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Oxycodone withdrawal side effects

When you take oxycodone daily for a number of weeks or months, you can develop physical dependency to the drug.  As the central nervous system normalizes to the presence of oxycodone, you go through withdrawal and its side effects when you decrease or stop dosing on oxycodone.  Getting rid of prescription drugs is not easy.  In fact, these effects are intensified and made more severe when you quit using oxycodone suddenly (which is NOT recommended).

Here, we explore the effects of oxycodone, why you experience withdrawal in the first place and what to expect when you withdraw from oxycodone. Then, we invite your questions about oxycodone at the end.

Withdrawal effects of oxycodone

Oxycodone is part of the opioid family of narcotic drugs used to alter the pain receptors in the brain. However, oxycodone also slows the overall functioning of the body. When you take oxycodone, even as prescribed, you run the risk of physical dependency because oxycodone is known to be habit forming. When your body becomes dependent on oxycodone, you experience withdrawal. Why?

When you decide to stop or significantly lower doses of oxycodone after a period of consistent use, you will quickly feel the side effects of withdrawal. This happens because the body is trying to find a level of homeostasis. The body has been extensively altered by the presence of oxycodone and while uncomfortable, withdrawal is the “rebound” effect of stopping the depressant; it’s way to regains normalcy. You can expect to start withdrawal and notice the appearance of side effects soon after missing an expected dose, after 50% or more decrease in dosaage, or if you choose to stop taking oxycodone cold turkey.

Effects of oxycodone withdrawal

You can expect the effects of oxycodone withdrawal to occur a few hours after the last dose of oxycodone has worn off. Expected side effects of oxycodone withdrawal include the following:

  • abnormal skin sensations
  • chills
  • confusion
  • excessive yawning or sneezing
  • extreme drowsiness
  • diarrhea
  • mood changes
  • seizures (more serious)
  • sleep disturbance
  • sweating
  • stomach pain
  • strong drug craving
  • sweating

You may also experience severe changes in mood such as, anxiety or depression. These side effects make it difficult to maintain the process of withdrawal and complicate other aspects of your life. At this point, a doctor can help prescribe you a short acting anti-anxiety medication. This type of medication can help during withdrawal.

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Another complication of withdrawal side effects is relapse into oxycodone use. If a taper is not an option, the next step would be to have a monitored withdrawal in a detox facility. This way, you are in a safe place and monitored during acute withdrawal. This can help keep you from relapsing into drug use and address drugs cravings or desire to a use oxycodone.

But keep in mind that not everyone will withdraw from oxycodone in the same way. Each body is different and may experience certain side effects over others. And if you’ve been taking or abuse oxycodone in high amounts over long periods of time, these symptoms can be more intense. Additionally, if your overall health is poor, withdrawal can affect the body in serious ways. This is why you should ALWAYS WITHDRAW FROM OXYCODONE UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION.

Side effects of oxycodone withdrawal

So how can you address side effects of oxycodone withdrawal?

It is generally recommended that you avoid withdrawing from oxycodone cold turkey. Cold turkey oxycodone withdrawal needlessly brings on pain and discomfort. Instead, doctors recommend that you taper doses of oxycodone over time until there are minute doses present within the body. A taper allows your body time to heal and achieve new levels of homeostasis. With each decreasing dose, your body adjusts to it without severe complication side effects of withdrawal can cause. This is much easier on the system and you can treat the minor withdrawal side effects as they arise instead of all at once. If other complications arise, you and your doctor can help treat them in the following ways.

Oxycodone withdrawal side effects

Withdrawal side effects can be precipitated by several different factors. There are also many different ways you can mitigate and treat withdrawal side effects as they appear at any point in the withdrawal process. If you can, try to taper doses. But if this is not an option, seek treatment at a detox facility or a rehab facility for medical help.

If you still have questions regarding the side effects of oxycodone withdrawal ask.  We will get back to your questions as quickly as we can.

Reference Sources: Daily Med: Oxycodone
National Institute of Drug Abuse: Opioid Fact Sheet

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79 Responses to “Oxycodone withdrawal side effects
Nellie Sue Suggs
2:51 pm February 22nd, 2014

Three weeks ago I had knee replacement surgery, After coming home I took percocet to control pain. At first I felt pretty good, then I started feeling nausiated, weak, jittery, sweating and have no appetite. Lost 13lbs. Three days ago I stopped taking percocet, Still feel terrible. What should I do now?

9:56 am February 25th, 2014

Hello Nellie Sue. I’d suggest that you record the symptoms that you’re experiencing, including WHEN they first appeared, how long they last, and at what intensity. Then, take your calendar to your prescribing doctor and seek a medical opinion. It’s possible that there is an alternative for you, including another pain medication, therapy, or alternative pain management techniques. You can read more here:

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/pain/chronic.htm
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/NewsEvents/UCM307837.pdf
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/acupuncture-for-pain.htm

Tammy
11:25 am May 29th, 2014

I had back surgery over 2 years ago spinal fusion since then a spinal cord stimulator has been placed I was taking 80 mg of oxycodone I also have severe anxiety disorder that has cone and gone for years now doctor is giving me 10 mg every 6 hours I haven’t slept but maybe 2 hours in two nights feel anxious stomach very quuesy feel like I’m crawling out of my skin is this normal ? Please help me and the pain is still there I also never have taken any pain medicine before this back injury

11:59 am May 29th, 2014

Hello Tammy. I’d suggest that you record these symptoms and address them immediately with your prescribing doctor. Sometimes, the effects of oxycodone do not work for some people.

Nellie Sue Suggs
12:50 pm May 29th, 2014

I no longer take the medication and have noside effects but will never take it again.

Carla Dobbs
12:54 am June 1st, 2014

I understand that each individual is different but I am wondering if I can get an idea about how harsh my withdrawal will be if my daily dose for nine months has been at its highest about 100mg and at its lowest about 40 mg. I want to start a tapering reginmen and pray I can minimize the withdrawal.

Sue
1:17 am June 27th, 2014

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

Michael
4:37 am July 26th, 2014

It seam like a long time, two years ago; I was taking 10mg Oxycodone tablets ten times a day. I started to taper the drug, first by reducing the number of times daily . When I got to seven times a day, I asked my doctor to switch me over to 5mg tablets with a starting count of 240. I then did the same thing, spacing out the dosages

Michael
4:52 am July 26th, 2014

It seam like a long time, two years ago; I was taking 10mg Oxycodone tablets ten times a day. I started to taper the drug, first by reducing the number of times daily . When I got to seven times a day, I asked my doctor to switch me over to 5mg tablets with a starting count of 240. I then did the same thing, spacing out the dosages from 10 a day to 9 a day and so on. As of right now or as of this posting, I am down to two 5mg tablets daily. I was originally prescribed 720, 10mg tablets out the the hospital 12 years ago. I stayed at a dosage of 720 for about 6 years. I guess one could say it started 8 years ago, but it really doesn’t matter. The fact is I did this all on my own because my doctor kept telling me that I wouldn’t like the side effects. The reality of it is, he loses the monthly co-pays and insurance check. He has been of absolute no help, except to prescribe my lower dosages at my requests.
The biggest side effect for me was a crushing headache during most of the step down phases until I leveled off that dosage.

You can do it on your own, just try.

Jenn
2:55 am October 7th, 2014

I’ve been taking Oxycodone along with methadone for approximately six years now, for severe joint pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. My doctor should never have put me on a short acting medication to address a chronic condition, because I go into severe and sudden withdrawal if I become busy and miss a dose, fall asleep without first taking a dose, or travel into other time zones whereby my internal clock becomes mixed up. The reaction is severe: starting with stomach cramps and a sense of anxiety, sweating, followed by diarrhea and severe vomiting. The vomiting and diarrhea can be uncontrollable, the sense of anxiety is profound. From the time I first sense any withdrawal symptoms to full blown withdrawal can be a few minutes to a full half hour. So far I’ve been able to take medication and keep it down before the vomiting sets in. Twice I’ve had my daughter phone the on-call doc for assistance, in case the symptoms didn’t stop. Tonight the on-call nurse was extremely rude to both my daughter (and to me once I was stable enough to speak to her). What really frustrated me was the nurse insisting to both of us that missing a dose of Oxycodone could not put me into severe withdrawal. She also told me that my anxiety was self inflicted and that I exacerbated the with drawl symptoms in that regard. I had to explain to her that anxiety is a real symptom of withdrawal, and that indeed, severe withdrawal can happen when a person takes eight doses per day of 60 mg oxycodone-over the course of years. I wish that medical personnel understood more about pain medication, it’s effects and it’s uses. I’ve never run out of my medication, on the contrary, I go into withdrawal when I forget to take it! I’ve been subjected to suspicious and unkind attitudes from pharmacist, nurse practitioners, and from some doctors as well. If my doctor had properly prescribed a long acting pain medication to deal with my chronic pain, rather than a short acting drug such as what I’m on, I would not be experiencing these withdrawals-this is the second one in a month, though I usually do not experience more than one a year or so. The last one happened because I was traveling.

where do I go for help?
8:16 pm February 3rd, 2015

where do I go for help when I am out of the drug?

2:51 pm February 12th, 2015

YOU CAN SEEK HELP FOR ANY ADDICTION via the following:
An outpatient rehab
A psychotherapist
An MD who specializes in addiction medicine
A psychiatrist
Peer support groups (SMART Recovery, 12 steps, etc.)
A trusted community/spiritual.religious leader

Pat
7:10 am February 16th, 2015

I’ve taken 2months to come off 40 ml of oxy. I have not taken any for 3 days. Now I have skin sensations and diarrhea & sometimes chills. Didn’t have these before except at the very beginning with diarrhea. Is this normal & what is the best course to take at this point?

2:34 pm February 18th, 2015

Hi Pat. These effects are withdrawal symptoms and they are occurring as the medication is leaving your body. You see, as you use a medication, your body becomes accustomed to it’s presence and that’s how dependence is formed. Now, when your organism is suddenly not getting the needed substances it used to get from the pills, it reacts.

The best way to come off your medication is to first see a doctor and construct a tapering schedule. This way, you’ll be gradually lowering doses which will significantly lower the abrupt reactions and withdrawal discomfort. Plus, you can use other prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies to manage and lessen the symptoms as they occur.

Tonya
12:37 am March 17th, 2015

How long will the withdrawal last? , it’s been almost three weeks…

5:20 pm March 20th, 2015

Hello Tonya. What symptoms are you experiencing?

Anne
8:53 pm March 24th, 2015

Is crying normal with the other side affects

8:17 am March 26th, 2015

Hello Anne. Yes, the production of tears is an expected symptom/side effect of withdrawal from oxycodone.

shakil
4:43 pm April 8th, 2015

i was prescribed oxycodone and morphine after my hip surgery, took it for like 6 wks and then a sudden stop as ontario works said they cant cover it any more and i didnt have the money to buy myself, anyways i was in severe pain which i am taking along with loose motions itching on body, sneezing, chill and lac of sleep, i called the hospital they said go to ur family doctor or walk in clinic, both refused to re-prescribe.
i am taking the pain but worried about one thing, my heart rate doubled and i started having lt sided headache and it localized in my left eyes, i booked an appointment with an eye doctor as from right eye i could see the libes on paper straight but with the left eye i see elevation .ike ECG riple, the eye doctor said i have a swelling/bulge at the ampula of retina and could be a hemorrhage…..ref me to retinal specialist in credit valley Mississauga Ontario. can that be due to sudden cessation of narcotics?????????? kindly help and guide me.
shakil

4:48 pm April 15th, 2015

Hi Shakil. I am not aware of such damage to the eye that can be done from withdrawal. But, we are all different and in your case it might have caused your eye problems. What did the retinal specialist say? How are you feeling now?

Karen
8:43 pm April 16th, 2015

I’ve been on oxi for about four years for fibromyalgia. About a 2 years and a half ago, my primary told me that it was now considered bad to prescribe narcotics for chronic pain, unless linked with cancer. He began by lowering his rx by 10% each month ( I was on 30mg and 45mg doses six times a day). I was eager to get moving and probably cut faster than was wise and ended up with incredible total body pain. So I stopped cutting and stayed where I was until things got better. Ironically, I was diagnosed with lymphoma in the duodenum about a year into this process! Another story (I think?) Recently, with the advice of a pain nurse specialist, I began cutting to 15mg every four hours (was usually doing 30mg) and have run into serious withdrawal – mainly severe nausea and headache. Am surprised by severity of this withdrawal at this time. Any comments?

12:24 pm April 17th, 2015

Hi Karen. The severe withdrawal symptoms occur when you lower your doses quickly and abruptly. I believe you can feel better by cutting doses down more slowly and gradually. Also, ask your doctor or pharmacist about over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies that can help you lower the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms. See if they will agree that Tylenol or ibuprofen will help you with body aches and pain. Pepto-Bismol may help ease withdrawal nausea. Also, massages, hot baths, and rest can help.

Karen
1:04 am April 18th, 2015

Thanks, Ivana. What you say makes sense. I knew I had dropped too fast but decided to stick it out if I could since I was already in a mess and end up OK with a lower dosage in place. It seems to be working. I am recovering after five days of misery – a bit weak but OK. Then, I got absorbed in my work here and forgot to take the smaller dose of oxi at the regular time. Seven hours, rather than four went by, and I suddenly wondered why I was feeling so ancy, skin crawling, strange reactions to normal sensations etc.. I was going into withdrawal again! So quickly? I guess this stuff is nothing to fool with. I’m trying to get back to having the amount in my system as I had earlier when I felt better. I’ve learned that a lot of stuff I’ve put up with over the years is due to oxi and am eager to get shed of it …. but tempo, tempo …!

4:37 pm April 20th, 2015

Hi again Karen. I’m glad I could help a little to at least put your mind at ease. I have a suggestion about what you can do to prevent skipping medication periods. Setting an alarm clock is an easy solution and you don’t have to think about the time. Best of luck with your recovery process.

Nicole
11:15 pm April 21st, 2015

I have been on oxy for about the last nine months I started out at 15mg every four hours. They eventually lowered it to 5 to 10 mg daily and its been like that for about two months. Then found out I’m pregnant and told the prescribing surgeon and then he was out of the office for almost two weeks and no other Dr was comfortable prescribing that anymore. I ran out on Sunday was my last dose. Monday night was rough and so is today. Sware I called 50 different places today searching for a detox facility. I’m on my way right now to the emergency room to hopefully find some relief after I could find no other place to go. This will be my second attempt to go to an emergency room. First they did absolutely nothing. I hope this trip goes better and that somehow could get off this stuff for good.

bill
10:17 pm May 6th, 2015

Hi I took oxycodone for major aches and pains and I stopped cold turkey about 8 months ago and I still have anxiety and depression how do I get rid of this ?

alison
11:59 pm May 12th, 2015

I had a complete knee replacement 2/9/15. I was prescribed oxy 5-325 every one to two tablets ever four hours for 11 weeks.
After about 6 weeks I was taking about 3 a day– one in the AM one in afternoon, one at night.
I experienced terrible constipation, sleeplessness, misery trying to sleep, loss of appetite etc.
I decided to cut out the nighttime pill, and wow, my sleep problems disappeared!
I was so pleased I thought I should just stop all together, which is what I did, about 10 days ago.
I didn’t realize I was in withdrawal for days– I thought I had the flu.
then I began to check it out online, and realized I had made a mistake going cold turkey, but I was into it for 7 days then, and thought the worst of it must be gone.
however for the last 5 days I have had EXTREME weakness and a loss of breath– I am gasping for breath after walking from the bedroom to the kitchen.
I have never ever experienced something like this before, and I am wondering– is this still the oxy withdrawal? cramps have finally diminished somewhat but what is with the weakness, and shortness of breath? any help?

steve
11:03 pm May 16th, 2015

Please Help,
i had complete knee replacement and have been taking Oxycodone for 6 weeks , 1 or 2 , 5mg. every 4 hours or 10 every 24 hours. I stopped cold turkey about 23 hours ago , how long will it take to be free of all side effects? I have stomach cramps and some diarrhea , thank you, Steve.

2:44 pm May 22nd, 2015

Hi Steve. The Oxycodone withdrawal period is different for various patients. In general, oxycodone withdrawal peaks 72 hours after cessation of use and resolves in 7-10 days, but it may last a little longer. You can treat most withdrawal symptoms with Over-the-Counter medications you have around the house or that you can easily purchase at the local pharmacy. Try Imodium AD, heating pads, muscle ache creams, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs such as paracetemol, acetaminphen, or ibuprofen to treat specific symptoms. Warms baths or long showers have also been used to treat body ache. Massage and central nervous system calming teas such as chamomile or rosemary may also help.

Jean
6:53 pm May 25th, 2015

I’m weaning off of drugs because I can’t tell what is doing what any longer to my body. Hot/cold. Anxiety/low energy. How long usually for drug effects to be gone so I can evaluate other factors. I realize no two people are the same. Just some general guidelines

steve
5:54 pm May 26th, 2015

Ivana,
Thank you for your response , i’am off the 0xycondone , it took about 7 to 10 days as you said , i went cold turkey with nothing else It was real bad the first couple days with cramps , but i was not going to use that drug ever again. Yea…….no more drugs for this guy.
Blessings,
Steve

Jenn
6:10 am July 28th, 2015

Dear Ivana, I was taking 40 mg of Percocet for about 4 years daily for spinal stenosis. Now I am trying to only take 5 mg. at bedtime for extreme pain, & another 5 mg. sometime during the night when I awaken with pain again, as my Dr. has cut my dose due to recent newspaper articles about clamping down on prescribers. It’s been about 8 days & still I not only feel a desire to take it during the day, but especially during the evening when my legs ( thighs) begin aching me. Although I take prescribed Valium for anxiety, it does not seem to stop me from feeling like I can’t stop moving my legs and feet restlessly. Is this withdrawal because I am still taking it at night? I don’t know what to do. I am 65 yrs old. I can’t imagine sleeping at night with the pain. Any input appreciated.

Jenn
8:26 pm July 28th, 2015

I should add that I already had achiness of my left thigh which was unrelated to drug withdrawal in past, but helped by oxycodone. This is not helped by creams or heat.

Sharon
5:54 pm July 31st, 2015

I’ve again ran a week short on my meds oxycodone lowered last visit to 5 mg 4x a day, my last dose 5 days ago. I thought I was doing really well this round vomiting day 1, then really nothing, now day 5 I started with the diarrhea, which I thought from past experience would have come and gone by now. Any Ideas???

Rigid
10:13 pm August 17th, 2015

can I get a habit from two weeks of Oxy 20

Julie
12:26 am September 21st, 2015

I’ve been thinking about trying to stop taking Oxycodone. I started taking it about four years ago for chronic headaches and migraines and see a pain specialist. It doesn’t seem to help as much as it used to – tolerance is built up – but am worried about what to do when/if I stop about the underlying pain? Also, in a few months, I am supposed to have dual knee replacement surgery (both knees a week apart) and if they are going to prescribe the same thing I am worried that a) it won’t help with the surgery and recovery pain and b) I’ll still be dealing with the existing chronic pain. I don’t seem to have an issue with withdrawal symptoms skipping a dose or more some days (because I forget or am busy) but obviously after more than four years I am addicted. How soon do the withdrawal symptoms appear? Should I just wait until after the surgery and recovery? Should I even worry about it at all?

M Wilder
3:26 am September 26th, 2015

Question: If someone came up short on the last day of their script. They had a new script for the following day, for their usual monthly regular script. No suspected abuse. Obviously during the month possibly a few different days they took an extra pill. That’s what had to have happened to be completely out of medS just the very last day of the month…
If they went the entire day and night without them.
My question is, what side effects would they feel from going that long without their pill. The last one they had taken was the night before at 10:00p.m..
Is it possible to feel flu like symptoms? Body aches. Feels just like the flu. Is this possible? It came out of nowhere in the afternoon..

2:01 pm September 28th, 2015

Hi M Wilder. Yes, all the symptoms you numbered are possible when the usual doses are abruptly stopped. As they take the next subscription and the blood levels balance out, there will be no more withdrawal effects.

linda
5:29 pm September 30th, 2015

Hi, Ivana. I’ve been taking 10mg oxycodone (1x per day) for 8 months. do you think there will be side effects stopping cold turkey. BTW – I’m not taking them for pain anymore, really just to relax myself. Thanks.

4:14 pm October 9th, 2015

Hi Linda. Yes, you will probably experience withdrawal symptoms from quitting cold turkey. Your better option is to taper doses down gradually, and treat the withdrawal symptoms that still may occur with over-the-counter medications for a short period of time. You can talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the tapering schedule and procedure.

Sharon
11:47 am October 20th, 2015

I have been on long term oxycodone use. I am currently taking 30mg 4 times per day for chronic Rheumatoid Arthritic pain. Will I need to be in a detox facility to stop taking it?
Thanks.

Sara
2:56 am October 29th, 2015

Aloha, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2012. I’ve been taking 30 milligrams 3 times a day for the past year and when I don’t take it I have withdraws which I thought was menopause x’s 10 but now I know its not. I would cry non stop and get very depressed. I want to get off of this terrible stuff. Can you give me a tapering off schedule? I just used my last 20 mg butrans patch which I used my last one. Should I use that is it all so addictive? I don’t want any more addictive stuff. I really need help. Thank you. Sara

Reesa
5:49 am November 5th, 2015

I have been taking 10mg Percocet for 2 years now for chronic, constant back pain. My doc is on vacancy and no one else in her practice with refill my script. I have felt so light headed today I can barely stand without feeling like passing out. I have never had this happen to me when I have run out before. Is this a normal side effect? Or should I be worried it’s another medical issue?

Raymond
8:54 pm November 15th, 2015

I am on day 3 of withdrawal and have severe chest congestion and soreness/pain. I don’t know if I am having heart problems or not. {Diagnosed with CHP years ago.} ER visit is complex (rural).

June
11:28 am November 27th, 2015

I was wondering how long I can expect to withdrawal from the oxycodiene?

FlyLila
1:33 am November 29th, 2015

June, it depends on how much you use and how long you have used. I’m on Day 2 of withdrawals from about 50 mgs. a day for the last 16 years. Well it was gradual. Started with Vicodin on a low dose and finally became Oxycodone 5 mgs and I’d take about 10 throughout the day. I’m tired of counting them, worrying about them, going thru withdrawals every month until its time for my script. I’m just tired of it. I want off of them. I would have been on Day 4 had I not relapsed after Thanksgiving by taking 3 on Friday. I would have been turning the corner by now but nooo, I had to be an idiot.

Wendy
5:08 am November 29th, 2015

what prescription medications can help with withdrawal symptoms? i read earlier that some people take tramadol to help. can that work?

1:32 pm November 30th, 2015

Hi Wendy. Oxycodone withdrawal peaks 72 hours after cessation of use and resolves in 7-10 days. Doctors can help you set up a tapering plan, when possible, so that you can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. The risk of cross-addiction with tramadol is high if therapy is not managed by a doctor. Instead, you can successfully make the process easier by using over-the-counter medicines or aids such as Imodium AD, heating pads, muscle ache creams, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs such as paracetemol, acetaminphen, or ibuprofen to treat specific symptoms. Warms baths or long showers have also been used to treat body ache. Massage and central nervous system calming teas such as chamomile or rosemary may also help. Try to take up to 2 weeks away from work, so your body and brain have time to start healing and you can regain your strength. Then, joining a support group can help you continue to work on your sobriety.

Lorraine
2:58 pm December 6th, 2015

I’ve run out of endone and my prescribing doctor is away until the 15th December. My head buzzes and feels weird. I don’t feel good. I took my last one this morning. Prescribed this medication for severe back pain, 5mg when needed. I have run out and feel horrible. What do I do?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:23 pm December 9th, 2015

Hi, Lorraine. I suggest you call your pharmacist, and tell him/her your situation. Or, maybe your doctor set a replacement for the time s/he is away, so seek help from her/him.

Darryl
1:20 am December 23rd, 2015

My close friend is attempting to get off roxicodone & benzo’s using methadone. 2 weeks and she has been complaining about being (what she says is depression). I am only her friend, not anything at all close to being anyone in the medical field. I say she’s “transitioning” from the other chemicals to the methadone and a side effect could very well be a depressed state. Ami I anywhere close to being correct in my assumption? I know 2 things about methadone and benzo’s, (which are) “don’t stop taking benzo’s cold turkey & don’t take them together. I guess my question is can you SAFELY TAKE THEM BOTH ??? I WOULD NEVER GIVE ANYONE MEDICAL ADVICE BUT I AM SEEING HER DEPRESSED MOOD WORSENING.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:24 am December 23rd, 2015

Hi, Darryl. I get your point, and you’re right. Experts don’t recommend to stop cold turkey. So, I suggest you and your friend consult a doctor to help her plan an individualized tapering schedule just for her to quit the drug gradually. Good luck!

Heidi
7:24 am January 4th, 2016

I just ran out of my monthly prescribed oxycodone and I now have to go three full days without it. I honestly do take it for pain. RA and bone pain due to calcium deficiency. However; at the same time, it makese feel normal. NOT high. Just normal and happy. Without it I feel almost suicidal. Why is this?? Why is my pain dr.only prescribing me 5 mg oxycodone pills for up to three times daily? I get 90 pills a month. This has been going on for five years now.?ant suggestions to ask for an increased dosage?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:06 pm January 5th, 2016

Hi, Heidi. I suggest you consult your doctor about the dosage.

Hazel
6:55 am January 14th, 2016

My mother was prescribed to take the oxycodone medicine as pain reliever for her lung cancer. She has already consumed 2 1/2 tablet already for 3 days. I was worried because she ate a small amount of food then. She also vomits and feel dizzy. Is it possible to withdraw the medication as early this time. Her doctor says to lower the dosage so I gave her 5 mg today but still she feels dizzy and vomitting and could not eat.

Roger
9:13 am January 20th, 2016

I just had a knee replacement, and taking percocet, one pill every 4 hrs. Really helped the pain but 1 or 2 degrees in temp would make me sweating or teeth chattering freezing. Then when I quit taking them cold turkey… the next night I wake up with so much energy in my body it feels like a hundred “Electrical ants” running all over the inside of my chest cavity. Feels like i’m not getting enough O2. It must be the withdrawal symptoms I guess, but I almost went to urgent care. I also FORGOT to take my Metropolo which slows my heart rate and upon taking one, in 1 hr. I was free of this crazy feeling. I’ve had this energized explosive feeling before, but it went away when I got up and walked around, but THIS episode wouldn’t go a way readily. Tonight I have the same feeling a day later in the evening. When I’m sitting still it feels like I”m going to explode if I don’t get up and walk around, or expend energy. Finally after a bowel movement it stopped.
Anybody ever have this?

Karen
9:57 pm February 2nd, 2016

I’m wondering if I can change from having oral oxycodone to a patch of oxycodone without withdrawals? I have terrible problems with my bowels all though I take stool softeners daily and medicine from my Doctor for my bowels on a daily basis. I’ve had to go to the hospital before for this problem. When I need to go to the bathroom I am physically unable to “bear down” hard enough to extract the feces. I feel like I am going to have a heart attack. So, I really need help. That’s why I was wondering about a patch. I’ve had four neck surgeries and I have to have the medicine.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
9:18 pm February 3rd, 2016

Hi, Karen. I suggest you consult with your doctor about your concern.

Shelby
5:49 pm February 5th, 2016

My sister has stopped icy after 6 years of use. She is now having severe breathing problems. Could withdrawal be causing the breathing problem.

Roger
1:27 am February 9th, 2016

Well, after two weeks of not being on the Percocet I still have some feelings of withdrawal and anxiety and over heating. Still waking up at 12am or 3 am can’t get back to sleep, so get up and read a book. That is bad stuff, but after reading the posts on this page, I feel like I’ve got no problems at all!!! I’m sure eventually I’ll get off the withdrawl symptoms but it is enough to make you psycho!! Best of luck folks!

Sarah
4:44 pm February 18th, 2016

I was on hydrocodone from October 20 14 – Dec 2015 then oxycodone January to yesterday was my last dose. This was all prescribed from my doctor for certain injuries. I took my last dose of 10mg of oxycodone yesterday at 11am. When should full withdrawals set in? I had a hard time sleeping last night but got some sleep. Pain from my injuries is hard to deal with today. I woke up very cold and I’ve got diarrhea this morning. I’m scared and looking for answers on when I should expect these full blown withdrawals to start and how long they will last. Thank you

Todd
1:17 pm February 22nd, 2016

Hello there, I have 3 herniated lumbar discs and was prescribed 30mg oxyneo and 10mg oxy IR for breakthrough pain. I’ve already had one unsuccessful surgery. I realized I was addicted and even though I’m in immense pain I decided to stop over the course of about a month. Withdrawals were horrid but now on day 8 the only thing I’m experiencing is insomnia. I’m seriously considering cannabis for pain management as I just can’t control the opiates. I’ve never tried cannabis before but I need to do something for my pain. I just can’t do the opiate spiral out of control cycle again now that I’m free. Any suggestions? Thanks

Jerry
9:18 pm March 4th, 2016

I have severe back pain,,and we’re put on oxycodone by the va,than they stopped me instantly,I have been on them for 3 years,so every month I go thru withdrawal,is there something over the counter that helps fight chills ,muscle ache,and the rest of the symptoms.

Jacky
11:19 pm March 4th, 2016

I had to go two days with no OxyContin 90mg due to a screw up at Drs appointments dates. But even though I am now back on regular dose my neck and shoulders are still so sore and stiff that I can’t turn my head and I’m in agony. Is this part of the process and if so how soon will I feel human again please? I am on chemo as well due to an auto immune disease and a few other meds but thought once I’m on normal dose I would be fine.
Please help with any ideas. I also have a chest ifection at the moment so would that make a difference?
I’m so bloody miserable and in pain.
Thanks heaps jacky

Wayne
7:53 pm March 12th, 2016

I have been on oxy for a total of 10 years off and on since 1984
I have had 5 surgeries and am waiting for the 6th next month. This will be a cervical operation working on 6 levels.
So every time I have to get off of the oxy, it seems to be harder to do.
My main symptom is sleep depravation. It is literally torture.
Every time I start to doze off, I get these heeby jebies. It is the major symptom.
If I could just go to sleep for, I figure, for about 3 to 5 days, I would be over the worst of it. But no one seems to care about what I am going through. I admitted myself in rehab twice and they had no idea what they were doing. The 2nd time, I was released AMA and had some oxy in the car that I took and waited about an hour before I could drive
I was also on fentynol patches for about 3 years
can you help me to get off this stuff with as little distress as possible?
Thank you

Dorothy
11:33 am March 14th, 2016

I had my last OxyContin a week after discharge from hospital following major surgery. I had no idea or was never told they were opiates so when my supply finished I thought I’d just move to paracetamol. Last night was awful – shaking,couldn’t sleep,pains on surgery site and elsewhere and anxiety/restlessness. When I could stand no more I took a zopiclone and slept for a few hours, not ideal though. When will it stop?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:38 pm March 16th, 2016

Hi Wayne. I advise you to speak with your doctor who can help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Experts clam that gradually lowering the medication dosage is a safer way to quit the drug.

BluEngl
12:30 am March 20th, 2016

My advice for anyone anywhere that is lucky enough to have any contact with oxycontin is to cling on to this with dear life, and to discontinue things like FENTANYL which is THE MOST ADDICTIVE DRUG (pure pharmaceutical grade heroine) which is really intended as the way to let someone that is suffering and facing immenent death in the hospital or hospice be at peace and comfortable as they pass…..now ive not been facing death and ive been on fentanyl transmucosal lozenges (600mcg) the patch, oxycontin, and many other heavy duty pain killers for a period of ten years for chronic pain (private) and through it all my experience with oxycontin gave me far more of a better life than did the fentanyl…..for me (now we are all different here but) it seems that the fentanyl period was marked by a complete halting of all the normal functioning of this young mans life…..furthermore it becomes all about the fentanyl and the sleep disturbances associated with fentanyl ARE PROFOUND AND delayed and intermittent. NOW I AM GOING TO SPEAK AS A SHAMEN HERE AND DEVIATE/OR PERHSPSE BRIDGE A GAP BETWEEN MODERN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEABLE MEDICINE AND SPIRITURALIY HERE because it is what is REAL to me ALSO. As i went through these years starting as an arrogant ignorant skeptical person that tended to only believe that which was scientific or proveable and gradually had spent more and more of my time experiencing that which i had thought of as “reality” or a commonality common to all people the soup basically that we all live in and interact in through the various “lenses”(im calling any drug a filter or a lense between my innerself and the outer reality) I gained different perspectives on that reality and FELT new and different ways of interacting with everyone else. WHAT this boils down to and there’s no time here to explain any of this is simply that drugs or Spirits as they used to call alcohol a long time ago open doorways in the mind to the rest of what is living to the rest of the commonality that you don’t otherwise find outside of yourself for example the drunk hugging his friends and just being in love with everybody well where does this warmth and love come from it’s a doorway a spiritual doorway that is open to the rest of humanity and same thing with other drugs they open doorways and there’s always something given and there’s always something taken so far for something like oxycodone you gain and even greater sense of feeling of General well-being but that’s balanced by a state of fear of unknown that Creeps in at a later time everything in this universe is balanced you may have heard the law of conservation of energy meaning for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction will this is true for the spiritual side as well and any drug that alters your mind or your perception of reality or anything it’s going to be a spiritual thing and that that law of conservation of energy applies to spiritual energy as well no that’s as best as I can explain it so for everything you get you’re going to lose something so for anything opium you’re going to lose your sex drive but in exchange for comfort it’s just there’s this spiritual thing where things are given and taken and that’s what drugs do methamphetamine steals Consciousness from those that are sleeping buy growing neural networks into their brains without their knowing about it we only use 10% of our brains the other 90% is used up by other things and this is one of the ways it’s used up additional Consciousness comes from other people who are asleep on the other side of the world and that’s why you have performance enhancing drugs that that boost your ability to pay attention to things you can’t get more attention paid to things unless you have more brain power the way that works is through mirror neurons and this is through the spiritual connections that I’m not going to get into the details of how this works here but the point is you’re always going to lose something for something you gain and you can never Escape what you really are with drugs you can never get ahead with drugs you can never do anything other than just experience different ways of experiencing reality with drugs and it’s not a bad thing our society looks horribly down on people that use drugs and it’s because our society doesn’t care about spirituality our society cares about making money and and growth and profit and go go go and get more more more instead of spend time becoming spiritual I’m at the point now where I’ve spent enough time in the spiritual world and the only thing I have to say is that the time I had on oxycontin was the most beautiful and most incredible experience of my life and the time I had on Fentanyl it tended to shut me down it tended to make me not want to do anything and just sit still and sleep and it kind of made me into a spiritual Dimension closer to the astral plane where you can connect with other people there and the problem is with that is that any addiction to anything that’s addictive your brain is going to grow additional Gates or synaptic gaps for the dopamine release these additional Gates can be reappropriated by those who know how to do it and this is why tolerant will tolerance goes up because you have more gates trying to take up the same amount of drug will those Gates can be reappropriated and that’s the beginning of the problems that you will have on heroin or fentanyl. it’s going to be like leaving little bits of yourself behind and different dimensions that’s called being strung out and I understand that talking about it the way I’m talking about it is not the way you talk about it with your doctor I’m not looking down on you I am way below you trust me I just am giving you information that I wish I would have had and could have found but isn’t available really readily without experience and my advices ditch the Fentanyl immediately pentanol being 6280 times stronger than morphine and not really something to be used for broken bones and unless you are suffering severe chronic pain that does not ever go away and even in that case I would much much more if it was me I would choose a higher dose of Oxycodone but you can’t ask for it by that name you can just say look I don’t like the way this sitting on makes me so sleepy and still and unable to function and I want to do stuff but but I know that you’re a female I don’t know how close you are to menopause I don’t know if you’re having hot flashes yet and if you do you might be confused and start thinking that has something to do with the drugs also you know that taking both of these drugs you are going to become warm of warm sensation to your skin just like with alcohol. That’s a sign you’re taking too much be honest with your doctor don’t go Doctor shopping and do not use benzodiazepine at the same time as using any of these other drugs because that’s something that is very dangerous. All opioids are going to slow down your digestive tract causing constipation the best and easiest way to avoid having clogged up sore horrible problems like that is to just be a little bit strong and say today I’m not going to take but just a tenth of what I’m supposed to and I’m going to wait until I go to the bathroom before I take more and you won’t start having withdrawals on that day as a matter of fact the next day you won’t even start having withdrawals until very very late in the day and even then it’s barely anything at all now as for your question about going off of Oxycodone and still being on fentanyl will you have withdrawals the answer is no the way that that opium or heroin addicts or anybody who’s addicted to this type of medication gets by when they run out of something is by substituting something else as long as you are taking something that binds to the MU opioid receptor you will be fine this can be anything from Tramadol to Imodium AD it will prevent you from going through full withdrawal symptoms now the best way is to taper off and have your doctor help you do that if you wish to get off the fentanyl or you wish to get off the oxy codone remember this is your choice but I regret getting off the Oxycontin more than anything in the world it was the best thing that has ever happened in my life and I can’t get it back but at any rate taper slowly with your doctor tell them what you’re worried about and don’t assume that the doctor doesn’t know what he is doing doctors know what they’re doing generally doctors are more educated than pretty much anybody in our society and they care more about people than pretty much anybody in our society and their job is to take care of people and they do a pretty good job of that now as far as the opioid pandemic is concerned this isn’t a problem of doctors making mistakes this is a fact of a rich Nation a very very wealthy Nation with a voracious appetite for something more something they can feel something spiritual and they’ve been led to believe that going to church is going to give that to them when in fact true spirituality comes from what I’m talking about If you experience life through one lens and one lens only the one you were born with you have no idea what the other ways of experiencing life and reality are and how your relationship to others and other things can change and be different this is not something that can be taught byman to man this is where the Kingdom of Heaven exists for the fruits of the spirit exist this is where all that is kept secret exists Oxycontin is the top 2% the cream of the cream of all of the Opium produced in the world it is the drug of the rich and it is the drug that is both of us something that speed you up at the same time as providing analgesia it’s the only one that does both and it’s a gift from God however if you were in a relationship or love someone it’s probably not very wise to go seeking into the spiritual world because this will destroy relationships as you become more and more spiritual you will become less and less understandable by those who are in the regular reality that suits it used to be a commonality for all if you have any questions please contact me thank you

Jaws
7:02 am March 22nd, 2016

the High Climb

I have made it to the pinnacle fifth day
I am finding it difficult to pray
all my pain is returning to my head
I must say I would truly rather be dead.

My cheek, jaws, orbit of the eye and the eye itself are aflame
the headache is steady, but all of the above teeming like rain.
I thought for sure this would all be gone after so long
And that oxy the whore would be shown she was wrong.

The only fool being made is me
The pain is quite real, nothing like I thought it would be
The pain in the eye comes and goes
Like shards of glass passing slow.

My body is now aching, just recently my chest
It hurts to cough, my lungs unable to rest
The sneezing I understand is a symptom come
the painful coughing I hope stops soon or goes numb.

My hearing and ringing have worsened
my feet are stinging and require me to attend
With patches of lidocaine to calm the pain
And Xanax for the tinnitus as I try to refrain.

I’m really trying to be good
I’m hoping each next day to escape the hood
But if the pain from my eye cancer rejuvenates
then I may succumb to it’s painful state.

I am deeply horrified that my pain still remains
What the fuck was I expecting, I must be insane
for ten years I’ve been her bitch with controllable pain
And now when I’m breaking free, she’s bombing my brain.

my shallow breathing and spongy lungs
Make it difficult to move, I even speak in tongues
yes today at work I could barely be heard
she’s choking my throat, soft as a bird.

Everyone may say it is good to break away
I should know I’m a scientist from college days
But I tell you now that I feel better with her
Could be my type of cancer, I’m cursed by her lure.

too much radiation has entered my bones
It loves to show it’s cunning quietly planting like a drone
Two hundred hours and too many cuts
Just too much baggage left, pain waiting in the ruts.

The radiation plaques left too much behind
Though it continues to kill cancer , it’s not very kind
and the scars it leaves besides being blind
Are echos of colors, broken glass, pain easily to find?

So we’ll see the will, the perseverance of time
The stoic traits of a man half blind
Whether he’s got what it takes for the high climb
Or be dead soon with this worthless poem to remind.

Patricia
9:53 pm April 11th, 2016

I’m 78 years old. Have been on oxycodone 7.5/325 for years (4 x a day). My doctor will not write these scripts anymore, since the new law went into effect. I have just 3 weeks supply (4 x a day) left. I made an appt. with my dr. tomorrow….I have to get off this! I’m afraid of side effects. Please advise.

Feeling sick
12:14 am April 26th, 2016

I’m 29 have been on oxycodone for a couple years due to a cat accident…I’m in pain all the time my script doesn’t help much so I go to the streets and get more. When I can’t find any and my script is gone (like right now) I want to crawl under a rock because I can’t take the way I feel my husband is addicted right along with me we have seven children and no family to help so we can go get help. I don’t even want to function right now but I have to because I’m a mother all that runs through my mind is finding something to help me feel better I don’t want to feel like this anymore I hate it and I hate myself for letting things get to this point I knew better I’m so much smarter than letting all this happen and now I’m stuck and it sucks I want something so bad right now I want to scream!!!

cori
3:30 am May 10th, 2016

I took oxycodone after a surgery. I was only on it for seven days. Days. I had cut my script in half by day three and weaned off by taking only on an as needed basis. I have suffered like I never imagined possible. It was only seven days. I am still experiencing acute stomach pain, gas, bloating and chronic diarrhea. I have no appetite but try to eat a little something at each meal. This sends my stomach into clenching spasms. I am spending the day in the bathroom. It has been five days of this. Is it ever going to end? How long does a full withdrawal take?

Stephen
6:26 am May 12th, 2016

I’m a veteran, I should probably stop at that. Whenever I run short on oxy I immediately notify my doctor.. But because it being at the VA they could care less.
My question is how bad do the seizures get and last. I’ve been cold turkey for two day’s, with five total seizures. I’m a disable vet and I can’t just kimp in the car for help. Do I need someone to watch me because as I found out it was not fun.. Sincerely, Stephen

CARON
9:45 am May 16th, 2016

IM WITHDRwing cold turkey and my feet will not let me go to sleep. Why? I have been on 15mgs oxy for 1 1/2 yrs, 4 tabs each day. Caron

D
11:02 pm June 10th, 2016

Maybe this is strange to say but my withdrawl was not as bad as I thought it would be. I was taking 180mg of oxycodone per day at the high point. I took it down to 120 for a few weeks and then cold turkey. I was dreading it and availabilty was the only reason I stopped. I couldnt get any. I had not gone a day without in 7 years. The initial anxiety had me trying avenues I would not normaly try until I said f-it, Im going to ride the ride. The first night I drank alcohol for the first time in years. I think that helped keep me mind from obsessing. I was anxious and fidgety and short tempered for the first 3 days. I sweat a lot. Imodium and lots of it was the only way to not spend the day on the toilet. I took benedrl at night to sleep and lots of B6, B12, Magnesium, and Potasium. It was really not that bad. I kept thinking when is this going to be the horror that people talk about. The fear of that and the initial discomfort kept me from quitting many times. I am not taking away the hell that others have experienced, I just wish someone would have told me earlier to try cold turkey and see how far you make it. Nobody on any of the boards has said that it wasnt as bad as they thought. I cant imagine im that much different than everyone else.

tracey
3:28 pm June 16th, 2016

Fully addicted to endone take them without pain. Can’t do cold turkey can’t taper can’t do detox in centre as I have comittments. Is there a tablet that can help getting off them at home?

Dorothy
4:40 pm June 24th, 2016

I had try to go cold turkey on my oxycodone and I was going crazy bought all kinds of meds for simtoms lax,anti acids,stomach ache,nausea ,head ache,gum,try peppermint,ginger root,still not working ,went to doctors did nothing ,and did not say anything about cutting it down,I was suffering ,so I read up on it and they say you can’t go straight turkey like that ,so I went back taking from four a day to two a day is that good or what or too much,I still feel uncomfortable yet so what do I do for this problem

Jolene
6:00 am July 20th, 2016

I am on 30 MG of short acting oxycobine. I have been on it for 4 to 5 years. I have never had it stolen and it was. According to the contract I signed with t ha pain clinic I beached the c on tract when it was stolen so I was dropped. I am assuming they will do it slowly because I have bad heart ry t hmn issues with several oblations. I have Erhlos Dan Los and Lois Dietz sydrome. Both rare. I am very scared as to what it will do to my heart and pain. AND ALSO…….. the randros blook draws show i had Ultram in my system. I took in whole in the hospital 1 week before the draw, bUT it sHowe up again 2 weeks later. I DO NOT TAKE ULTRA,,,, i only took it the oNE tI’m jn the hospital. Can it sTay in your system that long? It was a ufine sample. I SWEAR ON A STACK OF BIBLES I never took aNY othe uLTRAm. I am lost..please belp.

Beverly
12:28 am September 13th, 2016

I taper of. It been two weeks and I have nerve ending make me shake through my body. I also being treated for UTI and not sure if that causing the problem. Also nausea and on med for that. Just not sure if the jitters are from that

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