How to stop taking OxyContin
Interested in quitting OxyContin (controlled release oxycodone)?
Maybe you are having problems with OxyContin. Maybe you want a life without mind altering chemicals. Or maybe you’re afraid you will OD on OxyContin. Whatever your reason, you probably won’t be able to just quit OxyContin cold turkey. Long-term OxyContin use causes dependence and even addiction, and it’s hard to quit OxyContin without experiencing debilitating side effects.
Learn more about OxyContin dependence, addiction, and how to stop taking OxyContin below. Plus, we saved a section for your questions about taking OxyContin at the end. Please leave us your questions and we’ll get back to you with a personal and prompt response.
Can I just stop taking OxyContin?
Most times, no. You cannot just stop taking OxyContin.
While you can quit taking OxyContin at any time, there’s many reasons why you shouldn’t abruptly stop this medication. OxyContin causes some strong withdrawal symptoms, which may tempt you to use OxyContin again. And while some people can quit OxyContin cold turkey, it is difficult and may be counterproductive for many people. Plus, if you are addicted to OxyContin, you must address the underlying psychological cause for your OxyContin problem – or you may end up needing to continue taking it in order to cope.
What happens when you stop taking OxyContin?
Your body adjusts to having oxycodone in your system after taking OxyContin for extended periods of time. Once you stop taking OxyContin, you go into withdrawal from oxycodone because your body is not used to functioning normally without it. This causes withdrawal symptoms – which happen whether you have just a physical dependence on Oxy or if you are addicted to it.
Side effects stop taking OxyContin
Just a few short weeks of OxyContin use can result in a dependence. Withdrawal effects may be worse if you’ve taken OxyContin over long periods – for instance, over several years to help treat chronic pain. Withdrawal effects can include a number of side effects, such as:
- abdominal cramping
- anxiety or agitation
- muscle aches
Stop taking OxyContin suddenly
Stopping OxyContin suddenly isn’t a good option for most people. Doctors always recommend OxyContin dosage be gradually tapered to help avoid withdrawal effects. Stopping suddenly can also cause an OxyContin relapse if you feel the need to take it to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Stop taking OxyContin cold turkey
There might be situations in which you need to stop taking OxyContin cold turkey. This isn’t the easiest option, but if you have negative effects from the drug or drug addiction won’t allow you to take moderate doses, it can be the best way to handle certain medical needs. If you have an OxyContin addiction, don’t expect to be able to quit cold turkey without help – talk to a doctor or therapist about how you can handle the underlying emotional factors which drive your addiction.
How do I stop taking OxyContin?
Gradually reducing your dose over several weeks or even months is the best way to stop taking OxyContin. Talk to your doctor about an appropriate dosing schedule so that you can safely taper yourself off of OxyContin.
How to stop taking OxyContin safely
The safest way to stop taking OxyContin is by consulting a doctor and following his or her instructions. There are currently several effective and safe medical treatments including medications which can help ease the symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal.
Stop taking OxyContin questions
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