Oxycodone for 14 years, which is when I was diagnosed. I was eventually increased to 2- 30mg tablets of oxycodone 4-5 times per day as needed. All of a sudden, because of outside pressure, my doctor said he has to cut me back. This is fine, I readily accepted trying to decrease my intake. Well, he cut my script from 2- 30mg tablets 4-5 times per day to 1-15mg tablet 4 times per day. I think this is too much of a cut all at once and in my opinion is irresponsible on his part.. Ive only been on the new dosage for 2 days now and already my pain has increased tremendously. Shouldn’t I have been cut back at a much slower rate?

Tugboat
6:41 am May 6th, 2014

I had chronic pain in my right arm 2 1/2 months ago. The dr put me on oxycodone 10 (1 every 6 hours). That was for like a month and a half. They found out I had a disc pressing my spinal cord. I had surgery 7 days ago. They started and have kept me on a 2 10mg every 4 to 6 hours. I do have some pain if I stop along with wds(shaking,aggravation). I have dropped my dose to 2 10mg in 24 hours. I don’t wake up to take them at night. I tried quoting all together but the me shaking and feeling aggravated came. I don’t want to have to take any but it calms me down when I do take 1 every 6 hours I am awake. But I still don’t feel right. Does anyone suggest what else I can do. I thought about calling my dr and telling him that they make me mean and ask him if he wii perscribe something else. Will that help me. Thanks for any imput. This is straining my relationship to the point she is about done. Please help me if u can. I know I haven’t been taking as much as some of u but I do think I need help.

truth
5:56 pm May 7th, 2014

I’ve quit cold turkey off of 120mg roxicodone per day, a least 5 times in the past. All street bought, so a mix of V, A, M, K9, etc brands. I’m young 20yrs old so I might have an advantage to some of you, but it’s not fucking cancer you guys. The withdrawals are absolutely no fun, but 5 days of nothing and you’ll feel great again. Maybe even snort one in the middle of your 5 days to enjoy a few hours of euphoria, but then back to business.

Rhonda
10:13 pm May 23rd, 2014

About 6 weeks ago I was put onto Oxycontin 20mg twice a day and Endone 5mg twice a day due to a spinal injury.
I have since had successful spinal surgery and have tried to come off Oxycontin I have weaned them down to 1. 20mg pill a day but I sweat a lot and get back ache (not the area I had surgery) now I have been advised to stop taking the Oxycontin and take 2. 5mg Endone for a week then cut that down to 1 endone till I can come off both.
My main issue is that since coming off the Oxycontin I have uncontrollable diarrhoea soiling myself and having to shower at least 3 times of a morning by lunch time it has stopped.
Is there any way I can avoid this I am now scared to go out in public…Any help would be appreciated

Cheryl
3:28 pm June 9th, 2014

My husband passed 5/20/13 and I was suppose to have surgery for stomach pain due to an earlier surgery. I kept postponing my surgery as my husband needed me more. I started to take his Percocet for my pain as he was prescribed 5 mg and 20 mg. I started doing them periodically right before he passed. I started out doing one a day of the 5mg maybe two of them and it was only once in a while not daily. In Oct 2013 my company closed and I got laid off, so I was able to do more of the Percocet so I was up to 15-20 mg a day 3-4 times per week. I have been taking 60 mg a day for about 4 mos now and want to get off totally. I have to have my surgery and I don’t want to be one anything before I do it. They want to schedule the surgery July 22nd so that gives me 5 weeks. How do you suggest I do it. I have pain from the problem with my stomach so I know I will always be in pain while detoxing.

james dunn
8:11 pm June 18th, 2014

new gp taken me off 40mg twice a day also taken off 350mg pregabalin twice a day also fluoxatin 40mg per day taken. i have explained these drugs should be if nec done slowly she will not listen. i am having severe problems. i have a histury of suicidal problems and am feeling very depressed at the moment, have explained this only to be dismissed with a wave of the hand. pls help do not know what to do . please advise at my wits end. HELP.

1:26 pm June 19th, 2014

Hello James. Seek help with a psychiatrist or MD specializing in addictionology. You may need extra help during withdrawal in the form of prescription antidepressants. It’s normal to feel depressed during opioid withdrawal…but it’s also treatable!

JR.
10:13 pm June 21st, 2014

I have been taking 80 mg Oxycontin a day as prescribed 40 2 x’s a day in a 24 hr period for 10 years. I finally stopped taking the 3 Norco prescribed for breakthrough pain about two months ago. I have experienced severe loss of weight, muscle and thought process. I have withdrawn from people and can barely work. My primary tried me on a few depression meds – but I just can’t take them they’re too weird and make me sicker. I went to the surgeon yesterday in hopes that an operation would help the pain and somehow make it easier to get off the Oxycontin. He said that surgery is no loner a viable option. I’m not sure what to do now, the pills don’t kill the pain and I really would like to get off of them. I would really appreciate your feedback! Thank you

Marsha Christoferson
5:20 pm June 22nd, 2014

Dr decreasing dosage by intervals. Was on schedule 6:00-2:00-10:00 and pain was controlled. Changed to 8:00 -2:00-10:00. A.m.pain severe enough to cause nausia. Surgery was June 4th. In skilled nursing facility. Afraid of addiction but don’t feel like I handle two hr increase. Possibly one hour is doable. Besides the surgery I’m in a Rheumtoid arthritis flare so pain is always higher in the morning. On other meds for the arthritisat this time. I took tramadol before surgery.

Susan
10:49 am June 27th, 2014

Hi, i have two have an oxycodone-related questions that I haven’t seen addressed anywhere, and I’d really appreciate help from you kind, brave people. I broke a number of bones in a bad car accident almost six years ago, and have been taking 15mg of oxycodone three times a day and wearing a 75mcg Fentanyl transdermal patch ever since. First question: in January, I discontinued Depakote, which I’d been taking for 30 years for an inner ear disease. Since then I’ve had constant nausea, stomach pain, constipation and insomnia, which I thought was Depakote withdrawal, but my neurologist feels that I’m experiencing side effects of oxycodone which were masked by the Depakote. Does this make sense to anyone? I did have these symptoms when I began taking oxy, but they went away once my body became accustomed to it. I can’t imagine they’d reappear after discontinuing an unrelated med. Second question: I’ve been told that I can go off the oxy without withdrawal symptoms as long as I continue wearing the Fentanyl patch? Can any of you confirm that? I do want to stop taking the oxy anyway because I don’t think it’s helping my back pa! in anymore, but I’m scared of withdrawal symptoms. I’d be extremely grateful for any input. I’m sick and sad all the time and feel at my wit’s end. I just found this blog and am praying for all of you, and if I find any question I can help answer, I absolutely will. Thank you and God bless you all.

JS
10:14 am June 28th, 2014

I was diagnosed with Bertolotti’s syndrome 2 years ago at 31. I have been going to pain management and dbam on 200mg a day due to life shattering pain. I couldn’t pick my 3 year old up,couldn’t go to the pla0yground,etc. With this dosage, i am able to do these things. I can play with my daughter, clean the house. I dont feel high, just feel complete mobility. The doctor is now trying to switch me to Palexia(Tapentadol). I tried that for a aday and it lasted about 5 hours and then I had chills, aches and severe anxiety. I also sat down and fell asleep for I don’t know how long. I was woken up by my daughter making a pillow mound on me. I stopped and went back to my normal dose of oxycodone. I am in Germany now with the military, and we’re going back to the US in a month. I have avery sick dog who I’m OCD about because he’s my baby before we could have one, my marriage is in trouble and on top of that, we’re getting ready for a transatlantic move. I don’t want to go on through the withdrawal process until im back stateside where I’ll have my family to help me and help to care for my 3 year old. I will try on my own to decrease my dosage, but I feel as if stopping and swiching me to something else this close to leaving is going to have me a mess. Should I explain this to my doctors? Please help. Im scared and don’t know what to do. Jackie

Tony
1:25 am June 29th, 2014

Bottom line, if you want to stop taking oxycodone you will have a period of withdrawal. There is no way around this. In my experience, withdrawal lasts 10 days, and I’ve withdrawn many times, having been on (for many months at a time) and off (for days, weeks, months, and years) of them for many years. Days 1 and 2 are usually not too bad because the drug is still in your system, although you may experience some mild physical symptoms, and psychologically you may be anticipating the worst to come and be craving to continue your habit. Days 3 and 4 are the worst and seem to last an eternity. These days are dark, joyless, with bouts of depression, weakness, intense craving for opiates, flu-like symptoms, and a general feeling of being discombobulated and extremely uncomfortable. Sweating, chills, hot flashes, and severe diarrhea are all common. Psychologically it is like a bad trip. If you make it past day 4 you have made it over the hump. Days 5 and 6 are a little better, but still comfortless and dark, with nausea and diarrhea. Days 7 and 8 are a little better than 5 and 6, and you may feel tired, uncomfortable, and experience mild cravings for the drug. Days 9 and 10 you may feel a little fatigued, and not quite 100%, but for the most part you’re good. I’ve experienced making it all the way to days 9 and 10 and then having excruciating neck pain at that point (the reason I was on them in the first place, due to a car accident). I don’t know if it is my body playing a last minute trick to go back to the drug, or just coincidence. If you can make it through those 10 days you are back to normal. Keep in mind that I am talking about daily doses that amounted anywhere from 20mg to 40mg of oxycodone a day for weeks or months at a time. If you are taking less than that you may only have a few days of mild discomfort. If you are taking more than that then expect the withdrawal symptoms to be more intense and painful.

In my experience, weaning off of them is the best strategy. I will take 4 10mg pills for three days, then 3.5 10mg pills for 3 days, then 3 10mg pills for 3 day, then 2.5 10mg pills for 3 days, then 2 10mg pills for 3 days, then 1.5 10mg pills for 3 days, then 1 10mg pills for 3 days, and the withdrawal is somewhat nonexistent, or lasts only a day or two and is very mild and manageable..

Mrs Dob
11:44 am June 30th, 2014

@JACKIE Hello, and thanks for sharing. Yes, you should tell your Dr. about this and see what your Dr. says, but you are so close to leaving and your marriage is under fire, so it’s probably a good idea to get some type of counseling, so that you don’t find yourself relying on the medication to ease your emotional pain. I stopped taking oxycodone COLD TURKEY and I am having a few side effects: the sneezing, runny nose, insomnia, abdominal pain which really hurts, but I’m roughing it out. You do need support while you are going through this process. I think praying, having faith, and being persistent you can surely get off of it. I’ve been cold turkey going on 10days it’s been a little difficult. I did go through depression as well and giving up on your marriage is a situation that may not be a good thing for you at this point, emotional pain along with physical pain is not good I’ve been there. But, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as well as others on this page some don’t believe in God and that’s okay, but I know where my help came from and it was not man. Take care and God bless good luck with everything, Jackie.

Mrs Dob
12:04 pm June 30th, 2014

@SUSAN I am glad I came to this site, I’m sorry you feel sad and at your wits end. I’ve been there as well just like I left word for Jackie, but Susan don’t give up! I read your comment and you believe in the most powerful man in the world-God, he can do anything but we must have faith, be patient, and know that everything will be okay. The Dr.’s gave me travail, Tylenol 3 Norco, Darvocet, Ambient for sleep, Xanax for anxiety and I still went through depressive states. Nothing seems to work… now we’re talking neurostimular and I’m talking Jesus! I couldn’t take it anymore Susan, but I’d rather be off of it than get addicted or have major organ damage etc. all the bad things that come with long term use. I haven’t slept well in about 10 days but I’m going to hang in there and believe I will get better. I have nerve damage irreversible due to a Dr. clipping my nerve during surgery and yes what the Dr. told you about fentanyl patches are correct, but remember everything has side effects. Will check back in a few days to see if you both got my messages. God Bless you too Susan and thanks! Good luck with everything.

Susan
4:45 pm July 3rd, 2014

Mrs. Dob, thank you so much for responding to my post, and for being open about your love for Jesus! I believe God loves us and brought this group together to help each other. I have more to say to some of you, but my computer hasn’t been allowing me to post and I may have to contact technical support. If I can, I’ll post again soon. I pray you’re feeling better and sleeping well. I too have permanent nerve damage from my car accident and was told to try a neuro-stimulator, but after a lot of research found it’s not all that safe and can even make things worse. So, I’m glad you’re not doing it. I thank everyone for sharing their struggles and successes, especially since I know it can be painful even to write. I’m starting my oxycodone taper this week and hope I can do it together with all of you. God bless!

Rose
3:07 am July 4th, 2014

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am 39. I started taking 10-325 pills (2-3 per day). My left ankle was bone on bone. I had 12 procedures (3 were major surgeries). I have a total left ankle replacement. The pain in my ankle was so bad before my ankle replacement surgery I took as many pills as I needed per day. Now I am taking 7.5 pills (2 per day). I am the 1st to admit I do take a pill or two a day (5 mg) to relax me, and give me a quick high. My Arthritis is starting to be under control (minimal pain). I want so bad to cut back on my pain meds. Sadly, my body (my brain) does not know how to go without feeling high. I have been taking these pills for 15 years! I am trying to quit on my own (I have my boyfriend locking them in our safe, and have to really have pain for him to give me a pill). I sure am finding a lot of excuses to have him give me a pill. I don’t consider myself a “drug addict”, but I don’t know how to stop. I am afraid to discuss with my Arthritis Dr. What happens when I have a bad flare, and the pain is bad? Do I take a pain pill or suffer? What is a girl to do? Do I need help outside of my boyfriend hiding my pills??

elisha
6:58 am July 5th, 2014

I have severe dependance issues, i was introduced to oxycodone thru my dr’s, then thru friends that abused. I am at the point where i fear for my life, because now i have started injecting the oxycodone 15mg/30mg. I am so scared of the sickness that I’d do about anything to obtain the medication. I do need to take pain meds, loratabs I’m not dependent on, but on the oxycodone i am. If i sought out help would they label me in all the dr’s office’s as an addict to where i can’t get the help i need? I have three babies that i need to take care of, i never get to the point where i am ‘nodding’ out or i can’t comprehend what is going on. I feel normal, like i can’t function without it, i have no energy to keep up. I don’t feel like doing anything unless i have at least one pill a day. I hate myself for being this way but i don’t want the doctors looking down on me and judge me the way that this age does to anyone that needs a pain pill to get thru the day without hurting or being so terrified of the withdrawal. Please, tell me how to do this alone, before i do completely loose myself worse than i have already. Please help!! Please! Thanks, elisha

teri
3:07 am July 6th, 2014

Im on 60 mg Percocet a day how many mg should i start to take to tapper down and how many days on thas dosage befire i tapper down again

Deborah
2:25 pm July 7th, 2014

I am so happy also to have found this group. I need all the support and others in the same predicament to share ideas with. I have been taking 40mg of oxycontin 3x per day and 15mg of oxycodone 5x per day to deal with the pain associated with lyme disease and it’s co-infections for 2 years. My Lyme Doctor is leaving the state at the end of this month, leaving me high and dry with no one to treat me until I can find a new Dr. (which is not an easy task in PA). Therefore, I must start decreasing immediately due to lack of any new prescriptions. So, what I am getting from most people is to decrease by 25mg (10% of daily intake) per week and then if suffering NO WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS-continue weekly????

Truly, no withdrawal symptoms? I find that hard to believe. Or, do you mean none that put me bedridden doubled over in pain? I’ve mentally prepared myself for some nasty weeks.

MRS Dob
3:05 am July 8th, 2014

HEY ELISHA! This is the place to be, I am so sorry that you are already addicted to the oxycodone. It’s not too late, don’t feel as though you are gonna lose your life, not even by an accident because you have come here where people understand you and go through the same thing as you do. But in different ways we all suffer from something. Yes, the Dr. will label you unfortunately but you can request for them titrated your medication and they will gradually over time cut the dose down. And if you were to try it yourself don’t go cold turkey like I did, it is kinda dangerous. I just put my trust in God and went from there I did go through some withdrawal symptoms that were uncomfortable but now I am fine just like you I really needed the pain meds. I just got tired of taking medications two and three times a day to live a somewhat happy normal life. So, it can be done, you have to have will power, pray your way through, believe in yourself and totally think about your kids. They need you and can’t be without you, who will protect them? Every time you think of taking a pill unnecessarily tell yourself “No! I don’t need and I don’t want it”. If you know that you are doing it only out of habit. TTYL we can support one another on here we are all family. God bless

MRS Dob
3:18 am July 8th, 2014

Hey Rose! I pray all is well with you. I read your email and first off I would stop taking them if the pain is truly residing and you don’t need it, because a lot of times our bodies requires more only because we feed it high doses of the drug. Sometimes it’s because of the feeling it gives and sometimes because we fear how bad the pain will be if we don’t take the medication. But if you truly know in your heart you don’t need it, which it sounds like because you said you say things to get your boyfriend to give you meds. It’s more of an addiction than pain, but the first step is admitting it, which you have done :) So now work on not taking as much until eventually you will only take them when you need them and soon will stop altogether. It’s good to talk to people and get support like here no one judges the another and we will never throw it in your face. You must also be careful who you tell, the last thing you need is someone judging you right now. Stay strong and start cutting back. Take care and God Bless!

MRS Dob
3:28 am July 8th, 2014

Hey Deborah! Hope all is well with you! I personally would tapper off as well, maybe like a 3,2,1 type of deal until you are off totally, something to that effect. I went cold turkey and side effects weren’t good. The worse part were the heart palpations because it was kinds scary. So, I had to pray and fear for getting back on them and going through the withdrawal stage again. Totally kept me from taking them again, because I had already gone four days without any meds so I figured, “why go back? just stick it out”! The way I felt was not worth going backwards taking anything and I had insomnia like crazy. So just take your time! Most Drs don’t understand and will quickly label us as drug addicts, when at times, we really may need it. But I find myself now sipping sleepy time tea to relax and go to sleep. Hope that helped a little bit. God bless you!

MRS Dob
3:40 am July 8th, 2014

Hey Susan! Glad you got my message, it was a pleasure to hear from you on here! We must all support one another and be non-judgmental. We all have probably heard something negative at one time or another about our lives etc. But coming here no one feels alone I wish we could start some type of support group that we have easier access to. It was hard for me to find this site again, thank God I left my email address on here.
Susan you can do it! Just pray that computer rt back on lol, we all need one another, we need encouragement and support from one another. And yes, I’m sleeping a tidbit better with the help of praying, thinking positive, and my Sleepy Time Tea! I’m glad you understand my nerve pain. It is awful and regular people with no physical, emotional or mental issues don’t understand and are quick to judge us!…at least in my experience. But God bless everyone, and No, Susan you shouldn’t be ashamed to talk about God at all! It is where my strength comes from. TTYL can’t wait to hear back from everyone. I will check back in a couple of days.

MRS Dob
3:45 am July 8th, 2014

Hey Teri! Do what you think is best for you, just be careful and do it when you are truly ready and when you put your mind to it. You will succeed at getting off of the percent! Me personally, I try to do it slowly over a two week period of time, so that if you do have withdrawals they will be minimal. God bless and take care.

MRS Dob
4:03 am July 8th, 2014

ELISHA! I just read your message again, oh my dear I totally didn’t address the shooting up of the drug. You must stop my dear, Jesus loves you! Your children love and need you, you can do it! First step would be to try and stay away from people who inject the drug as well. Elisha, an accidental overdose would be tragic and at this rate it is very well possible if you don’t stop my dear. We cast it down in the name of Jesus I pray you believe in God, he will keep you and protect you. He was my Shield through my tough time and still is. I trust in him and he is the only reason I did it cold turkey and didn’t have to go to the hospital. I will keep you totally in my prayers! Please, think of your children and how more you will enjoy life once you are off of the medication, there is no greater high than finally being high just on pure life itself. We are all here to support one another and we do not judge. Please keep coming back to this site for support you didn’t come here by chance. People really care about you behind these keyboards. But, please fight the urge and take what you need instead of injecting the medication. You can do it! Stay away from situations that would cause you to inject this, you are only doing more harm to your body, my dear. So In Jesus Name let’s pray for a complete healing and that he continues to put positive people in your life. TTYL God bless and hope to hear from you soon, with some good news I believe in you! And YOU can do it!!!!!

MRS Dob
4:19 am July 8th, 2014

Hey Deborah, I forgot just a suggestion. My pain management Dr. referred me to another Dr. before she left the office, which helped me out a lot when I was taking oxycodone. My Dr. knew I needed my medication so she would write my prescriptions for 3 months in advance and they were dated as such so that I couldn’t feel the script until the said date and when I actually ran out of my script prior to the new one. Just a thought, because if you really need them for pain that’s an option. But see if your Dr. can first refer you to someone he or she trusts. Take care and I pray he can refer you elsewhere before he leaves. Get a copy of medical records as well, just in case you have to find a Dr. on your own. They will see in your chart what you need and can go from there. Sorry that you suffer as you do. God Bless talk to you later. Take care!

JS
1:07 pm July 8th, 2014

Mrs DOB, thank you for your kind words. We are in marriage counseling and things are going well. I’ve started tapering off my dosage 5-10mg at a time and it’s working brilliantly! I have a strong faith in God, and I believe He is guiding me through this. Thank you again for the responses everyone. God bless..

MRS Dob
5:49 pm July 8th, 2014

Hey JS! Man is that a wonderful reply GOD is truly awesome and I am so happy for you with God things will work out for sure we don’t know when but we surely can have peace knowing that God is in control. Now how’s the dog and keep praying God will take care of the pain. as for me I am totally off of all MEDS and I feel good just start back sleeping though :( feel like a child who needs to be on a schedule that includes naps throughout the day lol. But getting more and more sleep as time goes on. Take care JS and glad to hear all is going well Congrats! On everything!!!!!!!

Marvin
1:45 am July 11th, 2014

I am grateful to all of you that participated in this BLOG. I think I can handle what I now realize that 2+ years and 20 mg (4/5mg). Should not be to hard to shake.
Thanks to all .

Renee
4:31 pm July 14th, 2014

Thank You for being here offering good, wise help. I suffer from chronic pain, I wear a patch and don’t really want to ever go up on it. Matter of fact my long term goal is to get back on Butrans Patch for pain. I was on it for several years. Just that patch and those three years, I felt closest to not having any opiates in my system. I was on oxy 20ml and ask my doctor to brought me as was my request, because I know too well what kind of withdrawal these pills have. Now, I am on 10ml so I’m doing whats doable to control my pain. Us pain sufferers know we will have pain and I still experience it everyday even with what I’m taking. I will always try, and willingly experience more pain in order to be as low as I can with medication. Just as long as I can handle it and sleep. Again Thank You for being here to help me and others.

paula
5:23 am July 17th, 2014

I am going through withdrawals 5 milligram taken fir pain since april 2014 I am having restless leg. Agitation . Runny nose muscle spasms insomnia. And munchies. I need help have 20 yrs sober. I have arthritis. Help I need to ween off. What will help try cold turkey not working.

Jack
8:09 am July 20th, 2014

Cold turkey is the only way. Addiction is a billion dollar industry because they convince people they need help. You don’t. It’s called grow a pair of nuts and stop taking pills. Sober people get the flu and deal with it for a week you will be fine, or be a loser and decrease your dose every day and feel like trash longer. I was doing 300mg a day and stopped cold turkey. The human body is capable of doing great things if you have heart.

Jack
8:14 am July 20th, 2014

Better yet go to a meeting and sit in the poor fuckin me circle and talk about whose addiction is cooler and why your life sucks. Or go spend money and waste time at detox to be watched like a baby and come out and relapse. I was boor in the wrong generation people make me sick.

Merv
5:58 pm July 20th, 2014

Thanks for your straight up comment Jack ,I am at 60 mg a day for 4 years and after reading your comments I too think I can quit this doctor / government drug dealing program cold turkey .I quit cocaine and crack 6years ago and smoking7 years ago,even my drinking is now special occasions only. ( rarely drunk)
My 50th birthday is Friday, and I plan on starting a new chapter in my life opiate free.

I just hope I don’t replace it with something else.

Jack
4:21 am July 21st, 2014

Good for you merve you got this. I have faith in you and seems like you have faith in yourself and that’s all you need! You are your own problem but also your own solution give it your best shot 110%. I’ve learned you can’t do it for anyone but yourself and just think if u can quit drugs cold turkey unlike the rest of the world you are capable of doing anything. I never said it was easy but definately doable. I’ve also learned that trying to cut down slowly does nothing but make you feel sick longer quit all together And u get it all over with. I kid you not in 5 days you will already feel better don’t listen to these bogus articles online cuz it’s all in your head. If you can do some excercise and try to sweat because that will end it even faster. This oxy epidemic will end because people will start to read things like I write and they will get their heads out of their asses!

paula
6:55 am July 22nd, 2014

I have been on oxycodone for 6months. I weaned myself off fir five days. Withdrawals got t me. My pain med out me on colinidine .it help made me sleepy and now I am on ibuprofen and lyrica. My pressure dropped. Walking funny vision blured
I have leg pain and arthritis. I like the way oxycodone worked .it gave me a high. Of course. What do I do fi r my pain iv have insomnia. And still cant function. My leg pain is ridiculous. Help I need something to stop the pain and help ne sleep I was up 24 hours. Had to go to emergency room 3times.

John
12:27 am July 27th, 2014

Hi my doctor has me on 30mg oxycodne. He has me taking 10 pills a day and I want to stop what is the best way for me thanks.

Jack
5:21 pm July 28th, 2014

You just stop! It’s all in your head sober people get the flu and deal with it for one week you can too grow some balls

Jack
3:47 am August 1st, 2014

Cold turkey is the only way or go to a detox to be babysat come out and use. Or go sit in the poor me circle at aa. People need to grow up if you want to stop taking oxy you just stop and deal with it. It won’t kill you

Susan
6:46 pm August 1st, 2014

I have been taking Oxycodone for fibromyalgia and arthritis pain for 6 years.I finally did some research about nerve pain, and asked my doc for Neurontin. It has almost eliminated my pain, like a miracle, since I have been in pain for 40 years with Fibromyalgia. I am coming off the Oxycodone a little more slowly than I would like, but I am down to 0 to 1 pills a day as opposed to 3 to 5 previously., and the pain is more relieved than it has ever been! If you have tingling nerve pain or Fibromyalgia, you should be treated for nerve pain with the appropriate medication, which is not opioids.

Jessie
11:53 am August 3rd, 2014

Hi my name is Jess, I’ve been taking oxi-Cotton slow realise tablets 20mg and endone tablets 5mg for over a year now, I had back surgery in October I suffer from 4 prolapsed discs and one of my legs severe nerve pain and swallen right foot, I suffer from bad withdrawals when I don’t have them, every symptom you could possibly have it really sucks expecially that I have a 5 year old little girl to care for, my previous doctor put me on theses medications and would go to get my prescriptions once a week when I should of been getting them once every two weeks, I’m a bit annoyed at my previous doctor for this but also blame myself bad coz I abused them and should of tool them propley, but when your screaming in pain and can’t sleep and you have pain relief in your cabinet it’s kind of hard to resist, I moved towns and found another doctor he is great, he seems to care about my situation and is very thougha, and doesn’t give me more then prescribe and now I don’t take pills I’m on patches that last for a week, I don’t have to stress about withdrawals, but terrified getting off these now, there are days where my pain is still just awful and I cry I’m only 24 I’m it’s destroyed my life, but my doc now is very helpful and I trust he knows best, I get scared for people that just have doctors that prescribe anything and don’t give a hoot about you, in the long run being on pills for the rest of your life isn’t the answer, you need them to go to do everyday chores and that’s all you can think about is getting your best prescription. I still need help with this as I suffer from deep depression since 12 years old. It is do hard if anyone has any story similar and has ways they cope with withdrawal please share with me please thank you heaps Jess.

donna bell
2:44 am August 4th, 2014

I have been taking Oxycodone 5mg ,for 9-10 years now for pain due to multiple back surgeries. I didn’t like taking 10mg because they made me sick, and initially they were Oxycodone APAP. I didn’t like taking that much acetaminophen, and asked for it without it. I felt better after stopping that. I have not taken it round the clock except for after surgeries. My last surgery was in 2006. I went back to work 3 months later, and didn’t take them while working, only at night so I could try to get some rest. For the last 6-7 years I have only taken 5mg at night, sometimes taking them twice in a day when the pain is worse. I also take 10mg Baclofen daily. I’m supposed to take them both up to 4 times a day. I never have taken that many. I recently tried to wean myself off the Baclofen: I took a half a pill once a day for nearly 5 weeks. I thought I could get past the spasms, and pain, but it just got worse and it took 3-4 weeks of my regular dosing to get any semblance of normalcy. I was told I would need them for the rest of my life but I just wish to get off them. I am now going to a pain control specialist who wants to try a different type of procedure for the low back pain, but nothing for the pain stemming from my neck. I had a fusion of L3-L5 in 1997, and fusion and laminectomy of C3-C7 in 2006. I have a lot of adhesions in my low back, enough that it is difficult to get a needle through it. I know that I am lucky to be walking and not a quadriplegic, but I really hate taking these meds. I have asked about getting off them, and have been told about the injections, which didn’t completely work. Is there any way I can get off these two meds? I’ve been told that I won’t function as well without the Baclofen, but I just don’t want to take them. I hate that I have to take the. Thank you.

jojo
8:27 am August 4th, 2014

Hello. I am prescribed 30mg oxycodone, 10 tablets a day. I have a severe neck injury I have been dealing with my entire life. I am 39 years old and female. I am required to go to drug treatment in Oregon. Do all drug treatment facilities require that you quit taking oxycodone cold turkey? Do any allow you to continue taking your prescribed medication? I have severe withdraw symptoms when I stop taking my medication. The thought of going cold turkey scares me tremendously. I cannot function. As well as my pain from my neck injury becomes intolerable. I have tried many other treatments for my neck and taking oxycodone is the only way that I can function with daily activities. I will one day have surgury on my neck which I also fear greatly. I am looking for a way I can fulfill my obligation of attending successfully a drug treatment program while continuing on my medication. In Oregon. If anyone can help. Thank you.

Dave
5:55 pm August 4th, 2014

I have been taking oxycodone for 2 1/2 years and would like to stop taking it cold turkey with the help of my fiance. I have had prior drug addiction issues which I have conquered by stopping cold turkey. I do not believe in 12 step programs as they put me in a place with people whom I need to avoid! Can you please advise me on the best way to manage the symptoms of withdrawal I have antidepressants available and sleeping pills and a week to get the physical part out of me I am at the point of losing everything including thoughts of suicide and worthlessness thank you any help would be much appreciated

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
8:10 am August 5th, 2014

Hello Dave. Keep in mind that although uncomfortable, oxycodone withdrawal is not life threatening. It’s good that you have your fiancé by your side, but make sure you flush all remaining pills or stashes of oxycodone you might have.
Here is an article you can read. It tells you everything about what to expect from opiate withdrawal, and once you know what to expect, you can be more ready:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000949.htm

I’d suggest staying away from substitution drugs, there are many over-the-counter medications you can use for the nausea, insomnia and diarrhea (the most common withdrawal symptoms)

John
8:19 pm August 5th, 2014

I have been taking morphine sulf. 90mg 3x a day since 1998 for peripheral neuropathy. March 11, 2014 I fell and broke my left hip. My doctor decided to cut the morphine no doubt because of my fall? Anyway, I’m now down to 60mg 3x a day and that is all I can cut before opiate withdrawal starts. I am truly trying and hope my doctor doesn’t cut me any further. It truly isn’t easy. I see my doctor on October 1st and do hope he has additional help if he wants me cut back more. My goal is to get down to 60mg at 7am and 60mg at bedtime. So many of the comments here have given me hope.

Dolly
2:24 am August 6th, 2014

I was on Oxycodone after my back surgery for 10 days. Dose varied. i left it completely three days ago. I am feeling dizzy at times. Dizziness varies , Is it due to stopping of Oxycodone???

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
10:24 am August 6th, 2014

Hi Dolly. It is all normal withdrawal symptom. I understand the dizziness is annoying, thats typical. However, if it persists, I’d suggest you tell your doctor.

Jack
3:05 am August 7th, 2014

I have been taking Percocet 10mg and Norco 10mg 20 days out of a month intermitintly for the past 2 years. I averaged about 10mg a day. It was usualy 10mg Perocet OR 10mg Norco. I would like to wean off. What would a be a responsible and safe way to do so.

Thank you very much for your time and service.

Jack

Jenny
3:44 am August 8th, 2014

I quit taking oxycodone 3days ago and I feel like I am dying.

Joe
8:58 pm August 11th, 2014

My physician started me on oxycodone 8 years ago. It took me a few years to determine that the pain control was not worth the side effects of the opioid and I tried to get off it several times without success. The symptom that always stops me has been severe shoulder pain that would start in one shoulder and then progress to the other and to my knees and my entire body.
I have again started a gradual tapering of the medication. Although I have been on 60 mgs. for several years, I have weaned down to 20 mgs. with moderate shoulder, joint and body pain. The problem is that I am now stuck on 17.5 mgs.. I take 5 mgs. about 6A.M, 2.5 mgs. about 12 P.M., 2.5 mgs. about 5 P.M. and 7.5 mgs. at 8:30 P.M. if I can make it that far.
I always have more pain at night.
What do you suggest in terms of further weaning?

Renee
2:28 pm August 28th, 2014

I have suffered in vain trying to cut down on the oxys, I’m a chonic pain patient and I run out of these early every time, They give Me a Fentanyl patch, but no rehab will take me just to get off just the oxy. They make you get off everything. Then feel like I have failed again. But I know I need to givr my husband the bottle of oxy so I ñm

Fran
1:38 am August 30th, 2014

My doctor recently stopped me taking Effexor and tegretol cold turkey. I have neuropathic leg pain from prolonged nerve compression. I had terrible withdrawal symptoms for 10 days. I have been taking 20 mg targin for a year and now have been weaned down to 5 mg but I am very worried about taking my last dose. Do you think I will have withdrawals from this low dose. Going down from 10 to 5 mugs caused me some distress. Any advice welcome.

maureen harding
11:10 pm September 2nd, 2014

Hi I just have a few questions.i have been on oxycodone for at least 6 yrs.it started out at 15 mg 2 day but since then it went to 30 mg 2 day then 30 mg to 3 day now 30 4xday.i have many health issues I was an abused child and adult thank god not for past 21 yrs since I met 2nd husband so I have health issues from all that..and I have severe arthritis, many bad discs,3 knee surgery that a Dr botched when I was 31 and took knee cap out with out permission I am now 52 yrs old I can’t walk or sit for to long and in so much pain everyday of my life that the oxycodone does not even take it all away.i have been seeing a pain specialist I go for injections all over my body and been through so many different pain meds until we found that the oxycodone takes the edge off a little so it’s the only thing that works a little just wish the pain would go all away without having to take these meds believe me I have tried everything therapy you name it I did it.so my question is since the oxycodone has been increased to 3 a day like 2 yrs ago and then now past year to 4 times a day of course 30 mg I was wandering if it’s a coincidence or not would that suppress my appetite real bad cause I have no desire to really eat I lost a bunch of weight I was 167 and I am 5’2″ so I did need to lose some cause I was never heavy except for a little while but it was 3 yrs ago that I was that 167 but it just seems like I lost more now. so now I am 122 but I don’t look real well from not eating.i do not abuse the drug at all I take it religiously every 6 hrs or longer if I can.so I would appreciate any help and info you or anyone else could give on this matter cause if it is the pain med doing this I don’t know what I will do but something will have to be figured out can’t go on like this their will be nothing left to me and i would have to figure something for pain I don’t know what cause it is horrible.i have no quality of life due to all the issues with pain and just health issues alone.thank yoy for listening God bless Maureen

treblejunkie
7:12 pm September 3rd, 2014

OK, I got hit by a car in October 1977, just 2 weeks before the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash disaster. I sustained two broken legs, severely dislocated knees, broken pelvis in two places, broken lower back and a fractured skull. In 1985 my left knee gave out at work. I had my first of dozens and dozens of surgeries. They started me on Percodan, then Percocet, then OxyContin, then Dilaudid, then Demerol, then and now it’s just Fentanyl. Those narcotic analgesics are a Godsend at first, then with the doctor’s help, the crap becomes evil. A devil dressed in an angel uniform without a shadow of a doubt these things are. I just fukin’ love how they give you the shit like Smarties for the first 10 years, then once you get addicted, and YOU MOST CERTAINLY WILL BECOME ADDICTED, they say that maybe they shouldn’t give them to you anymore. Is that right? Bad idea they found out. If & when you want to quit the merry-go-round trip of narcotic analgesics, you first better really, really, really have the complete desire to want to quit. You can go cold turkey…if you don’t mind feeling like pure dog-shit, or better yet, get your doctor to ween you off very slowly. Dope sickness is as bad or worse than anything anyone can imagine…TRUST ME. Plus the fact that you’d get more respect by the medical community if you were hooked on heroin or cocaine, rather than prescription pain pills. It seems to embarrass the doctors and pharmacists, and draws heat on them in a way. You’ll find out all this stuff if you ever get prescribed this kind of stuff no doubt at all. My 2¢ worth.

shawn
10:15 pm September 4th, 2014

I have successfully tapered down from 150mgs of oxycodone daily 3weeks ago to 7.5 daily now.It has been tough but I have stuck to this taper.I feel normal now on just 7.5 mgs taken once daily.I’m hoping this is gonna greatly reduce the intensity of my withdrawal. I want to stop now anyone have any input on how tough it will be at this small 7.5 mg daily amount i have stabilized myself at for the last three days now.I have been taking this medication for a year now.Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks and God Bless everyone fighting this fight to regain thier freedom

greg
10:44 pm September 7th, 2014

I have been on O.C. for over 6 yrs at 180-210 mg daily and I am sick of it and all it’s troubles it brings, however I am scared to death to stop, I already have R.L.S. bad . I am down to 120 MG a day now but cutting down any further already freaks me out , any ideas for me, I don’t want to substitute one drug for another, but something has to give , I am having dark thoughts and don’t like it

ben
12:54 pm September 10th, 2014

OXY ADDICT i was coming off 160-240 mg oxy aday . I wasnt getting my script for four days. i didnt want to withdrawl. I reluctantly drank half a 40mg methadone bottle, a friend gave me .This helped me big time and for the next two weeks i had a little bit of the methadone each day and this really helped me rein in the oxy. two months later Ive reduced oxy to 80mg a day and looking forward to reducing them again. im feeling better than i have in years thanks to trying methadone and cant see myself running short of pills ever again. stoked.

treblejunkie
1:09 pm September 10th, 2014

I just love how when a patient becomes addicted to narcotic analgesics, AND THEY WILL IN TIME, and how these doctors who prescribe the stuff will absolutely not take at least 1% of the blame for this happening. A patient lies to get ‘scrpits early, and many of these doctors often just treat lying as part of the nastiness associated with taking narcotic analgesics. Once you’re full blown wired to the crap, then these doctors try the “let’s cut you down a bit” nonsense. They have the power of the pen over you now, and you are defenceless. Through experience.taking these drugs, that were prescribed to me all along since 1985, I’ve found that certain doctors will NOT ever prescribe narcotics period. I used to not understand these doctors, but now it’s crystal clear as to why they are like that. They just don’t want the likely bull-shit associated with prescribing narcotic analgesics, wether for legit pain or not. I’m guessing they don’t want that on their consciences or daily practices. It is at least a 50/50 “blame ratio” here doctors, so quit the blaming it all on the patients for Christ’s sake. It’s a slippery slope those narcotic analgesics for sure.

Joe
4:42 pm September 10th, 2014

I last wrote August 11 about my oxycodone wean down. I am happy to report that I am now down to 12.5 mg. per day. I am simply lowering my dose every 7 – 10 days by 2.5 mgs. This seems to work for me so that withdrawal symptoms are very tolerable. The worst symptom is that I can’t sleep through the night without waking up several times. Last night I woke up four times and went back to sleep but the fifth time I could go back to sleep. It was 3:30 A.M. But I’m still not complaining because what stopped me from total discontinuation of the drug was a severe joint and body ache which I could not tolerate before. So far, this has not occurred since I am titrating down so slow and such a small amount at a time.
I would advise anyone who wants to get off oxycodone to simply wean down very slowly over a period of MONTHS not DAYS. Just cut out 2.5 – 5.0 mgs. every 7 – 10 days. It may take a long time to get off the drug but it is working for me whereas trying to get off the drug too fast in the past did not work at all. I had tried to get off it TEN TIMES in the past eight years!!
Do yourself a favor and GO SLOW OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. I know now that my body simply works this way and I will be able to continue to taper down until I reach ZERO mgs.
I will check back in a month or two when I am COMPLETELY DRUG FREE!!!
Good luck to you all. You can do it if you really want to.

Joe
4:45 pm September 10th, 2014

Correction: “I could NOT go back to sleep.” Sorry!

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:42 am September 11th, 2014

Thanks for your update, Joe! And congradulations on your success. You are going to be feeling better and better as more time passes. Plus, it’s good to be an example and support for others out there who are struggling. Thank you!

Cristy
6:33 pm September 15th, 2014

I am taking 6 Percocet 10/325mg per day and want off them. But I am pregnant. I don’t want my doctor to find out I’ve went up 2 more than the 4 I’m allowed to take. I am scared and have already been feeling the withdrawal when I only take the 4 a day. How should I wing down?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:44 pm September 16th, 2014

Hi Christy. And congradulations on the good news. Even though you say that you don’t want your doctor to know about upping the dose, I’d suggest telling him. It’s stressfull for you to go through withdrawal, but for your child too. Talk to your doctor and to your gyneachologist, so you can do what’s best and safest for your baby.

Patti
12:52 am September 20th, 2014

I have been on narcotic pain killers for a few years now ,,, long acting oxycodone for a few years. 30 ml in the morning 10 mid day and 20 at bedtime with supeuedol 10 ml in between maybe 2 to 4 times per day. Since June 25 I have cut back slowly and each time the side effects are pretty severe with most of the side effects listed above. I now have cut back to 1 10 ml oxycodone last night and do not know how much longer I can stand the pain everywhere … hot baths help for 10 minutes but can’t stand to stay because of weakness etc. I hate to give in and take even a 5ml short acting supeudol because I hate to experience this severe affect each time! Is there anything non addicting to help?

shannon
8:08 pm September 20th, 2014

Hi my name is shannon i came across your website while i was researching about how to stop my pain killer medication …so this is my question im taking oxicoset 5 mg 5 to 7 per day for almost 4 years I have been trying to stay on my dr orders regarding the amount of this pill all the time but i know that I am highly addicted to this medication i am scared i stop taking them all together yesterday i flash them all so what should i do know? Should i ask for help? Should i be worried?
Thank you

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:35 am September 22nd, 2014

Hello Shanon. When you’ve developed physical dependence, expect to go through a period of 7-10 days of withdrawal when you stop oxycodone. It’s smart to seek medical helpduring this period. Doctors can prescribe medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms, but going off Oxy cold turkey can be very unpleasant.

mark
1:50 am September 23rd, 2014

Hi.
Tomorrow om asking my rheumatology dr to lower dose of pain meds from 90 mg oxycodone and 40 mg hydrocodone. Shes said I’ll always meed something for my condition
Forresteirs Disease. Shes not a pain Dr. I’ve felt withdrawal before..the worst! What we be best taper with least withdrawal? Taken this dose for 7 years. Please let me know so I can suggest to her a safe start. I also have heart problems. Ejection factor 29. Please help

dean
9:33 pm September 23rd, 2014

Hi i have been taking oxycodone for just under a year for pain relief due to a slipped disc .the last couple of weeks I have suffered 3 panic attacks the last one was the worst.I started taking 5mg then went to 10mg and now I’m on 20mg but I have stopped as I feel that its them causing the attacks .what should I do I feel that I can’t take them anymore because of fear that the next attack will be the last

Kathy
11:46 pm September 24th, 2014

I have been prescribed up to 20 mg of Oxycodone + 100 mg Fenatynl for a long time for an awful back. Also have a spinal stimulator. My surgeon wants to fuse my entire lumbar back but before he will schedule surgery I must be withdrawn to a minimum of five mg oxy (twice a day) or 5 mg vicodin per day (four a day). He says so he can control the pain after surgery. I also have a spinal stimulator implanted he wants removed & turned off. When I give up the oxy (the small dose) I have hideous Restless Leg syndrome. I have totally withdrawn from the fentanyl patch and have gradually been reducing the mg of oxy to where I am at only 5 mg. 2 x per day. I have begun an RX for RLS but it’s not working even with the 4 vidodin a day (which I would prefer over the percocet). How can I get there w/o the awful RLS? Or can I? And how long will it last?

Could seeing a chiropractor help reduce pain + RLS. In addition I withdrew from alcohol in 1971 & have been in continuance sobriety for 43 years. The oxy, etc. has NEVER made me feel “high” in any way, just some pain reflief but certinally not pain free!

Brook
2:08 am September 25th, 2014

If you stop taking Percocet and morphine cold turkey after five days, if the first stage of withdrawl done and if you take something on the fifth day will it restart ur symptoms over completely or does that mean your body is no longer physically dependent on them. the symptoms have gotten a lot better and I know I reached my peach on the third day , still have some but I don’t feel like my body is still dependent on them since I went five days cold turkey and my symptoms have gotten a lot better.?? please some advice

Joe
11:26 am September 25th, 2014

Little help?

See my post from Sept. 10 for details but I’m hitting the wall in that I don’t seem to be able to lower my dosage anymore. I feel stuck at around 12.5, 15, 17.5 mg. When I try to go lower, I get severe symptoms of withdrawal, pain, restlessness, anxiety, etc.
Maybe I just have to stay around these levels for a while but how long a while?
Anyone have any experience with weaning down SLOWLY?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
1:35 pm September 25th, 2014

Hello Brook. When withdrawals pass, it means that the substance is out of your system. However, it takes longer for the body and brain to fully return to normal. You need to keep up the good work, stay away from the Percocet and morphine, and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

mark
9:56 pm September 25th, 2014

hi this is Mark I just got back from my doctors office I’ve been taking taking 90 milligrams of oxycodone and 40 mgs of hydrocodone per day for 9 years. (No change in dose) I asked my doctor to slowly taper me off oxycodone and evaluate after with my goal of no narcotics. But can’t take NSAIDS Stomach. She is reducing the oxycodone by 15mgs every 14 days through October. I think then it will decrease another 15mgs for 14 days and so on til I’m not taking any oxycodone. I have many conditions that cause pain Forrestiers Disease, Gout, osteoarthritis and very high BP. I also have some heart failure. Ejection Factor of 30. I feel withdrawal symptoms even if I just prolong one dose for more than 2 hours. I have ZERO SUPPORT. I’m completely on my own. No job no income, last month of long term disability. Applied for second time for social Security Disability. I’m worried about withdrawl and already in deep depression. Dr. Says I may need pain meds in some amount because of my conditions. I won’t hold anyone responsible for your, their opion about this amount of tapering down the oxycodone but could you please comment on what knowledge/experiences you’ve seen, read any sources. I have read some stuff on internet. This site seems to be a little less hyped up about withdrawl etc. Some sites scare the hell out of me by stories that someone in my situation is going to go through BAD WITHDRAWLL no matter what. Im hoping this taper can minimize withdrawl to a point I won’t kill myself which I’ve tried by overdose 3 times just through up before the 57 30mgs of oxyCONTIN I swallowed or when I took 25 30mgs oxyCONTIN along with 35 10mgs hydrocodone. I was unconscious for 2.5 days with no intervention and the awful high lasted about 2 weeks or so. I pooped out a gob of oxyCONTIN all in a golfball sized stuck together ball. It went through my system without dissolving. Gross but suicidal thoughts are powerful with my depression like many. Any comments on your experience/knowledge you’ve gained from this type of website, please. I know its different for everyone but just an educated/experience based comment would be comforting. I start the new dosing schedule on 9/29/2014. I did taper down to 30mgs of hydrocodone over the last 2 weeks but still took the 90 mgs of oxycodone as normal. Had some withdrawal but hanlded it just ok. My Doctor did not know I had tapered off one ten mgs hydrocodone so my script for that will still be for 120 tabs but the oxycodone will drop from 90mgs per day to 75mgs a day for 14 days then down to 60 mgs for 14 days and so on.

mark
10:58 pm September 25th, 2014

Hi again.
My doctor is tapering me of oxycodone 90mgs a day along with 40mgs hydrcodone per day total of 130mg opiates. She’s tapering down 15 mgs of oxycodone every 14 days and im to continue the 40mgs hydrocodone per no taper on that. After 9 years of the same dose do you think this taper is slow enough to avoid most withdrawl symptoms? I’m very worried and deeply depressed already. Any comments would be welcome. I know everyone is different.

Debbie
6:49 am September 26th, 2014

I am going to do this cold turkey. I have before, and made it, only to think I could just take 1/2 one day which led right back to a hole then 2, and well we all get it right..Oxy is a sad story for me. I am here, and stumbled on this blog; because, I know I want it, and I know I can do it. I have a son, and daughter that are worth too much for me to be so stupid. I am going to feel like crap, but I will keep coming here, and reading these stories. I will be okay, and fight this addiction. I am worth it. Wish me luck. I need prayers. I am so ready for this fight. I am looking for some advice on how to deal with the symptoms so that I do not hurt the ones I love. I know the mood swings are bad, and I want to make everyone happy.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:27 am September 26th, 2014

Hi Mark. There is no way to completely avoid withdrawal symptoms. Tapering down makes them less severe and endurable. You can also use other over-the-counter medications to help you manage some of the symptoms, but even then, you won’t be able to avoid withdrawal completely.

Joe
10:11 am September 26th, 2014

Ivana,

What am I, chopped liver?

Joe

mark
4:15 pm September 26th, 2014

Ivana,
What over counter medicines do you mean? I want to get them to help my taper off oxycodone. I want to increase my chances as much as can to taper off. Please let me know.
Mark

Jules
5:15 am September 27th, 2014

I’ve been on some form of narcotic pain meds since 1993 after a horrific accident, how safe is it to quit taking these within a month .. I know the pain will never go away, in fact its going to get much worse, but these new laws say I have to get off of them. My main concern is what is going to happen to my health

Matthew
4:13 pm September 27th, 2014

Hello, I’ve been taking oxycodone 15mg 4-5 times a day for almost 2 1/2 years for a serious and chronic back injury, I’m trying to ween myself off of them but am having serious difficulty . Most month I end up going through withdrawal at a very serious level. I’ve often had let’s say some very serious negative thoughts going through my mind and it’s scary to say the least. I have someone in my life trying to control how many Im allowed to have as they see fit but I’m scared and know it’s not the correct way to do it. There unaware of the seriousness of the situation and I can’t seem to get through to them. I’m only given a half of one in the morning and half of one at night. It’s like torture . Please help me in some information as to how I should be weening properly so I can relay this info. Thank you for your time and help.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
11:05 am September 30th, 2014

Hi Matthew. Why don’t you see a doctor and have him/her help you create a tapering schedule that will help you get weaned off oxycodone. By having your own tapering schedule that fits your needs, you won’t be getting very severe withdrawal symptoms.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:11 pm September 30th, 2014

Hi Joe. I’m sorry you didn’t get an answer for such a long time. I swear I was sure I answered. To be true, I don’t know how to help you. So, my suggestion is to seek doctors helps. Maybe detoxing in a clinic by stopping cold turkey and being under 24 hours medical surveillance. I wouldn’t do anything without doctor’s consent and advise.

Kathy
2:21 pm September 30th, 2014

Have any of you tried going to Narcotics Anonymous?. AA saved my life 43 years ago!

Diane
1:07 am October 11th, 2014

I’ve been taking oxycodone (10mg) twice to 3 times daily for several years for chronic pain form neck surgery followed by an auto accident that caused soft tissue damage as well. I just lost my job and now have no insurance so I’m trying to stop taking this drug. For 2 days I went without and felt spacey, had a bad headache and began having joint pain along with major pain in my neck and shoulders. I filled my last perscription and need advice on how to wean off the meds. I don’t mind the side effects but need advice on how to come off safely. I’ve taken pain meds on many occasions but never steady for this long a period of time. Never had any withdrawal symptoms until this time. I currently have 87 pills and need advice on the wean down process safely.

Thank you for any advice.

Joe
1:41 pm October 13th, 2014

NA is not for me simply because I am not an ADDICT. I am physically dependent on opioids. Addicts engage in many behavior that make their lives unmanageable. I know that a lot of addicts like to believe that anyone who is dependent is also an addict. I can’t help this. I can only point out the fact that they are different.

My problem is one of physiology not psychiatry or psychology or emotions. My body simply requires opioids or I have severe joint and body pain. I never seek to raise my dosage or get “high” on the opioid euphoria. I struggle to keep my dosage as low as possible.

I simply wonder if anyone has any positive suggestions about how to lower my dosage more without feeling severe joint and body pain. I can take the discomfort of other withdrawal symptoms. I can tolerate stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. But I can’t tolerate the severe joint and body pain.

Now, does anyone have any experience with dealing with those particular withdrawal symptoms?
Thank you in advance for your help.

Kathy
7:45 pm October 13th, 2014

I have weened (sp?) off oxycodone totally. I am still on vicodin for the back pain–they plan to fuse my entire lumbar spine in Jan. But I went from 20 mg to 15 to 7.5 to 5 to 2.5 and other than restless leg syndrome when I totally went off of it, I had no other withdrawal symptoms. I did it with my pain management doctor who prescribed it in the 1st place. The surgeon wanted me off of it so he could control pain following surgery. It was worth it–sure the pain is worse, but I actually feel more with it, even tho I had never felt “high” when I took it. Just my thoughts, Joe.

Gail Hamilton
2:25 am October 18th, 2014

I’ve been taking oxycondone for a year ,I’m 60 years old and afraid to stop cold turkey ,what can I do if my doctor won’t help me?

Terri
9:11 pm October 19th, 2014

I’ve lowered 15mg tablets from 4 1/4 pills a day down to 1 pill over 10 days. Last night I felt like I had icy hot all over my body for several hours and anxiety and stomach issues and racing pulse about 80-100 for several hours. I had taken 1/4 of a pill every 6 hours. Today I’m gonna take 5 (1/4) pills to see if it helps with the symptoms. Should I increase it a bit more and do you have any suggestions on how to taper off ? Thx. Terri

Joe
12:21 pm October 20th, 2014

Kathy, Thanks for your sharing. I want to get off all narcotics so getting on vicodin would just be substitution for me. Good luck with everything.

Joe
12:24 pm October 20th, 2014

Gail, get another doctor! If you want to get off any medication, that is your right. You should have a doctor who works with you though. You will need to taper down very slowly listening to your body.

Terri, same advice, slowly taper down, slowly. Don’t go too fast. I’m cutting 5mg tabs in half. Do whatever you have to do.

Joann
11:33 pm October 30th, 2014

My daughter is a cancer patient during a recent 26 day hospital stay she was given 5 mg of oxicoton twice daily, after discharge she was prescribed to continue taking 5 mg twice daily then after one week to discontinue one dose, then take one dose per day then stop taking the daily dose. She did this she took the last dose four days ago & is now feeling withdrawal symptoms , should she be tapering off the 5 mg or stop it al together.. She feels jumpy gets chips on and off , and is very resless.
Thanks for your help
Joann

Velma
12:38 pm November 13th, 2014

I have had 2 spinal fusions on my lower back. Surgeries were unsuccessful. I’ve been on oxycontin 40mg ER and oxycodone 15 mg IR for 7+ years. My pain doctor and I agreed to change my meds because they were no longer helping my pain. I quit cold turkey. My doctor didn’t even taper me down from the oxycontin. My doctor did not talk to me about withdrawls from the oxycontin. I have been in bad withdrawls since 11/7/2014 evening to the present, and it continues 11/13/2014. My pain doctor started me on a pain drug (in place of the oxycontin) called Nucynta. 200mg ER and Nucynta 50 mg for breakthrough pain. It took 3 office visits in trying to find the right dosage to help my pain. It’s starting to relieve some pain, but the withdrawls from the oxycontine are still present and making me very sick. I am very depressed and cannot function in my everyday life. Also taking a prescription for my nausea and vomiting. Please- any information/advice you may have for me is greatly appreciated. It is killing my husband and daughter seeing me like this. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. V

Luke
2:28 am November 18th, 2014

I had back surgery and I took 15 mg tabs 3 times per day. I have been able to gradually reduce the dose an frequency down to 1/2 of one tablet (about 71/2 mg) per day. I do not need it for pain relief but I can not seem to reduce the dose or frequency any further without suffering withdrawal symptoms i.e. restless leg, agitation. What can I do to get over this final hurdle?

Joe
2:32 pm November 18th, 2014

Luke, how long have you been taking the drug? And is it percocet or straight oxycodone?

Joe
2:35 pm November 18th, 2014

Luke

What are your withdrawal symptoms besides restless legs and agitation?

Joe
2:53 pm November 18th, 2014

Velma

As you probably know Nucynta is just another narcotic to take the place of Oxycodone. If it were me, I would go back to the oxy and start tapering down since you are having bad withdrawal symptoms with the new drug. Talk to your doctor about it.

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