Thursday April 17th 2014

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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126 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. Sex 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 ?

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