Saturday October 25th 2014

Oxycodone overdose: How much amount of oxycodone to OD?

Drug overdoses basically are the result of taking too much of a drug. Given that the vast majority of drug poisoning deaths are unintentional, can you prevent too much oxycodone from causing an overdose?  We explore the answer to this question here.  Plus more on the risk factors for oxycodone overdose. We invite your questions about how much oxycodone to OD at the end.

How does unintentional oxycodone overdose happen?

You can accidentally take too much oxycodone for a number of reasons. First, if you are not getting pain relief from normal doses and either increase dosing amounts or frequency, you can overdose. Do you get high on oxycodone?  Yes, oxycodone can trigger euphoric effect.  So, other times you may intentionally take too much oxycodone to “get high” or intoxicated, but unintentionally overdose.  Or you might mix oxycodone and alcohol or other central nervous system depressants and overdose. Still other people intentionally overdose on oxycodone to hurt themselves or attempt suicide.

Oxycodone overdose – How much is too much?

The amount of oxycodone that is safe for you depends on your body’s current exposure to opioids. The amount of oxycodone that is too much for you is relative to how tolerant your body already is to oxycodone, opiates or opioids. Safe dosing levels of oxycodone will also depend upon the type of oxycodone you are taking. Oxycodone in immediate action or controlled release form is available in different doses, and has different actions. Furthermore, as doctors increase doses, they consider a number of different variables, including your age, weight, general health and other medication.. So, how much oxycodone is too much really depends on your specific case.

However, there are some basic guidelines to follow. Single doses > 40 mg of controlled release oxycodone or total daily doses of of controlled release oxycodone greater than 80 mg is too much for someone just starting the medicine. These doses may cause fatal respiratory depression when given to people new to oxycodone.

Oxycodone overdose complications

The most dangerous complication of oxycodone overdose is slowed breathing. Oxycodone overdose can cause breathing to slow down, become more shallow, and even stop, depending on how much oxycodone you have taken.

Oxycodone overdose prognosis

In an emergency oxycodone overdose situation, as long as breathing has not been compromised, prognosis and recovery without long term damage is possible. In more serious cases of oxy overdose, doctors may administer oxygen to help you breath better or medicine(s) to help reverse the effects of toxicity. Finally, oxycodone overdose can be deadly or can result in permanent brain damage you have taken a large amount of oxycodone and treatment is delayed.

Oxycodone overdose death rate

The majority of unintentional oxycodone deaths by overdose are related to the nationwide increase in the use of prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers. Overdose and death particularly affects people during the working years of life, and men are more at risk than women. People who are prescribed oxycodone frequently or at high dosage face a substantial overdose risk. And misuse or abuse of prescription drugs, including opioid analgesic pain relievers, is responsible for much of the increase in drug poisoning deaths.

Opioid analgesics were involved in more than 40% of drug poisoning deaths in 2008. However, you can find more up-to-date information about the mortality rate from oxycodone toxic poisoning, or overdose, by searching the CDC’s NCHS, National Vital Statistics System for mortality due to oxycodone drug overdose.

Oxycodone overdose amount questions

Abuse of any kind of oxycodone poses a risk of death. This is why you should swallow immediate and controlled release versions of oxycodone. You increase your risk of overdose when you chew, crush, snort or inject oxycodone.

If you have any questions about safe amounts of oxycodone in your system, please leave them here. We are happy to try to help answer your questions about oxycodone, and will try to respond with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.

Reference sources: CDC NCHS Data Brief: Drug Poisoning Deaths in the United States, 1980–2008
PubMed: A history of being prescribed controlled substances and risk of drug overdose death
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs: Trends in Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths
Medline Plus: Hydrocodone/oxycodone overdose

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64 Responses to “Oxycodone overdose: How much amount of oxycodone to OD?
shelly
5:14 am May 25th, 2012

I took 4 and 1/2 oxycodone 5 miligram tablets… will I overdose on this many at one time??

11:21 am May 25th, 2012

Hi Shelly – To Confirm, you have just taken about 22.5 mg of oxycodone. Are you currently taking oxycodone, or was this just a one time event? Also, did you take immediate release oxycodone or controlled release?

Dean
3:38 am June 18th, 2012

Hi. My mother was given Oxycodone apap 5/325 a total of ten times in her stay in the hospital. Her first 2 doses were given on 06/04 The next day 06/05 she was given 5 more doses of Oxycodone apap 5/325. On 06/06 she was given three more doses of this medication for pain. In the early morning hours of 06/07 she was found unresponsive, cold and clammy from a cardiac arrest. I later found out she suffered a brain injury called anoxic encephalopathy and her kidneys were impaired.

Could this be an overdose from Oxycodone apap 5/325?

4:38 pm June 21st, 2012

Hi Dean.

I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I am sure that it is a very difficult time for you and that you are looking for answers. I am not a medical doctor, and cannot advise on possible contraindications that OxyContin may have with certain conditions. However, I’d suggest that you consult with a toxicologist or an MD who specializes in pain management medications. These people will be able to help you definitively and provide the most accurate information for you.

I wish you the best,
Lee

Barry
7:42 pm September 4th, 2012

I have been taking 10mg oxycodone recreationally everyday for about a couple of months now. I usually take two per day spread out throughout the day, on a few occasions I have taken 3 in one day. I am wondering the possible health effects of prolonged use of this dosage? I know the dose is low, but sometimes I will go out drinking after taking it. Can it be trouble mixing such.a.low.concentration of the drug with moderate drinking? Also I have recently began taking 30mg adderall to study for school and I hate the headaches associated with the comedown so on days when I take it I will take an oxy for the comedown. I heard it is bad to mix in upper and a downer and that it might be asking for a heart attack is there any truth to this?

11:18 am September 5th, 2012

Hello Barry. Long term use of oxycodone causes tolerance, physical dependence, and drug addiction (especially when used recreationally for effect). In terms of physical long term effects, oxycodone use can cause liver and/or kidney damage. Use these keywords for more research results:

site:.gov “long term effect” oxycodone

I don’t know yet about the full dangers of mixing stimulants with central nervous system depresssants. But I do know that mixing a stimulant and a depressant confuses the brain. Depressants like oxycodone can increase blood pressure and weaken portions of the heart wall, making you more susceptible to overdose. In the end, the cocktail that you are using will affect your brain in ways that you can’t predict at the moment.

Plus, Adderall can provoke cardiovascular events and even cause sudden death. The effects of prolonged stimulant use have not been fully understood. But all in all, I’d suggest that you TALK with someone about why you’re using oxycodone to cope with life and try studying without Adderall. Are you interested in a drug free life?

Jodie
3:13 am December 24th, 2012

Hi, I had oxycodone 5mg prescribed to me starting 2 1/2 years ago, i have abused them when they weren’t working like they used to and my tolerance increased dramatically. Then i began taking 30mg and over a period of a few months i was snorting 1000mg/day for about a year. Alot of times I would take 8-10 30mg at a time. I started having seizures over a year ago, i have them daily. I stay clean but sometimes i’ll take 30mg or 15mg, which seems to suppress my seizures and ‘calm my brain’ down. Just wondering if i’ve basically destroyed my life from the continual high doses, withdrawals, and if it may have precipitated my seizures. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Not sure if this matters but I’m 30y f, 5’4″ 100lbs.
Thanks in advance,
Jodie

12:37 pm December 25th, 2012

Hi Jodie. My advice is to make sure that you’ve been correctly diagnosed for the seizures and to seek medication to manage them without turning for opioids. Have you consulted with a neurologist?

Michelle Hawkins
4:11 am February 3rd, 2013

I have been taking 80mg of Oxycontin 4x’s a day for about a year (and 3x’s a day before that for about 3 years) along with 10/325 of Norco 4x’s a day for severe pain. I am a 5’3 female weighing about 130 lbs. How much would I need to take to accidently overdose and how long before I would have symptoms. It concerns me because there have been times that I had forgotten that I had taken it and took more. Thank you!

10:55 am February 12th, 2013

Hello Michelle. This is a very specific question that requires a higher level of understanding of your individual tolerance for opioids. I’d suggest that you talk with your pharmacist or prescribing doctor to establish an upper limit for how much is too much for you. Additionally, you might set yourself up with one of those weekly pill organizers to prevent you from going above this amount.

Betty Johnson
9:52 pm March 31st, 2013

Hello I am really scared. I have chronic severe pain and have been taking pain medicine for four years now. I take three 30mg Oxycodone a day and six 10mg Hydrocodone a day along, two gabapintine and two flexeril a day. I also take other medicine for other types of illness not related to chronic pain. Every morning I take four of my other type of medicine while I put my pain medicnine in my daily container. I take my oxycodine broken out as follows, One when I go to bed, one in middle of night around 3am and the other one around 9am. this is when i fill up the medicine holder and take my other morning medicine. each morning i take the four pills all at the same time, today i have not felt good and been in bed sleeping all day until 30 minutes ago, while i was putting my pain medicine in the holder i had already put the six hyrocodone in the holder and was getting the oxycodone to put in the holder right before i take my four other pills and by accident put the three oxycodone in my mouth thinking I guess i was taking my other four pills and swollowed them. I had already taken the one oxycoden about 30 minutes before that so I have four in my body now. I am 5′ 4″ tall and weigh about 240. I tried to throw up but I cannot make myself. I have fixed me four packs of oatmill to eat thinking that might help also. I am really worried. do you think i will be ok or do i need to go to hospital, I live alone and really do not think i should drive. i do not have anyone close to me that could drive me anywhere.. my breathing is ok and i do not know what else to do that will help . what do you recommend.

7:28 am April 4th, 2013

Hi Betty. I’m sorry to not have responded to you earlier. Call 1-800-222-1222 for the Poison Control Center any time you have drug overdose questions. They will advise you on what to do.

Debbie
2:54 am April 11th, 2013

Question….. I took 20 mg of OxyContin cr as scheduled but I forgot and took another one 3 hrs later should I seek medical attention???

5:02 am April 11th, 2013

Hi Debbie. Call the Poison Control Center to talk through your symptoms and to assess the possibility of overdose and what you need to do.

Kevin
8:56 am April 26th, 2013

I took 3, 5/325 mg oxycodones in the last 9 hours. Not trying to abuse it, just trying to get relief from my pain. It is prescribed at 1 every six hours as needed. Have I taken too much? Will I be ok as long as I don’t take anymore? No trouble breathing but I am itchy.

randy dubay
5:30 pm May 28th, 2013

Hi,

I have a problem with severe Fibromyalgia/CFS. I have been one oxycodone, instant release 30 mg/4 times per day for about 2-3 years. I also take Adderall, 30 mg in the a.m. as my Dopamine levels, epinephrine, and norepinephrine levels are very low as well as Dopac.

It seems like this is the one and only substance that calms my nervous system enough to actually allow me to sleep. I wake in the night with tremendous pain in varous parts of my body almost nightly. I get up, have to eat something, then try to go back to sleep.

My liver enzymes lab tests recently showed elevated liver enzymes. I smoke and I know this is killing me but I think I am now addicted to Nicotine.

I also started taking 60 mg ER at night so I can get through the night. Obviously I have a very high tolerance by now. I hate taking these as I feel my life revolves around them. I have tried hundreds of natural vitamins, etc. but it just got to a point I could not take the pain and broke down in front of my doctor way back in 2006 and said he had to give me something, which he did.

I am mostly concerned with the long term effects. I have gone into withdrawels and they are horrific.

Can you tell me what you think about long term use of this much opiates and about how long does it take to get your system clean so I can tell just how much pain I am in and if I can take it and survive without the pain meds /

Thanks,

Randy

I am open to talking about this. I’ve been through hell so I am not shy nor ashamed of what I have gotten myself into.

10:19 am June 3rd, 2013

Hi Randy. I feel for you, and understand that it must be INCREDIBLY difficult to live with pain, and with the discomfort of knowing that long term use of opioids like oxycodone can affect your body and mind. It can take about 7-10 days of acute withdrawal and then several months of post acute withdrawal to totally detox from the effects of oxycodone. However, pain management is crucial. Have you consulted with your prescribing doctor and pharmacist about other treatment options? Considered acupuncture or regular massage? Ask around and seek the advice of medical professionals. While long term care using oxycodone is less than perfect, it can increase your quality of life when used therapeutically.

Nancy
4:54 am June 15th, 2013

I have read these posts with great concern. I lost my daughter less than 6 months ago where she had taken too much oxycodone and flexeril. She was scared to go back on pain meds after recent surgery because she had been in pain mgmt for 8 years and for the last 2 yrs was in a program to get her off of opiates. She only had the prescription for four days before she stopped breathing. I just hope that you realize it doesn’t take but one extra dose. She was 30 and left behind a 6 yr old. Please be careful.

Anthony
8:28 am August 16th, 2013

Hello,

And here is my long story short for those addicted..I’m SSI since 2001, was taking all kinds of medications for my pain, started out with Hydrocodone 7.5 along with Voltaren 7.5 too..So, I also had many spinal blocks and the Surgeon I saw said that I needed surgery asap since I have 3 areas of cord compression..C-6 C-7 L5 S1..overall, I have 13 herniated discs, stenosis, pinched nerves, weakness in my right leg & left arm..

So, my fix was, have a bunch of metal in my back and walk like a robot and of course risk never to walk again all at the young age of 33 with 5 kids..Ah, no thanks!!! So, when my pain management doctor got his reports back, he totally understood! He said, he will give me all the pain meds I want and we discussed addiction, liver/Kidneys etc..Now, I’ve been taking Opiates for a good 20 Years and know that I have an addiction problem, but I don’t abuse it..I still take my same dosage of 20MG a few times a day, total of about 5 because I cut my pills..Why?? I only want to take the edge of the pain off at times, no reason to take a complete pill..But there are also times that I take a pill & 1/2, usually in the Morning, that there is my worst pain..

All that said, I could go cold turkey when I’m ready or just go to a center…Overall folks, if you’re like me, then I hope you have a Doctor playing ball with you as mine did..As for OD, reason I’m here as well, think I had enough of this so called life..I now live in a 3RD World dump, and need to go to a Cancer Hospital in order to get my meds which is a 3 hour one way drive via the Metro Bus..have not seen my kids in 7 Years, still paying support although the oldest 2 are 20 & 22…go figure that one!!!! Greedy Biatch.. no insurance, so I pay everything out of my empty pockets, so yea, I’m very much done…and I have 60 plus pills left…how many licks would it take to reach the center of a tootsie pop?

Oops..LOL..I think 20 would be fine..ZZZZZZZZZ Come back here you R a b b i t

Good Luck

Anthony

Joe Rosando
12:12 pm August 16th, 2013

Hey yo, Anthony! How you doin? Listen, I’ve got a torn spinal cord from a 2003 L5S1 Surgical Intervention called Discectomy Laminectomy. During retraction the Doc or his attending went in under my vertebrae to grab my cord with a small metal retracting device. Because of the weakened state of the Dura it was torn. Surgery continued. I never knew why I was still having severe pain and now in both legs. 2005 MRI tech misses it.2011 CTMYELOGRAM detects it with questionable Arachnoiditis, what the fuck is Arachnoiditis? It’s an incurable untreatable disease that twists,tethers, sticks and calcifies your spinal cord. It’s a progressive disease; a slow progression, that imprisons the sufferer with unbearable, excruciating,diabolical, sadistic pain. I’m 47, use to own my own tile business, worked since I was 12. Now, I can’t even go watch my 16 year old daughter surf or play tennis.
So you listen to me my friend! Are you “addicted” or “dependent”, do you get them adjusted from time to time? I was on hydrocodone 10/325,Butrans patch(sucks) oxycodone hcl, now a 50mcg Fentanyl patc and break through vicoprofen, 7,5/200, I’m very unhappy, many hours alone,not by choice, severe depression,panic anxiety attacks that’ll last hours. My marriage hangs by a thread. I’ve been called drug addict by neurosurgeons at Thomas Jeffersom, quoted the asshole the medical journals for addiction versus dependency which he was pissed at since “I’m no doctor”. You’re right. And neither are you Dr. Jack. He even told me get off the drugs and challenged me over 1 year if I stop I’ll feel better and the reason I’m like this is,and I quote,” you’re like this cause we do this to you. We screw up patients then get them hooked on pain killers. I know I’m a doctor.” I said put that in writing and sign it well it was like he never said it when I asked that.
Point is: you’re in pain. I’m going to say severe to intractable like me. I’ve had guilty feelings about my meds. Screw em. The pain feelings are worse. Sleepless nights, bowel and bladder loss, midnite trips to ER. Man, do whatever you gotta do to feel better. Let the body lead and the mind shall follow. I’ve felt so shitty that one extra pill made all the difference between staying in bed or riding to the bank with my wife. You have you. And that’s it. Do what you gotta do. But be careful. And if nobody likes my comment to you, PISS OFF. Walk a week in our slippers!

Joe Rosando
12:29 pm August 16th, 2013

Hello Nancy,
I cannot express my heartbreak for you and the loss of your precious daughter. I have 2 and a granddaughter. They are my life as well as my wife. I can’t help but feel a negligence on the part of the medical staff, in my opinion. Your daughter was off the opiates for awhile making her ‘opiate naive’. That amount of medication,dosage,etc. would definitely kill someone especially if there’s no home are staff or med staff around to monitor the situation.
Please accept my deepest and sincerest of sympathies and if you don’t mind, I’ll keep you in my prayers.
Joe

eugene
6:38 am August 17th, 2013

I have oxycodone that was prescribed in 2004. Would it still be good?

Fred
6:27 am October 22nd, 2013

I took an op 40mg about 7 hours ago. Not drowsy or anything. Heart rate is normal. Just feel a little weird and have a headache. Am I overdosing?

5:09 pm October 22nd, 2013

Hello Fred. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to report the symptoms and get qualified medical opinion about what’s happening.

George
3:21 am November 27th, 2013

A woman I was seeing back in February at 40 yrs old passed away from an unintentional od of a combination of oxycodone,sleeping pill,and an anti anxiety pill.She took these prescribed pills regularly.The oxy was a 15 mg.She took them for 7 yrs.How many could it have taken for her to od?I unfortunately had the task of telling her 2 children their mother was dead while paramedics were upstairs.I woke up next to her unresponsive and hours gone.Please be careful people…once you’re gone there’s no coming back…get help if you’re addicted.

Yolanda
12:05 am January 26th, 2014

Would 45 pills of percocet kill someone?

Louis
4:51 pm April 17th, 2014

Hi Anthony and Josè and all others, I can SO identify where you guys are. I am 44, had a L5/S1 discectomy and two other major procedures done 2 years ago in one operation. The surgeon drilled my spinal column bigger from top to bottom, and he made a comment that “he had to work blind as they couldn’t cut open my whole back.” Long story short, I had another MRI which showed that my back was broken in 7 places – 4 of the same vertebrae that was broken before plus 3 ‘new’ ones. And had another, even bigger surgery, a few weeks after the first one. He said he couldn’t understand it as he has never seen this before and my bone is as hard as rock. I had to stop working, the surgeon refused to do any reports even tho a dermatologist said they cut into my spinal column and you get a condition called Paresthesia where you get the most severe painful sores on your feet because when the nerve dies, the nerve endings in your feet die and ‘explode’ so to speak. The surgeon denied everything…! I was prescribed Oxycontin by a neurologist, and it has been almost a year since I took Oxycontin, but I take lots and lots of other very strong painkillers which simply don’t help. I got 100 tablets of the Oxycontin 40mg – the original ‘hard’ one that can be cut or powdered and doesn’t go into jelly (they were out of stock of the 80mg) and I am just at a point where no one understands. The side effects of the nerve damage manifests in about 12 side effects – all very painful, uncomfortable, 24 hours a day. I spend much time alone as I cannot even face going to the mall 1,2km from my house, or taking a shower and get dressed. Mind you I can’t even get out of bed and/or want to most days. I keep up appearances where needed so only one friend knows exactly how I feel, but I can only think of how amazing it must be to leave this earth. People do not u derstand this. They say they do but you have to go through what we are going through to understand. The surgeon is enjoying his jet set life with his Porsche, aeroplane, sports Mercedes, etc, and denies everything. This has now been two years and those 100 tablets are lying in my cupboard and waiting for me to take them all at once, together with a few other schedule 5 pills like Xanax and sleeping tablets. Its a lonely world when no one understands. The fact that I am financially independent makes no difference, except that I can get the tablets I want. I was a top performing professional until this happened to my back. I am rational, emotionally stable and keep up appearances so well that only my one friend knows suicide is the first thought when I wake up. Mornings are the wirst and I find myself delaying going to bed at night because I know what the next morning holds for me. I’ve slowly but surely gotten all my affairs in order and updated my will, told my parents where the will is as well as the title deeds to all my properties, etc. The only thing that has stopped me until now is that it will destroy my parents and they are still happily married after 50 years and enjoying their life together and are still healthy and happy. I am unfortunately getting to the stage where the constant pain and side effects has gotten me almost to a stage where I am not able to think of them first and the weirdest thing is that I can think of committing suicide and leave everything organized while I am completely calm and rational, so it is not a question of being in an emotional state where I don’t know what I am doing. I don’t know if this makes sense to anyone, but this is my reality – not my story but my life every day. Every single day, 24/7/365. Will 100 tablets of Oxycontin 40mg plus about 100 Xanax 1mg and a few sleeping pills do the trick?

Louis
4:14 pm April 18th, 2014

Correction, I meant Joe i.s.o. Josè.

jason pepper
5:11 am April 27th, 2014

Louis,

I am in the pain u describe. I have 6discs with spurs and a rare form of chronic epidytimitus. The l-1 nerve in my back to my testical is ruined and i feel as though im being kicked in the groin 24 7. The spurs cut nerves and cause nuropathy in my legs thighs and hips. I cry every day i wake and barely keep appearances. I wanted to end it for a couple years and have found ways around it. Please contact me if you truly feel as you do and i might be able to help you or at least relate to you. Please dont do a opiod od.. its painfull despite what people think. Its not quick and deosnt always work in super high doses due to vomiting and other defence mechanisms your body has. Write me.

Louis
1:36 pm April 30th, 2014

Hi Jason, thank you so much for your email. I appreciate the time you took to write to me. I don’t care that it is an open forum and that everyone can see what I am writing. I am way beyond what people think or say about me. I can so identify with your pain and the worst is that it is with you like your own shadow, in more ways than one. One thing I do know – when I leave this earth for a better and pain-free body my first attempt will be final and work 100%. Please email me. I would like to talk to you some more. Keep strong my man – only you can do it. The reality is very very few people really care.

Nancy
3:18 pm April 30th, 2014

Jason, I don’t know if my words will help you but I want you to know how much my life has changed since my daughter died from an overdose of oxycodone. I posted here in June 2013. I witnessed her journey of living with chronic pain from the age of 20 when she broke her back. Fast forward 10 years in “pain mgnt” and eventually having major depression. She had a prescription for 84 oxycodone
on a Thursday and by that Sunday she was gone. I write this to you and others that she did not realize that the symptoms that she began experiencing were the slow process that led to her death. You take a few pills and then you take some more until you unknowingly take too much. She started running a fever and her muscles were so weak she couldn’t hold a glass of water. She finally just stopped breathing. I spoke to her 2 hrs before I went to wake her up. We didn’t realize what was happening until it was too late. I will never get over this and I miss hearing her voice and I watch her daughter grow up without her mom. So, this is about you and others that live with chronic pain. I agree that no one realizes how much you hurt but we do care. I just don’t want to see anyone overdose on pain medicine whether intentional or on accident. It is not an easy way to leave this earth. I truly hope that you may find peace and that there is a way for you to have some days without the pain. Make someone listen to you and work with you. I know your pain is real.

Nancy
3:58 pm May 2nd, 2014

I meant to address you Louis. I think that Jason is here to help you also. My thoughts are with you.

Louis
11:22 am May 14th, 2014

Hi Nancy, thank you for your message. We live in a world where it often seems as if no one cares and everybody just goes about their own business, but in reality there are many people who care and give of themselves freely to others in trying to help other people. You are one of those caring people and I just want to say thank you to you from the bottom of my heart. I don’t know you, but what I do know is that the people who care often went through the same circumstances either themselves or with a family member or close friend, and people like that are the only one’s who truly understand and can identify with what we are going through. Thank you for caring. However small it may seem to you, it often makes a big difference and has the real potential of saving a life. A difference is made through one person at a time. Your flame might seem small to you, but it drives away a lot of darkness in many places. I have had two days of absolute hell and am in a situation where I have to keep up appearances for which I don’t have any energy, and just reading your caring words made a world of difference to me. My heart aches for your daughter, it really does, but you are turning it into a message to inspire, help, support and encourage other people. It might sound like a clichè, but I cannot give you a bigger compliment than thanking you for your selfless effort and encouragement when it is needed most, and it it is even a very small consolation which will never bring your daughter back, her passing is helping more people and possibly saving more lives thsn you will ever know and that keeps her wonderful memory alive and makes a tremendous difference. There are still many good and caring people in the world, and you are definitely one of them. I know your message today made an unbelievable difference to me.

Borris
7:48 am May 20th, 2014

Hey I have fallen of a ladder today and my back has been really sore….I’m going to the doctors tomorrow morning..my mother said for me to take 2 10mg oxycotins will that help the pain??and will I overdose ??

1:48 pm May 21st, 2014

Hello Borris. It’s illegal and not advised to take OxyContin without a prescription! Seek medical help BEFORE taking prescription pain pills, as you may not need this high of a dose for this strong of a medication.

Jamie
6:15 pm June 8th, 2014

I have been on high doses of narcotic and nonnarcotic pain killers for 10 years now because of severe chronic pain that has not been helped by multiple surgeries or basically all other therapies that are in existence. I currently take 180 mg of oxycodone IR per dose Once or twice per day and 200 mg morphine ER two times per day. I have purposely OD on narcotics numerous times in attempts to kill myself with no success. I have taken as much as 1800 mg of oxycodone IR and around 10 morphine ER 200 mg at a time along with a small bottle of alcohol and all that happened was I got a straight 10 hours of sleep. How many milligrams of oxycodone IR would I need to take at once to ensure death and not just end up getting committed or having permanent brain damage ? I have 150 30mg oxycodone IR’s and I also have about 55 200mg morphine ERs that I can take if necessary. I am worried about taking all my meds, because I am concerned about throwing them up since I suffer from chronic nausea, but I have anti-nausea/vomiting meds I will take. I am a 38 year old female, and weigh 210 pounds and am 5’7″. Thank you in advance for any responses that are respectful of my wishes.

David
10:17 am June 17th, 2014

Jamie, I also deal with severe chronic pain, although it’s neuropathic and isn’t helped by opiates, so I understand your wishes. But with you must have built up a massive tolerance to opiates, so the amount you would have to take would probably make you throw up just from the amount of pills, and if you don’t throw up it would probably make you go into kidney or liver failure, which are both horrible and also not necessarily fatal. I don’t want you to kill yourself, but I’d much rather you be successful than cause yourself all that unnecessary suffering

Dee
4:27 am June 26th, 2014

I am a nurse, a mother and a wife. I had a full, and athletic life, but now I live in constant, unrelenting pain. There isn’t a single moment when my pain is below a 6. I pretend to be normal, but my lack of concentration, memory and an ever growing physical limitation gives me away. Every single activity I attempt lays me out. I am sick of the degradation and humiliation I face every month when I have to pick up my prescription (they are the only reason I can even participate at all in my own life. I have 24 screws in my spine, plates and multiple fusion, I have other bulging discs, stenosis, ridiculopathy, psoriatic arthritis, severe (and untreated) depression. I’ve had level 10 pain everyday for 10 yrs (fluctuating from 6-10, but always climbing beyond a 10 by the end of the day). Lately when I take my medicine (like now), it offers me no more reprieve than a Tylenol night help someone with a headache. I’m so damned tired!!! Can someone, anyone lend me some advice?

Felicity
11:24 pm July 14th, 2014

Hi I have been reading all your posts and it devastates me to hear what chronic pain does to people .
7 weeks Ago I lost my fiancé to suicide overdose on endone, OxyContin and vallium . He suffered with chronic pain from several spinal operations and a fusion . Last April we found him just in time and he was on life support and in a coma for several days . Then again 9 weeks ago I woke up to him taking his meds and I called the ambulance . He was again on life support and then moved to a private mental health hospital which I thought he would b under the right care . A week later he showed big improvement but he went a week de toxing from all the medication and the pain specialist wanted him to take Panadol and get back to physio and hydrotherapy . So a week later when he got some day leave he went to he doctors got all his scripts and snuck the meds back into the hospital and overdosed that night . He was found dead and cold in the morning and had written notes to us all.
One thig I can say is I’m sorry for your daily pain but try and remember that there always is some hope even if its a tiny little bit there’s always hope . He left 5 young children behind plus two step children and I cannot explain the pain of loosing him feels like . He has left me with all his pain times a million . I tried to care and nurse him through everything I saved
Him over and over Nd he was so determined in the end he planned it so well and lied to me . There is always help talk about things don’t bottle it up

Robert
9:22 am July 20th, 2014

I’ve been insufflating 60mg oxycodone in one session after potentiation with antihistamines and enzyme inhibitors, also mixed with clonazepam, alprazolam, and diazepam. I haven’t overdosed and have been wondering why I haven’t. (not that I want to, I use this concoction to relax and catch some Z’s). But from everything I’ve ever been told this should have killed me, what gives?

B-jizz
6:52 am July 26th, 2014

Wish you’d have answered borris- same question here. I’ve already taken 2 10/325 mg. now I can’t sleep because I’m paranoid I’m going to od in my sleep. I don’t know if it’s unfounded or not, I took them nearly 2 hours ago. I feel slightly drugged and sick as fudge to my tummy, but am obv coherant and have motor control enough to type on tiny phone keyboard. Got myself so worked up though that id rather be in pain and sleeping than no pain and paranoid. I’m not used to taking them so I don’t know. Am I in the clear by now? I’ll sure the hell stay awake till daylight if I don’t get myself some peace of mind. Sure the shit won’t be doing this again. Hell no. I’m 5’2″ and 150.

wayne
9:52 pm August 3rd, 2014

My mother is 93. She is in a nursing home and is given 30mg of oxycodone oral tablets per 24 hour period for arthritis pain. I think this causes confusion, anxiety, & abnormal dreams. She sleeps most of the time and can hardly wake for meals. She weighs only 75 lbs. I think 20mg would control her pain OK and would allow her to be more awake and alert during the day. Is 30mg per day too much for her age and weight?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
11:08 am August 4th, 2014

Hello Wayne. The dosage of Oxycodone for the elderly is 15–30 mg. So, what your mother is taking is within the recommended doses. Of course, if she’s experiencing side-effect from her prescribed dose, it can be lowered. Ask the doctors or nurses in the nursing home to see what they can do about it. The dose each person is taking is different, because individuals are different, so it should be tailored to fit their needs.

lance
7:26 am August 12th, 2014

I’ve been on and off hydrocodone 10/325 for over 4 years now due to arthritis, cysts, and tendinitis in both of my knees and recently 2 torn bulging discs in my lower back. I rarely drink at all. Maybe a drink or two once every 3 months. While I’m on a vacation though I drink quite a bit since it is vacation. Every other night, but not to the point where I cannot function. I have just recently got put on oxycodone because the hydrocodone wasn’t working that well anymore since I have built up a tolerance to it. I understand Dr’s have to warn everyone about the risks of drinking while on any pain medication, but if you Have drinks socially while you are taking your medication as recommended is it really going to kill you? Because I think that’s a bit over the top to say unless you are a really heavy drinker and are abusing your medication. What do you think?

Mike
1:25 pm August 12th, 2014

My gf has ended what I thought was a beautiful relationship. I had hip replacement surgery 3 1/2 weeks ago. Very depressed. Rip Robin Williams. I understand your pain and your hope for peace. I just needed to talk to a pal. Besides, I’m to big a scaredy cat.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:17 pm August 12th, 2014

Hello Lance. The effects of mixing oxycodone and alcohol can be very dangerous. Both, alcohol and oxycodone depress the central nervous system. When they are ingested at the same time in large enough quantities they can slow down or even stop the breathing and heart function. Also, irreversible brain and major organ damage resulting in physical and cognitive disabilities can result from mixing oxycodone and alcohol. This mixture can also be fatal if large enough quantities if alcohol and oxycodone are ingested together.

Chrissy
3:14 pm August 21st, 2014

Was wondering is 0.69mg considered a leathal dose for someone that has been perscribed 60mg twice a day for several years.

Kevin
10:32 am August 22nd, 2014

My partner got in to my drugs box. She took 4 =20 mg Oxycodone instant release capsules of mine. I phoned the Chemist, he Said 400mg a day was the maximum allowed.
She was dead 2 hours later. Best efforts of me and the ambulance team failed. She died 30/01/2014.
I e them as prescribed, some some 320 a day.
I am hooked , cold sweats etc but there is little else that kills the pain.
Kev

Sammie
8:18 am August 31st, 2014

I just want to extend my sympathy to all of you who have lost a loved one. I also live with chronic pain in addition to severe depression and anxiety. I have had many, many dark times during which I almost attempted suicide (and had 1 attempt). Please reach out for help, as it is available, but even more importantly, you are worth it. I am so happy I am still alive. I’m terrified that I will have these strong suicidal thoughts again but I know I will reach out, even if it is a phone call to a stranger. Those strangers can save your life and your life is precious. Baby steps, friends, baby steps.

Fra
10:38 am August 31st, 2014

My friend has been prescribed oxycodone, diazepam and remeron for pain and depression but he also drinks alcohol daily. I have been warning him for years that he could overdose and even contacted his doctor. My friend says that he has developed a tolerance to the medications, so he is in no danger. He has a Doctorate in Psychology, so thinks he knows best but he looks ten years older than he really is and has changed drastically since i first met him at Uni over 20 years ago. What can i do to help him as I am very,very worried about him but he seems to be in constant denial? I do not want to lose my friend

Rick
3:13 am September 11th, 2014

I recently had surgery to the side of my neck and had a tumor removed. My freind has been cheating on me for over a year and left me a day after my surgery. I have had cancer about 12 years ago when I was 30. The results came back badly when I called to tell her what it was she told me I was lieing and hasn’t spoken to me since. This past year she has been playing mind games to keep me on the hook. I have been depressed lately and still in extream pain from the surgery. They gave me 40 oxcycodine 10 mg instant realease pills. Not really sure what I’m asking just need to vent

nadine
11:40 pm September 18th, 2014

Hi, sorry to my english because i’m french ;)
So i take 80 mg d’oxycontin per day in injection, can i increase of 80 mg or is dangerous?
Thank you

Kev
10:50 am September 19th, 2014

Nadine
Ask your Doctor about SLOW release pills.
The more you take the more you need.
Ask him for 60 slow release that’s day and 60 at night.
It worked for me. i was taking fast capsules and needed more every time.
Dont play with Oxycodone it will kill you .

Ski's wife
8:26 pm October 1st, 2014

I lost my husband to his addiction on 3/21/14. He was 39 years old and we had been together since we were 14. Telling our 15 year old son was the worst thing I will ever have to do. Getting help is NOT a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. I saw the everyday struggle he dealt with concerning his addiction. I understand it is extremely hard and seems impossible to overcome it. You are worth the fight!

jen
5:52 am October 3rd, 2014

Hello. So I’ve been on 15mg of oxycodone IR 4-5x a day for almost 3 years for my crohns disease. And also 20mg of oxycontin 2x a day. I don’t drink because I know it’s really dangerous to drink and take that medicine, and its not good with my illness. But my question is, I went out with a friend tonight for her birthday and she drinks, I tried a couple of different drinks. But I took like a tiny sip. Is that still as dangerous as a full alcoholic beverage? I like alcohol but like I said I know it’s really dangerous. But I just want to know if it’s ok to just have a sip every now and again. Thanks.

10:38 am October 6th, 2014

Hello jen. I would suggest you to go through this article and see what are the exact risks of mixing oxycodone and alcohol http://alcohol.addictionblog.org/mixing-oxycodone-with-alcohol-use/. If this information doesn`t help, it would be better to ask your prescribing doctor about the safe use of alcohol while you are taking oxycodone.

Taylor
3:31 am October 14th, 2014

Louis, please don’t give up. This has very little to do with the overall topic, and I apologize to the moderators for that, but I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t say something to help someone who seems to be at a place in life where I have found myself many many times. I am only 23 and have been sick and in extreme, unbearable, and excruciating pain since I was 8 years old. Multiple trips to the ER several times a week simply for pain control became normal for me- though we spent half the time trying to convince the ER docs that I wasn’t just a ‘seeker’ (yes, at 8 years old!). I have spent over 3 years in hospitals around the country, as they tried various procedures and medications to treat my pain and other symptoms, since there is no cure for the cause of my pain. I have been on incredibly high doses of every narcotic that exists- at times on such high doses that I was required to remain in ICU while on them. I suffer from an unknown connective tissue disorder that causes my dura (the lining of the fluid sack surrounding your brain and spine) to be very weak and tear easily, thus resulting in the fluid that supports, cushions, and protects your spine and brain to leak out. This leaves little to no fluid to support my brain, thus causing it to sink into the base of my skull, causing unbearable headaches, nausea, bladder issues, and many other symptoms. While a single leak is common- such as after an epidural- and can often be repaired by a spinal procedure known as a ‘bloodpatch’, I have anywhere from 17 to 40 leaks at any given time, and there is simply no way to safely inject enough blood to cover my whole spine without restricting it and cutting off nerve and blood supply to various other areas of my body. Thus all that can be done is to treat the symptoms. I spend 99% off my time lying flat on my back in a dark, quiet room (to minimize headaches, though it does so only slightly), with a central line in my chest for IV meds, and feeding tube in my stomach b/c the pain and nausea are often too severe for me to eat orally, and take over 8 diff to treat my symptoms. Currently I’m on a 200mcg Fentanyl patch and take 50 mg of Methadone q 6 hrs (which was recently converted from Oxycodone, and is soon going to be converted to Dilaudid). I am 23 years old and have never been on a date; I have never driven a car- and probably will never be able to b/c the DMV will not issue me a license due to the meds I take to control the symptoms (and understandably so). I use a wheelchair to get around most of the time and still live with my parents. I am unable to work or attend college and have very few friends. If I can’t give up-and trust me, I have been VERY VERY VERY close MANY MANY times- please don’t you give up either. With extreme guilt I must admit that I have attended funerals and thought how lucky they are to no longer be in this earth, but I know I am here for a reason and a purpose, and since I have not been able to do much with my life thus far, I have to assume that I have not yet served my purpose here. PLEASE know you are not the only one enduring the misery that uncurable pain traps you in, and that others, like myself, truly do care. There is so much more to my story, but I am trying to keep it as short as possible. Though we are not close on age or diagnosis, we both seem to have suffered far more than any single person should ever have to or could ever imagine, so if you ever need or want someone to talk to- someone who will not judge you or try to preach to you- but rather who might understand and/or relate to what you may be going through, please contact me! Much love, support, prayers, and tears, -Taylor

Jake
5:03 am October 14th, 2014

I have a question I’m 30 5’8 an 175 Pds I’ve been taking oxycotin immediate real ease for severer back pain an my friend offered me 3 mg zanax to help me sleep should I take them or is that a bad mixture

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
7:22 am October 14th, 2014

Hi Jake. Using OxyContin together with Xanax may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment, since both medications are Central Nervous System depressants. I would never suggest to a patient to mix these two.

eric
2:49 pm October 16th, 2014

Here is what happened to my brother crushing oxys if the drug effects the central nervious system dulling pain he abused it so much he developed a condition that mimicks ALS it fucked up his motor nerves . I belive the drug made his brain quit talking to his motor nerves he was doing 2 to 4 80s a day snorting them lost his abilty to talk he would sit in a chair and stay up all night super fucked up i believe he fried his connection to his motor nerves after 4 years he developed this condition after snorting the drug every half hour doctors are book smart but common sence tells me oxycontin did this to him now he mimicks als symptoms can move his arms and legs but they keep giving him oxycodone and fentonal and it makes it look like als this obversation was a 4 year study living with him so if you ger diagonosed with als look back on the drugs they were taking

Jennifer
4:10 am October 17th, 2014

Hi,
I had back surgery about a month ago. Prior to that I was in pain management for 2 years and taking 4 10mg of norco 4 times a day for the past two years. After my surgery I was prescribed the 10mg norco and 20mg extended release oxycontin. I stopped taking the norco all together and now take 2 of the 20mg oxycontin but I cut them and take them. I take 2 20mg extended release oxycontin every 4 hours. I cut them so they are immediate release so I don’t have to take the 10mg norco anymore. I know your not supposed to cut them but is taking the 20mg oxycontin extended release cut up an okay dosage to take every 4 hours?

Summer
3:29 am October 20th, 2014

I had a dental surgery and was prescribed Oxycodone (4 x day). When I took just one within a couple of minutes I began to feel dizzy and hear my own heartbeat and feel strong heat in my chest. I wantd to move from my work desk to bed, but before I was able to get up I passed out and woke up on a floor. Don’t know how long I was unconscious. I couldn’t move and stayed in the pose I woke up until I felt I could move and get up. Why? I have a low blood pressure and I do have a bit weak heart.

Simmo
7:44 am October 20th, 2014

Summer, that sounds a bit odd or at least not a Oxy response. A couple of years ago I done my back in before driving from Carnarvon to Adelaide with a caravan. When I got there I was a mess and saw a Chinese lady who gave me 30mg Oxy-contin, 3 times per day.
Next day I said they didn’t help, so she prescribed 40 mg.
Next day she gave me 50 mg which worked perfectly until I returned home in Carnarvon 3 weeks later. I am a retired Mechanical fitter which is a long way from being a doctor, but doubt that the Oxy caused your strange problems.
Cheers.

Summer
1:22 pm October 20th, 2014

Simon, thank you for your post. Well, I never fainted before in my life. Being petite, I’m very athletic and working out daily, and hardly ever go to see any doctors (there is no need due to no serious health issues), but this happened only after taking just 1 pill. I don’t think there was anything else to causing such a reaction. On the bottle it’s written 7.5/325mg.

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