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What are oxycodone withdrawal symptoms?

Whether you need to get off oxycodone for medical reasons, or are treating oxycodone addiction…if you’re looking for details about oxycodone withdrawal symptoms, you’re in the right place. Here, we review side effects of oxycodone withdrawal, duration of symptoms, and their treatment. Then, we invite you to ask us questions about withdrawal from oxycodone or help with oxycodone addiction at the end.

Why do oxycodone withdrawal symptoms occur?

Drug withdrawal symptoms occur any time you take a habit forming medication and develop physical dependence on the drug. Often prescribed for pain relief, oxycodone is a very strong medication. Over the course of regular daily dosing, the central nervous system becomes dependent on oxycodone. The brain and nervous system adapt to the presence of oxycodone and its metabolites in the system and send signals to the body to accommodate for the additional chemical. And when you significantly lower oxycodone doses or stop taking oxycodone completely, the body responds with “rebound” symptoms, also known as withdrawal.

What are symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal?

Once an oxycodone user lowers the dosage by more than 1/2 at a time or stops taking oxycodone altogether, the body starts manifesting withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal include (but are not limited to):

  • anxiety
  • chills
  • cramps
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • fast breathing
  • fast heartbeat
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle or joint aches or pain
  • nausea
  • restlessness
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sweating
  • vomiting
  • watery eyes
  • weakness
  • yawning

Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms: How long?

Withdrawal symptoms usually begin 4- 6 hours after the last use of the drug. In general, oxycodone withdrawal peaks 72 hours after cessation of use and resolves in 7-10 days. However, oxycodone withdrawal symptoms may last from couple of hours to several days. It all depends on the doses administered, the period of time the medication was consumed and whether doctor’s advice was followed, or not. Some people for example, who had only used the drug therapeutically may not even realize that they are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Many report thinking that they just have the flu.

Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms treatment

The first step in treating oxycodone withdrawal symptoms is to seek medical help. Doctors can help you set up a tapering plan, when possible, so that you can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Although tapering may not be for everyone (especially in cases when addiction is present), slowly reducing oxycodone doses over time can prevent intense symptoms of withdrawal.

Further, withdrawal does not need to be painful or exhausting. Instead, medications can mitigate symptoms of withdrawal as they occur. Medicines can also address drug cravgings, as well as sleep or mood disorders.

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Finally, you can address symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal 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.

Oxycodone withdrawal questions

Still want to know about oxycodone withdrawal and its treatment? Please post your question(s) in the comments section below and we will answer try to answer you personally… as soon as possible.

Reference Sources: Food and Drugs Administration: Drugs Class Information
Medline Plus: Oxycodone
PubChem/Oxycodone Compete Summary

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112 Responses to “What are oxycodone withdrawal symptoms?
Alain
8:52 pm February 10th, 2014

I was taking 50 mg of morphine sulphate daily in two 25mg doses. Morphine made me dizzy and drowsy. I asked my doctor to switch me to something else. He prescribe oxycodone 5mg four times daily. After the next day I went into withdrawls from the morphine so I increase the dosage to 10mg x 2 plus 1 5mg daily after speaking with my pharmacist ( doctor away vacation) and it worked but after a night sleep I feel the withdrawl symptoms in the morning. Should I worry?

10:25 am February 13th, 2014

Hello Alain. You’ll need to discuss your particular case with your prescribing doctor, who understands more about the context of your medical history and physical needs. Withdrawal occurs when dosing is interrupted after a period of physical dependence. How long do you expect to be taking pain medications?

Susan Nelson
8:46 pm February 15th, 2014

I M withdrawing from oxycodone and methadone It has been since Feb 1 and I am extremely weak. I am also having difficulty sleeping, and feel like I need to eat because I get real nervous about how long does this nonsense take to complete the get out of my system

12:53 pm February 17th, 2014

Hello Susan. The time it takes to withdraw from opioids is generally related to your dosing history: doses, amount, frequency, and length of time you used oxycodone. However, you can expect acute symptoms to resolve in 7-10 days of cessation. The longer term symptoms such as problems sleeping and mood disorders can linger for weeks to months later. Check in with your supervising doctor to see if you can benefit from the prescription of antidepressant medications, or not (to be used for a short term period of 3-6 weeks). You certainly don’t want to trade one addiction or dependency for another. But there are protocols for treating protracted withdrawal symptoms from opioid dependence (PAWS).

graham
11:55 pm May 8th, 2014

i have been on oxyies for 2and half years.i hab 3 diskes removed,and fusion,10/325.i have tryed to cut down from 4x to 1 time a day,since i have been doing this for about 2weeks.i have had no go i just sit in a chair and sleep,is this from cutting down to fast…..

2:36 pm May 9th, 2014

Hello Graham. It’s possible that the fatigue is a symptom of withdrawal. Experts recommend that you cut down by 25% at a time, but no more than 1/2 the previous dose. Did you set up a tapering schedule with your supervising doctor?

Alain
6:58 pm May 9th, 2014

I am taking 20mg 4 times a day for chronic pain from oesteoarthritis . I wake up in the morning from withdrawls symptoms every day around 6ham
I take a dose and then 3 hours later I take another one because symptoms appear again.
I take a dose 4 hours later 1pm
I take the last dose between 4pm and 5 pm sometimes I take one extra dose later if pain is really
bad but it really bothers my falling asleep
I don’t know if I am taking the right dosage? I would like to remain at 4 doses per day.
Can’t see my doctor I had for 17 years because I moved to another province and I have to find a new doctor before I run out. I don’t want to go cold turkey done it before and it’s terrible.
My doctor prescribed Elavil and Ativan to help me go to sleep.
I also take apo-gabapentin for my neuropathy I take only at night because makes me to drowsy
during the day.
I don’t like taking all those pills but seems like I have no choice

11:35 am May 12th, 2014

Hello Alain. Your dosage will need to be managed by a prescribing doctor in order to minimize the pain and withdrawal symptoms. Tolerance is a known outcome of long term use of opioids like oxycodone. However, you might want to consult with a pharmacist to get additional feedback. Good luck in adjusting your doses.

Angie
6:32 pm May 18th, 2014

I’ve been off oxycodone for 96 hours and I just took a dose and my going to restart withdrawal

1:11 pm May 19th, 2014

Hello Angie. Yes, once you interrupt withdrawal by dosing, you’ll need to go through symptoms again. However, depending on the dose amount and frequency…withdrawal symptoms could be more or less intense. Medical supervision is always recommended during oxycodone withdrawal, so be sure to seek help from a detox clinic or your supervising, prescribing doctor.

John
5:02 am June 2nd, 2014

Total Knee Replacement surgery 4-1-14. Prescribed Oxycodone 5MG pills post surgery. Week 1 post discharge hospital = 80MG/DAY. Week 2 = 50MG/Day. Week 3 = 30MG/Day. Week 4 = 22MG/Day. Started taper Week 5 = 15MG/Day. Week 6 thru Week 8 continued to taper from 15MG/Day to 7.5MG/Day. Very difficult for me to taper from these small quantities. Switched to Hydrocodone 5/325 on doctors orders end of Week 8 and was not successful in keeping pill (5.5MG/Day) down. So went Cold Turkey. Now 72HRS from last Hydrocodone (1.25MG/5 HRS) and 5 days from Oxycodone (7.5MG/Day).

I am at the end of my rope. I felt I was on limited use and managed a taper program down to 7.5.MG Oxycodone/Day. I have all classic withdrawal symptoms including flu-fever w/ temps averaging 101F to 103F running several hours. Today (Day 3) = 12 Hours no let up w/ hi-temp. Exhausted and extremely frustrated. Can you please make an opinion when I can expect my withdrawal symptoms to subside? When will fever break to < 99F?

Should I start Imodium AD?

12:47 pm June 2nd, 2014

Hello John. Check in with your doctor, but Imodium AD is typically used when helpful. The fever and discomfort and insomnia peak at around Day 3, and resolve within 7-10 days. Hang in there! And call a detox clinic for a consult if things get particularly uncomfortable.

Melissa
1:49 pm July 1st, 2014

I have been on oxocodone 30mg for 5 years. I have lupus /RA/ 6 disks out and nerve damage. I stopped my medication 3 days ago and I’ve been taking Benadryl every 6 hour ‘cuz it helps with the detox symptoms. How long will this last?

3:34 pm July 2nd, 2014

Hi Melissa. The duration of withdrawal symptoms from oxycodone varies from person to person and it’s linked to the individual’s metabolism and how long oxycodone was used. It can take about a few weeks for someone who’ been taking the meds for a longer time, even if they took them as prescribed.

Rescue2
8:30 pm July 27th, 2014

I was prescribed oxycodone 15mg 4 times per day for knee pain. I very rarely took more than two pills daily. Last week I took 4 tabs a day for two days. After that I stopped completely. Can I actually be going through withdrawal? I feel depressed as hell, just want to sleep all day, I can’t sleep well at night and my mood is in the gutter. Can this be after such a short period? Should I just try to halve my dosage to 7.5 mg daily then stop altogether?

Melani
2:54 pm October 9th, 2014

I took oxycodone for pain following a double knee replacement for about five months, but in gradually tapering-off doses, and stopped taking it when the prescription ran out and the pain had lessened. About a month after stopping it completely, the pain in one knee became intense, for reasons not yet determined (still awaiting test results), so I requested and received a refill. One dose not only got rid of the pain, but I am still pain-free 14 hours later. I have been feeling totally exhausted and barely able to function, and sweating a lot. Now, after one dose, I feel great, and this leads me to wonder if I could have still been suffering from withdrawal effects a month and a half after stopping the drug. My doctor is awaiting lab results to see if there is an infection, but that seems unlikely. Any thoughts?
Thank you very much.

Tisha
5:15 pm October 10th, 2014

I was on/off a couple days and I feel terrible!!! I feel sleepy but can sleep, jittery, sad, anxious, burpy…are these the withdrawal symptoms, I’ve been off 36 hours from my last tablet…how much longer will this last?

Lost
3:53 am October 12th, 2014

Boyfriend and I have been on them for yrs almost ten for me and 5 or more for him! doing it cold turkey as none of our friends or family are aware of the mess we are in! we are on day five or six and have managed but with the help of another st drug !!!! we take prescibed sleeping pills to sleep sometimes they work sometime not! My question is, what makes my boyfriend jump twitch kick and flice all over the bed after he has gone to sleep ??? im scared for him, I mean we both have awhile with restless legs and aches but his is sooo extrereme when he sleeps ???

1:30 pm October 17th, 2014

Hello Lost. Have you sought doctor’s assistance? It’s safer to have him examined.

Renee
6:01 pm November 4th, 2014

I had a TKR in June 2014 I’m taking oxycodone 5mg every 5 to 6 hours. I want to stop taking it so I tried several times not to take it at night and the pain an Restlessness was horrible. I woke up my nose was running at the very anxious

peter brown
8:17 am November 5th, 2014

Was taking 20mg morning OC 20mg night. for 8 to 10 years. Have stopped the 20 mg in the mornings and keep falling asleep during the day as well as muscle cramps etc. Do not sleep well at night but during the day just drop off to sleep while sitting with people. Can this be a sign of withdrawal

2:49 pm November 6th, 2014

Hello Peter. Yes, trouble sleeping ( falling asleep, staying asleep AND sleep routine problems) are symptoms of opiate/opioid withdrawal. Seek medical advice from your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist about addressing these symptoms.

j stricklett
9:41 pm November 13th, 2014

Hello, I have been on Oxycodone and OxyContin for 7 years, for the last 15 months my doctor had me on 20mgs every 4hrs so 120mgs daily, now she is cutting me down, 30 mgs daily.. I have had extreme bowel movements and extreme nausea along with a lot of other issues.. it’s been 3-4 weeks and the issues are just starting to slow down but still there.. now she wants to cut more? She is not adding anything to help.. is this a normal reaction, should I still be feeling withdrawal symptoms? Also is she doing this right? The nurse she has and her seem to think I should have no issues with cutting down every week or two? I have always done exactly what she wanted but this is horrible… and now because I am saying I am having issues cutting down she wants me to find another doctor but I am having issues doing this.. Was the dose she had me on too high? Because this seems to be the feedback I am getting? She also had me on more oxycontin which I have asked and then cut down because I thought that was the “bad” drug, but This seems worse to cut down..? Should I be feeling this bad still?

Kathy
8:10 pm November 19th, 2014

I start Oxcodone on NOv 10th. The pills were 5 mg. I took two a day after I came home from the hospital. I’m on the second day of half the dose of Oxcodone. I would like to know how long it takes to set rid of the additional muscle & joint pain. I also cannot sleep at night. I also have emotional outbreaks because of this drug.

Please help.

Chante
8:46 pm December 9th, 2014

Hi. I have been doing an awful lot of reading lately primarily because I have been prescribed to 15mg Oxycodone 6x per day for about the last 3.5 years. I have asked my doctor about “getting off” the medication as I seemed rather physically dependent yet the pain was still present. *car accident… several discs dislocated and herniated as well as some minor nerve damage….* I am in my 20s and have a few young children. I have never used recreational drugs. I just want off the oxycodone the safest and most efficient way possible. My PCP suggested switching me to Kadine and went on to inform me that it would be our best move… I did some research and Kadine is a form of Morphine and I do NOT want to be dependent on any medications. My PCP also suggested suboxone or methedone; once again, I do not want to be on any medications where I am physically dependent. I am deeply afraid of going through withdrawal symptoms primarily because my children need me everyday. They have no one like a grand parent or aunt who can help out with basic necessities such as baths and dinner etc. I guess what I am trying to ask is what is the best way to get off and minimize any withdraw symptoms from home? I am in fear that my doctor is now making this dramatic switch with anyone who has or is on oxycodone without honestly considering “what” and even “how” are we supposed to switch but still be able to do what we have to on a daily basis and as for me that is to work and take care of my children… not to mention the holidays- I am worried I won’t be “ok” and my kids need me…. I want them to know I am there for them and they don’t have to be scared seeing me in a rare form (from all that I have read…)

I am so scared to be completely honest. Terrified. I also have been prescribed for several years now Soma 350mg 4x daily (which I mainly take during the evenings to assist with sleeping) and 1mg Xanax 3x daily for severe anxiety.

Any advise would be more than appreciated. Just to say- as I’ve been reading, it is scary, it is serious, always speak up and don’t be ashamed whatever you personal situation is… your stories are easing my days these past few weeks; I am sure they are doing more for someone else! I applaud all that is working towards change!

Chante
3:19 pm December 15th, 2014

Hi… I have been checking to see if anyone responded to the posting I posted. I see no other posts as of today Monday December 15th. Since my last post, I have decided to just try to reduce my intake of the three prescriptions I have been taking for several years. I started on 4 15mg oxycodone about 3 weeks ago to 3 then 2 for the last 6 days. Yesterday I only took 1; 1/2 in the morning half during the night as I was having some muscle tensions… very uncomfortable feeling. I haven’t took any meds today.. not even my xanax. I am trying to just stop them all as the dependency situations are simply not for me. I’m weak and tired but that’s all really. Some dizziness and headache come and go but seems to be caused from 24 hours in my bed… my body is not used to just resting like this… I am feeling great! I go see me doctor Wednesday and instead of him putting me on suboxone or kadine- I can tell him I took myself off!! Some idea’s that helped me- benedryl at night, lots of fluids and try to eat regular! Hot showers and body massages helped a lot! Rest! Take it easy; stay in bed and just let your body rest. Hightened sensitivity was something weird I was feeling when I touch my hair or make a fist; from what I read- it’s normal!

Good luck to anyone who is trying to make major moves in their life. It is scary, it’s not 100% easy but not hard as you may think. Worth the effort to get the toxins out your body!

5:42 pm December 16th, 2014

Thank you, Chante, for your feedback. I’m very happy you are succeeding in your goal and that you feel good. I hope you inspire others to walk your steps of patience and relaxation, towards success.

Himanshu
9:27 pm January 4th, 2015

Hello
I think I am an example of adult ADHD. I always used to be hyper all my life. Now I am 33, since a year I have stopped consuming milk as well as gluten products and I am feeling very nice. I am always calm and I can think clearly. Since I am a vegan I take b12 tablets daily and it helps me a lot. Recently I had vitamin d tablets after reading about it on the internet about how good it is but I have had a bad experience with it after having it I have become a little hyper again and I think I am going through withdrawal symptoms after not consuming it. Today is the 30 th day after I had d but still I am not feeling as good as I did before. Please suggest what should I do? And how long these symptoms will last?

Dennis
6:38 pm January 14th, 2015

I have been off Hydrocodon-APAP 10-325 for nine days. I took two pills twelve hours apart on the day nine. I have been doing this on my own. Withdrawal has been bad. Since taking the two pills, am I going to go thru the withdrawal again, and will it be as bad?

cathi
8:15 am January 25th, 2015

Pain meds. After withdrawl. I have bursitis, headaches, broke 3 ribs and messed up my neck and shoulder, oa, fibro., bipolar
So far nothing else is working. I tried vicodin oxycontin scared me, aleve, tapering but scared of side effects.
I take 2.5 6x a day. I don’t feel this is alot but my shrink feels ANYTHING is vettrr than narcoticks.

Martin
11:51 am February 7th, 2015

after taking oxycodone for over 3 x years, I am now on a reduced dose of 5mg ( slow release ) twice a day. I recognise, along with my GP that I no longer have pain and the med is more an addiction which I long to get off. However, I simply cannot do this final lap to cease taking the drug. Is there anything you can advise me to do to help ?

12:37 pm February 9th, 2015

Hi Martin. You can also discuss this issue with your GP. I guess the next step is 5mg once a day?! Your doctor can help prescribe medications or suggest which OTC’s will help you manage withdrawal symptoms as they occur and make the final jump as comfortable as possible. Good luck to you! You are almost there!

Darlene
6:53 pm February 22nd, 2015

Have been taking 30 mg of oxycodone for 4 years my doctor changed me to patches and I could not get them takes prior authorization and I ran out of my meds yesterday what’s going to be the outcome of the sudden removal of this medication? And is it right that he just decided to do this my insurance company said they had no problem with paying for the oxycodone! The Dr told me it was because my insurance company don’t want to pay for this medicine.

GHOSST RYDRR
5:18 am March 5th, 2015

Veteran, 40mg, 3 times daily. The VA is weaning me off. Started at 30mgs, twice daily. This is giving me problems. I sorta freaking out, but the withdrawal symptoms. I already ack. I’m worried because I am still in pain. Not able to smoke weed, which helps somewhat. I beat herion in Germany. I don’t want to go through that again. But that looks like what will happen. What happens about my pain, the reason I’m on the pills now, when I have nothing for the pain. Hope y’all can ubunderstand the rambling. HELP ME

3:24 pm March 12th, 2015

Hello Ghosst Rydrr. It’s a good thing that you are being gradually tapered down form Oxy. Unfortunately this cannot completely eliminate the withdrawal effects, but it does significantly lower the severity of the discomfort. If you are doing this under doctor’s supervision, s/he can help you take other remedies to treat your withdrawal symptoms as they occur, plus offer some alternative ways for pain management that will help you relieve pain.

charles
12:09 am March 15th, 2015

my wife has been on oxycodone 10mg every 6 hours for 15 days and has stopped as her pain level has dropped to a level she says she can tolerate …. will she be subject to the withdrawal symptoms…

Tim
4:57 am March 15th, 2015

All,

I am not going to go into my whole story as it would take about 10 pages. But I have been on opiate based pain medication since the age of 16. I will be 39 later this year. I use them as directed most of the time. I increase and decrease my dosages based on my symptoms but I have developed a tolerance for my pain medications that is nothing less than insane. I am currently taking around 800mg of oxy a day in a mixture of 80mg OxyContin extended release pills and 30mg Oxycodone instant release tablets. This is the formula that has worked best for my pain in the past mixing the extended and instant release forms. I have been on them so long now that I have no idea if I have even healed. My doctor is not taking me off them as she says I will be in agony. I need to know for myself if this is really the case. I suffer from RA but during the summer I am almost symptom free and I want to spend this summer pill free as well. My question is if it is safe to go cold turkey from that dosage with my extended history of dependence on opiate based medication. I have been on Oxy in one form or another for close to 8 years….

Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions would be appreciated!!

Tim

12:16 pm March 16th, 2015

Hi Charles. She might, you never know how quick an organism gets adjusted to the presence of a medication. But, given the fact she was only taking it for two weeks time, the severity and duration of the withdrawal symptoms won’t be complicated. It’ll be over soon, and if she gets a symptom you can treat it with simple over-the-counter meds you can get at any pharmacy.

Karen
7:01 pm March 18th, 2015

My situation is rather complex. I have had fibromyalgia since I was 30 – am now 73. I experienced a period of relative remission in my fifties but then the symptoms got beyond what OTC drugs could handle. I’ve been under a doctor’s care all this time. About 6 years ago, my symptoms worsened to the point where oxycodone was required to control them. It did and I enjoyed a good quality of life by taking 30 to 45mg every four hours. (I have a high tolerance for drugs and functioned well on that dosage.) As you know, doctors no longer want to treat chronic pain with narcotics so I have been slowly withdrawing for a year and now do 15mg every 4 to 6 hours. My doctor told me to stop titration for four months while I was being treated for cancer – slow-growing malt lymphoma in the duodenum,stage 2. I went through radiation therapy but un-fortunately, the lymphoma was not responsive. It will be some months before inflammation from the radiation has cleared so I can try another round of therapy. Between now and then, I would like to complete withdrawing from the oxycodone. I’m experiencing many of the withdrawal symptoms listed but only mildly so I can maintain my daily routine. I must add that I am taking low doses of xanax (have for many years) and cymbalta. What is your recommendation? Thanks!

8:31 am March 26th, 2015

Hello Karen. You seem to have a good understanding of your medical condition and needs. But I’m not sure if you’re concerned about the withdrawal symptoms or the symptoms of the condition? Have you spoken with your doctor about the use of dronabinol, the synthetic THC during the cancer treatments? Would you consider this as a treatment option?

letter
1:26 am April 1st, 2015

I had a tkr on Feb. 20th. and I have been taking 10/325 oxycodon every 4 to 6 hrs. I’mean still having pain, but have been cutting med. by half. I only take 2 to 3 times a day. I am having I think withdrawel. I feel re a lot jittery and just don’the feel good. How long will I feel this way. I started taking Tylenol today for pain and was thinking I would take a Tylenol PM tonight. ANY suggestions?

4:09 pm April 16th, 2015

Hi Letter. You can use a combination of NSAIDs and home therapies to treat symptomatic discomfort. If needed, you can seek treatment from a detox clinic for more severe symptoms such as diahrrea, nausea, and/or anxiety. For body aches and other pain, use mild pain relievers such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. You can also try massages, hot baths, and rest to help with physical pain. Gastrointestinal stress may also present itself, and will need to be treated by drinking fluids and sometimes taking Imodium. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for other medication that can help you treat other symptoms of Oxycodone withdrawal.

Kaywood
5:00 am April 21st, 2015

Dear Tim,
It looks like no one commented yet on your situation. All I wanted to say is..that I once thought I was on a high dose of Oxycodone and Methadone. The Doctors thought so too. It was 5 tablets of Methadone-10mg daily and 60mg of Oxycodone 3x’s daily. When you said a combination of 800mg, my jaw dropped, seriously. That really worries me. I believe that it may be true that you can build up a very high tolerence, BUT…the amount of mg’s it takes to kill a Person stays the same. Maybe you could cut back by just a tiny amount every couple months. Your body may not even miss it that much. And for Heavens sake, don’t be mixing in Xanax and other downers. That is what has “done in” alot of Hollywood Stars! And NO drinking. I don’t mean to tell you what to do. I’m just a caring Lady with some Nursing background and some experience of my own with pain control. Take care…

Lorraine
11:12 am May 4th, 2015

i was only on OxyContin for 3 days 4 a day on 4th day I went to 2 on day 5 I felt like I was coming out of my skin very restless and irritable was that withdrawal? I now was switched to hydrocodone which I’m trying only to take once but I would like to take Tylenol pm at nite and hydro during day???

James
8:29 pm May 10th, 2015

For what it’s worth I will offer my thoughts. I have eight bulging discs, chronic nerve pain in a paralyzed arm, 8 full grade rotator cuff tears, left below the knee amputation and chronic phantom pain. Believe it or not the list goes on. I am a medical professional and have come to master the pain pills. I know more than most of my prescribing drs, if only because we have the same training, then throw in my experience. This is what I have come to do, after 5 years of battling withdrawals, tolerance, grin and bearing pain, I’ve tried it all and this is what works best for me. My dosage ranges anywhere from 60mg-120mg a day. I cycle my meds. Every 21 days I cycle off for 3 days and switch to an equivalent opioid. Whether it’s OxyContin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine, I change it up on my body every 21 days. My Dr. Prescribes me the equivalent in each every 21 days, then for a few days I bear the pain and take nothing. What really helps on those days is I take a pre-workout (without working out) powder and it provides the energy to muscle through the pain. I have found this to be the only way I don’t build up a tolerance, I can quit anytime with just minor aches, nothing not manageable, and most important when I start taking my cycled med its works effectively. I’m not saying this will work for you. But believe me, I have felt everything everyone on this post has felt. I have 4 kids under 8, just finished my Dr, and run a company. I had to find a way to exist without letting these meds takeover my life. But at the same time, no one should have to live with the kind of pain I feel upon opening Emmy eyes every morning. Balance is the key, and when this doesn’t work I’ll find a new way. It’s a combination of meds, bearing pain when I can, and changing it up on my body to keep it guessing. It’s a delicate balance but I’m happy as I believe I can be. I hope this helps someone. I pray for people like are on this board daily, because I know and live it…

sharon
12:40 am May 12th, 2015

I have throat cancer and I have been on oxycodone for about 6 months. When I quit about 1 1/2 mo ago, no problems. After a couple of weeks my legs and arms became very numb. Oncologist prescribed oxy and zanex and it stopped after a week or so other than a little in my left leg. Thought I was ok until this weekend it started up again. Again the oncologist prescribed the same treatment this morning. I will see him next Fri, but after research all morning I am wondering if this is withdrawel from the oxycoden.

debbie
9:42 am June 21st, 2015

i feel like bugs crawling in me is this normal

Stefanie
5:14 am June 24th, 2015

I have chronic cluster headaches and have had them for over 20 years. i just recently switched from the Fentynl patch (25 much every 3 days) with 10 mg oxycodone for breakthrough pain to 20mg oxycodone 4 times a day. I’ve been doing this for 30 days now and due to a spike in my headaches this month I ran out 4 days early before I could refill again. I started having flu like symptoms and incredibly restless legs. I find that I withdraw harder and faster with just the oxycodone than I did with the Fentynl. Does this seem normal?

john
2:22 am July 8th, 2015

Long history of back problems, had percutaneous discectomy at l2-3, l3-4, l4-5 and 5-s1.been on oxycodone 5 for quite a few years. Was retired on medical disability in 1999. Dr. has done several epidural blocks with varying results. Changed Drs. a couple of years ago and was seeing pain management specialist for pain meds, valium and soma. However, Drs. were shut down by Feds when found they were billing and prescribing not acceptable to Gov. Asked family Dr. if she would help with scripts till found pain management Drs. and she agreed. Had appt. last week and arrived late. They rescheduled for another date and now refuse to write scripts for pain meds till can be seen again. This will put me out of meds for about 16 days. I am upset that she doesn’t realize what she is doing to me by abruptly stopping oxy wiithout at least tapering me off of meds. Is this normal ? I know a lot of doctors don’t like to do pain thearpy but, this seems to go counter to their oath, First DO NO HARM ! Is my thinking off?

12:58 pm July 8th, 2015

Hello John. It is completely unfair, I agree with you. Can you call their office again and try to get a scrip by explaining that you have more than two weeks of no pain management options? Withdrawal after stopping cold turkey can be very harsh.

Olga
3:53 pm July 12th, 2015

Hi. I was prescribed oxycodone for use after lung lobectomy. I was able to use 1-3 10mg every 8 hrs as needed for pain. It’s now 7 weeks since my surgery. I was using one pill in the morning and one at night. I last use oxy on Friday morning. The last two days I use one pill in the morning only. I have been experiencing most of the withdrawal symptoms, which is the worst feeling ever! I have not been able to eat or feel that anything is appetizing. How long will the symptoms last and what can I do to relieve them?

5:02 pm July 15th, 2015

Hello Olga. Withdrawal symptoms usually begin 4-6 hours after the last use of the drug. In general, oxycodone withdrawal peaks 72 hours after cessation of use and resolves in 7-10 days. You can address symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal 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.

Nicole
5:02 am July 20th, 2015

How much\how often do you have to take oxy to experience withdrawal symptoms? I do not take it every day but I have been taking it about once a week for a few weeks. Is it possible to experience withdrawal symptoms from this?

Meg
5:56 pm July 23rd, 2015

My husband was on 5mg 2X a day for 2 years, he tool himself off because he is going back to work. It has been just about a week, he has not slept, naseua, sweaty foggy. He is under alot of stress as well. Waiting to here from doctor, he needs to sleep.

Paul
9:36 pm August 6th, 2015

Was taking Oxycodone at a low dose 7.5/325 acitaminophen (2) at night for 7 weeks post-op back surgery and came off them completely about 4 weeks ago. Suffered with severe symptoms at first: anxiety, weakness fatique, chills, night sweats and flu-like symptoms. The worst are over but still am dealing with a little nervousness, some chills and shivers. Have had complete diagnostic blood work and examination by primary care and nothing else seems to be going on, so—– how long can these residual symptoms last?

Gwen
8:37 pm August 22nd, 2015

I’ve been on 20mg longtec oxycodone for 6 months for pain relief and had started to suffer nausea off and on and doctor recommended me to cut dose down from 2 in 24 hours to 1 in 12 hours. I’ve been shivery had bit of diaorhea and do no feel well. It’s been cutdown for 3 days. Is this likely due to the cutting down?

Ronnie
2:53 pm August 27th, 2015

My husband was in the hospital this past weekend. They initially thought he was experiencing kidney failure but then said he passed a kidney stone. He has been taking 10 – 12 (according to him, but his brother told me it was more like 15 – 20) pills a day for the past 9 years. While in the hospital, they were giving him 4 narco painkillers a day. I saw him jerking and shaking a little. He was in the hospital for 2 days. He says now, that he is completely off the pain pills but I have not noticed any withdrawal symptoms since his release, except for the mood swings. And I believe that is more because he is desperate to keep me from leaving him. He has a lot of energy and is “pretending” everything is normal. In your opinion, do you believe he has quit taking the pills? I do not believe he has.

Chuck
3:15 am August 28th, 2015

i have been on 10 mg of oxycondone twice a day for 2 years.i quit 4 days ago, I now have terable muscle ache. It is the only real system, I have a little weakness and trouble sleeping. But I do have my appetite back.

Sherri
5:51 am August 29th, 2015

Took Methadone approx 11 years. Dr. prescribed Percocet 10’s about 2 yrs ago but I never took more than 4 per day and only about 3 days a week. Dr. gave weaning schedule and from March 2015 to August 7th I weaned then stopped Methadone. Weaning off the Percocet began and my last one of those was August 18th. Still nauseated, don’t want to eat, can’t sleep well, can you tell me how long this is going to last. Mostly the nausea. I already went to Urgent Care a few days ago but not clinically dehydrated.

Jess
6:28 am August 31st, 2015

Running a temp of 103.7 while withdrawaling from oxycodone 30mg. Is this normal for a temp to be so high??

Gwen
10:25 pm September 5th, 2015

I’ve tapered 20mg per day over 3 weeks now on 5 mg past 4 days and have had chills and diarrhea past 2 evenings. Is this normal? I’m on longtec oxycodene.

Cathy
10:58 am September 21st, 2015

I went to detox a week ago for prescribed oxycodone. 45mgs per day. Detox went fine in 5 days. Now at home 5 days later, I am experiencing extreme crazy legs/arms and can’t shake it off. It’s been about 5 hours of hell. Can’t sleep, can’t sit still and arms are wanting to shake off my body. Is this normal stuff 5 days after getting out of detox center?

Melinda
5:08 pm October 5th, 2015

I had shoulder surgery a week and a half ago was on morphine pain pump for 3 days and oxycodone for 9 days 10 mg every 4 hours. The day after stopping I started with these jittery, jerky feeling. Is this normal and if so how long will it last. Cannot sleep, feel like I cannot set still.

Quinn
8:31 pm October 15th, 2015

I’d like first take time out and say thank you for allowing me to be able to ask a question.

Question, I have had back surgery on October 1,2015. I was proscribed oxycodone, dulcolax and muscle relaxers. I was told to take the oxycodones every 4 hours if needed. I was also told to take the dulcolax with it just twice a day and the muscle relaxers as needed. So for 3 weeks straight I have been taking the oxycodones and the dulcolax every day like clock work. So on this past Monday I decided to stop cold turkey with the oxycodones and dulcolax and take Motrin instead. Since then I have been on the toilet after I finish eating anything. I have been waking up in cold sweats with the bed sheets soaked, and I feel like crap. I have very little blood in my stool so I don’t know what else to do. At this point my back pain hasn’t even been on my mind.

Thanks,
Quinn

Cj
1:08 am October 16th, 2015

Why does my left arm hurting? Why can I relaxed. ..I took nerve pill

mary
1:38 am October 23rd, 2015

Hello All, I WANT ALL OF YOU TO KNOW!!! I am a 63 yr old women who was on oxycontin 80mg ER twice aday and 3 15 3 times aday for break through pain for over 8 yrs. Never got high or sleep just dealt with my pain but OMG what a cost to pay. I wanted off of them and had to go to a pain mgr place. I hated it! They put me on a step down program and got off of this God Awfull drug. YES it really helps pain but it is all consuming. It will take your life away. Well I went through pure hell and the pain dr put me on 5 mg of oxydcone 4 times aday. It was making my headaches worse and the other pain I was having. After a month of this crap I stop it myself. Was off of it 3 weeks and pain was so bad 2 weeks ago I took 1 just 1 once aday for 4 days. I want all of you to know I am still in hell over this drug. I feel like I want to hurt someone and the dirreaha and muscle pain and restless leg thing is driving me nuts. Well it has been almost a week an a half s from my last pill but still going through hell. When will this be over PLEASE TELL ME. AND I WANT ALL OF U to know that if I had it to do all over I would of NEVER tooken this crap!! PLEASE ALL OF U. Get the hell off of all of this crap because here we all are bitching about this stuff. PLEASE leave it alone. Yes I am still in God Awfull Pain but I want my life back.Some of you take these drugs and not from a doctor. STOP this is just NUTS and CRAZY. I want my life back Please get yours back. Put the company that makes this out of business. Can someone please let me know about when all this dirreaha and legs and sneezing etc will stop I really need to know I am driving myself crazy needing an answer. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF U —LEAVE THIS CRAP ALONE–AND SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHEN I WILL BE OK like I said I took one for 4 days about a week &1/2 ago.THANK U ALL GOOD LUCK :)

Susie
12:53 am October 28th, 2015

Dear Madam,
I am utterly desperate and giving up. Please help me as I have a husband, son and granddaughter who will miss me if I weren’t around.
I have been taking Oxycontin for about 9 years for scoliosis/lower back pain and especially pain in my ribs/chest referred from my back.
I began getting withdrawal symptoms (absolutely unmistakable ) before my next 12 hourly dose was due. Eventually I was actually getting severe panic/anxiety before it was due and I could not get help from my pain specialist. She said I needed to come off the tablets but provided me with no help to do this. To cut a long and very expensive story short, I knew I had to kill myself to get out of this hell. I failed only because I was sick in the night.
Through bad luck/poor/unlucky prescribing, I ended up back on them. It is now a year later and the same is starting to happen again. I currently have no pain specialist and my GP is not being any help.
I need a solution/some help urgently. Please help me as I cannot take this happening much longer.

oxicodone for 2 years
4:53 pm November 3rd, 2015

Taking oxicodone for 2years for pudendal neorapathy it stopped helping pain want to get off it reduced it every 5 hours for the last3days how would I continue going down perspiring when melds are about due and several bowel movements today desparate to get off this drug asap

Alison
5:54 pm November 18th, 2015

I was given oxycodone after suffering broken hip, arm and shoulder I took them for around 10 months, I hate taking pills especially this one, I started reducing from 15mg to 10 mg twice a day for 3 weeks then reduced to 5mg twice daily for 3 weeks, I then cut 5mg tablet in half and took half tablet twice daily for 10 days, then stopped totally, I suffered with mild diarrhoea for 3 days and a runny nose and very restless sleep but I’m managing hopefully my body will be back to normal very soon, I’m only 4 days in with no oxycodone

7:05 pm November 18th, 2015

Hello Alison. That’s great! I hope you wouldn’t have to take this pill again.

Cathy
3:47 am December 19th, 2015

I have been on oxycodone over 3 yrs now I am being wined off and it terrible! My heart races and my blood pressure spikes up and its hard to breath very scary. I told my pain management Dr so he put me on A blood pressure patch low. I spoke to my primary Dr about this and he thinks they are going to fast, what are you to do when I was taking them 15mg 4 times a day? What is the right way? Then he put me on morphine 15 mg every 12 hrs is that cool while trying to get off the Oxycodone? Is that how they do it? I am so confused here and feel bad enough to go to the ER at times. Sincerely Cathy

shannon
12:39 am December 22nd, 2015

I am on day 4 of xanax withdraw. I also take pain meds (oxycodone 10mg and MS contin 15mg). I literally just began to get thru the worst part of the xanax. How in the hell can I quit everything? I mean, I am on two different meds. Does this mean I will have different detox symptoms from each one? Thanks

deb
6:35 pm December 28th, 2015

I have been taking oxycodone 5-325 for about 2years for chronic headaches. It does help to get me through everyday with not as much pain. When my next dose is do, I have horrible nausea and sweating.I take 1, feel okay and then go through the same thing again . I want to get off of it but I don’t know how. Please help!!!!!!!!!!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:03 pm December 28th, 2015

Hi, Deb. I understand your situation. I’d suggest you consult a doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule just for you. In this way, you can quit the drug gradually. Also, consider over-the-counter medications and home remedies to ease withdrawal symptoms.
Good luck!

Bud333
5:35 am December 30th, 2015

My sister has been taking 2.5-325 Oxycodone/Acetaminophen one pill a day for two years. How bad will the withdrawal be?

Julie
8:53 pm January 1st, 2016

I don’t want this email sold or given to anyone. I have been addicted to oxycodone for several years now. I have a new Dr to help me get off of them. I had this episode the other day where I was at a store and totally got distorded, hallucinating, couldn’t find my car, couldn’t walk I had a cane. Some nice people helped me find it, I have no idea how I got home. God it scares me so much I could have had an accident and killed someone. I lost the following day completely ( at home) I could not get my prescription filled anywhere. So I was out for about a week. Nothing even close has ever happened before. Could this be withdral symptoms?

Deborah
7:53 pm January 2nd, 2016

I am a 61 year old woman who has been on 30mg of Oxycodone daily for about 10 years for Fibromyalgia pain. About 6 months or more ago I started tapering off without much difficulty until I got to 10mg a day and could go no lower without major withdrawal symptoms so I stayed at that dose for several months before I just decided if I was going to go through the withdrawal pains anyway then I would just get if over with. I took my last dose 3 1/2 weeks ago and I have to say it was hell but I did it. My problem is that I still cannot eat anything without my stomach blowing up and feeling like an alien is going to pop out! Will that get better or have I developed some kind of imbalance in my gut that needs addressing? I was under the impression that the major withdrawal symptoms should be gone by now and most of them are except for the stomach issues. I’ve never had a history of stomach problems so this is all new to me. I don’t know whether to just ride this out and see if it gets better or do something about it. It’s very uncomfortable and painful and I can’t seem to eat anything no matter how bland without this happening. I do not want to take any more prescription or OTC medicines and prefer to keep all my doctoring of myself in the natural realm. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m drinking ginger tea and taking Aloe Vera and it seems to help a little but I still can’t eat anything solid.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:18 pm January 3rd, 2016

Hi, Julie. I’m really sorry that this happened to you. Disorientation, confusion, and hallucinations may be oxycodone withdrawal symptoms. I suggest you inform your doctor about this.

Deb
6:21 pm January 3rd, 2016

I would like to get some kind of tapering from the percocet. I can not go to the doctor because nobody in my family knows I take it. If my husband found out I would lose everything I have. I need a taper schedule for 5-325 percocet. I take 3 a day for chronic headaches. Someone help me. I don’t want to feel nauseated all the time. Please help!!!!!I am desperate

kEV
7:09 pm January 8th, 2016

Hi all.
As i stated some nearly 2 years ago . My partner tuck 4 instant 20 mil capsules belonging to me .
She was dead 2 hours later with full medic cover.
I have severe pain so was prescribed Oxycodone some 30 months ago.
It was spiraling out of control , but my Doctor not knowing the true effects of the drug ( i believe the drug company was fined 400 million dollars for miss selling the drug .
In the UK they are still blind to this knightmare drug.
I cut my self down to 140 slow release and 2, 20 instant release.daily.
That was 1 year ago, i suffer cold sweats . a yearning in my gut , Anxiety, and shakes .
These appear daily at the 8 to 9 hour mark after daily dose. .
What is not often said is that opioids can cause pain the same as your symptoms before you where given the drugs.
Yes im a addict the same as any one given this drug.
No i can see no end to the torment i go through every day for 4 hours till next dose.
At the end of the day ITs you laying or pacing ,scratching , no sleep that has to deal with it.
My heart goes out to you.
But its only you who can master it . if you can.
Kev
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k
11:58 pm January 16th, 2016

Went through a really bad withdrawal and hallucinations and I was prescribed the medication for a herniated disc in my neck the doctor did not tell me what the side effects or getting off the drug would be and I almost died

miley
8:47 pm January 17th, 2016

who and when do the medicene get checked to make sure it is right.? this has happen before but different medicene..

Julie
12:17 am January 19th, 2016

I am currently slowly withdrawing from oxycodone. I have been taking it daily for at least 5 years. It was prescribed for my fibromyalgia. Which has increased. I have tried for disability for 4 years. AS OF NOW TALKING WITH SS/DISABILITY. I am unable to work even when I get off the drugs completely.I have an appt with a phychiarist for withdrdral. Apparently there drugs they can use (to help with withdral sysptom) Right now I am having memory problems. I am only 58. I finally went to er & they took chest exray and head ct. Came back fine. It’s a slow process, but people amd er doc are surprised I am not dead, please contact me by email if you have any suggestions. I wrote down your phone number. Thanks, Julie

shannon
10:46 pm January 19th, 2016

Something that is really helpful for oxy withdraw is powdered magnesium. It comes in different flavors, just put a little bit in hot water and wait for it to fizz, then sip on it kinda like a tea. When you buy it from health food stores it comes in a round container labeled “calm”. It’s soooooo great for those pesky muscle cramps and restless legs. It’s not 100%, but it’s pretty darn good! It works great for xanax withdraw, too.

daniel
6:24 pm January 20th, 2016

I was taking 300 mg oxy daily… for me was very easy and cheap to get… i have apartments in colombia where its otc in pharmacies… so once a month i woild fly down and bring back… anyways i decided to stop cold turkey… my doctor gave me clonodine klonopin and gabapentin….. what a godsend… i took many vitamins and drank tons of water… i was only really able to eat bananas… i slept pretty well… only major symptom was body weakness but i forced myself to take a drive one hour a day.. my advice is this dont try quitting until you are mentally prepared and done with the chit for good… best of luck to all

Forgot to add… you have to be careful with dehydration because of diarrhea and lack of wanting to ingest anything… another thing i did was get flector patches and kt tape…. i wrapped my arms and legs with kt tape…. if you have someone willing to be by your side it is much easier… and protein drinks are good to drink daily…

Ally
5:12 am January 31st, 2016

I have been taking 30 mg of oxycodones for about 3 yesrs ! I take 120 pills a month, i went to detox 2 times stayed 1 week came home next morning very sick, had to start my pills again cause i was so sick and could not take anymore than 1 week off of work! My question is how long do i have to be in detox to be not in pain or can i wern myself

Terry
7:26 pm February 20th, 2016

if you have been on oxycodone quit release 30 mgs.for 7-10 years. Will sorting one none and then when you are hurting real bad is that bad for you ???

Shelly
8:46 pm March 9th, 2016

How long does oxycodone withdraw last?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:38 pm March 11th, 2016

Hi, Shelly. Oxycodone withdrawal may last from couple of hours to several days. It all depends on the doses administered, body itself, the period of time the medication was consumed, etc.

Caryn
2:27 am March 28th, 2016

I’ve been taking oxycodone 5 mg every 4 hours (but skipped a few doses, so not *every* four hours) for three days after being discharged from the hospital. Is three days at this dose likely to cause withdrawal symptoms? If so, will it still take a week to get over it, or will it take less time? I have a few pills left. Should I break them in half and maybe try taking half in the morning and half at bedtime? Or am I getting all worried for nothing?

Bill
12:47 am April 9th, 2016

Had foot surgery a week ago took 2 5 mg pills every 4 hrs for a week. I am now taking 1 5 mg pill every 8 to 10 hrs. Feel nauseous for a lot of the day. Could this be a symptom of withdrawal

Sherri
4:18 am April 13th, 2016

I just want to hopefully give someone hope. I was put on Methadone in 2005 when my Dr. wanted me to get off of Vicodin, etc because it was a long acting medication. I had no idea at the time what I was being given until I heard about a lot of overdosing on it. Went from 40 mg a day(2 -10mg tabs twice a day) to 60 mg a day at 2-10mg pills 3 times a day. Did this for 10 years. Wasn’t getting enough pain relief so in March 2015 I started the journey of weening myself off of them. Had to get anti-nausea pills from my Dr. around June or July 2015 and in August was taking my last pill and while I was getting off of the Methadone my Dr. had me increase my oxycodone(Percocet) so I did. On August 18th was my last percocet and I am now pill free. I have a relationship with Jesus Christ and I am sure that made all the difference. You feel so sick you think you are dying but you are not. Talk to your Dr. and remember you need to ween slowly. YOU CAN DO IT. I am now quitting smoking and with my Lord’s help I will conquer it too. Hang in there because it is worth it. Don’t give up 5 minutes before your miracle.

I believe you are going to experience withdrawal symptoms even if you are only on pain killers for a short time. Whatever any of you do, when the pills are gone or you ween yourself off just know that being sick isn’t forever and it is worth it. The problem seen where I live is that when people can’t get the pills they go to Heroin and that is a big mistake. If I can get off of the pills after being on medication for 10+ years, YOU CAN TOO. I now have to tolerate my back pain but I feel so much better. More clarity, no nodding off, etc. Didn’t realize how bad it was til I got off of it. I’ll take my back pain any day over taking pain pills. I’ll be praying for all of you who take your own journey. Don’t give up. You can do it.

Susan
1:21 pm April 14th, 2016

After my last dosage which was the 10th April 2016 I stopped the one tablet a day and over the last three weeks it has reduced
From three a week, to two a week, then the one a week as stated. When will my leg and arm jumping and Heavy RLS stop, as I am unable to sleep. How many days after the 10th April will this stop.
Kind Regards
Susan

Sherri
11:57 pm April 14th, 2016

You can read my last 2 replys about my journey. I was reading some of the latter 2015 blogs, etc and I just want to say that my experience was weening off from March 2015 through August 2015. No matter what opiate/pain med a person has been taking it was “best for me” to ween your body off slowly. Whatever the number of tabs are, doses, etc. the way I did it and my pain specialist had me do it was from (your number) example, I was at six pills a day and went down to 5 a day for about 2 weeks, then to 4 a day for 2 weeks, then 3 a day for 2 weeks, and when I got down to the last of it, (you will know what you can handle) 1 a day for me was 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 at night. Very nauseated, trouble sleeping, trouble eating(force yourself to eat even if it is a piece of toast or jello. Stay hydrated. Stomach pain, I went to urgent care because upper stomach pain/nausea was still there a month after stopping meds. Checked for dehydration, etc. Still wake up during the night, restless but I think that is due to pain but could still be from being on meds for so many years. Noticed memory issues. Never take any meds just because a Dr. gives them to you without researching what it is, withdrawal from it, side effects, etc. Hope this helps someone.

Anthony
6:01 pm April 23rd, 2016

I’ve been taking 5-8 30mg oxys a day for years……I have to stop and have stopped a few times for a couple weeks to a month but always seem to go back to them out of boredome n depression. I am extremely depressed when I’m off them to the point where I think about suicide every day!! Will the depression go away if I stay off tgem for good? I literally have no motivation to do anything!!! I don’t do my work for my job I don’t take cate of important things I should…..I basically just lay on the couch extremely depressed and miserable!! Fortunately I don’t go through severe withdrawals that other people do I just go through mental anguish. Please tell me I will be happy and my brain will go back to normal and I can be happy and productive again if I stay off them for good.

Sonni
11:48 am May 2nd, 2016

I have been using oxycodone for stage IV breast cancer with mets to the vertebrate for about three months. Usully just 10 mg day, but now I stopped it because of constipation problems and I have severe diarrhea, weakness, loss of appetite, etc. Is that a result of stopping the oxy? Thank you in advance for your answer.

Ann
1:40 pm May 10th, 2016

I have been on endone tablets 37 days, for pain,in all I have had 41 tablets, the last one I took was at 9.30 yesterday morning (9/5/2016), my Dr just told me to stop taking them and changed me to Mobic 15 MG. Now I have very deprested and I feel like crying a lot
Can you help me out with this problem and tell how long dose these feelings last.
Thanking you
Ann

ester
3:55 pm May 10th, 2016

Had left knee replacement 4/11/16 was given oxycodone 5mg 2 pills every 4 hrs (10 max per 24 hr) to 4/20/16. Now at home took 2 5mg every 4 to 6 hrs (max 8 or 10 per 24 hr). As of yesterday 7:30 am was my last 1pill 5mg. I believe im having withdrawal symptoms. How long it it be for??

David
11:49 pm May 10th, 2016

I have been on oxycodone for 12 years.I was up to 90 mgs. daily, now down to 45 mgs. daily. I have had none for 55 hours. Just now starting to feel better. Muscle aches are down , they were severe, however my BP is way up. Can I safely withdraw from this by myself? I’m 76 years old in good health. Thank you!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:25 pm May 11th, 2016

Hi David. I suggest you speak with your doctor who can help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Experts clam that slowly reducing the drug is a safer way to quit it.

george
5:47 am May 20th, 2016

Hi,my name is G,I had open heart surgery last year,and I always liked when a dr would give me vikes or percs,so after my surgery I needed more than usual doses for pain so I was taking 12 500 mg percs a day,well I was in a lot of pain so I continued to tell my doctor and he would give me 30 days supply at 12 a day, well after about 6 months,I started worrying myself , I was so weak, then I would take my 2 percs and be strong and feel young,I;m 65,anyway 16 months have passed,and I have been going to an addiction doctor,and he has been weaning me off,I’m down to 3 7.5 percs a day and I am so weak,lazy,no appitite, my legs feel like worms are crawling in them,my muscles ache so much,and if I take 1 perc,,,within 40 minutes,I feel great, and ready for the day.
Starting today I went down to 1 perc 7.5 in the morning, and oxy 20 mg twice a day if needed, so far I have felt good all day,and I only took 2 oxys all day,my legs feel strong, I am not being lazy, I just want to be off these pills and get back to a normal life and not living by every 4-6 hours on my mind everyday,know what I mean?

Wife/Caretaker
11:17 pm May 21st, 2016

My husband had his heart attack at 43, 1993; crushed his heel 2009, now its a block of arteritis. For 23 years his primary doctor prescribed morphine 60 mg and Percocet 10mg/323 APAP. He’s now in the desert and wants to come home, he is out of is pain meds and nitro. Doctor won’t give him enough meds to get home because he needs an apt before refill…Dr. told him to take Tylenol Ex…for a 500 mile drive going to 10,000 ft elevations to get home. I think they are killing inoperative older people who are not money-makers for docs/hosp/ins. It’s the roll of the dice for him with the withdrawals and no nitro to open the one vein or pain meds the pain hits with cold turkey program Dr./RX insurance has imposed. I have put everyone on notice that if he dies because of this, the “Will not harm” policy goes to court. That’s a promise! Nightmare continues: if you have meds and kids (son was 13 with the onset of Dad’s meds), LOCK THEM UP. I lost my only child/son at 29. And it’s said, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Look out AMA!!

mark
7:55 am May 24th, 2016

I had two surgeries recently; On the 12th of April, I went in for a cervical fusion. After surgery, every 3 hours I received pain meds. Every other three hours was a shot and the other times was a pill. After release from the hospital I was in a lot of pain. Turns out I had spinal leakage and they had to have another surgery to repair the :wrapping” of the surgical procedure. Again after surgery for aapprox 5 days, I was given pain meds every 3 hours or so. Once released from the hospital, I was given a vile of 15mg’s of oxycondone. I was instructed to take two tabls=30 mg’s of oxycondone every 3 hours for days. I didn’t know what was happening to me. I literally thought I was dying. I never experienced anything so debilitating like that. In most ways, I’m considerably better. However, these night sweats and interrupted sleep have remained. It has been approx 2 3-4 weeks since I’ve been released from the hospital and approx 2 weeks since my last pill. Can the night-sweat withdrawal symptoms still be lingering? It’s been hell. My primary care physician kind of tipped his hat to me. He told me that after such a surgery only then to have gone through the cold turkey, that I was quite strong. He totally understood what I was going through. Told me to anticipate lingering symptoms. Again, can these night-sweats and nightly sleep interruption last this long? Also, other than that, I take absolutely no meds. Never have. Not a big drinker at all and indulge in no drugs at all. Never a smoker. I eat relatively healthy and drink water only.
Could such a profound amount of oxycondone in a relatively small period of time be the cause of the lingering effects; night sweats and therefore interrupted sleep for now two weeks after I stopped taking the oxy? I don’t remember in my life ever experiencing such debilitation and a lack of energy to do anything. I could not eat. Could barely stand at the toilet. I thought I would crumble to the floor. Also, it depressed you profoundly.
I’m concerned about how long I will have to endure these night sweats.
Anyone? Thank you…

Dave
9:38 am June 10th, 2016

Hi , I’m going through withdrawal from 30-40 mg. daily for 16 yrs after a work related accident falling 3 stories onto my back and hitting my neck. Almost my entire spine is herniated and I successfully reduced my dosage from above 80 to 20 when recently I was hit by a car. I was raised back up to 40 for 6 months and was abruptly cut off when my auto insurance ran out and was told they no longer accept my HMO. I was given a weaning dose of 54 10mg tablets of oxy ir. So I figured I’d switch to another hospital. Well all was going well when my pcp refused to ok my treatment. I have since been hospitalized with a severe upper GI bleed (2nd time) that they can find no cause for after endoscopy ct scan MRI and ultra sound. Im suffering also from nonalcoholic liver damage. Am I in danger now that I’m going cold turkey with only clonidine to help. I’m spitting up blood but no doctor wants to touch my well documented case. I have all of my records but without my primary care physician agreeing to be part of my treatment team no one will write my prescription until I’m out of the woods with the other medical condition. I’m afraid I may die. I have a business a wife and daughter who are freaked out. I have done everything right including requesting the lowering of my dose over the years. I’m afraid of bleeding again. I go to my lawyer tomorrow to take steps in the event that their combined actions lead to my death. What is wrong with this country.
The pain management staff members have no direct phone lines and have armed guards outside. It is impossible to speak with medical professionals directly these days. What happened? I’m aware that the doctors were informed years ago that oxycodone was not habit forming by the pharm.companies and were snookered and are mad. Our society is becoming an unfeeling narcissistic bunch of greedy asswipes afraid to stand up for ourselves and others.
Anyway , I’m going through it so any advice is helpful.
PS I can not tolerate the one tenth mg of clonidine without screaming crying cramps occurring. What should I do. My family doctor thinks anyone who asks for these is an addict and so many doctors are afraid or stygmatized to write these prescriptions. How can they just hang us out to die with no conscience. Any advice is appreciated.

Joanne
4:17 pm July 7th, 2016

I have been on oxycodone 3 20 mg a day plus 8 oxycocet a day. I was administered them as I have spinal stenosis, which I am in severe pain. I would rater be off them and deal with the pain. I did not realize they were synthetic heroin. Can I be hospitalized in Canada to get off these pills. I do not abuse them at all.

marge
3:28 pm July 9th, 2016

I am very sick in my stomach but when I take the 10mg of oxy it goes away. I have been on the meds since January on as a need for back pain. I took it once in awhile and as my pain increased I took it at least once a day for the past 2 months. Possibly how long will it take to detox it out of my system

Wendy
6:47 pm July 12th, 2016

After taking 15 mg 4X a day for at least 5 years, I am forced to withdraw because I got a positive urine for heroin. Mind you, I HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY NARCOTIC since 1976!! YES, 1976. I was humiliated, degraded, embarrassed, disgusted to say the least. I quit ALL drugs I had taken in my youth. I am 62, almost 63. I was stunyt?ned, to say the least. I take oxycodone for neck/back pain the past 5/6 years.
I DO NOT USE ANY HEROIN, OR ANY OTHER DTUG, other than blood pressure, cholesterol meds. My pain dr also gives the the breakthough med 30mg ms contin only twice a day. This Positive urine is not true. The only thing I believe it myst have come from is when I went to AC one night and forgot my oxycodone. A distant friend said she had one extra to givevme. Later on I was told (after the fact), that it was a street drug that mimics my oxycodone, looking EXACTLY like it, markings and all that I took. My BIG BIG mistake. Had I known, I would NEVER EVER have put that in my body Since I was thrown off for two weeks, only getting the ms contin, I am petrified of withdrawels at my age. Especially when I have to work in a few days. How long does the WORST of the withdrawel last..??? Trying to prepare myself for what I am going to have to go through at my age., since I do have high blood pressure. My blood pressure has went down since ive been on oxycodone…now im worried that will shoot right back up
Any info will greatly help. I have 1/2 of a 15mg left then my withdrawls will begin. I was expecting my usual refill today, until I found out the I sane news. Im not even sure it was the pill…??? Can urine analysis tests ever be wrong???? Im so disgusted with all of this. Especially being CLEAN from everything for 40 years, struggeling to be viewed differently when I was labeled the “addict” in my youth…..please advise this confused 62 yr old. …… sorry so long….wuite upset with all of this…

Bill
3:17 pm July 26th, 2016

I think I messed up. I am 70 y/o been taking oxycodone for years. By mistake I took wifes Hydrocodone thinking it was Tylenol. I have taken a urine test. Am I in trouble ? What should I do?

Dorothy
6:30 pm August 3rd, 2016

I have a problem I only take 10mg of oxycodone at night and suffer all day what is the best and easy way to get off that

Donald
11:34 am August 9th, 2016

I have been on oxycodone 10/ 325 on and off for 10 years due to 4 surgery , became disabled ,Have been taking oxycodone every day for the last 2years and am sick every day I am depressed every day. I stay inside every day . I am afraid to drive or go anywhere. what should I do ? need help Do not want to go to rehab. Please advise. Thank you Donald.

Dave
11:34 pm August 22nd, 2016

I have been taking 150 5mg. pills of oxycodone every month for three years . what will my withdrawls be like because I am quitting them on my own . Do I need medication for my withdrawls . Any suggestions ?

1:36 pm August 24th, 2016

Hello Dave. It is generally recommended that you avoid withdrawing from oxycodone cold turkey. Instead, doctors suggest that you taper down doses of oxycodone gradually and over time until there are minute doses present in the body. In general, the safest way to taper off oxycodone is by decreasing 10% to 25% from your current dose per week. If that seems too abrupt, you can lower the dose every other week.

Medications such as clonidine can help you manage more persistent or intense symptoms of withdrawal. Plus, you can use supplemental medications, such as antidepressants to manage irritability, sleep disturbance or antiepileptics for neuropathic pain. A pharmacist at your local pharmacy can offer other over-the-counter medications for only a short-term use to help you manage specific symptoms as they occur.

Please remember that you can always ask for the medical supervision of your prescribing doctor.

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