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How to stop taking Percocet

Interested in quitting Percocet?

While the time Percocet stays in the body is relatively short (detectable for a couple of days after last use in urine), Percocet withdrawal can last for days to weeks.  For long time users of Percocet, be prepared to stop taking Percocet over time. In fact, you shouldn’t just quit Percocet cold turkey (unless you must) because of how Percocet affects the brain. Learn more about Percocet dependence, addiction, and how to stop taking Percocet below. Then, ask us your questions about taking Percocet at the end.

Can I just stop taking Percocet?

Yes, you can just stop taking Percocet…but ONLY IF you’ve taken Percocet for short-term management of an illness or injury, In fact, you can usually just stop taking Percocet at any time for acute ailments when the drug is no longer needed as long as you haven’t developed physical dependence on Percocet. But if you’ve taken Percocet for chronic pain management, it may be harder to quit. Percocet use usually results in a dependence, and can even become an addiction in some people.

What happens when you stop taking Percocet?

After having Percocet in your body for extended periods of time, your body adjusts to the presence of oxycodone in the system. You become used to having Percocet, and it becomes “normal” to be in a state of central nervous system depression. However, once you become dependent on Percocet, your body will experience withdrawal effects when you try to stop taking Percocet – and this is the same for both addicts and a physically dependent users.  How do you get addicted to Percocet?  Taking it once it’s out of your system to avoid the psychological and emotional issues in your life.

Side effects stop taking Percocet

You can develop a dependence on Percocet by taking the medication for 3 weeks or longer. Withdrawal effects can include a number of side effects, such as:

  • insomnia
  • abdominal cramping
  • diarrhea
  • seizures

Withdrawal effects may be worse if you’ve taken Percocet over long periods – for instance, over several years to help treat chronic pain.

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Stop taking Percocet suddenly

You can stop taking Percocet suddenly if you’ve been taking it short-term, but any longer than a couple of weeks of regular treatment using Percocet and stopping Percocet suddenly might be a bad idea. Instead, Percocet should usually be gradually reduced in dosage or frequency for regular users, rather than quit all at once. In people who take Percocet regularly for more than three weeks, or so, sudden disuse can be dangerous and very uncomfortable.

Stop taking Percocet cold turkey

Some people would rather try to quit Percocet cold turkey than to gradually taper Percocet doses. If you’ve had a bad reaction to the medication, it makes sense to quit taking Percocet as soon as possible despite the consequences. However, this isn’t the only step you can take. If you want to stop taking Percocet cold turkey, talk to a counselor or therapist for suggestions and medical advise.

How do I stop taking Percocet?

Gradually reducing your dose over several weeks or even months is the best way to stop taking Percocet. Talk to your doctor about an appropriate dosing schedule so that you can safely taper yourself off of Percocet. But in general, a 2 to 3 week tapering regimen should follow these guidelines:

  1. Avoid reducing the daily dose of Percocet by > 50% at any given interval
  2. Reduce each daily dose of Percocet by 10%
  3. Reduce the dose of Percocet by 20% every 3-5 days
  4. Reduce the dose of Percocet by 25% per week

How to stop taking Percocet safely

The safest way to stop taking Percocet is by consulting a doctor and following his or her instructions.

How to stop taking Percocet questions

Still have questions about tapering Percocet or stopping Percocet cold turkey? Please leave us your questions here. We’ll do our best to respond to you personally and promptly.

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86 Responses to “How to stop taking Percocet
9:57 pm February 12th, 2013

I have been taking oxycodone for almost 2 years, at this time i take 30mg 4 times a day. I truly know I’m not addicted but obviously dependant. I’m afraid of becoming addicted, but I’m also afraid to stop because of the chronic pain. I have reduced my dose to 3 times a day and have been taking it that way for a week now. I think I’m doing ok, a bit of anxiety at night cause that last dose is gone. My chronic pain has increased but my question is: do I just stay on three times a day or is it better to try 20-25mg 4 times a day just deal with the pain

2:25 pm February 13th, 2013

Hi Lori. These are great questions. I’d suggest that you get a tapering schedule from your prescribing doctor or consult a pharmacist. You need direct medical supervision during tapering, with specific instructions. A medical professional will serve you best. Good luck!

8:48 pm April 4th, 2013

Frank has taken 5 mg percocet for several years for pain 4 a day
How hard for hem to stop?

6:16 am April 10th, 2013

Hi Frank. The underlying pain may be one of the biggest challenges as you’re getting off Percocet. I’d suggest that you taper off Percocet slowly under the supervision of your prescribing doctor. Be sure to note and record all symptoms of pain and at which doses you begin to experience them. Take your data to your doctor for qualified medical advice.

4:34 pm July 20th, 2013

I have been on Percocet for about 15 YEARS. I tapered it down to 1/4 of a pill 3-4 times a day then dropped one dose for a few days, then dropped another dose until I was down to 1/4 a pill ever 24 hours. Then I quit 20 days ago. I fell antsy most of the time.
I am still experiencing issues, mostly gut pain. How much longer can I expect this?
I am hopping to get of my lorazepam as well, but this I will do under the Doctor once I have gotten over the percocet.

That Girl
11:33 pm August 2nd, 2013

Yeah this is absolute hell! I hate detoxing and ive alrdy done it like 3 times i know im an idiot but everytime i get clean i end up messing up! The worst part of it all is the SLEEPLESS NIGHTS oh my god are those the absolute worse!!!!!!!!!!!

8:33 am August 13th, 2013

Hello Ruby. PAWS, or protracted withdrawal symptoms, can last for weeks to months after long term use. What does your doctor say about this?

9:59 am March 27th, 2014

I’m on my 3 week of percocet 5/325. the first week was 2 during the day and 2 at night. the second week was one during the day and 2 at night. this week i quit but haven’t been able to sleep so i took 2 last night after 3 nights of no sleep. tried tylonal pm that didn’t work seemed to make it worse. i was prescribed them because of a tumor removal. i shouldn’t be addicted correct? the sleeplessness should go away correct. the pain is manageable with alive so dont need them for that but i work in a factory and cant go with out the sleep. just want to know what i can expect from taking them. thank you .

2:52 am March 31st, 2014

Lori please take my advice ask for something smaller maybe even a non narcotic pain reliever. I’ve been on 30`s for two years this fall. I am taking 6 a day sometimes more and I have to quit I’m scared I am going to loose everything like I have seen many people do. I just don’t want to see anyone stand in my shoes right now. Why I even let myself get this far who knows. I just know now I want to stop this . I need help but I have no one to turn to no one for advice I don’t have a doctor or therapist my family has no idea they all think I’m doing so good I don’t want them to know it may all go down the drain for a couple of weeks while I withdraw I’ve thought about goin to a rehab but I have a two year old I can’t leave my baby but I can’t just lay around all day withdrawing either. I feel trapped I want to help myself but don t know which way to go. As of tomorrow I will try to only do what I truly truly need an after a week take it down 10% and so on and so forth as the above info gave me. I wish you luck. I just know if you where me and I where you I would try to get out of this while your still new to it because it will take over and fast.

5:50 pm April 21st, 2014

I’ve been smoking Percocets for 2 years now and have constantly noticed reasons to stop. I have no idea what I can do to make the symptoms of withdrawals feel a little better but I’m so ready to be done. Are there any tips to make the withdrawal more bearable?

9:39 am April 23rd, 2014

Hello Baron. Yes. You can address symptoms of withdrawal by seeking medical help. Pharmaceutical interventions include prescription clonidine, buprenorphine and/or methadone (depending on the level of dependency and use). Withdrawal does not need to be painful, either. Tapering down doses can help minimize discomfort and can be completed over the course of a few weeks for people. Cold turkey withdrawal will definitely manifest more severe symptoms than a tapered withdrawal. Seek medical consult at a detox clinic for help. Best to you!

1:56 am May 24th, 2014

My husband’s doctor has given him one weeks worth of oxycodone/acetaminophen to stop taking it after being on it for back pain for 3 years. Can they legally do that just because he tested positive for marijuana? He smokes a little at night so he can sleep thru the back pain. I would think they would have to help him get off the meds first due to withdrawals. The docs have abandoned him.

8:53 am May 27th, 2014

Hello Kylee. I’m not sure about the legality of the dosing cut – check with your state’s Attorney General Office for more. If marijuana is illegal in the state, it’s possible that the Rx drug cut off is also legal.

John Damos
9:11 am May 30th, 2014

Hello Everybody! I have been taking on an average 50-80 mg of oxycodone a day for about 10 months. My prior Opiate use dates back about 7 years; taking them off and on. Medications that were prescribed to me were Hydrocodone and Tramadol. Last week i decided to stop the oxycodone cold turkey. A natural and safe alternative during WD’s for me has always been Kratom. Helps with the Anxiety, Pain…

4:36 pm July 10th, 2014

11 years have creeped by next month exactly and I am down to taking about two 10/325 broken in half twice a day. I never run out of my meds. I call and reschedule my appointments to stretch it out because I’m not out of meds yet, but almost 11 years have passed. I am embarrassed. I have tapered down to 1 broken in half for a few days and tried to go yesterday without and broke down about 4 p.m. and had half. RELIEF!! Why did I take it? I can go back. I can still have my appointment tomorrow. I have valid medical reasons, too. Trying to be strong. 11 years? Seriously, I can do this. Just hoping when my body gets past the WD stage, I will feel good again. Because the relief from giving in yesterday was immense. Babies eventually give up the pacifier or a bottle, and it’s not comfortable, they adjust, taking half is my bottle or pacifier, that edgy yucko feeling, pain is building, I’m irritated, and I’ll just take half, settled relief, the pain and pressure recede. I did take Motrin some yesterday and it did help, too. I decided after that I needed them all gone to really make a go at this. The few just in case were just going to keep stringing this out. I could keep finding a reason why right now just wouldn’t be the best time. Hoping to truly do this.

7:34 am July 11th, 2014

Be strong Allison. We’re all here to support you. And many have walked the way already… I know you can make it!

11:38 am July 13th, 2014

My Mom was on 10-325 every 6 hours for about 3 months. She reduced her dose to one every 12 hours. It has been 7 days. And she is quite miserable. The worst part is from 3-5pm before her next dose. After reading that it should have been done more gradually, should she continue with what she has done at this point, and then gradually reduce from there? And what recommended steps would you take next?

1:41 am July 21st, 2014

I had a brain stem hemorrhage 15 years ago ,lots of body problems, and pain. I was put on oxycodone,10/650, now 10/325. one pill every 6 hrs. for 15 yrs. how do I stop taking them ? Our Governor in Tn. is making it hard to get the medication. So hard I need to quit them. Please help me, on how to stop. Thank you

2:02 pm July 24th, 2014

Hello Kit. I’d suggest that you speak with your mom’s prescribing doctor and set up an individualized tapering plan. Basic guidelines for tapering are here:

1:17 am August 15th, 2014

Hello , I have been taking Percocet’s for 6yrs for a medical condition I was born with , I have a pain management doctor a family doctor , But now there is a twist in my life im 23 weeks pregnant , I see a high risk doctor just because of the meds im taking, the baby is growing well and very active and strong , its very hard to come off I want to do this for my baby I have four months in tell he gets here , I know once he gets here I have to go back on the meds, I now take 6 pills a day 2 every 5 hrs ,I want to cut down to at least 2 to 3 a day they are 5mg , my heart cant take watching my baby go threw withdrawal and leaving him in the hospital , so my question is in these next four months how can I cut down to the point he would have no serious withdrawals , I just need to hear a different opinion , I rather be sick instead of him I just don’t want my withdrawals to harm him in anyway Thank u ..

10:34 am August 19th, 2014

Hello Dezjah. Make an appointment with your prescribing doctor, or talk to your gynaecologist. This is a truly wonderful time for you, and you should enjoy it, not worry. Medical professionals can help you with a tapering plan, alternative treatment options and advise. Congratulations and good luck!

6:54 pm August 20th, 2014

I have been on percocet for 4 years for chronic pain, i was told by my doctor they could no longer perscribe these. He says i must find a new doctor, i have tried right down to the pyhsicians of doctors, i have found one but they too will no longer perscribe, i feel all alone here, i have 15 tablets left 5/35 im a one a day now and have always been at one per day sometimes two, never abused this. Please help, i cannot return to work without this help, my life is falling apart.

11:48 pm August 24th, 2014

wow I just got off methadone for taking to many perks I was spemding 1500.00 a month today is day 1 off perks again cause the methadone withdraws are worse then the perks I feel like im going to die its been 24 hours wish I never seen a perk in my life

2:23 am September 15th, 2014

I was wondering how long it takes to be winged off Percocet. I am 22wks pregnant and my drs have me taking 5mg 1 to 2 tabs every 4/6 hrs as needed for migraines. Granite I do not take it nearly that much maybe 4x a week and some times I can go a week without even taking it. I suffer from multiple sclerosis and epilepsy so I have to have my migraines under control, but I do not want my son to go threw withdrawal and I would like to get off of them before I go into my 3rd trimester. Thank you in advance for any advice it’s very appreciated!!

12:16 pm September 15th, 2014

Hello Ariel. I’d advise you to talk to your prescribing doctor or gynaecologist. They can help you (and the baby) stay safe and monitor your condition when tapering off the medication. So, make an appointment to be sure of everything. Congratulations!!!

12:31 pm October 1st, 2014

Hi … I was wondering first many years ago I was on Tylenol 3’s for a very bad concussion I had hit my head and neck on the asphalt and my back on the patio stones, after another injury we switched to Percocets (no subs) 5/325 I first took a whole one and did not like its effect so I took a half once a day needless to say over a 3 to 4 year period my dose 5/325 is still the same but am taking 5 per day. My Doctor says to quit cold turkey but I don’t think so as I have heard all the bad scenarios that can go along with that and your heart racing and I already suffer from that do to pre-menopause so my question is…is it safer to just quit the percs and go back to tylenol 3’s and then taper off those as their is no morphine in it as I did not realize at the time that was what was in percs I assumed it was just a stronger form of codeine hen the tylenols or is it safer to wean off the percs as they aren’t doing much for my pain anymore and I refuse to take more or a stronger dose and if so then what is the best method for someone like me who has gradually built up over the years. As I said my Doctor thinks cold turkey is the best and I agree to a point depending on the ingredients.

I also wanted to add that over time I have had 4 concussions and 3 back injuries since I was about 10 / 11 years old…now I just had a car accident ( 4 days ago) and am having problems with my leg ( go to the Doctors tomorrow ) now althoguh I’m sick of meds and pain killers if I do need pain meds cause you cant sleep at night from pains in the legs and whatever else the case may be is there any that do not damage the liver and I ask because I had a blood transfusion at 17 and got Hep C from it which is a blessing in disguise as it could have been worse ( sorry but Im one of these people that believe everything happens for reasons and there is a positive side to things no matter how bad it may seem), but is there one that won’t effect or damage it?
Thanks you and have a great day :)

6:14 am October 2nd, 2014

I have been on percocet for almost 3 years. I was diagnosed with psuedo tumor cerbri that causes migraine headaches. I am taking any where from 7-14 5/325 a day. I desperately need to get of them. They are controlling my life. Please help me get off them. I am feel like I am not in controlled anymore. Like about 2.5 hours ago, I took 2 and soon after my heart started racing head pounding and body shaking. My BP was even low. What should and can I do??????

Thank you in advance

1:20 pm October 6th, 2014

Hi Lisa. You can talk to your doctor so he can help you taper off of Percocet, or reffer you to a detox clinic in your area. Clinics offer a 24/7 professional medical supervision and have ways of helping patients through this process. You can also use the following search tools to find treatment on your own:

2:38 am October 15th, 2014

I have been in Percocet 10/325 for 4 years taking 6 a day for chronic pain. About 8 months ago my doctor added a fentanyl patch 50 McG change every 48 hours. I decided that I have had enough and wanted to stop all meds. I have come off the patch and now tapering off the pills. My doctors keep telling me it is dangerous and I shouldn’t do this by myself. I am at 4 1/2 pills now then will drop to 4 then 3 1/2. Then 3 etc. I am lowering the dose every 3 days. What else can I do to help with the body to get through this process?

3:03 pm October 17th, 2014

Hi Jamie. You can support your body through this process with medications and remedies lying around the house such as NSAIDs, hot water bottles, baths, and massage. A word of caution here: make sure you know what you are getting into and that you have everything you need to get you through the tapering and detox. Starting with a doctor’s advise and clearence is a wise approach.

6:26 pm November 11th, 2014

That’s bullshit u do not get seizures from percocet withdrawal that information is wrong

4:16 pm November 17th, 2014

Hi Ann. In fact, it can. Like most opiate addictions, suddenly discontinuing use of Percocet can result in seizure or convulsion in chronic abusers.

2:57 am December 12th, 2014

I have been on percoset for 2 months for throat cancer radiation treatment pain
I think I can stop taking them now as the pain is about gone, should I quit cold turkey or ween off?


10:30 am December 12th, 2014

Hello Mike. 2 months is enough time for your body to become dependent on the med. I’d suggest you consider tapering as a better option, but see a doctor first and get their professional advise.

7:45 am December 14th, 2014

I’ve been taking Oxycodone for about 6 months 30 mg in the morning and 30 mg in the evening. Just up my dose tho from 20 mg two 30 mg in just 4 to 5 days. I want to go off of it safely. I have 30 pills left. My question is how many should I take a day. They are 10mg. Should I just take 1 10 mg in the am and one in the evening? My doctor is out of town for the next few weeks. I want off now, please help me. Thank you very much.

8:48 pm December 15th, 2014

hi, my doctor gave me 3 1-month prescriptions last month. i filled one but somehow lost the other 2 and doctor is forcing me to go cold turkey. He says that there is a new law and that he cannot give me another prescription. so, basically, i’m be forced to go cold turkey. Any recommendations how to feel better. I’ve been on Percocet for about 6 years for Scleroderma. Been cold turkey for 3 days and can’t take it any longer. Please advise. Thanks,

4:25 pm December 16th, 2014

Hi Linda. You can talk to a pharmacist in the absence of your doctor. Pharmacists can also help you set a tapering schedule and give you some over-the-counter meds to treat possible withdrawal symptoms.

9:27 pm January 28th, 2015

I have been tapering off Percocet and recently stopped. I tried tynelol for pain but it doesn’t seem to do anything. Is there a recommended non narcotic over the counter pain medication that is better than others. I am experiencing withdrawals. The worst is sleeplessness, my body can’t seem to get comfortable. Does anyone know long until this gets better? Before stopping Percocet I was taking one to two a day of 5mg oxy-325 acet… If that helps determine how long I will have issues with sleeping. Thanks so much for helping me!

12:21 pm January 29th, 2015

Hi Vicky. Congratulations on quitting Percocet. I know it’s an uncomfortable period now, but it will get much better soon. You can take care of most withdrawal symptoms at home using over-the-counter NSAID’s like ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen, hot pads, and massage creams like Ben Gay-especially helpful for body aches and pains during night. I hope this helps and I wish you all the best.

11:39 am February 8th, 2015

Hello I hope you can help my I have bin addicted to Percocet for about 15 years I am 40 years old now for about the first 5-6 years I only took about 4 per day the last 4-5 years I take between 8-10 a day and I really want to quit them what’s the best and fastest way for me to get off these I would really appreciate some help my doctor told me go on methadone I don’t want that I refuse to me is a cop out and cheaper way to get your dosage if u can help me please do thank you..

11:56 pm February 10th, 2015

Hi, I had surgery and have been taking percosets for pain. The first few days I took 10-12 a day. Now it’s been 3 1/2 weeks since surgery and I am now taking 2 a day to manage the pain ( one at 7am and the second around dinnertime). I take Advil in between. I’m afraid of becoming dependent.

11:50 am February 11th, 2015

Hi Sally. Some dependence to the medication has probably been formed already. Dependence is actually a normal thing when you take a medication for some time. It means that your organism has become accustomed to the presence of the substance and now perceives it as normal. This is why when you lower or stop taking medications, withdrawal symptoms are experienced. The organism suddenly lacks all the chemicals it has adapted to. But, with the right tapering schedule and meds to manage the withdrawal symptoms it is a reversible process.

5:53 am February 12th, 2015

Hello Everyone,
I am really happy to be able to find a blog that I can relate to and hopefully help others in the same situation as I am in.
I have a kidney problem and have been given Percocet on and off for 11 years. I only have been abusing them for about 2 years or so, Not everyday but most days.
I am happy to say that I am now past the 72 hour mark of quitting cold turkey. I reached out to my fiancé and my family members and admitted my problem and said that I needed help.
We all got together, did research and tonight I saw a doctor who helped me develop a plan and also a realization as to why I took the Percocet not just to help me with pain, but we also realized that I used it to help mask deeper emotional issues that I have with myself. So I am also going to be seeing a therapist as well.
Quitting was hard as hell, I have to be honest, admitting that I had a problem, was even harder.
Withdraw sucks! I can’t and wont lie to any of you who are going to do this. But let me also be honest when I tell you that it is worth it. I am only on day 3 and my body feels ( even while I am still withdrawing a little) amazing. I even look different. I look healthy, I see life more clearly, I literally look and feel as if I have a soul.
So for those who are going the route of quitting, please, I promise you, its worth it. Everything will ALWAYS BE OK. There is always someone in life who has it worse than we do.
Withdraw sucks, but every day that passes, one of the symptoms will go away, and every day that passes, you will feel better and better.
I wish all of you who want to quit the best of luck, I am also more than happy to answer any questions too! I can relate, we all are in the same boat here, I hope that maybe some of you will want me to answer questions on how to keep going after life without Percocet, I would love to help, I am no doctor by any means, but I can be a friend. Good luck, you can do it trust me, you can do it.

11:09 am February 19th, 2015

I’ve bin taking Percocet for like 15 years but sick of them want off them I take between 8-10 a day what’s the best way to tapper I just started today by taking 2 away any help on this I would appreciate

9:09 am February 26th, 2015

Need to taper off Percocet..please help

1:58 pm March 18th, 2015

I have been taking Percocet , hydro condone 10-325, and recently took hydro morphine for a long period of time. I had a knee replacement in the 10-28-14. I’ve tried to stop taking but still have pjain and experience depression, loss of energy, and constantly think about it. I always run out early. I down to just 3 Percocet , no kore hydro morphine. Could I switch to methadone, or another med that will help me.stop the withdraws, and feel horrible. Is buephorone type of med help block the cravingsPlease advise me, and think you. It has controlled my life for the last 6 to 7 years . Thank you for your prompt answer .

4:56 pm March 29th, 2015

I had knee surgery, I took percocet for 6 weeks, I no longer needed it for the pain, so I cut back to 2 a day for a few days then 1 and 1/2 then 1 and then 1/2 a day and then 1/4. This was over a course of about a week. Then I quit. Its been 2 days since the last, and I am very nauseous. Should I start taking again and taper off over a longer period of time or just ride it out now. I still have to function. Physical therapy, work etc…

1:28 pm March 30th, 2015

Hi Becky. Yes, you can function better with a more slow and gradual taper. The withdrawal symptoms will be much less severe and you can go on doing your daily routines. However, you can treat the nausea or other flue-like symptoms with simple cold medicines or other over-the-counter medications. I’d suggest you go to the pharmacy and ask your pharmacist for help and advise. Best of luck!

9:59 am April 2nd, 2015

Yeah, I never thought I wouldn’t be able to stop. Its been 6 yrs now, but I have had 2 major back/neck surgeries so I am kinda reluctant to quit because of the pain.
But I dont want to increase my dosage past where its at. ( between 20mg to 30mg a day percs) I have this mental do not cross this line barrier. I know if I do then detoxing will be much worse, anyone heard that?
So if I chose to taper off, is the dosage Ive been taking a tough road? Or will it be pretty tolerable? Should I do a 5mg dose reduction each week or stretch it out farther?
Thanks in advance!

11:06 am April 9th, 2015

Hi everyone, me and my girlfriend have been on percocets for about 4 years. Although its been that long, me and her have been able to stay on a relatively low dosage. 40mg on a regular day and sixty on bad one. I know we are addicted. We definitely have the will and determination to quit its just we can’t handle the withdrawals due to the four years of use. We consulted our doctor and she put us on a tappering plan, which we followed and managed to quit. The only problem was it was so fast, one week and a half. We relapsed not long after. Anyways my question is, was the plan to quick. I felt like I was doing really well, was feeling so good. After 4 years is it possible to tapper down that quickly??

8:44 am May 19th, 2015

I’ve been takin the 602 about 5-10 a day for 3 yrs, I want to stop tryin cold turkey. It’s hard & w / all the stress I’m going threw it make it harder. But I really want to stop I have 4 kids & I’ve never done nothing like this. I started takin them for pain but now I find my self need in them. I’m so sick & I’m not sleeping tryin to take one a day & my sleeping pill but it’s not workin. I keep reading the it will all stop after a couple days like a week or so

8:04 pm May 27th, 2015

I’ve been taking oxycodone 30 mg 4 exactly 1 month. I want 2 stop immediately but I don’t know if I’m dependent yet. Is it possible that I’m not physically dependent yet or is it most likely that I will have a difficult time stopping. I m a mother of a 2 1/2 yr old & my biggest worry is that it will interfere with my job as a mother,

10:56 am May 28th, 2015

Hi Candace. It is very likely that your body has already formed dependence to oxycodone. Cold turkey may come off a little to harsh. Ask your doctor to taper you off your medication gradually. I believe you’ll have a much better chance to catch up with all your responsibilities this way, plus some prescribed or over-the-counter medications can help make this process even easier.

7:32 am June 5th, 2015

i took lortab for years for back pain with no problem. But then I had six more surgeries and have been on Oxycodone 10/325 for about four years. I am constantly tired and I want to see if the lortab will handle my pain without the tiredness. Is it safe to just start replacing the oxy with the lortab. My prescriptions have always been one or two 10/325 every 4-6 hours. So would it be safe to just stop the oxy, and take the lortab every 4-6 hours? Thanks

12:09 am June 22nd, 2015

I’m 30 weeks pregnant and been taking percocets off and on my whole pregnancy I’ve stop 2 days ago will my baby have withdrawal systems at birth

10:02 pm August 30th, 2015

I have been taking percoset 5-325 for 2 1/2 yrs. I havent had pain for about 2 months now and therefore I have sometimes forgotten to take them. I have been getting really depressed lately. Could this be a sign of skipping taking my percoset pills? I have has very serious chronic pain, enough that my doctor has sent me to a surgeon. I am afraid to stop taking percoset incase my pain comes back. The question is that I want to know if I could be getting depressed due to skipping my percoset?

12:03 am September 20th, 2015

What worked for me, in weaning off, was to write down the time & dosage of every use for a few days or a week. Continue writing this info down with the difference being that you will only use ONE HOUR AFTER you begin to feel mild w/d’s. You should see the times between w/d’s, and therefore the time between doses, growing longer after just a few days. Assuming this is your experience, reduce the dosage ~10-20% and carry on taking an hour AFTER you feel w/d’s. Repeat this pattern of shrinking and diminishing doses. It worked for me. It took almost 3 weeks and it wasn’t always easy, you will want to cheat, but this worked with bearable discomfort 95% of the time, there were a few panicky 3am hot showers and similar, but I could usually explain away my “funk” to others as an unexplained headache, “..diarrhea from a bad batch ‘o chilli. LOL”, or similar.

7:54 pm September 20th, 2015

I’ve been on oxycodone 10/325 for a few years due to chronic pain from injuries to my back ,herniated disc in my neck and degenerative disc in my back and other medical reasons. doctor retired in June but made sure I had my medication I take it 4×s a day. .. I will be out on Tuesday the 22nd September from a refill from August 18th. . Called my clinic and asked if I could get a refill till I see the new doctor on October 13th. ..there nurse I talked to refused said I have to be seen told her I understand that can someone see me for just 5 minutes so it can get me through till my appointment and she continued to refuse me said they are to busy. ..When asked what am I supposed to do as I’m scared to death of what could happen just cold turkey her response. …wheel you better just make them last or go buy some Tylenol or ibuprofen !! Scared and don’t know what to do… I’m 59 years of age. .. Advice please.

1:33 am October 20th, 2015

I have been taking 3-Percocet daily for awhile. What should be the best way to wean off of these? I want off of these ASAP. PLZ HELP! Thx in advance for a PROMPT REPLY!

Linda T
10:44 pm October 25th, 2015

I am addicted to percocets and take 40 to 50 mgs per day. I hate that I am physically addicted and have been trying to build up the courage to quit as I am petrified of the withdrawal symptoms. I detoxed two years ago at the same time as I had heat stroke. My symptoms were severe, dehydration, muscle pain, diarrhea, lethargy, just plain miserable. It was like the worst flu in the world. All I need is the courage to start weaning. I have been using excuses to myself like ,I can’t quit this week as I need to work and can’t take the time off sick, you name it, I tell myself something. Welcome to addiction. I have the perfect opportunity to start weaning as I am working from home temporarily. This is the gift I need to quit, so why am I still not trying? One of the blogs that I read here from Jim, I think might be the way for me to do this. I am very visual and if I can see my progress by writing it down when I take a pill, it may finally sink in as to how much these pills are controlling my life. Wish my luck. I am starting to write down when I take a pill immediately. There is a lot of good advice here and it is the first time I have told my story.

11:24 am November 5th, 2015

I was taking perks for chronic pain 10/325″s sometimes I would only take one then skip a few days then take another one. 3 weeks ago I got 5 abscesses in my teeth so I started taking them every 5 hours pain was unbearable. I got all 5 teeth removed last Friday and still was in a lot of pain so I kept taking the perks. so last night I felt so much better so I didn’t take any I think my last dose was at 5:00 am got up to take a shower at 12 noon got so sick, threw up and was sweating felt like I was dying! Please help I don’t want to take them no more. What do I do??? forgot my son which has an addiction told me to take 1 and see how I felt. well I took 1 and now I feel fine!! so how do I get off of them?? THANK YOU!!

6:28 pm November 9th, 2015

Hello Paula. The clear guidelines suggested in the text are given accolading to professional’s advise. It all depends on the tapering schedule you are most comfortable with. You can reduce each daily dose of Percocet by 10% (rarely recommended), or reduce the dose by 20% every 3-5 days (an ok reducing rate), or reduce the dose by 20-25% per week.

I suggest you consult your doctor before attempting anything, or at least ask the pharmacist at your pharmacy for over-the-counter medications that will soothe or lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms as they appear. Also, keep in mind that the more gradual and the slower a tapering is – the less uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms are experienced.

1:12 pm November 11th, 2015

Hi my husband and I are currently trying to get pregnant and I want to taper off Percocet before I get pregnant. I dunno if age effects or makes a difference in this but I’m 26. I was prescribed Percocet 10/325 for a bulged disc. I have been taking it for 6 months to a year. I was taking it as proscribed 4 pills a day. 2 pills every 8 hours. So this last week I tapered off as followed 4,3,3,3,2,1. My question is am I tapering off to quickly? Obviously I would like to get off these as soon as possible before finding out I’m pregnant. and today was the first day I got down to 1 pill. After only taking 1 pill I’m having extremely bad cramps in lower legs and I’m feeling hot one second and cold the next. I also have bad headache behind my eye. Are these normal withdrawal symptoms? and what’s the best way to get off these as quickly as possible? Due to my injury I already have pain down my leg so I wasn’t sure if the pain I’m feeling in legs is from withdrawal effects or from my disc. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. The hardest part for me is the cramping in my calfs. The headache and chills suck but I can live with. The other thing I was wondering if the cramps in calfs could be dehydration if they arnt a typical withdrawal symptom. Obviously I’m expecting severe pain due to my injury I just want to make sure I’m on the right path. We really would love to concieve as soon as possible and move on with our life.

My advice for people who are trying to get off is I believe it’s possible and we will get there. I went from 4 pills everyday down to 1 pill a day and I did this in only a week. I really do believe a big part of it is will power. It’s going to suck and be hard but hopefully only for a short period of time. So stay strong and think of all the positives that will come from being off of it. Thank you again for all your help.

2:10 am November 24th, 2015

I had total knee replacement 1week ago. I have been managing the pain with 2 tabs (5/325) Q4-6
Hours. If I want to try reducing the amount, should I start with dose or frequency?
Thank you!

6:31 pm November 24th, 2015

Hello Rebecca. You should consult your doctor about reducing your medication. After all, s/he knows your medical history, and I believe that the doctor will make a proper tapering schedule for you. I hope you get better soon!

7:13 pm January 6th, 2016

I’ve been taking 30 mg Percocets 3 to 4 times a day for four weeks and I’m trying to stop I don’t know what to do

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:17 pm January 6th, 2016

Hi, D. I suggest you consult a doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule only for you.

11:13 am January 9th, 2016

Hello my name is Kumar I had a surgery in September 15, 2015and now is January 9, 2016 I have been using percocets 10/ 325 since then and I would like to get off of pills please help me to get off of them I need a lot of support right now

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:37 pm January 10th, 2016

Hi, Qumar. I suggest you consult your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

6:48 pm January 19th, 2016

I have been on Percocet 5/325 and 10/325 for about 3 year now. I never ever thought I would be at the place I am today… going through 84 prescribed Percocet in less than a month when it’s supposed to last me a whole month. Ive had 2 knee surgeries and have also struggled with migraines so doctors put me on pain killers. I don’t feel I’m super addicted but for sure I know I am dependent on them. I want to get in a confidential therapy group to help. My husband is very supportive too of me getting help. My question is, I ran out of my Percocet this past Sunday night and I won’t get a refil until January 28th. I figured since I ran out, now would be a good time to stop cold turkey and try to detox. I already detoxed from my klonopin last month that I was dependent on and now it’s the Percocet. I felt like death when I stopped the klonopin and it withdrawal lasted about a week. What can I expect from Percocet withdrawal?

2:53 pm February 3rd, 2016

I have been taking percocet for over a year, 40 milligrams a day. How much should I reduce percocet at a time in order to stay safe

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
9:10 pm February 3rd, 2016

Hi, JR. I suggest you consult a doctor or a pharmacist to help you create an individualized tapering plan.

4:29 pm March 6th, 2016

I’ve been on Percocet a little over a month and wasn’t aware that I needed to wean off!! I basically stopped cold turkey! It’s been 3 days and I have terrible insomnia! Should I go back on and wean off or just hope I can sleep soon? How long does the insomnia last?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:28 pm March 7th, 2016

Hi, Ana. Since you’ve already started the process of quitting cold turkey, I’d suggest you consult your doctor or a pharmacist to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

6:59 pm March 9th, 2016

Had severe hand trauma cut 3/4 of hand off. Had surgery and recovery is on its way. I have been on percocet for 6 months now 4 to 6 pills a day. And want them out of my body. At this point rather deal with the pain of recovery. Can I do cold turkey and just stop taking them. Or do I need to slowly come off. My question is if I just stop taking them. How long will I be sick what should I expect to deal with and will it only take few days to recover from the meds in my system. Have already tried and have very restless nights and leg cramps. How long does this last. And how should I go about stopping.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:21 pm March 15th, 2016

Hi Strks. I suggest you speak with your doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule. Experts clam that this is a safer way to quit drugs. Also, you may consult whit a pharmacist to recommend some over-the-counter aid to help with withdrawal symptoms.

1:04 am March 17th, 2016

Need some information about drug withdrawl from Oxicotine! I’m presently down to 1/2 haft a tab of oxicotin per day at 5-321. I have taken this drug for probably 15 years at a dose of two pills per day. I feel as though it’s time to quit this drug. Would it be to harsh on me if I just go cold turkey and what withdrawl effect could I expect from just stopping this drug at as I stated befor one haft tab per day. Thank you

4:28 pm March 29th, 2016

I have been taking 3-5/325 Percocet per day for herniated disc pain for about 6 weeks and had what appears to be a successful surgery last week. In the hospital they gave me the same strength pills every 4 hours, usually 2 at a time. I continued for a couple of days at home and felt bad. I have tapered off to 3 per day. I don’t think I need the narcotic pain relief any more but when I just stopped once before I got serious chills, nausea and heavy chest feeling.

Would it be sane to take half a pill 3 times a day for a couple of days and then 2 times, once and then done? I know there are other souls in a far worse spot than I am and I wish them well. The very sad thing is that the Percocet did almost nothing for the leg nerve pain but the pain management place insisted I keep taking it.

Thanks for your advice.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:37 pm March 30th, 2016

Hi Judy. I suggest you consult with your doctor before making any changes in Percocet dosage.

1:02 am April 4th, 2016

I have been taking 15 mg oxycodone 4 a day for several years and I recently had an incident with my medication while taking my scheduled dose last night. I lost several of them and was only able to save 10 of them and I am really worried because my appointment for my refill is still a couple weeks away and I was wondering what the best course of action would be for my case? Should I try only taking one a day to try and make them last as long as possible or should I stay with the normal dose? What would be your recommendation? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:39 pm April 8th, 2016

Hi Buddy. I suggest you consult with your doctor or a pharmacist, explain what have happened, and ask for an advice.

8:04 pm April 13th, 2016

I’ve been on percocet 10 / 325 for a week, but I want to get off it, what is the best way to do this? Mind you, i used to have a percocet addiction, went on suboxone for 5 years to get off the percocet, and had to go back on percocet due to herniated discs in my neck. PLEASE HELP

11:05 pm April 19th, 2016

I was on 10mg of Percocet every 4 hours for pain due to Total Knee replacement. For the past 30 days I have been on 5mg once a day except for Monday and Friday which are my Physical Therapy days I take 5mg twice a day. Going into my 9th week of recovery on Percocet, recently ran out and had to go without 5 mg dosage for 24hrs which created a very rough night, restlessness, anxiety and hard to sleep. I want to stop taking them all together due to pain is manageable with Alieve. Suggestions on how to taper off quickly and safely.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:53 pm April 22nd, 2016

Hi Jerry. I suggest you talk with your doctor or a pharmacist to help you create an individualized tapering plan.

8:24 am April 26th, 2016

I don’t quite understand the tapering regimen above with all the percentages but I need to know how to taper off my percocet.. I take 7 to 10 of 7.5/325 everyday. I take two at a time…should I start taking half that much each day? Should I take one at each dose instead if two? I need help I don’t want to take them anymore but I am scared to death of having withdrawals. Please help me

4:44 pm May 22nd, 2016

So I’ve been on oxycodone 15mg 4 times a day, sometimes more for 14 months. I was diagnosed with Crohns in March 2015. I have decided I want off! I am on a biologic and my pain is nearly gone. PROBLEM….My brain is telling me otherwise. I tried to go down to 3 times a day this week and I feel like shit. Have an appointment with pain management on Thursday. Do I just wait and come up with a plan with my doc or continue to decrease? I’m a teacher with 2 teens so cold turkey won’t work for me.

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