How to stop taking oxycodone

You stop taking oxycodone by gradually reducing dose amount and frequencies. Find general guidelines and what happens when you stop taking oxycodone here.

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Oxycodone is a powerful pain killer that causes physical dependence within days to weeks of consecutive use, even if you’re not getting high from oxycodone. Is oxycodone an addictive drug? Yes. Oxycodone is very addictive. And in order to stop taking oxycodone safely, you need to follow a few guidelines.

Here, we review what happens in your brain and body when you stop taking oxycodone, how oxycodone works, possible side effects and how to stop taking oxycodone safely. We invite your questions about stopping oxycodone at the end.

Can I just stop taking oxycodone?

Yes. And no.

If you have been taking oxycodone as needed for pain, and have not developed a physical dependence on oxycodone, discontinuing oxycodone pills should not be a problem. In these cases, the brain and the body have not grown used to the prescence of oxycodone in the system and will not experience a major shock when the pure opioid agonist is no longer available.

However, in cases of regular oxycodone dosing over the course of days or weeks, stopping oxycodone cold turkey is NOT RECCOMENDED. In fact, repeating oxycodone dosing results in the body’s adaptation to the opioid. This is called physical dependence. When you are physically dependent on oxycodone, you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it.

What happens when you stop taking oxycodone?

Basically, when you stop taking oxycodone after regular use you go through withdrawal. Repeated exposure to oxycodone alters the brain so that it functions more or less normally when oxycodone is present and abnormally when oxycodone is not. Why is this?

Simply, oxycodone changes brain systems, including an area at the base of the brain — the locus ceruleus (LC) as well as the mesolimbic reward system. When opioid molecules link to mu receptors on brain cells in the LC, they suppress the release of noradrenaline, resulting in drowsiness, slowed respiration, and low blood pressure. With repeated exposure to opioids like oxycodone, however, the LC neurons adjust by increasing their level of activity. Now, when opioids are no longer present to suppress the LC brain cells’ enhanced activity, the LC neurons release excessive amounts of noradrenaline, triggering the jitters, anxiety, muscle cramps, and diarrhea that are associated with opiate withdrawal.

Side effects stop taking oxycodone

Withdrawing from oxycodone is generally not life threatening. But some of the side effects can be very uncomfortable. The main side effects of oxycodone withdrawal are the same as other opiates and opioids and are graded as being mild, moderate or severe. Side effects occur based on dose strength and length of time that you take oxycodone. But most cases of oxycodone withdrawal will manifest AT LEAST the following side effects:

  1. agitation
  2. hypertension
  3. rapid heart beat
  4. shaking

Diagnostic criteria for opioid withdrawal includes having three or more of the following symptoms present:

  • diarrhea
  • dilated pupils
  • dysphoric (negative mood)
  • fever
  • goosebumps
  • insomnia
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • negative mood
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • vomiting
  • watery eyes
  • yawning

Stop taking oxycodone suddenly

Do not quit taking oxycodone suddenly or you could experience serious withdrawal symptoms If you decide to stop taking oxycodone suddenly, seek out medically supervised withdrawal (detoxification) with either opioid or nonopioid medications to help you manage symptoms.

Stop taking oxycodone cold turkey

If you decide to stop taking oxycodone cold turkey, be prepared to manage symptoms of withdrawal with the help of an outpatient or inpatient medical clinic, or from home. Follow the suggestions outlined below and let us know if you have additional questions by commenting at the end.

How do I stop taking oxycodone?

You should always stop taking oxycodone under the medical supervision of your prescribing doctor. In general, you stop taking oxycodone gradually by lowering the amount and frequency of oxycodone dosing until you quit totally. However, medications such as clonidine can help you manage more persistent or intense symptoms of withdrawal. Plus, supplemental medications, such as antidepressants to manage irritability, sleep disturbance or antiepileptics for neuropathic pain may also be helpful. And if needed, you can seek help at a detox clinic in order to help manage more severe symptoms that may occur when you stop taking oxycodone.

How to stop taking oxycodone safely

When you no longer requires oxycodone hydrochloride tablets to treat pain, opioid therapy should be gradually discontinued over time to prevent opioid abstinence syndrome (oxycodone withdrawal). In general, doses of oxycodone can be decreased by 25% to 50% per day with careful monitoring for signs and symptoms of withdrawal. however, some experts recommend more conservative tapering and a decrease by 10% of the original dose per week is usually well tolerated with minimal physiological adverse effects.  If you develop signs or symptoms of withdrawal, the dose should be raised to the previous level and lowered more slowly, either by increasing the interval between decreases, decreasing the amount of change in dose, or both.

Stop taking oxycodone questions

At the moment it is still not known at what dose of oxycodone hydrochloride you can stop without risk of developing withdrawal symptoms. If you have questions about withdrawal from oxycodone or otherwise how to stop taking oxycodone, please leave them here. We will be happy to help answer your questions personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: NIDA: The Neurobiology of Opioid Dependence: Implications for Treatment
SAMHSA: Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction, 4 Treatment Protocols
Daily Med: Oxycodone hydrochloride
Oregon State Department of Health: Opiate Withdrawal
AHRQ: Dependence vs. pain
Utah Department of Health: Utah Clinical Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Treatment of Pain, Strategies for Tapering and Weaning
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I have Crohn’s disease and was put on 15 mg pulls 5x/ day. It has pretty much gotten rid of my Crohn’s diesease sx, but the doctor I was seeing for pain management closed. I have called all of the others I can find in town and none will treat GI Pain, only musculoskeletal pain. My GI doc and PCP will not presrible opiates. I am sure this has a lot to do wirh the opioid crisis. I have never abused my meds, but I am sure I have had a physical dependance like most other people. Between not being able to find a doctor who will treat me and really not wanting to take them anyway, I decided to make that my last refill. I started my taper with a plan and did very well as I got down to 3 a day. For the last 4 days I have taken 2.5 and tomorrow I transition to 2. This morning I had terrible GI sx, sweating, nausea and abdominal cramping. This are similar sx to the Crohn’s and UC sx I am so familiar with, but haven’t had to experience in so long. I am very scared that I didn’t give myself long enough to taper. Any advice on remaining comfortable would be appreciated.

  2. Hi,
    I have been taken oxy for about year and a half onndaily bases with one to two pills of 10 mg.
    I stopped taking in for 3 days now and I am feeling sleepy all the time. Is this normal? Also I have been waking up more then normal to go to the bathroom, but no vomiting or diarrhea at all. I take Zoloft also as part of my medication.
    What do you recommend that I do? I work full time job also. I am concerned. I have a family.
    Please I need guidance to what to do? Should,I go see a doctor?
    I really appreciate your help on with this. I need to go back to being in normal stage for my family. Please help

  3. I was given Belbuca instead of oxicodone. It is SO MUCH STRONGER and I hate it! This stuff has me knocked flat! Been on it for 10 days and it’s not getting any better. Withdrawal is a picnic compared to Belbuca. Yikes, opiate abusers have really ruined my pain relief plan!

  4. Hi, I got oxycodonhy..for pain, to take when other painkills dont help, usely after phycical treatment wich I get around twice amonth, wich will be 4 pilles a month, I sleep worse, my heartbeat gets doubble skips, I dont use everday, but im in pain everyday for many years, my mood is unstable, the pill helps me, but I desire to stop, to avoid sideeffects, Long term, I use to take tramadol, but only 3 pr mothn, stopping put me throught hell, despite my small use, but I made it, I want to stop using oxycodonhydroclorid gl 5, i Toke 7 this month, what to do when other painkills aint enough ? I just want the best life pisible.

  5. I have been on oxycodone for approximately 3 months waiting for back surgery and after surgery.
    At first the dosage was 5 mg. three times a day. After surgery (7 weeks ago) I have taken 2 – 5mg of oxycodone three times per day. After about 3 weeks of this dosage, I wen to slowly reducing the pills by about 25% until I was down to 3 5mg f oxy per day. I had an increase in pain so the surgeion had me take 10 mg. three times a day for 48 hour to get ahead of the pain. That helped so I went down to 5 mg 3 times a day. Again, the pain increased so I’ve been trying the 10mg three times a day for 48 hrs. I am almost out of the oxy, the surgeon released me and my GP won’t prescribe more. I have only 13 pills left. Can I just take 5 mg twice a day and then one per day? Will I have withdrawal symptoms? What should I do?

  6. I have fibromyalgia, and it was painful on some days. I took methocarbamol to relieve the pain. Sometimes it helps and other days it doesn’t. I had it for almost 16 years, there was no cure. So I had to live with it the best that I could. The symptoms I had were Muscle Pains, mood swings, and difficulty falling asleep.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. April this year my brother In law who’s an M.D suggested I started on Natural Herbal Gardens Fibromyalgia Herbal formula which eased my anxiety a bit,We ordered their Fibro herbal treatment after reading alot of positive reviews, i started on natural alternative Fibromyalgia DISEASE treatment from ( www. naturalherbalgardens .com ) the treatment worked very effectively, i am happy to report with the help of Natural Herbal Garden natural herbs my severe symptoms simply vanished, i feel better now, this alternative fibromyalgia disease treatment is a breakthrough.Visit Natural Herbal Gardens official website This Herbal Protocol is Incredible, I have never been this Healthier!!

  7. I have recently learned that there is a difference in addiction and dependency. I suffer from dependency as a result from open lesions on my spinal cord from MS. I want off the pain pills just to see if I can manage without them and to be able to try a holistic therapy. I take 20 mg every 4 hours for the last 4 years. Need a schedule to safely decrease my use. Can anyone out there help me out. . Thank you

  8. Hi I’ve been on Targin for around 3 years and they aren’t working at all now,but I know I’m addicted to them I have cut my dosage in half so now I’m on 10mgs twice a day would I just be able to stop taking them now?it was rough cutting it down.

  9. I have been taking 5mg of oxycodone for 3 weeks – one a day at night due to a surgery. <Twice I took 2. I have not had any pills the last 2 nights. I have read that I am not supposed to crush or even cut pills in half. I need to drive tomorrow & won't take another pill until after that if needed. So far taking a high dose of Tylenol has covered my pain. Is this appropriate or will I get withdrawal symtoms?

  10. I am currently down to just 10mg of percocet a day, just 2 5mg in the morning when I get up. The worst thing I’ve gone through yet was some restless leg which I took a gabapentin and it helped. I cannot afford to go to the doc or treatment. Should I try and go down to just 5mg a day or do you think because I can make it 24 hours with like no withdrawal symptoms I’ll be ok just to stop taking it all together?

  11. I was on oxycodone 5/325 from Feb. 21 2018 one pill a day. I stopped taking them March 1, 2018…I didn’t have any side effects. I started taking Acetaminophen/cod #3 300/30 on March 3 2018. Even thou it helped i didn’t want to depend on it…Question is…did i do the right thing or not…

  12. I have used Oxycodone nonstop since 2006. My current daily use is about 25 mg/day. Do you think I can stop using it on an outpatient basis?

  13. I have been on oxy for over 5 years at the dosage of two 80 mg oxycontin divided into 1 pill morning and 1 pill evening approx 12 hrs apart. I have decided to get off of it completely and today is day 4
    of skipping the evening 80 mg dose. I seem to be okay and appear to be handling it alright. My Dr. tells me that I am not physically dependent on the drug and have never abused the rec. dosage…ever. Can you tell me how long to persist with this new regimen before working on reducing that 80 mg morning pill. Any recommendations would be most helpful. I’d like to be opiate free by the end of March of this year if at all possible. BTW I am 68 yrs of age, male and in good physical condition. I exercise regularly at the YMCA twice per week; Mondays and Fridays for about 2 hrs each. Thanks for your help with this. Generally I think I’d prefer managing the pain on my own without all the side effects and dangers of being on this drug. Aside from my low thyroid meds and a baby aspirin I use no other medicines or prescriptions at all. Thank you! Shawn

  14. I was prescribed Oxycodone all the way back in 2000, as “treatment”, from back pain, post lumbar disectomy.
    I was up to 120MGS of Oxycodone, Avinza and MSContin, plus, flexoril, Klonopin.
    I threw the Oxycontin in the trash + the Avinza, and just took Oxycodone, to begin the taper.
    During all of this, I had 2 lumbar fusions (2016 & 2017) with hardware & a 4 level ACDF, thanks to a drunk driver.
    I still kept the dose low, because I did not want to go backwards.
    I have 9 levels fused in total. 5 levels in my lumbar spine, 4 cervical.
    I also went from scoliosis to thoracolumbar scoliosis, because the neurosurgeon, removed the plate (without “consent” or “authorization”) I read it when I requested my surgery notes.
    My life is painful but I am adamant about getting off this garbage.
    I am down to 5MG’s qd from 5MGS BID. Going down just 5MG’s is a nightmare for me.
    Its been over 2 weeks, and I still feel really weird, agitated, shaky, runny nose, with an occasional rage outburst.
    Once I take my 2PM dose, I am fine.
    When will these awful, scary side effects end, so I can try to stop the final 5MG’s?
    I take 1MG of Klonopin at bedtime which allows me to sleep. (I know that Klonopin is addictive)
    I am on the “Holy Trinity”. Opiate, benzo (Klonopin) and Flexoril (muscle relaxant) .
    There are no in-patient rehab hospitals in Connecticut,
    I called 4 behavioral health clinics, and they all said, “do not go off the last amount on your own. Your chances of a seizure and dying is very high.”
    This is due to the 18 years I have been on multiple “controlled” or “narcotic” pain meds. I am a VERY HIGH RISK.
    They offer no help or places that might be able to assist me. They said they only offer “out patient treatment”.
    This is very frustrating and I am sick of being insulted while nobody will give me the help I am begging for.

    BTW: This is connected to WORKERS COMPENSATION, and they have to pay. I already talked to several attorney’s.
    I cannot live like this.
    Please help me & thank you for listening ~

  15. I have been on 6 oxycodone a day for 17 years for chronic pain. New GP says no more and is detoxing me at 1 pill per day for a month and then down again. I am stuck at 4 but the oain after 7 weeks on 4 per day kepps me bedridden and sick with a level of pain that I’ve never felt before. Any suggestions on how to detox and still deal with the pain that put me on it at first.

  16. I have taken imm rel 5 mm of oxyxodone for 5 years at 3 times a day approximatly 6 to 7 hoirs apart and go overnighy approx 10 to 13 hours without anything. How bad would my withdrawels be. And how do i stop this med.

  17. My treating doctor has been prescribing me 80mg tablets for years I’ve been taking at one time 9 80mg a day. I’ve managed to get myself down to 5 80mg tablets. But my treating doctor has decided to stop giving them to me and I have 8 tablets left and no idea what to do I have tried cold turkey and the withdrawals are intense. I went to see my doctor one more time and she said all she can do is recommend I go to out patients for withdrawal. I can work in this condition so I’ve told my boss I’m sick. What should I do should I just push through the feeling of cold turkey? I’m out of ideas. I bought some poweraid in case I get stomach problems and bowel problems to stay hydrated and enough food and drinks so I don’t have to leave the house. I’m scared really I can’t do it

  18. Was taking 5 ‘s 4 times day. Only worked 2 hours then withdrawals till next pill, I have never abused them! Started taking 1 a day which is miserable, my guestion how long to do this and then go to half a one ! I am on my own as I am allergic to any thing that might help! Also no antidepressants for me ever or sleep aids, like I said I am on my own! Oxycodone 4 a day. Have stopped working after 2 hours, 5 mg. I started taking 1 a day and has been awful! How long should I do before lowering dose to half of one a day!

  19. I had.a knee replacement 5 years ago and have been taking roxiset 1/2 pill of 325 ever since.
    I want off. I went to a third for four days, a 1/4 for a week and then nothing. The only sympton i have is no sleep from the anxiety and im so tired. Is there something i can take to reduce the anxiety so i can sleep while getting off? Thanks. Jo

  20. hello , I have been on oxycodone for 5 years and spoke with my dr. about stopping, I have chronic pain.I was given medical marijuana. it is very expensive and I am extremely concerned about how to manage my pain after detox. I feel my dr is not doing a good job at all, feeling , lost, confused , worried and helpless. I am 54 yrs old and pain is only getting worse. I have already tried physical therapy, tens, radio frequency ablation etc.. nothing helps. Anyone have any advise I would appreciate it ,thank you Lorraine

  21. I have been taking 30-40 mg of oxycodone and or roxycodone for the past 8 months. I was never prescribed for pain. I did not get them from a doctor. However, I was prescribed tussionex cough syrup the past few years and really enjoyed taking it so it kind of prompted me to seek out oxycodone. I would like to stop on my own, without any medical help or other drugs but I’m super scared of withdrawal symptoms and my work is very stressful and physically demanding. My wife is totally behind my choice to stop. Should I try to decrease usage by 10-15% each week until I no longer crave the drug? I have about 30 tabs of 30 mg roxycodone. That could potentially last me 7-8 weeks if I continue to decrease usage per week. Do you think this is the best method or should I seek medical help? Thanks in advance for your response.


  22. I was taking Norco’s for approx 2 years (Qualitest brand). Kaiser does not have that brand any longer so now I am taking Oxycodone. I’ve been taking them for 2 weeks now. I want to stop all together. Question is, taking the Norco’s for so long and now the Oxy’s, will it still be a hard withdraw? I’m sure it will be. My problem is, I always run out before my next refill date. This is a problem for me so I just want to quit. Also, another question, what is the comparison withdrawing from Heroin vs Oxy’s. Which is worse or should I ask, more difficult. Or is it the same. Thank you

  23. I have been on oxycodone for 3 years for knee pain. I had my knee replaced on October 3rd of this year. I have weaned down from 8-10 mg oxycodone to 4-5 10mg oxycodones. I decided to try and quit 48 hours ago. I have been taking cholondine every 6 hours. Today I took 1 10mg hydrocodone because I have been feeling extreme dysphoria. I feel terrible that I let myself down and more importantly my wife. If I don’t take anymore pain medicine do you think the worst of the withdrawals will subside in the next 24 hours or should I do a sow tapper?

  24. OK – Let me just start by saying that i have been taking Oxycdone 15mg for over 6 years for chronic back and knee pain. I was taking 100 a month for this long. Was i addicted, YES, OH YES… How did i overcome this addiction you might ask, well here is my story.
    I looked at my at the time 4 year old son and thought, i don’t want to leave my son alone on this earth with no mommy because of medication, so i started playing head games with myself and thought oh as long as i have mind over matter it will be NO problem to stop. Man was I wrong, i had all of the symptoms of withdraw that are stated in this article and more. So i started asking people who have been on this and possibly were in rehab or in jail and could NO LONGER take or get this medication and what and how did they handle it. Someone told me about “KRATUM” I may have spelled that wrong. However, Kratum is made of all natural ingredients and one or some of those ingredients (after a few doses, so your body gets the Kratum in your system) trick your mind and body to think that you have oxycodone in your system. For the first couple of days taking this Kratum, I was taking 4-5 pills a day – 3 times a day, i did NOT see or feel much different, I kept with it though. On day 4 – Most of my withdraw symptoms had either completely gone away – or they were so mild that they did not bother me at all. I felt like i was a normal person finally. Kratum does NOT give you the UP or some might say HIGH feeling, doesn’t make you feel that way at all. Honestly i don’t think you could say it makes you feel anything, it just takes those withdraw symtoms and gets rid of them. Some might say that you should not replace one drug with another. They are correct, you are still putting man made drugs into your system. However, after not having my oxycodone for months and taking this Kratum to help with the withdraw symtoms, I started taking less and less of the Kratum, all the way down to 2-3 pills 2 times a day. I did that for about a month and then started taking 1 pill of Kratum 3 times a day, then 2 times a day, then one a day until finally I didn’t need the Kratum or the Oxycodone anymore. As for my back and knee pain – Oh yes that is still there and i suffer with that everyday. How do i handle that now, well i am looking into some surgerys and when i need to take a rest, that is what i will do.
    Keep your mind strong and your thoughts positive and you can do whatever you put your mind to. I know it is a hard thing to do, however, mind over matter and MY SON means more to me than ANY pill, drug or anything else in this world.
    It feels really good to know that i don’t depend on a drug any more to get me through the day and i did not have to pay for expensive rehabs or have the help of a dr. _ I in NO WAY would discourage you from going to a rehab or consulting your Dr., in fact if this is what is going to help you with your situation, do what you need to do to help yourself get off of the oxycodone and have NO shame in it.
    I am NOT a DR. or any other licensed professional – i am just a normal off the street person who has been there, done that with this medication and thought i would share with you all what helped me.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope this helps those of you who need it.

  25. Thank you very much I’m 72 years old chronic body pain hips back you name it I have it I would love to get off of Oxycodone 10 325 have been on it for years I know I’m going to have withdrawal if I try then there’s what do I do for the pain at my age I don’t even know if it’s worth getting off of it if you have any suggestions on whether I should stay on it or not I know you’re not a doctor but I’m afraid it’s some point I may not be able to require them I see my doctor once a month but I know they’re becoming so strict my son also has an addiction problem he sees an addiction specialist if they’re having been in a rehab for a short period of time he is on Suboxone which he functions fantastic with although he was always a functioning addict anyway so if you have any thoughts please feel free to contact me thank you and have a great holiday

  26. I was on 50 mg methadone for11yrs since August I’d been cut down 1 pill a th & put on oxycodone 10mg 4 times a they don’t do anything to REALLY help every 4 hrs another pill is needed for aches basically withdraws when sleep 3hrs is all I & to the shower do the math you see it doesn’t work. Pain clinic doctor added 1- 15mg morphine works barely untill bed time I fall asleep pretty good 3hrs. I’m up immediately from aches and pains. Take pill 2/4hrs before I can sleep
    I’m so tired and over this crap I can’t work can’t sleep right this has gone on 2 months. Why is the clinic doing this instead of easing suffering like this. Ready to stop living like this,to the point of getting away from the clinic not sure how bad my back pain will be but sick of these pills how to wing off without a clinic I’m sick of doctors playing god

  27. I have been on 30 mg oxycodone up to 4 times a day for about 5 years. I have chronic pain but I hate taking this much pain medicine. I would like to get to the point that I only take something for pain as really, really needed. Right now, I can barely go 4 or 5 hours without taking it and I absolutely hate it. I am afraid to talk to my prescribing dr. I am afraid if I do, he may not give it to me any more. I really want to at least cut down on how much I take. Where do I begin?

  28. I take 3 and one half a day. They are 5/325 and would love to get away from them as they wear off like after 2 hours or so, my stomach starts to hurt, a sick feeling! Any suggestions for stopping these and getting it done quickly? Also it makes you feel better but as far as helping actuall pain is a real joke because it does not help pain but only way you feel! Like a small glass of wine, wondering if that would help feeling I get when the pill where’s off? I don’t know how long this feeling last as I have never tried to stick it out which I need to try as who knows maybe it’s not that long!

  29. DONNA. — I will be 80 in a few months and have been taking oxycodone 15 mg, 3 per day for many years. I am addicted and I am sure my life would be better without it. Fortunately I was wise enough NOT TO INCREASE DOSAGE EVEN THOUGH I NEEDED TO. I went to a pain management clinic about 8 years ago for a long history of right side back pain shooting down my leg. Over the years I had tried about 6-7 different times of therapy, to no avail. So going to this pain management clinic was the first time I had finally gotten serious about treatment, and started with different kinds of back injections (epidurals, for instance). I was also given oxycodone (what was that??). For the first time in many years I actually was without pain. Glorious! Now I know better about causes of addiction even though I still have my back injections and pain pills. At my age Can I handle the withdrawal suggestion of slowly decreasing my pill intake? How long will it take? Can I do this? I need to talk to someone. If I am able to do this my back pain and leg pain will be waiting for me! Then what? If I were younger I wouln’t Be so afraid.

  30. I have been taking 30mg oxy for about 12 months daily I want to stop because I was never prescribed them I just started one day cuz of my mouth pain but somehow I just can’t stop I try and try but I can’t please what can I do

  31. As far as a safe taper to quit taking 60 milligram per day of oxycodon, can you please advise how to do so at home. How this is normally taken per day is a 30 milligram pill cut into half and 4 halves are taken currently during the day. Looking for a safe at home taper to quit ASAP. Thank you.

  32. Hi-thanks for creating this blog site. I was in a car accident about 8 years ago which broke my back & neck. I was sent to pain specialists & over the years ended up on oxycodone. I’m now very addicted. I’ve tried to quit cold turkey many times but the side effects are horrible. Since this is such a huge problem in our country now why hasn’t some medication been developed to help us? I know that if I could get beyond those 10 days of terrible withdrawal symptoms I could quit for good. My life has been ruined by these pills & I want my life back. I’ve been told that marijuana links into those same brain cells that the oxy does except it’s not physically addictive. If true, why aren’t we being helped by using it? Also, can I get clonadine as an outpatient? I cannot go into an inpatient place as I have too many responsibilities here at my home and no one to help me-I’m all alone except for an ex-wife who has MS & has her own set of problems. I really believe I’m not alone. I think there are many of us that could & would stay off pain pills if we could just get help getting beyond the withdrawal problems! Any suggestions?

  33. My friend has been taking Oxycodone for a year and a half and also drinking heavily every day. He is now trying to stop. He was taking 4 pills a day every day. He tapered off from 4 to 2 and then 1 and after 3 weeks has not had any pills for a day. He is sleeping almost 18 hours today and has no energy or strength. Is this normal? Are there natural supplements that might help with the withdrawals? What are the warning signs that I should watch for that would need medical attention?

  34. Hello and thank you
    I have been taking 450 mg of oxycodone (30 mg tabs) for 4 years. I have acquired 20 (10 mg) methadone pills. My plan. To quit the oxys was to take the mdoan for 5 days and then be done. I heard day 2 and 3 is the worst for wds so if I have the methadone in my system. For five days I should be just you agree?

  35. I’m trying to stop taking oxycodone, I’m used to taking 3 30 mg a day , I started taking half in morning and half in night for first night , seems to be going pretty goood, will my withdrawls be less severe by trying to taper off like this ???

  36. Hi, I had major spinal surgery November/2016. Oxycodone was prescribed for the pain. I was taking it very rarely. Unfortunately, in March 2017, I started again with pain. Dr. again prescribing Oxy. In May, I was admitted to hospital and it was discovered, I have a fractured sacrum. Very very painful and longer to heal. I’m taking the medication again. The RX is for 10 mg. 4-6hr prn pain. In morning I am now taking 1 1/2. It can be anywhere from 4-8 hrs, and I need another dose of 1-1 1/2. Same for the evening, but only take 1. I start feeling cranky in the morning, and start routine over. I try taking 1/2 pills in some days. I really would like to stop completely. I’m still having terrible pain on certain days, but I’m frightened of what I hear everyday. Can you suggest how to lower, even with the crazy dosing I am doing?? I’m 66 yr. old woman, who would really like to stop. My surgeon doesn’t think there is a problem. He feels I’m taking a small dose, and not to be concerned. He wants me comfortable. I was in bed for 4months, and I am ready to go push myself.
    Any suggestions would be so appreciated
    Thank you

  37. I have been taking 10 mgs of oxycontin 2 times a day, ea 12 hrs.For 10 yrs My Dr seems to not want to help me stop taking them or wean me off. My insurance will not pay for the dr who can legally help me stop taking them. I’m 60 with an irregular heartbeat and I’m borderline high bp. How can I safely get off them. I’m doing yoga now for the chronic pain and it’s working. Thanks, Judy

  38. had hips replacement 4 i/2 weeksago took 325mg. aspiring 2 times a day , plus other medicine tht required me to take- bu oxzycodone qacetaminophen5- said i-2 pills every 4-6 hours at first took three pills for a wek second week taook may be two pils a day -last week and a half took only one pill
    a day. both therapists said only take it if you are over 5 pain level . so i have taken one pill a day at night. one od the nurses told me to take it only if i am in xtreme day. tonight is the onlly night i didn’t take oxycodone. if i take one tomorrow night , is that okay i am not in pain, maybe at time one-threelevel if that. tonight i am not in pain. i am afraid of the narcotic -don’t want to get hooked

  39. I have been prescribed with Oxynorm 20mg capsules form pain resulting from disc disintegration in the full lumber section of my back. They help to a certain degree, but I do not like the effect they have on me apart from relieving some of the pain. The pain that results in my muscles is excruciating with the continual burning in my feet. I want to refrain from using oxynorm 20mg. What other medication is not as dangerous as Oxynorm that I may suggest to my doctor? Kind regards

  40. I too had such serious back leg pelvic bladder pain that i had decided not to live anymore. My doc gave me oxy which i thot was like all other opiates i tried & didnt help, but it really was mnging my pain. Severe constant pain wears you down to nothing, u cant sleep, ur nerves are wrought, & i stayed in bed. I had just rdecovered from u yrs bedridden bladder disease.. After 1 yr on oxy, i may found doc who had right skill to place epidural to exact spot & resolve worse of pain.i decided to stop oxy dose, 2.5 mg every 2-4 hrs except sleep, & had for week started to reduce as felt better to total 10-12 mg day. But after 72 hrs no sleep & symptoms got worse, i decided i had better take 2.5mg at nite. I hv withdrawn from horrifying Tramadol as on it 7 yrs & took breaks when better at times & those were bad worse for 2-3 notes but then much better. So was shocked that after going thru normal aches anxiety nerves the back pain got worse after 72 hrs… I am weening more easily but how does imodium help? Tons hot showers, benadryl,melatonin, advil help little, but i wud get script for a xanax or really good muscle relax even vicodin sm doses, as body seems treat it diff if not same drug, but why did my symptoms increase after 72 hrs

  41. I have been on Oxy 10mg for 1 yr. After 3 back surgeries within 3 months with severe complications. I take 3 tablets a day I stopped today to get off the oxy. I don’t want to die. Your information is helpful. Thank you

  42. If I have switched from using 10 oxy 30 mg a day and down now to about 6 hydrocodones a day will my withdrawal symptoms be less severe I will soon run out of the. Hydrostatic and trying to even taper those

  43. I have stopped taking morphine, 15 mg LA, but I am taking oxicodone up to 4times a day. Will I have any withdrawls from stopping the morphine since I am taking tha oxicodone? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Ty. Kathy

  44. Im taking percocet 7.5 and experiencing withdrawal symptoms runny nose feeling very tired when i wake up so i get something to eat and go back to sleep. What should i do. I am taking 3 a day

  45. I have been taking 8 5mg endone for months due to bad knee injury lowered to 6 then 4 couldnt get any lower then 4 so have gone cold turkey for 3 or 4 days now and am really struggling. Cant sleep at all very adjetated ect. How long till it goes away.

  46. Hi, my issue might seem minor to what I’m reading.
    Had shoulder surgery almost 12 months ago, I took Oxy as prescribed 10mg every 4-6 hours fir the first 4-6 months. 40mg perday for all those months. Now my workmans comp Dr doesn’t want to prescribe they say to stop but I can’t seem to move away from 10 mg in 24 hours….. help help help!! How long will this last should I cut the 5 into hLf for another week, then cold turkey? Just make this stop, it’s horrible. Can I start taking Tramadol instead or is hat dumb? Why can’t I get off this small dose????

  47. Trying desperately to get off at least 160mg daily, sometimes more. I began tapering off Friday, this is day 4 Monday. I took about 140 MG Friday, down to maybe 100 mh Saturday, down to about 80mg Sunday Friday and Saturday, Saturday was almost unbearable but with support from hubby I made it. I gave him the pills to dispense to my on a regular basis, he did not offer a pill any sooner! Praise God for him! Sunday, went to church, paid heartfelt prayer for help. I had the best day Sunday. God is wonderful, did not totally deliver me from it totally but eased the pain. Today, Monday, I am handling no more 30 to 40 mgs. Am I doing this right? I have a prescription for suboxone , 8 mg daily. Have not filled it yet. Should I take it??? I am going to stop totally, somehow.
    How should I continue?..

  48. I’ve been on. 30 mg oxi and OxyContin sometimes and 15’s 2or 3 times. A day how do I taper off I tried cold turkey and it was hell I have five mg can I do it that way?

  49. My doctor has discharged me from his practice . I don’t know how to TAPER DOWN on my 10mg. dose which I take 2-6 per day depending on my pain level. I am scared and have no guidance on this now because he discharged me from his practice. PLEASE HELP ME!!!

  50. . I have benn taking oxycodone 5mg prolonged release tabs 12 hourly since fracturing my femure in February of this year. I wish to come if this medication, and have a bottle of liquid oxycodone 5mg/5ml. I have a week’s supply of tablets left, can u suggest a suitable regime please.

  51. Hi please can you help / advise me? 9 years ago I experienced severe third degree burns from light therapy for psoriasis which went badly wrong. I was prescribed oxynorm. I was left with damage to legs and mobilirybproblems and pain on walking etc, my dose was increases. Then in 2012 I had an bad fall and hurt my back, so then a pain specialists started my on OxyContin tablets too. So now I have been taking this drug for 8 years. I used to tell my Sr I was concerned about the effects on me and was told not to worry. This year our health trust is getting people like me with high opiates useage to come off this medication. I am all for this but it has left me very anxious and I am so worried about being in constant pain, which I am every day. I am actually at a very low point and the thought of life in this pain without any relief in unbearable. But I know I have to come off it.

  52. I tried to quit cold turkey, but could not sleep. I was getting very agitated and took 1/2 of a pill last night. After about an hour I was able to go to sleep. I had knee replacement six weeks ago and I still have pain, but not severe enough for a pain pill. I do get agitated, I have had coughing starting in the evening, and a runny nose. The last dose I took before midnight last night was a full pill at 12:00 on Sunday, meaning I was able to go 36 hours without it. I didn’t feel good but was fine. I noticed problems sleeping Sunday night which is when I decided it was probably time to quit because I was afraid I was getting addicted. Should I just continue with a half a pill for a couple of nights and then go to 1/4 for a couple of nights and then nothing?

  53. I was burned and on 35 mg of oxy a day in the hospital x6 months. Reduced to 15 for one month in rehab and have now been on 10s
    All during this time on 9 mg? Morphine sulfate bid. So be my bf (Im 53) got me kicked out of my pain management, not because of a disagreement when we called in out of town for A NON-NARCOTIC refill of gabapentin. In any event they kicked me out. Further the pain managing doc sent out a letter black balling me. I’m not an abuser and all of my blood work and urine screens were spot on as well as my pill count. So I have been stretching out my morphine, 2 mg of dilaudid and some percolating I have left, about 10, 5’s. I have now g9ne from taking the 10s, 5x a day down to about 3…so now I have been taking 5’so for about 3 days 3 bid. So that is a decrease of @ 50mg a day to 30 a day. Today, I have only taken 6 mg totap, which is 3 of my dilaudid. I am still in some good pain so, I am managing that pain with medicinal marijuana which is helping as now, instead of pain being in my arms, torso and hands, I am noticing the pain is c9ncentrating in my hands, but I think I am managing the pain ok so far. Can someone advise me on what to do next, with what I have left. This accident has left me financially devastated and now, as a responsible adult that has been seriously injured, been made out to look like a dover, which I won’t allow them to do to me. I just want help without having to go to the emergency room. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. I guess to be more clear is what is the quickest way to taper without getting extremely sick and using what I have left to do so?

  54. I am bi-polar and have had medicine change due to symptoms of mania am taking seroquel 200mg at bedtime I also take trazadone 600mg at bedtime and 3 doses of 15 mg of buspar thru the day I am tapering down from hydrocodone 10mg 4-5 times a day to 5mg 4 times a day I also had oral surgery 12 days ago to remove my lower jaw and remove my teeth I see my psychiatrist on Monday and my primary care dr on Wednesday I am having problems sleeping,nausea and agitation do you think my psychiatrist can give me medicine to help these symptoms my pain management is most likely to fire as I missed a pill count and I really don’t have the money to see them the hydrocodone makes me very jittery and wide awake any suggestions?

  55. hi, Ive been taking oxycodone since april 7 when i underwent a knee replacement operation, the initial dose was 20mg (slow release), then decreased to 15 (slow release), after some time I began taking 10mg (slow release) then 10mg quick release (4 hourly) which I have been taking for about 6 weeks, I tried reducing the amount to 5mg (quick release) but found they were having a strange effect on me such as extreme tiredness, I went back onto the 10mg but instead of 1 every four hours, I was taking 1 every 7 or 8 hours, but I would like your professional help to come completely off oxycodone. I have other health problems which if you need to know, I will gladly list them. thank you.

  56. I been talking oxycodin 20mg for 3 month for pain my change it could it was causing problems and he put my on oxycodone 10mg only been on it for 2 days and I’m still having the same affects like withdrawal symptoms are they the same medicine

  57. I have chronic pain in my back . I am currently on 80mg twice a day , 160 total OxyContin, and up to 4 10 mg oxynorm per day . I’ve been told to try reduce my pain medications so I am trying to taper down . I have been on this quantity for at least 7 years , maybe longer . I’ve tried to go down to 70 mg twice a day for a couple of days so far but last night I had terrible abdominal pains that lasted for hours . Is there anything I should take to help in reducing my OxyContin ?

  58. Have been on oxycodone for years due to degernitive muscle & disc disease. I have gone thru one withdrawal & thought I was going to die alone. If this ever happens again, what can I do to pull thru at home?

  59. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left hip 10 years ago. I wanted to put surgery as long as possible therefore my primary MD referred me to a Pain Management Specialist. He treated me w/300 mg Tramadol WE & started me on approx 10 mg Roxicodone which has increased over the years to my current daily dosage of 60 mg spread out in 4 doses (I split 2 15 mg tablets in 24 he period & take them 4-8 hrs apart as needed based on pain.

    I am now not working, scheduling total hip replacement in 30-45 days, surgeon wants me off narcotic before surgery. My predicament is my Rx has run out, my MD is on vacation returning in 5 days & ME on call will not renew any amount of Roxicodone. He did give me 4 days of Tramadol.

    This weekend I will go through withdrawal of this nasty schedule 2 opioid, I have spoken to my insurance company and they were extremely surprised of the situation and said if I have a bad reaction to goto the ER.

    I am afraid – do you have any recommendation for me?


  60. Hello,
    you mention taking anti-depressants to reduce the severity of withdrawal. Which types of anti-depressants would be most suited? Would for example something like St. Johns Wort be worth a try, or is it not strong enough? Had a fairly good experience with it for mild depression a few years back, and feel more comfortable taking it than other available AD. If anyone has experience using St. Johns Wort I’d be glad for the info. thanks!

  61. Hello everyone I am a 72 year old woman who has been on opiates for 8 to 9 years due to chronic back pain now it’s hip pain hand pain I have had 8 surgeries in my hands and am now trying to detox from oxycodone the dose is 10 three .25 I am down to two two and a half a day and taking Advil in between which is really helping I have had no withdrawal symptoms but I’m tired of being a slave mentally I have felt like I have nothing that makes me happy anymore have been having suicidal thoughts have a great family and would never do that to them I also have a son who is 46 was in a car accident many years ago and started down the road of Percocet he became addicted and went to a couple rehabs not very successful then was diagnosed with an aggressive form of testicular cancer had to have major surgery twice in order to hold down a job which he has a physical one he still has to take some opiates a day but not nearly as many as he did I’m hoping detoxing all my own will work I have lots to live for these drugs are killing people I want my life back badly good luck to all of you I’m not a big God believer but I will keep all of you in my prayers

  62. My wife has been on high doses of prescribed Oxycodone and Opana. She recently flushed her Oxycodone down the toilet and has been suffering pretty severe withdrawals and side effect. She is still using the Opana as directed. She has no doctor currently since we just moved back east to West Virginia from Tucson AZ. She wants off of the oxy. What are her options? Any Dr or clinic recommendations? We work together in Child Care and I need her help.

  63. Hi,I have been taking OxyContin for about ten years before that fentinal patches and oromorph.i used to take two fifty milligram slow release tablets twice a day and extra ten mill tablets when needed which was most nights I would take six at a time.amazingly I am trying a different approach to my pain (spinal injury) I had this thought if the pain relief doesn’t stop the pain why take them. I gave them up just over a week ago and no withdrawal no signs of any unpleasant reactions at all. I realise not every one can just stop but I have with no problem other than a little increase in pain levels but not worth taking the tablets for. I decided to try meditation and the wim Hoffman methods it helps.

  64. Have tapered from ocycodone to 3G.a day from 40 or50s day have been on opioids for ten yrs.many back surgeries and hip surgeries. Had to go. Sick up to 50 one every 6 hrs vs 8 disgusted have to start again how to taper from 40 mg ocycodone a day

  65. My doctor stopped writing prescriptions for oxycodone suddenly and I have been on them for years. I have been off them for 5 days and am getting very agitated. He told me to go to the ER , but I cannot afford that. I have a heart condition. I do not know what to do. He is trying to get me into pain management but that takes on average about 2 months . I am about to pull my hair out .

  66. I have been seeing pain management DR for years I have had 3 pain pumps that sent me trough withdraw many, many, times last one gave me a very bad infection so they put me on oxycodone for 4+years my DR told me on last visit he was no longer going to prescribe my pain pills he is also retiring so his last years there will be doing procedures only. I was taking my pain meds 3 a day 15mg I was told this 1 month ago so I have been weaning off of it in weeks so week 1 and2 I have taken it down 1 15mg in morning 7.5 at 6 to 7 at night so I’m on week 3 went down to 7.5 in morning and 7.5 at night for 2 weeks and then go to 7.5 1time in morning for 2 weeks then nothing am I doing this right because as I said I have been thru withdraw many times and don’t want to go there again could someone contact me about this. Cannot figure out why he is doing this because putting pain pump in person is last thing so is he saying I have not had pain for 10+ years never thought he would do this to me never had problems with tests he ordered he told me to find a pain DR and he would send my records to new DR so I’m just a little stumped THANKS CARLA

  67. My husband has been on oxycodone for six years after having the ‘Whipple’ procedure to remove a cancerous tumor in his pancreas. The first year of his recovery after surgery had him in the hospital with complications 3 times (not to mention a week stay in hospital following surgery on Morphine) from severe constipation when they administered morphine, unblocked his bowels & sent him back home. ON & OFF MORPHINE 4 TIMES then back home to oxycodone . . . and taking them on his own accord not letting me know how much or how many doses a day & hiding his prescription. And prescribed a month at a time for meds. He now has been showing withdrawal symptoms since doctor stopped prescribing oxy & has him on anti-depressant now and sending him to a pain management doctor that we are seeing on Monday. I want him to be prescribed physical therapy & nutritional support . . . do doctors do that? That will help, right? I have been encouraging vitamin & supplement support for six years and he has been seriously receptive to that for almost a month now. Over all this has been a living hell. The medical field does not tell the family that the patient can/may/will be a monster on oxycodone if abusing it, which my husband was (with alcohol) and we have survived 3 crisis situations by the grace of God and just recently a fourth and now my husband’s doctor is finally acknowledging (listening to) my concerns and opinion about my husband’s health only because I had no choice but to call and give every detail of our last crisis . . . not to mention I went to one of my husband’s doctor appointments about a year ago and told her about a potential crisis with him behind the wheel of the car and me in the car with him. I am my husband’s best advocate & wouldn’t have it any other way because I love him more than the medical field, and Jesus loves him more than I do.

  68. I have degenerative spinal disease which is extremely painful. I had surgery in 2009 to repair a degenerated disk but now 8 more disks are degenerating. The last few years have truly been a roller coaster. There are days where I can’t get out of bed from the pain and bed ridden for a week, Then there are times where it is just uncomfortable and stiff. Regardless, I got hooked on Oxycodone. The worst my habit ever got was 120mg per day. I realized I couldn’t continue on this medication so I started a suboxone treatment but the entire experience was a nightmare. I was over-prescribed the Subs and after being on them for 4 months at 24mg/day and slowly tapering off the Subs I can tell you the withdrawals from Suboxone are 100x worse than withdrawing from Oxycodone. After I got through that hell I needed medication for the pain again and found myself in a vicious cycle of using my monthly supply of oxycodone in 2 weeks and have withdrawn from it cold turkey at least 50 times. I also have GAD, Panic Disorder and Major Depression as underlying ailments so the rollercoaster rides I’ve been on withdrawing from Oxy over and over has been pure hell. The Opiate withdrawals are terrible but they are intensified dramatically if you have genetic anxiety and depression. I now take the proper medications for anxiety and depression and it withdrawing from oxycodone isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be. With that said I still use oxy occasionally for when my pain is unbearable and sometimes if I feel bad in general. The worst symptoms of Oxy withdrawal are AFTER the 5 days it takes to leave your system. The sleep disturbances are awful. It takes about 3 weeks after quitting oxy withdrawal cold turkey to feel somewhat normal and for your digestive system to recover. I would not recommend suboxone for anyone after the hell I went through. Depending on how bad your habit is and your individual symptoms I would recommend a slow taper off oxycodone with no replacement drugs so you don’t trade one addiction for another. Looking back on my life I cannot believe how many times I’ve gone through PAWs and protracted withdrawal. It is truly something terrible that only someone who has experienced it can understand. I’m glad I found the right Dr. and treatment for my Anxiety and Depression because it has helped me get off Oxy for good because even though I was using it for sever physical pain subconsciously I became addicted to the Euphoria because of the misery of my psych disorders. Now that I feel relatively normal with those meds I am able to quit oxy and find alternative treatments for my spinal condition. The worst symptoms I’ve ever experienced were insomnia, paranoia, sever panic attacks, night terrors, sweating, loss of appetite, and total LOSS of interest in ANYTHING and EVERYTHING and of course, suicidal ideation. My point is there is hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. The scariest thing was I went through all this essentially ALONE. All my friends who went to rehab always relapsed and it’s expensive. The only people who supported me through these 7 years of hell were my immediate family and my psychiatrist. Many of my friends who tried rehab said it was bad because you befriend other addicts who relapse and they provide access to the opiates when they relapse and suck you in. Some of them committed suicide or overdosed. It’s very sad. My circumstance is different because I never took opiates for recreation, I got back doored into the addiction cycle because of a physical disease. The whole scenario is a nightmare because this was really not my fault and I hate people who judge so I am reluctant to divulge this info to others. When my psych disorders and oxy withdrawal were in full effect I was 100% dysfunctional. I would literally meditate 24/7 and take Lexapro and Xanax for the panic attacks and anxiety and I became agoraphobic and catatonic sometimes. I’ve also experienced quitting Lexapro Cold Turkey and that was an entirely different nightmare maybe even worse than opiate withdrawal. It got so bad I had to go back on Lexapro after being off it for 2 months. The good news is I’m finally on the right track. I’m still not 100% back to normal but I am about 75% there and I will be 100% better once I ween off Lexapro and Xanax fully and I get on the right meds to control my genetic psych disorders. I won’t lie. I still dabble once in awhile with the oxy’s when I really need or crave them but it’s a prescription and I am not a slave to it anymore. I don’t try to obtain it illegally like many often do. Not saying that to justify anything like I’m better than anyone but I know how slippery the slope is and the deepest darkest depths it leads to if you don’t get a foothold and climb your way out of it. This experience almost killed me, and ruined so many parts of my life such as jobs/careers, relationships and overall well being. I just wish I never had this spinal disease and lived a normal life sometimes. It’s all water under the bridge now and I can only move forward and reclaim whatever time I have left. There is hope though because although Opiate Withdrawal is psychologically and physiologically traumatizing most people don’t have the underlying disorders I had so if I can get to a good place I truly believe ANYONE can. There is hope even when you feel there is none which is so often the case with withdrawing. Good Luck to all of you and I hope some of my story helped, even if just a little bit. Godspeed. Bless you all.

  69. At this time my daughter is tapering for many weeks from an almost 2 year use of prescription oxycodone for chronic pain The problem is that she is and has been alergic to this med and many others. She gets numb lips and feet additional pains racing heart even itchyness. The med helps very limitedly and she now with the tapering is having pains from head to toe.
    She is on 7.5 mg. She had mostly been on 10 mg every 4 hours but had been on as much as 20mg every 4 hours for a short time a year ago.
    My question is should she be having these enhanced pains even while tapering using a very slow tapering schedule. She has sweating ,pains, aches in her thighs and calves arms that ache and a.problem with thinking. She is very agitated and can’t stand the pain. Also suddenly there was NO sleep until taking large doses of xanax and additional ambien,etc. Also pounding heart suddenly was added to the mix after the oxycodone dose.Doctors have not been very helpful for her original “auto immune” pain that has been attributed to arthritis. These things are 24/7. Would it be in her best interest to try suboxone for a short time and would that change the mu receptors to better handle pain or is this going to keep her brain in the state it is in from oxycodone?transition period Even though she has been on xanax, clonidine ambien. So there lies the painful problem where she is resigned to never feeling well again.

  70. Hi,
    Towards the end of 2012, I had a series of 3 surgeries 6 weeks apart: bilateral hip replacements and back surgery. This was prior to the opioid scrutiny. By the end of the 3rd surgery recovery period, I was taking 10-325 Hydocodene 4x a day. I was referred to a pain mgt specialist who moved me to Lyrica 150mg 2x day, Embeda 50mg 1x day (that’s time released morphine), oxycodene 10s 5x day and the 10/325 hydrocodene as needed but no more than 5x a day. For more than 4 years, I pretty much sat in a wheelchair in my room staring at a wall wondering what happened to my life. This is no way to live and I cried out to a friend who took me to another doctor in another city. This was right before Christmas of 2016.
    Here it is May of 2017, and I’m on the right track. I’m off all of the opioids with the exception of 10/325 Endocet 2x day and I sometimes skip one or two of those. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been cutting those tablets in half and I’ve worked my way down to taking 1/2 of a 10/325 Endocet in the morning. I still hurt some but I’m embracing the pain and dealing with it rather than masking it. My goal is to get completely off of opioids altogether.
    I know this sounds dumb, but at this point, is it wise to just stop cold turkey. The dose is so low but I’m afraid of withdrawal symptoms, especially the psychological ones given how many years I’ve taken them. I appreciate your insight and wisdom.

  71. I had ACL reconstruction surgery 3 weeks ago, my doctor gave me oxycodone 5mgs. 4 every 3 hours for the first 4 days by the end of that 4 days I was already getting withdrawals and have never taken it before in my life. They prescribed me more after the four days 5mgs 2 every 4 to 6 hours by day 12 I went in for my post op that morning I woke up puking to the point of dry heeving already experience every withdrawals symptom and also every less common side effect of this drug I told my doctor so he prescribes me 10mgs 1 every 4 hours and told me to start weening myself off. Is been theee weeks now I’m still on crutches still can’t walk still get sharp shooting pains but I refuse to take the oxy I can tell the minute my body wants more I get depressed every muscle in my body hurts I get chills I start crying and I don’t and can’t be this way! I have never been addicted to anything have always been very proud of that and now here am I addicted to a drug that’s just like herion! So I took a 5mg yesterday and 5pm it’s almost been 24 hours I want one I feel sick but I have been coughing my nose running crying I want to know how long before my brain goes back to normal? How longs will I feel like dying?

  72. I had been on Morphine patches initially for a few weeks before the doctor changed me over to Oxycodone slow release 10mg tablets and Oxynorm 5mg instant action Oxycocone which I had been on for over 5 months to deal with a pre op hip degenerative condition. Two weeks following my hip replacement operation the rash on my back caused by taking the opiates was so severe that I dropped off the 5mg Oxynorm for a weekbefore coming off the Oxycodone slow release both night and morning tablets altogether. I had not been told of the way to come off these powerful drugs and consequently I have had terrible sickness and diarrhea (for which I am taking ‘imodium instants’) and am having totally sleepless agitated nights (not helped by having to only sleep on my back for 6 weeks after the op) with catch up naps during each day. I have now been off all the opiates for one week and still have these awful side effects. I would like to know how long before these stop. It is not easy to get in to see my GP especially with them being closed on bank holidays but I am thinking of making an appointment to see if I can get any help.

  73. I have been on oxycodone 15mg for years because I have OA bad , fibromyalgia, scoliosis, degenerative bone desease with chronic pain I went to my pain doctor 4 months ago and he lowered me to a 10mg then I went back 2 weeks ago he lowered it to a 7.5 mg a d I have been hurting so bad had to go to ER and was told my right hip has Oster Arthritis bad and I’m having withdrawal , legs jerking can’t sleep pain everywhere , diarrhea, may have to go back to ER. Called my dr. Office and was told just keep my next appointment in june. What the crap ?

  74. For about the past two years I have been taking two oxycodon one in morning and one in evening. About every. A month ago I started to lower one half in the am now I am told to drop to one at night for a week then next week one hall at night then stop

  75. I am changing medication from oxycontin to palexia and the doctor said to stop oxycontin immediately and replace it with palexia, will i go through withdrawals from oxycontin when i stop taking it or will the palexia stop those withdrawals?
    30 mg oxycontin twice a day, replacing with 50 mg palexia twice a day

  76. Decrease by 25-50% A DAY??? Have you ever taken oxycodone???

    I’m now (after getting withdrawal symptoms from decreasing from 10 mg 3x/day to 5 mg 2x/day) maybe, finally, after a week, after going back to 5 mg 3x/day), maybe getting used to 5 mg 3x/day. It’s been 10 days since I went back to 5 mg 3x/day. I’ve been miserable. Even suicidal. My last Rx was for 10mg pills. They’re tiny and very hard to cut in two. My doctor wants me to go to a pain management clinic but there’s not one around here. I have maybe 75 10mg pills left, but when I try to cut the pill in two, sometimes half of it just gets crushed,so I probably don’t have (75×2)/3=50 days left. The way I have tapered off other addictive things (trazodone, clonazepam, venlafaxine) is to cut a little off the pill for a month, cut a little more off the next month, etc. It took many months to get off them, but it was painless. With the 10mg oxycodone pills, having to cut them in half and then taper those down by cutting a little off each month, I don’t have enough to do that with. Given how horrible life was when I withdrew too fast 2 weeks ago, I’m EXTREMELY reluctant to taper off faster than what I outlined above. I’m just writing because I need to vent. I don’t see how you can help.

    OTOH, you say in one of your replies below that you think someone is dependent on percocet, not addicted. What’s the difference? And do you reduce the amount of it (or oxycodone in my case) differently?

  77. Hi Guy’s

    I have been using Oxynorm for 3 years now every day. Osteochondritis dissecans in both knees. “Dead Bone”. Without Oxynorm it’s wheel chair time for me. I Just use a walking stick and with the Oxy’s “does the job”. Doctor prescription 4 X 5 !! 20 Mg Daily but I am using 8 X 5 MG Daily. Sometime more but I always leveled out around 7 X 5 MG Daily. But now my body seem to have leveled out at 9 X 5 MG Daily.

    It’ Seems to have got through my backdoor some how!!! It’s like my body is saying to my little man in side of me, if you do not give me this dose I want, I am going to punish you!!! And it does… After listening to my little Man I drop down to 25.5 MG Daily and I have more pills in front of me to take, so it is tempting but I have just been smoking “weed” and pop 2 X 5 MG Valium at night. Now I Know this is “chump change” to what some people are taking out there. After reading this Blog. But Man I had a Heroin addiction 30 years ago and came off that cold turkey. Mainly because I lost 5 Mate’s in one year, that’s when the China White hit Australia.

    But this withdrawal seems to be Worse than that! and it’s still not the real thing. I know were talking two different drugs here but “WOW” It’s is always it’s the legs that’s the worst same as with my Heroin withdrawal. Day 2: I hope I stay at the 25.5 mark. This is all my own fault taking it for pain relief is one thing and it did just that. but slowly and surely it makes your dopamine levels raise. Not a bad side effect I though, it was making me more happy and it does. But no way = to the withdrawal. So my plan is to stick to the 25.5 mark for 2 more days and then will drop down a to 20.5 MG daily.

    Is this any sort of plan Guy’s.

    I can’t imagine coming off Oxy,s cold turkey no way in hell!!!
    Worse than Heroin that’s for dame sure.
    All my Fault!!!

  78. Thank you for this opportunity. I’m a 79-year-old woman and have been taking 15 mg of oxycodone going on 4 years. I was given this medication for my back/leg pain and as it has turned out, it helps with arthritis and my knee, which I have decided not to have it replaced. I have never taken more than was prescribed so my daily intake does not exceed 3 pills in a 12 hour period. I am on Coumadin so I am unable to take any anti -inflammatory drugs for arthritic help. This is my dilemma: Wouldn’t it be easier to remain on the oxycodone since it gives me tremendous help, rather than go through withdrawals at my age?

  79. Trying to lower oxicodone to stop taking totally. Had a bad fall 2 years ago, broke back , 200 stitches in my head. Would like to get off, if so what will happen with pain, vs the side effects.
    Anything over the counter to compensate for pain as well as side effects. At this point I know advil or anything like that will be useless.

  80. I have been on oxycodone for over 14 years due to two neck surgeries and debilitating back pain. I have been trying to stop taking it and have slowly decreased usage from 20mg a day to 5mg. I have been experiencing insomnia so bad that I find still taking it at least allows me to finally get some sleep. PLEASE HELP. I can’t take this situation anymore. I need more solid information about how to detox and how long I will go through this until the withdrawal is over.

  81. To all the posts above wondering if there is an easy out> NO. However you can ease or practically eliminate your withdrawals.
    Taper, then taper, oh and taper.
    It is important to write down on a calendar the taper schedule. If you are taking Oxycodone then plan to taper slowly. NEVER jump up in dose, better to keep it level and or move down slowly. When you reach the 7.5mg oxy mark start planning on jumping down to Hydrocodone, Taper these down and your final leap will not be painless, Im not going to kid you but you will start to get realization glimpses back depending on how long you used painkillers. Sure you will be tired and bored but stick with it.
    Good luck

  82. I have had back pain over 30 yes 3 operations be on opeoids at least 18 yes oxycodone helps a little I still have pain is the pain in my head I am never without pain ì want to be without pain and I would like to be off pain mess thanks

  83. I am a retired, professional woman. My doctor has me oxycodone 10 mg a day for chronic pain due to osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. I want to quit using the drug as my health is declining, especially my cholesterol, blood pressure and varicose veins. I have always been very healthy , now I have thyroid disease and my vision is going out the door.
    In short, I want to switch to medical marijuana instead of pharmaceutical pain relief as I am aware that we are born with THC receptors in our brain and there has to be a reason for that, whether you believe in Creationism or Scientific evolution. Either way, Medical Marijuana is natural and has no withdrawal symptoms. It doesn’t impair your thinking the way opiates do. At least not for me. Is there a natural remedy for withdrawal symptoms? Anything homeopathic that I can try? I want to get off these pills NOW. Thank you.

  84. I have been taking 80mg oxycodone for pain issues and a recent total knee replacement. I am cutting down this week 10 mg a day for the week. And plan to continue at a rate of ten until I am done. I have been doing this for 3 days and I am experiencing muscle twitching at night. Is this common for a cut of only 10 mg a day? I am in my 60’s and having a terrible time with the uncontrollable twitching.
    Thank you for your response

  85. I am hooked. I take 2-20mg per day and have no energy and watch the clock to see when I can take 2nd pill. Very miserable and useless. Would cutting the dose to 3-10mg per day be a good place to begin cutting down and finally getting off this drug? Thanks, Bob

  86. I am taking 2-20mg of oxycodone per day. Would lowering that to 2-10mg be a good place to begin getting off the drug entirely? Thanks, Bob

  87. I have been taking pain medication in one form or the other for over 10 years. From 2009 to 2012 it was IM demerol (given at home) and then from 2012 to oral Oxycodone 30 mg taken from 1-3 x day as needed for pain. At first it was for severe lyme which caused severe going and muscle pain. Then knee problems from the damage done to tendons in my knee from the antibiotic used to treat my lyme. That resulted in a total knee replacement with scarring and decrease in mobility. I know i have pain but, I am not at all sure how much because I keep it well controlled with the opiate. I am tired of taking them and with the latest information about them I don’t want to take them. I would like to stop taking them to see if my ongoing pain could be managed another way but, that requires stopping them. We don’t have enough money for me to go to a clinic so this needs to be outpatient with as little doctor visits as possible because the copays are between $ 50-75 a visit. How would you suggest I do this? I also have Morphine 60 mg ER for breakthrough pain. Could I just use that instead and taper that. I have given it a lot of thought and “internet homework” to see how I could accomplish this goal. I am, however, not secure in the “advice” i have read from others who have attempted going it on their own. Oh….and to complicate it further, I have developed MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome…a problem with my bone marrow that causes a type of anemia and my blood cells not to form correctly. It started almost immediately after getting the knee replacement. Suspicious.) Im a mess. Any information you could give would be appreciated. My social info is as follows…white female, 64 years old, RN, married, 6 grown children who really wants to get as healthy as possible with the ongoing problems I have without the constant use of opioids. Thank you.

  88. Hi,
    I take 1 30mg oxycodine / day for about a year now for back pain (4 ruptured discs). I have gone 1 1/2 days before without withdrawal symptoms. Is it possible to stop taking them, if I truly only take 1 pill/day without suffering withdrawals? If not how do you recommend I stop? Cut the dose or otherwise? Thank you.

  89. I want to stop taking Oxycodone. I have been taking it for a couple years with my dosage right now about 60mg a day. I only have 12 -10mg pills left so I’m trying to figure out the best taper so I don’t have to try and get more. I have tried before and the leg cramps at night are the worst and I gave in.

  90. I take 60 mgs of oxycodone a day and have for 5 years can I just stop or should I use the 10% suggested reduction rate?

  91. I am scheduled to go into the hospital on the 28th to detox from the 15 mg of Percocet I have been taking four times per day every day for the last three years. Their plan is to give me my last dose that evening, then switch me to Suboxone the following morning. I will not be tapering off the Percocet. They say I will be in the hospital for two – three days. I am concerned that the major part of the withdrawl won’t even hit me until after I am back home, and that because I am not tapering off, it will be severe, because I know Suboxone keeps drugs like that off your brain even if they are in your system so it would be the equivalent of quitting cold turkey. Am I right to be concerned and if so, what should I do? I have been told that using suboxone in place of Percocet is a bad idea because eventually you’ll need to come off of that too and that withdrawl from suboxone is worse than the oxy? Is this true and does use of Suboxone build up a physical dependence like opiods?

  92. A person I know has been taking oxycodone for about 2 years 5-6 pills a day. They know they have a problem now and want to stop taking them and wants to quit cold turkey. they did say that they start to shake if they don’t take any pills. How long does this drug stay in your system and blood stream and can they safely go cold turkey and what should they expect?

  93. Gradually decreased my dose, just finished my 1st week without. Te first three days were hell. Now into my second week, feeling really ancient, depressed and cannot sleep. But at least I’m not getting over heated anymore. Feeling worse than before I was given this poison..
    If I’d know what this medication was going to do to me I would NEVER have taken it, and feel I should have been told. The reason for needing pain relief was because I had a compressed fracture of my spine L1.

  94. I’ve been on 10/325 oxycodone for at least 4 or 5 years. I know I have a addiction to it. I have been on 5 tablets in a 24 hour period. I presently have cut it to 4 times a day, and that was just one day actually. Im trying to go to just three sa day. I do feel weak, and unsteady. Is this normal. Most importantly safe?

  95. I have been on oxycodone for 13 years. Due to an auto accident that almost took my life and with many injury’s. I now take 3tabs of 5mg three times a day. Total of 45mg a day. I was wondering would I be better reducing to 3 tabs twice a day or 2 tabs three times a day. I have cut it to 3 tabs twice a day but in between is kind of rough. I started 3 days ago. I don’t know if my pain will be too much. But it is getting ridiculous to deal with doctors, pharmacies and friends. Lost one husband and wife friends because they told my wife I was a drug addict. Plus I don’t like the depression it causes.

  96. Hi,
    I’m weaning off of oxycodone under the care of my primary care doctor. We’ve been weaning every two weeks .5 tablets at a time. It’s been very easy. However, I’m down from 45 mg oxycodone per day to 15.5 per day. I had moderately severe muscle aches the first 24 hours, less the next 24 and pretty much gone by day three. However, I notice I’m dizzy today, a little spacey and with low energy.
    Is this normal?

  97. what is a good non opiate replacement med to take for pain when you have been taking oxycodone for years? I am down to 2 a day, the withdrawals suck.

  98. Is it possible to go off oxy, put on suboxone, and say a year, every other year, rotate? I can’t live in pain. I withdrawl in 12 hrs (I’ve never encountered someone like me) I been on oxy and fyntnyl fe, to go on subs for a year, then back on pain meds? Because to me? about 8 months the pain pills stop working, I have to abuse them. With subs, I live in pain, but not too bad..I could make it a year. Rotation is my key question..Thank you.or 5 years. Is it possibl

  99. HI I have been taking oxycodone 10/325 for 3 years now started at 3/day now I am taking(snorting) 10/day but always still in pain. I need to get off of these as I have lost so much because I’m only prescriped 120/month so rest of the days I have to buy them off the street. I know the first thing is to quit snorting and yesterday and today were the 1st 2 days in that step but I am still craving the high from snorting even after I take 1 orally…my question is how would suggest that I taper off day by day? I have very serious injuries and I do have constent chronic pain but I can deal with as I have before I just can not deal with the withdrawal syptoms. Please give me your best opinion of how to taper off regardless of time line I’m willing to try anything to avoid the major withdrawal symptoms cuz I know regardless of what I do there are gonna be some syptoms I’m just trying to ease the symptoms a little… thank you in advance for any help you may give!!

  100. Oxycodone was prescribed after back surgery. I am only 20 days out. A few days ago I began to have at least five of the symptoms you list above of dependency. Since I had no pain when on the drug I decided to test whether I actually needed this drug for pain. I decided to go cold turkey because by all indications there is NO WAY my body should have acquired a “dependency” in that short of time….. with the indications of sudden feeling agitated, suddenly sleep became an issue, I NEVER napped on this drug the entire time I took it…..however more important I didn’t really have significant pain to warrant to keep taking it….. or at least I wanted to know by not taking it if I did have enough pain to keep taking it. Less than a week ago in an attempt to test myself, I took my last dose at 1:15 pm one afternoon. Determined to not take another dose until pain levels indicated a need. I never felt any pain, only some minor discomfort. Almost to the hour, 12 hours later I woke at 1:23 am with horrible muscle aches over the entire body, I felt a sensation of not being able to move or even to turn over in the bed with ease, chills then extremely hot. neck ache beyond what I thought I could tolerate & more. By all standards I determined through this extremely horrid episode I may need the oxy after all. However, included in the symptoms was extreme nausea and the feeling of the need to vomit. I didn’t think I could keep it down so I went without. This episode lasted approximately 6 hours with some 15 minute moments of relief where my body fell into a fitful sleep. I have NO experience with drugs, recreationally or otherwise. I’ve NEVER taken opiods for pain for more than two days in the past with a broken leg or minor surgery. As the morning wore on, though I was experiencing fatique, the discomfort became less and less and I was returning to feeling human again in minor ways. My doctor’s nurses could not tell me whether this was withdrawal… they only advised me if I was in pain I should or should have taken the pain meds. I reached out to family members who had been addicts, or were in the medical profession and had seen withdrawal. In each case of those I consulted they each thought it sure sounded like withdrawal. Then, my choice was limited. Do I return to oxy use? #1 It is unusal even as you have said for such a short term user to experience dependency. #2 I was only 2 1/2 weeks out from major back surgery….. was the horrid over night experience a pain response to the surgery OR was it actual withdrawal? I have no way of knowing but either could be a possibility. Fast forward 5 days later with a couple of good days but some others that did not match the horrid night but were not pleasant just the same…..I continued to take only 1/2oxy three times a day. At the moment today I have taken 1/2 a pill….. six hours later I took 325 mg of ER Tylenol. It is 4:30 pm in the afternoon and I feel fine though not energetic. My question to you, based on the description I’ve given…. would it be “safer” to assume I may be especially sensitive to this medication and should proceed with caution in taking more? I’ve already decided unless my body somehow experiences pain of a level 5 or more, I will not take more than 1/2oxy and the number of times a day is yet to be determined. Feeling chill now….. wonder what that means? Thanks for your response.

  101. I have been prescribed Oxytocin for about 1-1/2 years due to the amputation of my leg. Which resulted in 3 revision surgeries after the initial. I am now only taking 15 mg extended release 2 times a day and have been there for about a year. I asked my doctor to lower it to 10 mg extended release 2 times a day. I realize that there is not a lower dose in the extended release form. But I don’t want to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. I have never abused my medication except forgot to take it a couple days and that was enough to let me know that my body is dependent on the medication and I experienced withdrawal symptoms. I don’t want to do that ever again. Another reason why I need this out of me asap

  102. I have been taking norcos for about a year now I try quitting and I swear alot,I can’t sleep,my mood is crappy. I don’t think I could do it alone but I want to so bad. Is there an antidepressant that could just help with my attitude whole I’m at work

  103. I been on theses awhile and I came off once and felt great then I got back on wish I haven’t I want off again bad I need help or someone to work with me or a hospital I can go to for a couple weeks to am clean from them and I promised myself I will never get back on again cause I don’t like the feeling they give you

  104. My son who is aged 30 years he has been taking endone 5mg for approx 11 months since the last 5 weeks his is now on 1.8 mg of oxynorm daily so this is 0.06 mg morning ,late afternoon and bed time he still has the side affects if i do not give him the dose on time how can i reduce the amount so he can stop it completely. regards.

  105. I just lost my whole story can someone please contact me I’m trying to detox off of pain meds I had back surgery 10/14/15 also involved in a motorcycle accident 10/17/16 I was in a rehabilitation care center only to be pumped up on pain meds. Now going threw withdrawals help!

  106. I have been tapering off 160mg/day oxycodone without any significant withdrawals. It has taken 3 months of 5% reductions every 10 days. Unlike TAN (take as needed) you MUST go on a daily dosage whether you think you “need” it or not. It works. I worked with my Doctor and established a schedule for tapering off . I used his spreadsheet and watched every dose. My one requirement was minimize withdrawal . it worked. I am now down to 5mg/day from 160 a day.

  107. I have come off oxycodone for good and i just wish to share how i did it . Hoping it will help some people . There are some it cannot help . What got me off in the end was the want and need to get off . Without that you are going to fail . Mentally you must be ready for this fight and it is a fight .
    So tapering your intake is the way to go . The amount and length is up to you . What is important is to let your body get used to the lesser amount . Dont reduce until it does . At some stage it is going to rebel . Once it is over that reduce again . Then you get to the final reduction . None . This is the hardest by far . Everything is thrown at you but it is the most rewarding . Mine was 10 days of hell but it breaks rather quickly . I took over the counter sleeping tablets , to help the nights . They dont help a lot but they do help . So mentally prepare yourself and Good Luck .

  108. i started oxycodone hcl er 20 mg 2 times day. one every 12 hrs for cancer in knee beginning of december 2016.. radiation helped now on chemo and walking with walker now. no pain. on jan 26 we went to 10 mgs twice a day.. how long should i be on this before going to 5 mg twice a day to then one a day then stop

  109. Recovering from several compression fractures in both lower and upper spine due to osteoporosis . Have improved with daily injection of Forteo. Have been managing the pain with Tylenol and oxy codons CR 10 mg twice a day since November. Usually taken at 7:00 a.m. and p.m. I have just stretched the p.m. Dose to 9:00.. Could you advise the best way to tapper to discontinue. I am a 59 year old female with no other medication. No smoker and no drinker. Thank you.

  110. Hi People , I was prescribed oxycodone 3.5 years ago . 40mg per day . About a year ago i started cutting back ,with the view of giving up . From 40 to 10 i had no problems at all . At 5 my body reacted like everyone else`s . What is helping me is taking sleeping tablets that i buy from the local chemist . I try to go to sleep at 22.00 each night . At 20.30 i take my oxy and s.t . That way i get about 5 hours straight sleep . The rest of the night is get up and go back to sleep . Normal .
    I can only presume my body will eventually get used to the 5 .
    My question is . Will i go through the same again when i quit . Or should i quit now . I am starting day 4 of 5 mg a day . All the best to everyone . George .

  111. I have been snorting (crushed and through my nose) 1-2, 30mg Percocets everyday or every other day for about 5 months now. I’m now stopping. How long and how bad will my withdrawals be?

  112. How long do the symptoms of withdrawal should last. Took 40 mg/day for a little over 2 years. The doctor started winding down at 25 mg/day for 14 days, then lowering by 5 mg every other 14 days. I am now down to zero and the symptoms are very uncomfortable.

  113. I have been taking Oxycodone for 2 years not for pain, started with 5mg. a day for a few months and then bumped it up to 10 mg. and then 20mg + I am finding that at 10 mg a day I have sever symptoms of running nose, sever watery eyes, complete irritability and agitation, plus more. I am always feeling tired with low grade flu symptoms, etc. unless I take more than 10mg. I’m finding I’m taking more and more. Tonight I started having trouble swallowing and I realized I took several pills thru out the day not sure how many I had taken. I need to stop but I can’t seem to figure it out I can’t afford to seek professional help, I have no insurance. I haven’t told anyone. I need help, can you please give me advice on how to dose myself and what to do? How long will it take? Will I ever be back to my old self 100%? My mood is terrible I am depressed and have never been SO agitated at everyone ALL the TIME.

    I am 56, female, 150lbs, 5ft 7in. single, no children. I need to do this on my own, hoping with some advice from you.

  114. I tapered down to just a partial dose (2.5-5 mg at bedtime). Had some of the side effects (depression mostly), but I made it.

    Went from those small doses at bedtime to zero. Afterall, To go slower, I’d be grinding and measuring tiny doses to taper that tiny amount to zero. Shortly thereafter insomnia and restless legs kicked in. After a few days of suffering, I decided to take a full 10 mg to see if it really was a SE of the withdrawal, and it was.

    Now I’m having to take 2.5 – 5 mg each night if I am going to sleep. I’ve added magnesium, herbs, and even OTC sleep aids to no avail.

    Any suggestions on how to get off the last little bit of the oxycodone?


  115. I am on day 12 of cold turkey oxycodone withdrawl. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was taking 4 to 5 tabs of 30 mg per day. I didn’t know there was help for withdrawl. But I need a break in all this withdrawl, I’m not sleeping very well, I hurt, could be r/a or w/d not sure. Question, should I take a half a pill or even a quarter of of a pill now and then and for how long??? This has been very hard for me, I just don’t want to take it anymore, I can’t take Motrin at all, so now I don’t know what to take for pain. At the present time, I take Enbrel, Methotrexate, Prednisone and other meds too (non-narcodic). I completely understand why my doctor put me on this as last Winter the Humira suddenly stopped working and it took quite a while to get walking etc. I’m ok now so now I don’t need the oxycodone for pain anymore. Do you have any idea how much longer until this would be over, it’s really getting old and fast too?
    Nice article above.
    Thank You,

  116. I am quiting oxycodone that I’ve been taking for 2 and 1/2 years.I lost my insurance so I have to quit pain management.I have had 4 surgeries in 2 and 1/2 years.I’m taking 7.5 milligram 4 a day.I want to stop and will have to do it on my on.Any suggestions.

  117. Hi I’m 45 had Cronic pain for over 3 years now , I’m on endone 5 mg x3 daily for break through and OxyContin 10 mg morning and night, Panadine forte also when required, I feel like a junky and want to stop, even if I can reduce the endone and Panadine forte , and just the OxyContin and just pannadol is my aim. I’m going nuts with dizzy spells and shakes it’s just to much for me, yes I’m numb but stuck in bed with these drugs and want to function like a mum should ….
    Please help, my issues are crohns ,Ankylosing spontlilis, rheumatoid arthritis, and yet to be determined gyno issues..
    Thank you for hearing me out xo

  118. I live in Spain and have been taking oxicodone 80mg for about two years for severe pain. I recently moved home and the new doctor will not prescribe it without a letter confirming my need. I don’t have anything as it was a GP who prescribed it without any letter. I had to go to the local Hospital today as the pain was unbelievable. They will not give me the oxicodone either but gave me a tramadol drip and prescription for tramadol, diazepam and Enanyum. So far they aren’t helping and I’m climbing the walls and extremely restless. Any help you can offer would be much appreciated.

  119. I had tried quiting oxycodone cold turkey but the withdrawel prevented me from doing so, i suffer from chronic pain and been taking them for 6 years now i want to get off them but pain is really bad some days and dont no what i can do i no im addicted to them i think the only way i could get off them is to get help but what do i do about the pain i experience on a daily basis?

  120. I was diagnosed with a calcified Pseoducyst( very rare with no cure. IT is very painful and we tried every pain killer on the market but eventually went to narcotic . I have been taking 100 to 120 MG of oxcodone & oxycobtin for over 4 yrs.
    It definitely helps with the pain but the side effects are terrible.I believe with watchful control over my activites (movement affects the pain) and watch my food intake -large meals are painful, I’m hoping to get off the narcotic and control the pain with a non narcotic pain killer and supplements
    What I am looking for right now some help on what I can do to help with the w/d.
    I have gone from 120mg per day to 40 mg. per day on my owm (with understanding and caring wife.
    I am 75 yrs. old and still enjoy playing hockey in a league twice a week,cycle my exercise bike each morning and love the outdoors doing yardwork whenever I can.
    THe w/d (pardon the expression is like going to H………… and back
    I would appreciate any feed back and also to hear from amyone who has had a CALCIFIED PSEODOCYST – (I know it is very rare

  121. My daughter has been on varying amounts of Oxycodone over the last five years, she has tried to come down at home and gets very close, the lowest dose she has had is 30mg daily, but then she gets severe pain from an underlying infection and then goes back up to 90mg daily. Because she is never totally clean from Oxycodone when she goes to hospital for her infection her base level is whatever she is on say 50mg then they have to prescribe above that for any pain relief to kick in, hence when she is discharged from hospital it is on a higher dosage that what she went in on, what is the best, quickest and safest way to come down from 90mg to 0mg daily? I hate this drug, yes it does relieve the pain but it does make you so dependant on it.

  122. i am on 8 tex of oxycodone and have been for 2 and half years for bad feet pain. Doc wants me off because the government here in canada b.c. says take everyone off it because so many people are od ing on it .
    i have been cut down to 7 pills a day now over a month and i am having withdrawals and the pain is getting bad in my feet.

  123. I have been taking Oxycodone–6 per day 5/mg/335mg plus Hydro morphine–6per day 3mg for the past 5-6 years for chronic pain. Just recently saw my Doctor & she is stopping the Oxycodone & has put me on Hydromorphine–1 tablet every 4-6 hrs 1mg plus keeping me on the Hydromorphine–6 per day 3mg in place of the Oxycodone. My question is will I have any side effects stopping the Oxycodone? Do you know if the medication she has me taking now will work equally to what I was taking for my chronic pain? Thankyou

  124. Hello,
    I have been taking between 120mg to 150mg of Oxycodone per day due to severe back pain. I had surgery a year ago to my lower back and have been on oxycodone ever since. The surgery was not successful and they were trying to figure out why. finally I was sent to a Pain management clinic to receive injections. They wound up doing a nerve block which has helped to reduce the pain by 50%. I have been a slave to the meds for over a year and want to start the weaning process. I have had to wean off Oxy before after a neck surgery and remember it being totally uncomfortable. I became very depressed and suffered from extreme w/draw symptoms. I believe it is because they weaned me off the medication too quickly. I have an appointment with my surgeon this Friday and I think they are going to want to start the weaning process which is what I want to do. With the Holidays coming up and people wondering all over my house I am very afraid of having all of these symptoms of withdraw I experienced before. Any suggestions of what I should tell my doctor so the weaning process is not so intense this time? I am scared to death of what is coming!!!

  125. I was prescribed 10mg of Endocet every 4 hours for a frozen shoulder. After 7mths it’s was determined that Endocet is causing enraged inflammation in my hands. To combat this I have been instructed to reduce my intake to 5mg/wk. FOR 1 WK. The 2nd week to 5mg every 8 hours. I find that I am experiencing extremely uncomfortable withdrawal systems. Question: would detoxing using natural products ie: tumeric help in reducing the withdrawal affects? And if you have any suggestions on riding my live of this please do not hesitate to state.
    Thank you

  126. I take 30 mg of oxycodone about 6-7 times a day. I want to cut my dose in half. I believe a 15 mg 6-7 times a day will help my nerve disorder with the neuropathy and fibroid myalgia but need to figure out what’s the best way to lower it without getting sick. Can you help with a plan for someone like me ?? Thank you. Who knows once I attempt and succeed this I may get down to even a lower dose. I believe I can still have pain control with a lesser dose but don’t want to ask my doctor because I don’t want him decreasing me until I have control of this situation so I don’t have withdrawal.

  127. I had total knee replacement surgery 6 weeks ago and was prescribed oxycodone for the pain. The pain was severe and I started out taking 80 mgs a day in 10 mg doses every three hours. I have started my taper and am at 20 mgs a day (4 X 10 mgs). I tapered from 40 to 35 to 20 within 10 days without too much of a problem besides experiencing worse pain. However today I’m experiencing many withdrawal symptoms but still taking 20 mgs a day. Should I go back up and taper slower or just take it and wean the rest of the way at a slower pace? This is awful. They don’t tell you that 6 weeks of pain med will cause dependence and cripple you with worse pain than when you started. I was led to believe that if you take them for 6 weeks for pain, you wouldn’t get hooked? Apparently I was wrong.

  128. Tapering : close to jump time…is 22.5 mgs a good time after. 70+mgs over 4 years…if i miss an interval or reduce doseage…w/ds. Seam to start…i dol. T his in 7.5 mgs 3 times a day…it. Does not seam possible for me to go to 15 then 5…for days at a time..i have been tapering go. 2 months now..this site is great but hard for me to. Navagate

  129. I have tapeted oxycodon use over 8 weeks time..4 yesrs of use. From 60-80 mgs give or take days at larger doseages. Now at. 22.5 mg. 3 times over 24 hours time. Nites i go 8 to 10 hour intervals. Day. 6-8 hr intervals. Just can’t jump… W/ds after every dose after 3 to 4 hrs….if i took this (22.5) dose years ago..i would . i would laugh if i was told i could not stop! Stuck. Deep heart diobetous…im scared so im saying i scared…feel like i have hung up my balls…

  130. How long do the withdrawal symptoms last? I am tapering off with a doctor who has prescribed this. He knows I take it as prescribed and it is my idea to reduce the intake. I was a 20 mg oxycontin twice daily, reduced to 15 mg with no complications and now I have reduced to 10 mg twice a day, but am starting to have “restless leg syndrome” at night. I still have Rx for vicodin. My pain is bad but before surgery we were increasing dosage plus fentanyl plus an implanted stimulator. I had my entire lumbar spine to tailbone fused 1.5 years ago.
    Please I just want to know how long the withdrawal will last???

  131. I am in process of dealing with withdrawal from oxycodone hydro. Not sleeping, agitated and having difficulty taking deal breaths. Do I call doctor to get a scrip to slowly stop taking them? I had TKR.and pain is still present. Just don’t want to be dependent. It has been two days. How long will this last?

  132. i have had three major back operations over the last six months and have been regally taking 35 mls of oxycodone ,but now i would like to reduce this amount so i went to 15mls and have had some affects could you give me some advice.

  133. Want to jump. On oxy 10s. 50-70 mg. Day. Weaned to 22.5. 3-doses.6-weeks weaning…have been on this pain med for 3 years. Health poor. Diobetic. Heart surgery3 years ago. Frustrated with self. Want off.

  134. Hello. Im 65 years old. Had heart surgery 3 years ago. Broke neck 2 years ago. Now have diobetis. Tapering down from. 70 mg. Oxy 10s. Over 2 months down to 22.5 mg oxy. In three doses 7.5 a day. Want to jump. Have been taking oxy for 3or4years. Have thomas recipie ready to go. Have been to detox. In 70s. 80s. 90s.would like any supotive ideas. Detox will red flag me. If i need further help with pain

  135. Hi addiction Blog how do i tapper myself from oxycodone 5mg slowly so i dont experience severe oxycodone. i went through it this past weekend until i got another refill i dont ever want to feel like that again. i felt like i wanted to jump out of my own skin. i take 1 tablet every six hours but at night i take 2 so thats 4 tablets in 1 day explain how to tapper plz ty

  136. I have been on Oxycodone for 15 yrs; under a Drs. supervision for severe disc degeneration in my back and some other issues. I take 7.25/325 4 times a day. She did a urinalysis which came back negative and will therefore no longer prescribe the medication. I do take them as prescribed or I cannot function. Yes, I know, it is my word against a lab test. I did a ton of research and the only reason I can find for the false negative is that they do a dip test and I also take Gabapentin. Anyway, I have less than a months script left and she will not offer any help with the detox saying I should be able to taper off with what I have. I have tried and failed. I get a raging headache and I hurt everywhere – so I said screw it and am taking them as prescribed. I see no reason to go through hell now when I am still going to go through hell when I run out. I cannot go a clinic, the hospitals treat you like an addict and, at the age of 65, I just cannot deal with that attitude. I won’t be able to function after so I am at the point of just telling someone to shoot me. Life should not be this hard. I was totally compliant for 15 yrs. and now because of one test which was either compromised, the wrong test run or whatever, my life is basically over. I have an appt. for an MRI and a referral to a Neurosurgeon, but they will be too late for any help with the withdrawal or the aftermath. I am clinically depressed, am bi-polar and had a heart attack 16 or 17 years ago. I take medication which helps immensely, but since withdrawal comes with throwing up, I am terrified about not being able to keep my other meds, down. I am not going back to crazy town – I know some people quit their meds because they miss the high; I am not one of them. I like normal, or whatever passes for normal. I know you can’t help, but figured I would give it a shot. Thanks for reading and if you can give me some advice it would be greatly appreciated. Also, is there any chance I will not go through withdrawal? One can always hope. Thank you.

  137. I have been using oxycodone tablets 7.5-325 for two years. For most of this time I would take half of the tablet twice daily but I now only take half a pill daily. I now wish to stop completely. I spoke with my pharmacist about doing this and she said as I was taking such a small dose I could probably just stop without any difficulty. Do you agree with this or should I start taking a quarter daily for some time before stopping. Thank you for your advice.

  138. I was taking percocet before my surgery for pain management which was 10-325 4 times a day and doing well. After ankle surgery the Dr booster my up to 15- 325 4 times a day, now I an at the max 60 MG a day. I am trying to figure out how to drop back to my original 10- 325 4 times a day, how do I step back down to the original pain management dose. 1- 10- 325 4 times a day. The surgery is over and going to be going to therapy and want to get back to were I was. Please help

  139. I have been on oxy 5mg for neck surgery I’m at about 80mg per for 3 months.. I want off them but don’t know how to taper off without withdraw effect.. Cold turkey is to hard!

  140. I was prescribed oxycodone in August 2015, 10 miligrams per tablet 6 times a day for some herniated dics. After 5 – 6 months I felt my body/brain asking for more. I resisted and started reducing my intake, going down to 5 tablets a day for maybe a month or so, down to 4 tablets, etc. When I got down to 1 tablet a day it got more difficult, heaviness in the arms, hands and legs, as well as my mind feeling cloudy. Symptoms lasted longer each morning. But, I pushed on trying to reduce to 1/2 and then to 1/4 tablet and doing so much faster. I stayed at 1/2 for maybe two to three days and now I’m at 1/4 and the symptoms are much stronger. Every morning after taking my 1/4 tablet it takes me 2-3 hours to feel halfway normal. I’m reluctant to now quit entirely, not knowing if I can handle the stopping altogether. Any advice? Thank you.

  141. If someone has been on 30mg a day broken up through the day and snorted what is the best wean schedule ? How long will the negative side effects last ?

  142. My husband has been on oxycodone for chronic pain for several years. He has a contract with the doctor because he has had problems with addiction. He is not abusing for the past several months. The other day he got his monthly RX and spilled a soda into the bottle, ruining the entire bottle. He refuses to tell the doctor because he feels that she will not believe him. He has other chronic problems like diabetes and heart problems. I am worried about him detoxing from this medication. Do you have any advice?

  143. Please can you advise of the amounts to reduce 5mg endone oxycodone ( taking 4 tablets) at a time safely. At the moment I am doing it cold turkey and feeling the side effects for doing so. Can I just lower it b y 5 mg at a time? Thank you

  144. I was prescribed IV 10 milligrams by my doctor after surgery I then ask him to bring me down in my milligram something he then brought me from 10 milligrams to 5 milligrams and now I am still in pain what should I do? And was that the correct way for him to lower my dosage because now I am in pain once again.

  145. I’ve been on Percocet 5.325 tablets for over a year: Never more than 2 pills a day; For the last six months taking 1/2 a pill in the mornings and a second 1/2 pill at 3PM, plus a whole pill at bedtime. A total of TWO pills a day.
    For the last FOUR days I have cut all the doses to 1/2 a pill and are feeling like the side effects are increasing!… What should I do?, I want to get off the stuff and don’t know the schedule to continue! I’m feeling very bad side effects… please help.

  146. I have a physical dependency to oxycodone. However I was recently prescribed gabapentin for my lower back and it really helped me better than the oxycodone. However,, In the morning my body starts the withdrawal.Last Night,I Had Done Quite A Few, And Then I took 300mg gabapentin.I Was Up All Night.I Felt very hyper too energetic.Should I Just Take The Gabapentin Without The Oxycodone Or Is It OK To Just cut down on the oxycodone And If I Still feel the withdrawals just take 1 gabapentin.I read the reviews and the gabapentin really helps with the withdrawals and also my pain went away immediately. This gabapentin is a miracle

  147. I have been taking Tremadol to help me with withdrawals. Is that okay? Some have told me that Tremadol is also habit forming.

  148. Hi. I’ve been having to take oxycodone 10mg tabs for going on 8 years after a car accident. This situation has ruined my life along with causing me to need more and more because of my tolerance level. I’ve tried stopping a number of times without success. Once I even made it 11 days but then felt so empty and horrible that I went back on them again. I’m 62 years old and I don’t think my body & heart can take cold turkey again. So now I’m trying to taper down but am having lots of withdrawal problems. I’ve read up on the replacement therapies and they don’t sound good. I’m also scared to deal with my doctor as he will probably cut me off and then where will I be? Any suggestions?

  149. Hello, I have a lot of chronic pain, my back was broken in 2 spots and didn’t find out untill 17 years later, it took that long for the docs to even look at it, I also have stenosis in several areas and all but 5 disks in my back are blown out, well I was perscribed oxycodone 7.5/325 receintly but was on the 5mg dose for years, I over took them and ran out early so I was taking a total of 45mg a day to 0. This is day one and it already sucks but been here before, nothing really weird happened yet except my thought patterns are all goofed up. I saw that Kratom mentioned on this forum and I have had it and it does help in a way but be careful with that stuff. Cold turkey is not the way to go but I deserve this because I was taking too many. You CAN do cold turkey but be prepared for a very rough week, maybe 4 or 5 days but seems like forever. I do this without anyones knowledge because if you do seek treatment, you will be labeled an addict. The point of this message is I am just beginning the ride and I will make it, try to keep busy even though nearly impossible. My question I have is I am perscribed clonidine .1mg for blood pressure. I take it 2 times a day, how does it help with the withdrawls? It probably wont work on me because I have been on it for years already, I am also on clonasepam 1mg 3 times a day as needed, I cut that to 2 times a day but I will do 3 today to battle the anxiety. Does this sound like a good plan? Thanks
    P.S. It is an evil drug but it works and allows me to live a sort of life.

  150. Hi , in March I had my 3rd hip replacement . This was my 3rd . Three months later , it became infected , and a 4th replacement was necessary . I am now 5 weeks post surgery taking 10mg of oxycodone q 4 hrs . I am doing very well and would like to start reducing the pain medication. can you recommend a dose and time regiment . Thank you PS: I know from past experience , withdrawal from Oxycodone can be difficult and very painful .

  151. Hi. I was formerly on OxyContin 10 mg bid plus oxycodone 10 mg tid. This was for 11 yrs because of chronic knee pain. One knee was replaced with poor outcome, the other has disintegrated to bone on bone. For the last 2 yrs I’ve still been on the oxy 10 tid but because of insurance issues, the OxyContin has been replaced with another opioids Opana ER 20 mg. Lately I’m beginning to think the ibuprofen 800 is more effective than all else. I would like to know how to slowly and reasonably discontinue the opioids without getting my prescribing Doctor all ‘worked up’. When he has tried to wean me in the past at my request he has put me into withdrawal every time and then is disillusioned that the weaning was unsuccessful! My most major withdrawal issue is the restless cramping legs which already are dealing with knee pain. Help! Please!

  152. Hi I have been on pills for almost a year! I’m trying to quit how long does the with drawls last and what can I do? I snort and swollen perc I take about 10 a day! I’m ready to quit but need help pls

  153. I have been taking oxycodone for about 6 years, 6 10-325’s per day. My Dr. is helping me come off them. He started with cutting down the amt. per day. then went to 5’s, and now he has me on acetometaphine with codeine, and I have been on these for a week. How long before my system will be over the oxy’s ?

  154. I am taking 10mg Oxycodone 4x daily. Went to pain clinic today and was told I need to take only 3 10mg daily now and to cut out 1 a day. I have been taking oxycodone for about 8 yrs, but only taking 4 daily since January. I feel I should taper off cutting out 1/2 or 1 every 3 days or a week. I did not want to sound like a drug addict but was firm in wanting to wean off the 1 pill. I asked to see the actual doctor to disguss this with him and he will see me in a week. I have been through rehab to get off oxycontin because they got to expensive and at the time I had no insurance. Even with that help it was awful and I felt bad for almost a year. I am in excruciating pain wit multiple back and knee problems and also being tested for Lyme disease. I would be willing to try going to 3 pills a day but just don’t think I can cut out 1 pill daily right away. What is the best way to go to 30mg a day from 40mg a day.

  155. I’ve been taking three OxyContin 30mg per day and I want to stop. I’ve been taking them for years for chronic pain for migraines and Arthritis. Other migraine medication did not work. I can’t go to a rehab facility. Can I just decrease the dosage? I asked my doctor and he said I was on such a low dose and since it’s working why would I stop. Please let me know. Thanks

  156. What is the prescribed oxycodone limit? I’m in England but would love to know what the Docs ‘law’ as far as dosage is and is thier a next step medication if the oxys are no longer sufficient?please any info would be great. ANYONE WITHDRAWLING NOW THE ultimate non opioid which is a godsend when the the turkeys in the oven is GABAPENTIN and/or PREGABALIN .IF YOU PLAN TO DO your rip at home GET SOME OF THESE as it takes most of the symptoms away apart from loose bowels but I’m guaranteeing you they are MAGIC- I know people who have done thier rattle purely on these and have walked thru it!!! They keep the pain away for me until my next dose of OXY.
    Any other wonder pills out there people would like to share as it all helps.good luck and Godspeed

  157. I’ve been on oxycodone 10-325 3 times a day for pain. On and off for the past 10 years. I want to see what the pain is like w/o opiates, even though I think I’m in denial. An tigon specialist prescribed clonazepan 25 mg every six hours, hydroxizine 25 mg every six hours and gabapentin. Then cold turkey. Won’t give clonidine do it my low blood pressure. I’m a 68 yen are old woman, living alone with no family near by. I do have some tramadol, b vitamins, etc do you think this is safe for me to do? Do you have any additional info to help me. Supposed to start in the am AND IM GETTING SCARED. Don’t want to go to a detox facility cause of the mentally ill there and I’m not a good candidate for these places. Took the opiates for pain only…no cravings and no euphoria. IM FREAKY OUT!

  158. I want to stop taking these pills but the with draws are so bad and iam so sick i need help and i want to quite…please help

  159. Was taking oxycodene 20 ml 4 x a day till beginning of June dosage was decrease from 20 to 10 milligrams all I am feeling my self lower dosage less pain killers now none. Vomiting runny nose three to 4 days no sleep . Had Spine fusion Surgery need physical therapy 6 catch up physical therapy app back to back not till I make up will I get them. Now I’m afraid of such Oxycoden but I’m in pain also what are my choices!!!!

  160. My wife has been taking 5mg oxicodone 4 x/day since 2012 for chronic migraines. She tried the Daith Piercing with positive results. Now she wants to detox from the oxicodone. How do we do this with success? She’s a stroke victim that occurred during brain surgery in 2012 to remove a small benign tumor that they thought might be causing the migraines. She’s had migraines most of her life. It’s been over 2 weeks since the Daith Piercing and no headaches!

    Thank you

  161. For over 18 months I have been taking 10-12 80mg( prescribed) OxyContin and gabapentin 600 mg x 6 daily. This started with 2 x 40 mg oxy and 2 x 300mg pregabalin in 2010 after major spine surgery. I had been opiate dependant on an off for 15 years up till 2009 so I should NOT of been prescribed these vile life destroying pills but that’s my fault for taking them. I had my last tablets 2 hours ago(8 oxy an 5 gabas) otherwise I would not be doing this now. Before this I had my last dose 20 hours ago in ibiza on my last day there. I took enough to last me but ended up doing too many then getting an emergency doc to see me at the hotel an got a script for 28(box) 80 mg oxy . That was 3 days ago and I couldn’t manage to spread them out till I got home this morn. I have NEVER felt so bad before even when I was IV dependent and doing a prison detox all those years ago. I thought I was strong enough to get thru any rattle but this-even though it was only 20 hours since last dose. I would have done anything and I mean anything to get my next dose- well,FIX because that’s what it is now and I’m reaching out to anyone who has been on a similar dose and what you did to hold on to your life and pull it back from the end. Am I just kidding myself thinking that I could have a life worth living anymore? I feel so out of control it hurts as my family now know I’m back on opiates. When I think about reducing/stopping I have a feeling of impending doom like never before.STAY away from pregabalin and gabapentin as they might make you feel shit hot with the oxy combo they make you rattle like the nasty.AND does anyone get a really mad chemical/pine like smell which comes on as soon as the oxy dose goes past 12 hour? Any advice/info would greatly be appreciated.

  162. I’ve been taking some form of pain killer for approximately 6 years now for a bad lower back. I have multiple issues with L1-L5. I genuinely need them for my back. However, per usual, one pill wouldn’t work after awhile. Then I’d take more and go stronger. I finally ended up taking oxycodone 30mg. It got to where I’d need 4-5 of them just to be able to get out of bed. I’d take them even when I don’t have pain, because I can’t function without them. I don’t want to keep living like this. So, now my husband has my pills and gives me one only every 4-5 hours. Today is the first day I’m starting 20mg. Then I will go down to 10mg and so on. I believe I can do this at home as I finally have the determination. I don’t feel any withdrawal symptoms but, I can’t get out of bed. I want to feel normal again and function normally without needing oxy to help me. I’d like to get to where I can actually go through an entire day without taking any and only take them when my back is hurting. Am I on the right track? I have my family’s support…….

  163. My husband has been on oxycodone for 10 years now as he has terrible arthritis and cannot tolerate other meds. His doctor now will not prescribe anymore due to the problems with over prescribing. He does not take the prescribed amount only a quarter that was prescribed as he did not want to get addicted. But he is now unable to get any to even wean himself off of them. The doctor does not seem to know the terrible situation he has put my husband in… and does not seem to care, and as for finding another dr they are all saying the same. Where is he going to get any help, he really needs something for his terrible pain. According to all I have read he should not be left in this situation on his own, where do you go?

  164. ive been taking about 20 oxy pills a day my husband dropped me down to 5-6 is this ok? I personally don’t think it is my legs have been painful and constant, he says it could be my weight gain (which I do have) but not all of a sudden, if someone can please respond ASAP I would greatly appreciate it

  165. Hello I’ve been taking oxycodone 30 mg a day, I was on 60mg a day at one time, I’ve been taking medicine for 4vyrs, I no longer want to take it, how do I taper off? I tried to just stop but had very bad symptoms, I started having some side effects from being on it and I never had these before so I know it’s from the medication. I’m just scared and do not know if I need to go somewhere for help or achieve it on my own. Thanks

  166. Hey! My moms been on oxycodone for 13 years she take 30mg 6 times a day. I want her off now, but she finds it hard to quite. The doctor the prescribed them was basically a pill mill. She needs help ASAP. Any tips on how she can quite???

  167. I am under a doctors care, he is weaning me off oxycodone. I have been on it for 7 years. I was told to take 10 mg 4X per day for 2 weeks, then reduce it to 10 mg 3X per day for 2 weeks. Then 5 mg for 2 weeks then stop taking it completely. I have a severe anxiety disorder and I am afraid he is doing it too fast. How do you recommend the tapering that does not produce withdrawals? I don’t trust my doctor, he has messed up before and is a real a-hole so I need a second opinion.

    Thank you for your help!

  168. I have been taking endone 3 times a day for the last 6 wks after a hip replacement, is it safe to stop them now

  169. I been taking oxycodone 10mg since 2011 & i want to quit.. my last one was this pasted sunday night until today at 4:00 i did a oxycodone 5mg every 2 or 3 hour maybe 4 . i do want to lean myself off so im not hurting as much could you please tell me what i can do until im completely done with them please.

  170. I started taking Percocet when I was about 18 I’ve gone from Percocet to oxycodone to morphine I’m 27 years old now I’m having trouble sleeping. I twitch myself awake at night. i am having trouble going to the bathroom. I am also having trouble in the bedroom lacking performance and desire. I also tend to get very depressed or agitated. I am trying to wean myself down so I can quit how long after I quit will I start to return to normal

  171. Hi, i would like to know if there are any natural ways to make the addiction of oxyco. Go away safely and if tappering can you take vitamins like vitamin D and fish capsule everyday so that when u trying to lower the oxyco. Your body doesnt lose the entire energy. Also is there any other OTC medication that can be taken to prevent the side effects when quitting it.
    Actually saddly my husband started to take it for the past 6-8 months like everyday 2-3 pills i dont actually know how much each dosage was. But i felt really bad. And now that he shared it with me and would like to quit it by tappering it down i would like to help him in any way but i dont how where to start from. Please help. ASAP. THANK YOU.


  173. Hello. I use to take 8-10 of the 30th oxycotins a day,about 6 yrs ago,because a lady I know was getting them for her MS,and she would give them to me for running errands for her because I was in a lot of pain,due to the fact that I was in a car accident with a county cop,and I ended up with a messed up spine and my lower back.Anyway, Never did I think I would be “addicted “. I think they are more of a dependency,then me being addicted to them. Anyway, I did cut down….ALOT. I’m now down to 2-3 30mg, or 4-6 of the 15mgs a day,so I have cut down. But my dependency /addiction is costing me & my fiancée lots of money, to where we have falling behind on our bills, after we did all this work to build our credit and all back up and it’s getting to the point where it’s causing problems in our relationship, and I don’t want that,cuz he is the man of my dreams,and I’m just sick of being on them and want help getting off of them. I’ve never done any other drugs, besides pot,about 24 yrs ago,then found out I was pregnant with my first born,14 yrs ago,so I quit,and never smoked it again. When I tried to get help for the oxycontins last year, they told me there was nothing they could do,beings I didn’t take enough to be an addict! WHAT?? I said well I’m trying to stop it before it gets any worse,and she hung up on me. So that’s my story, any suggestions would be great! Thank you for reading…

  174. Hello,
    After a couple consecutive rear-ended accidents I was prescribed prescriptions. THO with my Dr. .my wife and I decided I was becoming dependent as they weren’t masking the pain at all anymore.
    Not having prescriptions, went out and found what I was craving….after 2.5/3 years later, I see the damage and feel the damage its caused and still is causing, not to mention massive amounts of cash spent!
    My ultimate question, is i am afraid of being judged by Dr. But want to seek professional medical qualifications to help just in case.
    I was at my end taking well over 180 mg roxy 30s as well Xenyx just as religiously. I am now ready to quit just need reassurance if jumping all the way off would be ok or if its fatal?
    I am afraid that going Cold might cause heart issues

  175. I am.going2 stop taking oxy but I’m scared. I’ve heard the withdrawal can be awful. Any suggestions to help initially?

  176. I am a 73 year old woman, who was given oxycodone doe a very bad back pain. Before I knew it I was taking 60mg of oxycodone a day. By the time I realized what was happening, I knew i had to do something. with great support from my husband in the last 10 days I have went from 60 mg to 30 mg. With today I am trying to get by with 20 mg. I just want to get off this stuff, but, my husband says I am to frail to go cold turkey. At what level can I safely go cold turkey. I just want off of these.
    Thank You Mary

  177. I want to stop taking the 10mg Targin tabs and started by missing my morning dose but feel the withdrawal symptoms. I normally have low blood pressure. I feel not good in tummy and breathing concentration.
    What do you suggest please?

  178. I have been taking Percet and Morphine for over 9 years. From everything I have read I am not addicted, I am dependent. I don’t see a difference. I don’t Doctor shop, or anything else. I am just talking what my doctor prescribes. But I feel like I am addicted. I have just started to try to whin myself off by only taking 3/4 of my script. I just don’t know if this is going to work. I was prescrip these mess because of my disability from my back issues. I won’t to stop taking these mess but don’t won’t to lose my disability because my back is still mess up and I cannot do a lot of things that I could do before. Any suggestions.

  179. I have had 7 previous back surgeries. The last surgery in April 2013 left me paraliyzed from the waist down for 3 months when I gradually started to get the feeling back in my legs. THANK GOD And a lot of hard work!!! This was the first time in my long history that left me with possible chronic pain and required medication for this length of time and I am still rehabbing. I was started on a long acting and 15 mg of oxycodone. As rehab continued and feeling returned I was increased gradually to 30mg, where I found a comfort zone.and have been for about a year. I have been on this dose plus 80mg ER Morphine Sulfate. After rehabbing for 2 yrs in a institution, I was able to return to the community successfully where I was followed by a medical doctor until I lined up with a Pain Management doctor. He immediately cut my oxycodone to 10 mg without a physical assessment. The nightmare started there. The withdrawal lasted almost a month with me not being able to leave my home and/or exercise due to pain. It. has continued for 3 mo. The pain controls me again and the doctor is aware of this and wants to cut again next month. I was very upset leaving the pain mgmt doc’s office this month. Did not want to discuss my pain level or lack of sleep. Needless to say, this doctor is not knowledgeable in the field of pain mgmt and now have a new doctor for next month but need to get by one more month. I am questioning the way my old.pain doc has been trying to “taper” me down. I still don’t feel rite and feel the doctor should be reported to someone. Am I right? Dont want others to have to go thru what I have or was I prescribed too much to begin with? Frustrated and want to get back into life

  180. Hi,
    My fiance has been diagnosed with a factured L5 and bulging disc. The doctor will not perform surgery until my fiance has stop taking oxycontin and oxycodine. Currently, he is taking 60 mg/twice a day of oxtcontin, and 20mg/as needed of oxycodine. I need to help him deduce his intake and gradually cut the oxycontin out of his life. He says he doesn’t know how he will be able to do anything without the pain mediciation, which he rarely can do anything while taking the medication that’s how messed up his lower back is. I have done my research spoke to his doctor with him. Do you have any tips/ideas for him to fully cut oxycontin out of his life. He has only 2-3 months to do so, or the surgery will keep getting pushed off. -We just found out about all of this today.

    Thank you.

  181. I had to have my gallbladder removed and had acute pancreatitis. Not sure if i spelled it right. All in all ive been on heavy pain medicine for about 3 months.I was getting crazy sweats in the hospital at night so i asked for a fan they gave me one but little did i know that fan frooze me up at night because the sweats didnt stop.after a month in the hospital they sent me home with a pancreas drain and I had a oxycodone perscript…i had to go back for a pancreas surgery and again i was on the morphine machine( please forgive my spelling) did nothing for me the second time.. Nurse said it was because my body was tolerant of the drug….so they took me off it and put me back on ocycodone orally 2 pills every 6 hours helped allot with pain. I have been on heavy pain pills for exactly 3 months today. I have not taking anything except for a advil pm for the past 4 days…I am still sweating allot at night…i have to put towels down under me and i literally got to get up 2 3 times a night to switch towels and clothes because of the sweat. It looks as if i jumped out of a pool. Im pretty sure Im going through withdrawal from the medicine. But why was i sweating during getting the medicine and when Im trying to get off of it?Has anyone else been through this.. How long does it last? I am still in a little pain but the sweating and not being able to sleep is so much worse then the pain, so i figured ill go cold turckey until the sweating stops.will it ever stop? Please help!!

  182. Been addicted to oxys for nearly 10 years as well as valium from a car accident, i take atlest 120 mg of oxys or more as time goes on, being on these drugs over years ive worked up a huge anxiety disorder ive been confined to bed and rarely go out in very sick. Others I see that are in the same boat seem ok so I’m infused, having a concous about this ive repeatedly gone cold turkey to get off all pills many times I must admit with no help I get it done it takes me a month atlest to begin to move, then the big fight starts after that, ive no enegy I can’t eat and I fade away, last time I done this was around December it lasted 2 months before I had to go back to the doctors and get pills, I’m on them now but I have to take far more than my dose allows to even get interest enough to move,being such a high does I wouldn’t bother asking for more,I often run out so I withdraw again and wait till my next appointment, I’m only ever trying to keep normal not get off me face, as I have had a previous addiction to heroin when I was 17 it lasted only months before I got off it again myself no help. Since that addtion in 1993 I had nothing till the accident in 2004 which by 2008 I was given pain killers full time , now painkillers or not I cannot complete any task i seem to be bed ridden 24/7 im worried but I go to doctors they seem to think im ok. Which then I go back to me pain doc and get more pills, viscous circle as I never tell me pain doctor im in trouble if so they may stop the dose then im really f…ked im in a bad situation that is now life threatening,I think I may have to eat humble pie and find methodone or suboxone, but being so weak all the time may lead to me not making appointments, I no longer know what I can do, the devil drug has certainly ruined me

  183. I have been taking oxycodone for 2 yrs and I am currently taking 20 mg 4x a day. I want to quit and just be done but some days I wait longer to take my next dose than usual, like if I didn’t take it on time maybe a few hours later I honestly hurt so bad I have cried, so how can I just quit?? I have such chronic pain I am not certain if I can but I know I don’t want to be on it forever either

  184. I have been taking them for about 8 years now, I’m on perk tens I have chronic back pain and will be going through surgery so I can hope to get off of them so I take it I will need detox

  185. I’m absolutely amazed that opioids are prescribed with such little consideration by doctors and PA’s for the inevitable dependency that occurs. I went to a pain management group for back pain, a knee replacement and repair of a total ruptured Achilles tendon. Over the course of the last 8 months I have taken increasing doses of oxycodone and morphine. I couple of months back I realized that I was “hooked” when I felt withdrawal symptoms when a dose was missed or taken late. I’m extremely concerned that my pain management caregivers did not ever even mention the possibility of becoming addicted or the difficulty I would have getting off these pills. More importantly, my wife has been diagnosed with MS and is on a pain management regiment as well. We recently changed our pain management provider and her dose of opioids was immediately reduced by 60%. Subsequently she has had 4 major exacerbations, two of which caused temporary loss of site. Her neurologist said there’s no way her dosage should have been reduced that much and the exacerbations were directly attributable to the reduction in opioid dosage. I for one am absolutely convinced that physicians prescribing opioids fall into one of several buckets:
    1. Ones who don’t understand the impact of what they are subscribing. These doctors just keep there heads in the sand never provide patients sufficient warning as to potential side effects.
    2. Ones who understand the side effect implications of opioid use but still neglect to give their patients clear and weighted warnings as to the side effects and ease that one can get addicted.
    3. Ones who just don’t care and are in it for the money with blatant disregard for their patient’s needs.
    Did you know that most doctors don’t even take the Hippocratic oath anymore. By what moral compass do they navigate? Money, of course, has become the new “true north”. Patient care once in the forefront, is quietly slipping into obscurity.

  186. I have been prescribed Oxycodone as I have had a Mitral Vave repair. but I have been getting afunny turn watching tv. I have been taking 2 a day one morning and one evening. have seen my GP and he said try takingevery other day.

  187. I started using 6 10/325 norco after extensive surgery it was that or paralisys that was 5yrs ago. My
    primary care Dr. that too much and cut it down to 5 That was not too difficult but now he has reduced
    it to 4 which I find very difficult to go from every 4 hours to 6 hours . I don’t know what to do . my Dr
    suggessts suboxone which will cos me $148.per month. I am 71 and ny husband has dementia
    which adds to our month expenses. I have of course become physically and pschologically dependent on this drug and can’t sleerp. please help me we have no family @friends in this area

  188. I was wondering I have been taking oxycodone and percocet for about two years without the consent of a doctor and I just don’t want to take them anymore but it hurts to much to do it cold turkey Andi can’t do it my lowering it’s not manageable I have to quit what should I do or find to help and if I go to a doctor what should I say or ask with still keeping my privacy ?

  189. Hi, my wife has got renal cell carcinoma stage 4, she is on all types of treatment,and on oxycontin 50mg (slow release) twice a day. The oncologist and mcmillan nurse has told us to start lowering the dose. We started Friday at 40mg twice a day but my wife has a burning feeling in her chest, could this be a side effect? She has been on oxycontin since January starting on 15mg twice a day then upping it until the pain went. We are lowering the dose as the cancer has been treated although cannot be cured but has ‘shrunk’ so she should not need to be on such a high amount. We was gonna drop it to 30mg twice a day on the Monday and keep dropping it slowly other a period of a couple of days each time is this safe? Thanks

  190. I have been taking oxycodone for almost a year now. I sometimes don’t have it for a day and I hurt and ache so badly it’s almost unbearable. I have chronic back pain and work on my feet 40 hours per week on concrete floors. I want to be free of taking this medication but nothing else takes the pain away and feels like it actually gives me energy. I am a Christian and am almost embarrassed to say I may be addicted to the medicine. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  191. I got in a bad car accident was getting 10mg x 120 per month didn’t do the trick was also purchasing from the street qty: 240 x 30mg and perks (which is same thing mixed at 90 x 10 mg per month and whatever else i could find for safe keep i was using about 160mg per day and i QUIT all i did was find some 5mg VICS and what i did was take 10 mg (1 day) , 7.5 mg (1 day) , 5 mg (3 days) then the stuff will start wearing off the next day i felt real sick i toughed myself through it then took avatan that night to sleep the next day still sick took a unisom to sleep , day 3 took a atavan to sleep next day took a unisom , day 4 was the worst for me SUPER sick made it through haven’t done anything in 7 months now. day 5 is about when my legs quit kicking at night and i could actually sleep real good. the leg kick is the worst, i was kinda lucky and had everything in house to quit but i held on to some “Oxy” and had 60mg in my pocket at all times but never used it i needed up throwing it out after day 5 most people will say to get rid of everything but its all will power and i looked at them a few times and asked myselft “really is that what i want” then put them back in my pocket.

  192. I have been taking Vicodin, then to Oxycodone this past year all totaled about 5 years along with Morphine this past year or so. My prescribing Doctor quit on me and since been unemployed going to a local clinic and they will not help me. Can’t take this feeling anymore, not sleeping, headaches, body aches, stomach cramps, sweating profusely at night, chills, can not control my thoughts, feeling tired, lathargic. Wondering if I go to the ER if they will help me??? Where can I go to get help??? Started a new job and this if getting in the way from feeling like going to work even. Hate this!

  193. I have severe stenosis with cord flattening in C3-4,C4-5, and C5-6 which results in incredible pain. I am not a baby about pain- I have had three different fx’s in my back, herniated discs, trimalleolar fxs in my ankles, etc and required very little in the way of pain meds. Anyway, I now am prescribed 50 mgs per day of oxycodone and I hate being on it. Problem is, I will surely go thru withdrawal and will still be left with unbearable pain. Is there a better way or any suggestions?

  194. Hi I am a 44 year old mother of 5 grandmother of 8 I have lupas I’ve been taking oxycodone 10mg for 6 years now spending a lot of money I been wanted to stop and I also tried but am scared of the withdrawal process i am so tired of taking them and wish there was a way around the withdrawal I don’t drink or use no other drug and haven’t for 18 years just want my life back please help me

  195. A family member has been taking oxycodon for almost 3 years. I am not sure on the dosage but I found out yesterday that they are taking 10 tablets a day. I insisted that I go to the doctors appointment today, which I did and told the Dr. that I was worried and told the Dr. that she is abusing this drug. She only has two tablets left and no refills. I did not gain very much information from the dr. only that if she does not stop taking them he will not be her dr. any longer. She is a new patient and he kept repeating to her that if she does not stop taking them he will not see her. I am worried that she is going to go through with drawl and I do not know if I will need to seek medical attention or know when I do need to seek medical attention for her. She is currently taking an antidepressant and High BP medication and I am very worried because she only has two oxycodons left. I want her to get help for this and the dr. didn’t really tell me anything that we can do except to see a psychiatrist.

  196. I was prescribed oxycodone for after sugery from being shot in the leg with a bb gun and the bb went through the skin and muscle and needed to be taken out. Since feb 10th 2016 i have had three prescriptions filled for oxycodone. Since i just stopped taking them a few days ago… i have had the weirdest pain in my back and shoulders… and i cant sleep. I try to stretch out but if i push any harder i feel like ill break something. Any ideas on how to ease this problem?

  197. Second day off oxy, been on for 2 years after an accident. I get 15mg 4x day and I can finish a script in two weeks. Its never fun anymore

  198. prescribed 1-2 tablets every 4 hours 25 Feb 2016… started to pair down on dosages a few days ago… had withdrawal symptoms last evening and again this evening. Last dose I took was 12 hours ago. Feeling really jittery, nauseous. Took another 1 pill just now. Still have 13 tablets left in pill bottle. Don’t feel right at all.

  199. I have been taking 5 mg of Oxycodone for pain after knee replacement surgery. Over the past few weeks I have been adding more time between taking the pill. I’m now just taking 1 pill every 10 hours and supplementing with Tylenol Arthritis (650 mg) when needed. I want to stop completely, but would rather not experience the side effects. My doctor’s office is no help, so I’m resorting to the internet. I’d just like to know how to proceed from here. Thank you.

  200. I was taking OxyContin and Oxycodone at the same time, 45mg Oxycodone and 60 mg OxyContin CR, until Insurance cancelled me. No notice. I haven’t had any drugs in 5 days and my BP is so erratic, all the way up to 205/102, mainly 165/95. But really high when I first wake up. Reaction to stopping cold turkey?

  201. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
    I sustained shoulder injury due to trauma and started OxyContin & AMITRIPTYLINE by the pain management clinic about four years ago.
    I have been taking OxyContin slow release tablets at the same time as taking AMITRIPTYLINE 10-20mg, 1 hour before bed time. Combining the two meds together causes the effect of each drug to be considerably enhanced.
    I need to now start to take meds for depression.
    I started Prozac 10mg liquid for about eight weeks recently but became morose & grumpy, irritable & short tempered. My Dr said to stop taking the Prozac. I did so immediately and after 2 days felt frightfully suicidal.
    I do not want to increase the AMITRIPTYLINE because of increased appetite & excessive weight gain.
    Looking at all the side effects I’m thinking about asking to try Prozac 10mg liquid again as I’m not too sure about other antidepressants from looking at the reviews and side effects.
    Shall I try to come off the OxyContin now – that is before starting antidepressants do you think?
    Which, in your view, would be a good antidepressant to try that comes in liquid form ( because of ease of titration – being as people with fibromyalgia can be affected in being sensitive to meds & require lower dosing than other people?
    Please help me & give me your perspective. Thank you very much

  202. Though some say you should just stop cold turkey from opioids, the temptation to relapse is also much greater than if you taper gradually. I have withdrawn a few times before after surgeries, and my last was a full shoulder replacement, four months ago. I went from 120 mg per day of oxycodone to 60mg per day with mild withdrawal symptoms (flu-like, sneezing 25-30 times in a row, runny eyes, coughing up handfulls of phlegm, a feeling of glass in my joints (which became sand by the third day and just normal aches by the fourth), insomnia & restless leg syndrome). Going from 60 mg per day down to 45 mg per day (After hovering at 60 mg for about a week) was nowhere near so bad, but the sleeplessness and restless legs continued. I found that 5 – 10 mg diazepam allowed me to sleep. Now I have been at 45 mg for a week and plan to reduce to 30 mg per day. During pain from physiotherapy, I take up to 50 mg codeine, which though equivalent to 5 mg oxycodone, I find much less addicting. Perhaps it is because codeine is relatively “organic” compared to the semi-synthetic oxycodone. When I get down to 30 mg per day for a week or two, I will switch to 250 mg codeine per day (the equivalent of 25 mg oxycodone – it’s a ten-to-one ratio), and then go down 20-50 mg codeine at a time, staying at each new dosage for about one week. It takes the average person 4 days for their body to achieve stasis, where it is producing enough of it’s own endorphins again, but be good to yourself and give it 7 days to be sure. Try going from splitting your daily dosage from 3 times per day down to two. at 200 mg codeine per day, I take it 2 times 100 mg separated by 12 hours. By the time one is down to 100 mg codeine per day, it is best perhaps to take it all at once an hour before bed, so that your sleep is not interrupted, and you are going 24 hours between doses. After that you can go down to 80 mg for a week, 60 for another week, etc. For me, I get no withdrawal symptoms going cold turkey off of 100 mg codeine (10 mg oxycodone) per day, but others might want to just continue tapering 20 mg per day each week until down to zero.

  203. I have been on oxycodone .5 x3 a day….for years . No more , no less. I hate that I am in pain, however I dislike more the dependence on my doctor. They control my life. I want to quit. How can i do this ? AND still work a 40 hour work week?

  204. I have been on OxyContin 50 mg Bid and also up to 10 percocet 5-325 for several years now.I have a pain contract in place and have never been in violation of my contract or off on random pill counts. The problem is and my Dr move out of state and the Dr who agreed to take over my care has decided not to follow the plan of pain for pain management, instead she refeted mE to a pain clinic (appt is March 2nd and it is for evaluation. When I contacted her for refills of the OxyContin and Percocet she said that she.would only Prescribe Vicodin 5′-325, 1 table ever 8 hrs with a quantity of
    45 pills no refills to tide me ovet to go to the pain clinic.
    The problem is 2 fold the VICODIN does nothing for my pain and I an starting to go thru withdraw. Do you have any adevice on how or what I should do to help with the withdrawal that has already started. With a *BIG BANG*
    Sincerely, Valerie

  205. Short story my PCP as treated me ovet the last 25 years
    For my pain. For the pastH 2 years I have been on OxyContin 50 mg Bid and also Percocet5-325my 10 a day. (I have a significant medical history that is the cause if my pain) .As of Jan 1,2016 he closed his to take a one in a life timE job offer in WI.The Dr who agreed to accept me as a client after a discussion with my Dr.and the plan of care for pain management has decided that she doesn’t want to handle my pain contract and is sending me to a pain clinc. My appt with the pain clinic is not till March 2nd and in the letter I received from the clinic it is for evaluation only! Well the new Dr stopped the OxyContin and the percocet (which I was do for on February 4th) instead she gave me a Rx for Norco5-325 I tablet up to 3 times a day,she Prescribed 45 pills and said they wj

  206. I’ve been taking prescribed oxycodone, as directed by my doctor for 8 years. I take 4, 5 mg a day with an additional 5mg with break through pain during infections complication of IC. I have lupus, IC, fibromyalgia, Sjogerns, heart attack from lupus and past history seizures from lupus. I now find myself jittery, diarrhea, heart palpitations and Horriable muscle cramps I between doses. I do not want to take more and actually need to stop. The oxycodone is now making Sjogerns dry mouth Horriable with many infections from dry mouth- bleeding dry-as well as eyes sinuses and vagina. I do not have addictive personality BUT I am physically dependant. Plus I have very real chronic pain other treatments failed. Anti imflamatory medications over 25 years caused bleeding ulcer, prednisone breaking bones & makes blood pressure go crazy high, auto immune med’s for lupus scary thought due I have infections every 6-8 weeks- all due lupus. But now oxyconde I believe MAY be triggering withdrawals between doses, plus as I said making Sjogerns dangerous due infections I get from dryness. Is this possible ? How do I safely stop and not have heart attack? I’m under weight now due lupus & IC plus hard eat with dry mouth throat. I stopped diazepam 2.5 mg nightly took 7 3/4 yrs. it was HELL. No sleep weeks as well as everything above. OR I’m I still feeling diazepam withdraws? It’s Febuary now and I stopped dazpam November 14, last year so a 2 plus months. I never knew it was going be a physical issue since I followed what doctors told me. The doctors are NO help NOW. Scared of law suit if I die of heart attack and never heard of my sysmtoms even though all match up with withdrawals. Help Please!

  207. I was prescribed Percocet from a pain Doctor 10/325 up to 6 a day now for over 2 years for a cervical neck injury . The medication has ruined my life and I am not the same person I used to be. I want to stop taking it but terrified of the withdrawal side effects. Do I need to go into like a rehab clinic to do this?

  208. I’m down to my last two oxycodone… One tonight & one tomorrow afternoon. I have a script for buprenorphine patches. If I put on the Patch tomorrow morning, will it help with withdrawal of make it worse?

  209. I recently broke my tibia and had surgery to repair the spiral fracture. To complicate things,, I’m 6 months pregnant. After surgery I tried to take Tylenol only, but the pain was unbearable and the doctors (OB included) said I was better off with pain needs for a few weeks. I was prescribed OxyContin 10mg 2x/day, oxycodone 10mg every 4 hours, and Norco 2 – 5-325 every 4 hours. I am now trying to get to Tylenol only, but while everyone says tapering is important, no one specifically explains what is the safest way to go about it. The past 3 days I’ve tried to take as little as possible and I’ve experienced many withdrawal symptoms which I would just deal with if it weren’t for my baby. Yesterday I tried one OxyContinin and one Norco, and ended up taking a fast release Oxycodone to shake some symptoms, then I was up all night anyway. I’m told it’s better to take meds a little longer than to put him through that. All I’ve been trying to do through this entire process is what is best for him… I even stayed awake for the surgery. Please help me completely end these meds. Thank you so much!

  210. Hi,I’m 40 year old I’ve been taking oxys for several years now for back and knee pain but now I want to get off. I’m currently taking 30mg 5 x day. I don’t want to do this cold turkey im horrified of withdraws i would like to wean my self gradually I tried this before and I experience slight withdrawal and I can’t fuction properly. Any suggestions will b appreciated

  211. I will do it myself. I’ve taken care of everyone all of my life, and never had time to take care of me!

    I have enough to pay the house payments for 6 months, and I will eat edibles, and just sleep for 6 weeks.

    This is not spam!

    I was asking for help, but just forget it!

  212. I took from 7.5 mg nearly every day for a year. On occasion I would take 15 mg (7.5 mg twice in a day). I realized I was becoming addicted to oxycodone and I was only feeling good when I took it. I decided to quit cold turkey. I had one 325 mg Tylenol 3 that I cut into three doses and when the pain and with drawl got unbearable I would take one piece. I had difficulties sleeping so I would take Nyquil nitetime to help me sleep. It has been almost three weeks since I quit and about 18 days since I took the last Tylenol 3. I am sleeping well, I don’t have the fatigue I had for so long and my digestive system seems to be returning to normal. I still on occasion get a numbness sensation between my shoulder blades, and I suffer from bloating and gas. My question is: Is this normal and am I probably over the hump of with drawls or how much longer do I to go. I have no desire to ever take this drug again so there is no chance of me starting again. These were not a prescription for me so that is why I chose to go cold turkey. Thank you

  213. I had 2 huge surgeries in 2015. The last one being a c-spine fusion at C2-3 with sever bone spur removal. I had 2 dural tear’s happen in surgery and recovery has been rough.
    I am tapering off the oxycodone right now as I’m at the 9 week recovery time.
    I came off muscle relaxer (Flexeral) and had 4 days of pure hell in doing so. Don’t want to go thru that again.
    I was on 2 10 mg (20 mg)every 4-6 hours for close to 8 weeks.
    I refilled RX at 5mg and have been trying to take just one pill every 4-6 hrs.
    I’m going thru some of the worst profuse sweating attacks I have ever known and severe rapid heart rate. I almost faint when they happen.
    Am I with drawling too quickly? If so can you help me.
    I have been on oxycodone for about 6 months on and off from the 2 surgeries. One surg (lower back) was in Feb 2015 and was on meds for a long time (5 months)
    Then had to go back on them shortly after (before 2nd surgery) due to the pain in my neck.
    All in all I’ve been on way too much med this past year and I’m trying so so hard to stop. My way does not seem to be helping me and I feel horrible.
    Can you offer any help or suggestions on how to do it properly?
    My dr. said “you just have to get over the hump” of going longer than 4 hrs at a low dose (5mg) and then you should be fine? Not working! Help, please? I need advise.
    Thank you

  214. I have been on percocet 5-325 for 2 years for chronic headache. It helps but I am nauseated all of the time and can’t function the way I should. Nobody knows I have been on it. I want to get off of them and hopefully get my life back. I hope there is a way that withdrawal doesn’t get bad. Then I would have a chance of losing everything I have since no one knows and I don’t want them to. Please help me to get off of this horrible drug and be me again!!!!!!

  215. I have a wide variety of problems that got me addicted to painkillers,currently taking 6 to 8 pills/day oxycodone 30 mg. It started almost 2 years ago. I was on Requip for RLS, restless leg syndrome. I had gastric bypass surgery to lose weight and change my life for the better. I went from 395 lbs to 160 lbs in this time. Unfortunately due to the gastric bypass surgery, the Requip was no longer working for the RLS. Because of type of gastric bypass surgery,Roux n y, medicines do not stay in my body that long. Due to this my doctor prescribed Lyrica, also known to help with RLS. After a bit, the Lyrica wasn’t doing anything. That’s when my doctor added pain pills to the mix. Started on vicodin, then norco, then percocets , now oxycodone 6 to 8 per day 30 mg. I recently have been reading about Lyrica and noticed that I was experiencing most of the nasty side effects of Lyrica and have decided to stop it. I have been off it 3 days now but notice my body is still craving it and have added another oxycodone or two to my daily intake. I think I can beat the Lyrica addiction but fear I will not be able to stop the oxycodone. I would like to stop the oxycodone. Besides the obvious, from reading past posts of seeking help with doctor that prescribes the oxycodone, are there any other suggestions you may have to help with stopping the oxycodone? With the gastric bypass surgery I am limited to certain medicines. Not sure if this is going to be a problem when trying to stop. Besides the RLS, I also use the oxycodone to help with the pain of the following: failed knee replacement, needed surgery on foot for cyst that causes pain when I walk, nerve damage in neck and shoulder from fall 6 months ago.

  216. I’ve been on oxycodone for 3 yrs. I stopped and went through hell for 2 weeks of withdrawal. All over the withdrawal but can’t find any pleasure from anything anymore. Hate people, hate life, deeply depressed and miserable. Feels like life is over for me. I look at old people and am jealous because they are so close to the end. I don’t want to live any longer. I just want life to be over.

  217. I’m trying to get off the oxycotin I’m taking 2- 20mg a day I stated taking them after a car accident I’ve tried doing cold turkey but the withdraws are terrible

  218. I have been on dilated and oxycodone for approx a month and a half due to surgery. I stopped when the meds were gone and now have a constant shocking throughout my head and body constantly. …to the point of going insane. I’ve been doing research and nowhere does it say how long this withdrawal can or will last. Help! Please!

  219. I am currently taking 40mg x 3 daily of oxycodone and have been doing so for the last six months. The other day I attempted to stop taking it by first taking 1 per day for 3 days and then stopped all together. About 15hours after taking my last tablet my Withdrawals were moderate and getting worse, I went back to my original dose. I was wondering what would be a good dosage plan to minimise my withdrawals as much as possible. And also what are some non opiate medication that would help with withdrawal symptoms, and is there any over the counter medications, natural remedies, certain foods or anything else that may help at all to reduce my withdrawal symptoms. any advice will b greatly appreciated as I do not wish to feel the large amount of pin and discomfort that I experienced last time I attempted to stop taking the pills.

  220. I was on morphine 30s 2 times in 24 hrs It been three days I conquered that battle but now I’m trying to do the tapering process on oxycodone 30s I’m at 4 half pieces spread out wanna take a dose away how can I finally be done with those I cry wasnd off so scarred but determined thank you for reading plz help

  221. I’ve read through this post among countless others on other places. I feel all of your pain, been there done that, Joe..Have to say, I like that you’ve commented. The truth about what’s going on after a long period of time is more physiological than most want to tell. It had so much more to do with brain chemistry than most else. While long term oxy use, if you have accessible would be through a Dr. However not so many have that luxury. The problem has too do with brain chemistry after long period. In layman’s terms, you’ve been faking your brain out. Cold turkey, taper (which is prob best and way easier on your body). Still it’s gonna take some time, a hard road. Perseverance, and realize someone sold you down the wrong road. Without the desire to quit, you will not make it. If you are in real pain, but not getting relief from your meds..your brain is tricking you thinking you need them. I’ve read hundreds of stories of people that are hooked because they can’t live through the pain of their original pains. That’s where quitting oxy comes in, during quitting, it will send all of these nerve synapses out making you think you need it still. don’t. It had its own power. Many people I’ve talked to once getting past certain phases realize that cutting the drug of completely, their pain is much less. It’s gonna grab on, make you hurt, it wasn’t to continue. Quitting oxy may be the hardest thing you will ever go through. But stay strong! You can do this, for many..the mind will trick you. If the meds aren’t helping the pain..what’s the point in continuing? It’s so physiological. The ending is Hell! But why continue only because you are scared? Not telling you it’s not going to be awful..It is. But think of the time wasted, it’s never going too get easier..your brain meds time to regulate. Sucks that way, and if it’s been a long time, you need to taper, you have health problems, you will need help. But…It can be done. Sending strength to you all. Take your life back…It’s gonna suck for maybe a long Damn time, but the longer you wait…The harder it is. Wish you all the best, just realize this ain’t it, not worth the money, family, pain that you really don’t get relief from. Sick it up and in, gonna be tough, but not gonna be any worse than the pain you’ve spent so many years or decades in already

  222. I I feel stomach pain after taking oxoydone acetaminophen and I wonder if the drug is responsible. So I want to stop. I have been taking it regularly for two weeks. But today. I only took one tablet in the morning. How do I stop? Will I have withdrawal symptoms.

  223. I have been on oxycodone for about 5 months for a problem with severe pain in my right shoulder. At times the pain was excruciating. I have finally started physical therapy and for whatever other reasons the pain is all but gone except I still do not have full range of motion or the pain will again start. Because I have so many other health issues one being a respiratory problem COPD and knowing that oxycodone affected that I have been very anxious to get off of it and felt that now that the pain has decreased so much and can be controlled with Tylenol I have stopped it by decreasing to half the dose for 2 days and then half that for the next 2 and half that for the next 2 days. I did in fact have several of the side effects you stated nothing too severe but I am now off completely. It is now approximately 2 days with no oxycodone and I have felt irritable, anxious and had diarrhea with stomach cramping I was shakey had chills with a runny nose and just felt generally unwell during this period of stopping the medication. I was not certain but thought that what I was feeling had to do with stopping the oxycodone. I did not talk with the doctor but realize now that I probably should have. But I think I am doing okay now and I did check with the pharmacist before doing this to ask how I should handle it as I knew I should not just stop abruptly. It was tremendous help when I needed it but happy to be off.

  224. Was prescribed 25 mg of Oxy’s per day for over a decade. Woke up one morning, bought Somme Phoenix Tears, was off those pills within 4 days. Done. No withdrawal symptoms and it was healthy. Say NO to big pharma! It’s a trap!

  225. I have been taking 10 30mg oxy’s for about a year now and have got to this level over the years. It started about 8 years ago just taking a few Vicotin for fun, and loved the feeling so to keep the feeling I had to gradually take more and more until Percocet then oxy now 10 a day which ain’t cheap. I want to quit and havnt takin any for 9.5 hours and the restless leg has set in pretty bad. How long will this last? What do you think I’m going to go through? Is this safe if I push through all it? Should I smoke weed? I have a 3 suboxone, should I take one now?? Will this get worst for 4-5 weeks!!??? That’s what I was reading… Please help

  226. Hi, I have been on some kind op opiate for 18 years, since I was in a car accident as a teen, starting with vicodin and kept moving me up. I am now taking oxycodone 15 mg 3X a day for herniated and torn discs. I want off so bad. I am completely dependent and I just want a normal life again. I have three children and I want to grow old enough to see my grandchildren. This cant be good on my organs. I have tried to quit by cutting back but even cutting back a little or cutting them in half gives me ALL of the above symptoms as well has head aches, blurry vision, confusion, and even hallucinations. I feel like I am only normal with them now. How do I do this? I have never wanted something so bad in my life then to be off these meds. If I would have known this is what they would do to me then I would have never taken them and just dealt with the pain. I feel like I need assistance (in care) to get off. 🙁

  227. I had ankle surgery for double fracture,was on 20 mg. A day,plus 15mg. Every 4 hrs. After released from rehab I tried to cut down as much as I could .I made a month supply last 2 weeks.After that I started going through withdrawals also more pain ,so I went to the hospital they gave me a script. For 10 20mg. Oxytocin, I got them and cut them all in half and plan on only taking half when I can’t take the pain,but I want to cut down to a quarter towards the end of them.Is this a good idea?

  228. please write me with the there a syndrome where you cannot get off of oxycodone if you withdraw too quickly?i tried to go from sixty for six years to five in a month and now i have severe withdrawels from sixty one month forty five the second month forty the third month thirty now in four days i am taking 3,600 mgs of gabapentin a day in three doses which is helping and i am on ritalin for adhd which also helps with the withdrawel long till I get off this med safely?is there other drugs non opiates to help me with withdrawel>please send me the answer to my email because i probably won’t be able to find this website again.debbie

  229. I suffer chronic pain and fibromyalgia myalgia I have static nerve and major neck and shoulders upper back pain I was seeing a pain dr. But I was called by the clinic to cancel my appointment my pain dr. Did not renew his contract and left the center they had no other dr. My medical info was sent to another clinic they would see me in a week to review then will be another 2 weeks for a medication appointment I was a couple of days from running out of my Meds I took 40mg oxycotin 2xday and 10/325 Percocet every 6 hrs and then I had nothing I ended up in the ER sever pain in my pelvic groin throwing up dehydration and nausea I felt like I was seriously dying yet I was so anxious and anxiety just wishing it would end and I’d just get it over with and just die the gave me couple shots daludin and volume sent me home with 10 5/325 Percocet and nausea Meds I was just as sick as before the 5/325 did nothin for me I finally went to my primary care Dr. She dropped me to 20mg oxycotin 2xday and 5/325 3-4 times a day and I really think about I’m not gonna tell you what I think about but I hurt I’m in so much pain I have a migraine headache 24/7 I can’t get out of bed just to use the bathroom diarrhea and I throw up any time I get up I can not be in the light my eyes are so sensitive I don’t want to eat or drink and the list goes on if they get a pain dr will I just go back for my dose or will I be strong enough to let go should I go to rehab what do I do about my pain I was at least mobile and active on my full dose Meds please help I can’t take this much longer I’m so depressed and sad angry hurt mad scared

  230. I have been on Oxycodone for about 4 years and I would love to get off them. Your article is helpful but I have tried to get off them but the withdrawals are unbearable. I’m thinking a detox clinic(DC) is probably the best choice for me, now question…do all DC use clonidine to help with the WD? One of the big WD symptoms for me is Double Vision after about 30 hours without any Oxy, is this normal? Also my appetite is very surpressed when going through WD, is this normal?Please help get me on the right track, it’s making life miserable…

  231. I have been on oxycodone for about 2 yrs. for two severe falls. One fractured spine. The next broken femur-hip-leg. I am trying to eliminate oxy but get discomfort now and then, leg spasms and nervousness for examples. Please tell me how to stop taking it. Pain is now minimal and I want off these drugs, even if pain comes back from not taking it. Please help. This drug has totally changed my personality. I was always very social; now I have no desire to go anywhere. I am up all night and sleep all day. Please help; I want my life back. I do not live I only exist! I know that the oxycodone is responsible for this change. Thank You

  232. I have been addicted to oxycodone for the past 5 years. In the last 6 months, I have tapered myself to 30-60 mg of oxycodone a day, each day. For the past 3 days, I have taken a 8mg Suboxone strip to help with the withdrawls from the oxycodone and have not experienced any withdrawls and feel a whole lot better. For the past 36 hours, I have not taken any Suboxone or oxycodone. If I decided to take a 30 mg oxycodone, will I experience all the withdrawls of coming oxycodone like I would have before taking the Suboxone?

  233. I had open heart surgery in Aug of 2014, and have been taking Oxycodone/Acetaminophen since then .I want to stop taking it very badly, and have been trying to wean myself off. At this point , I’m taking an average of half a 5-325mg tab a day. I have 31 half pills left. I am having withdrawal symptoms.How should I proceed to withdraw completly??

  234. Hi I was in hospital for 3 weeks with a large prolapsed disc, I was switched from codiene or oramorph, which I had no problems taking as and when needed over a long period of time, to 30mg OxyContin twice a day and 10mg oxycodone as and when, some days as many as 6 doses. After surgery I had no pain so I decided to stop the oxycodone and gradually reduce the OxyContin dose, I had horrendous withdrawal sweats chills anxiety not sleeping sick. My doctor recommended no OxyContin and just oxycodone as and when, so at minute I’m taking 3x day which I feel ok on. Can I switch my oxycodone to 60mg codiene, as I had no problems with this drug in past and I could take it as and when with no withdrawal, I was hoping this would ease my body’s opiate need by replacing it with a weaker one so I don’t get the awful withdrawal, I want these pills out my system and never have to take them again 🙁

  235. Hi,
    Been taking 20 mg of oxycontin a day for five weeks post knee replacement surgery. Last dose was yesterday morning at nine. Did not take anything last night and was absolutely miserable. No sleep, aches and pains like the flu with chills and sweats. Help! Pain in knee is there but not terrible. Want to be off this medication.

  236. My husband has been taking oxycodene for 1 week it is 5mg and he takes it twice a day, can he just stop taking it or should he go down to only once a day first?

  237. I took very limited amounts of oxycodone since June for a herniated lumbar disk. I was taking one pill in the morning, daily, for the last month – 6 weeks, no more. I never felt addicted at all. I stopped it “cold turkey” about 1 week ago and, ever since, have had mild symptoms of muscle movement, tiredness (moderate, not extreme) and slight lack of concentration. I have no interest in taking more oxycodone, so will this pass in time and, if so, how long, generally. If not, should I resume it, cutting pills in half first, the quarters, etc. and, if so, for how long? Thank you.

  238. I started taking oxycodone for severe lower back pain in Dec 2009. for quite some time I took 4 5mg pills 4 times a day. In late June of this year I felt that the drug was on longer helping my pain and that I wanted to come off them. I told my Dr. and asked him to help. He wrote me out a program. of dropping 1 pill per day per week. Oct 1 2015 I was down to 4 per day and I started to get agitated in the morning and had strange thoughts. Oct 5th cut back to 3per day and I started being extremely agitated and started having jumping arms and legs at night making it hard to get any rest. Oct 8 I decided to stop all together. My pain and depression shot up I feel like my insides are racing I have had diarrhea nausea . I guess my question is how long do these symptoms last. I also have been on valium 10 mg for the same amount of time now when I take them they seem to crank me up instead of calming me down. George

  239. Very been struggling with opiate dependence for a long time (5 years on and off) I was prescribed 10 mg/325 norcos originally due from an incident where someone as trying to steal my car and shot both of my legs in the process (calfs and thighs). I finally had enough and visited a doctor who prescribed me suboxine 8 mg strips. They worked great! I started from 2 8 mg tabs a day down to 1 mg a day within 6 months. However I felt that I would have severe withdrawals if I don’t take the suboxine and felt that the suboxine addiction was much more intense than the norco withdrawals. I ended up having a struggle to get off the suboxine so I decided to go back to norcos and just slowly cut the doses until I quit. I truly was committed and my life needed to be turns around because suboxine effects were much worse…

    Unfortunately my tolerance was too high due to suboxine and norcos were not releving my withdrawals no matter how much I took (I ended up getting sick from the acetaminophen since I needed more opiates but my body wasn’t used to acetaminophen in those doses. I made the mistake of trying a 30 mg oxycodone since it was prescribed to me for pain during my recovery. I thought it was a better alternative since there’s no acetaminophen. I was wrong…while it did relieve my symptoms…i quickly realized how much stronger they were…I became physically addicted…I started spending all my money and time to get it and my life baca me surrounded around the drug. I would take 50 30 mg a day…yes…normally this would most likely kill someone…but this was my life before I even noticed.. I truly had enough…I can’t live like this…My family, business. Life. Is very quickly taking a negative impact.

    He’s the scary part…I tried going back to suboxine…It wouldn’t relive my withdrawals…I tried taking 5 8 mg strips (5 times the max amount I ever took) and it wasn’t working…I cannot believe how much stronger these little blue drug was…I had no idea…I thought they were better…I regret the day I tried them…I tried quitting and it’s impossible…I cannot function. Cannot be around my family…The mental anguish and depression a person deals with when you go through the withdrawals are untolerable…I consider myself a very strong person…and whatever I set my mind to. I usually accomplish…However…I have not been able to kick it..
    Every time I try to quit I end up relapsing not because of the addiction…but because I was truly worried about my health and wellbeing while I am withdrawing…My body would go into horrible shock…I would wake up on the floor only to realize I may have passed out…praying that maybe I can pass out for a little longer because I need is time to get this out of system..

    Anyway…I have been managing my addiction since I am the sole bread earner in the family of 12. I cannot check into a rehab or inpatient facility…I am beyond determined to quit…slowly decreasing the doses. And it’s working…Right now I am down to 20 30 mg a day..I hope to go down to 10 a day…Is this the way? Would I be able to decrease until I’m done? Or will I hit a plateau and must check out of life for days at s time and deal with the withdrawals?

    Understand that I would never take another if I didn’t have to. I have been very good at ensuring to always take less. And never more…I have not felt normal in a month and half, there isn’t an hour that I don’t feel withdrawals. I never take enough to feel normal…I am always sweating, staying up at night…not eating Etc..

    I apologize for such a depressing question…I just want anyone who is reading to learn fro, what I learned. Stay away…do what you have to. And pray that you can get off because I am still trying to figure out the way to do it…It seems like I have to lose my Business, house, parent home, and go into a inpatient program to get off them Or lose everything anyway and still be addicted to them. Hope there’s an answer…

  240. To Daniel,
    Good luck with weaning. I would wean less 5mg or 20mg per day x 2 weeks. Ask your pain doctor. I am feeling so bad right now. I wish you good luck . I should do same.

  241. I have been on 30mg oxycodone 5x a day and today its been 24hours since last dose. I feel terrible and can’t even take care of my kids. Please help me and give me advice. I am an RN and have been on medical leave but I don’t feel myself without med. I am in pain. And my appt. Is not till tomorrow at 5pm, I feel like I’m dying. I hate this. Hands shaking and heart racing can’t sleep at all.

  242. I take 4 30 MG oxycod. My one pills per day for chronic chest pain that began after heart surgery. I have been told that I have a condition called “Dresslers Syndrome”. My plan is to slowly decrease by 5 percent per day. What is your opinion on this matter ?

  243. I have had multiple years of surgeries and car accident, I’ve been on 4-6 daily 15mg oxycodones, and I’ve had my last surgery. I think I’m ready to start lowering my dosage but worried about all the side effects from quitting cold turkey since I’ve been on pain medication for over 5 years due to medically required surgeries.

    Please help

  244. Hello. I am a 27 year old working professional. I just finished up my MBA part time while working full time. I have been a recreational drug user pretty much since I was 16 years old with pot, but have since stopped smoking. While in HS I tried percs (snorting like 5mg) and thought it felt great. It was very sporadic in HS and college as I was not actively searching for them, only did them as we were partying in college, etc. Once I graduated in 2010 and started working full time in corporate america, my roommates and I started finding percs more and more and snorting from 10mg to 20mg to get that same high. Fast forward to today, 2015 – and I lucked out (well unlucky now that I do it way too much) in finding a person that is on disability and will sell me scripts of 10mg and 20mg (sometime blue 30mgs) for a fraction of their street value. Since I can get them for so cheap, I have been upping my consumption to about 40-50mg a day. I realize this is jus sapping my energy, I am not a good employee like I used to be, I am distracted and literally just looking forward to going home from work to take a nap then wake up and eat dinner and start snorting again. It has become a daily cycle that is really upsetting to me and I realize it is causing all harm and no good. The problem is my roommate does it with me, my other friends do to, and we are all successful hard working people, but it is noticeable we share this same desire to get high from pain killers and it is very scary. I even have had my gf try and it and she likes it a lot when she never did it before. This makes me feel like a real piece of shit and worried for our future. I have been reading many articles on weening off/tapering or trying supplements to help. I know that I need to stop, not a question of IF, it is a must. I want to be healthier, happier, more financially stable, and a better friend, family member, and boyfriend. I am obviously worried about withdrawal symptoms, but I know my quality of life will sky rocket once I stop doing them once and for all. Since I rarely ‘pop’ them and mainly crush and snort them, I have noticed my nose is constantly sniffly and stuffy. Also, my nose starts to run and almost ‘anticipate’ doing them at night time when it would normally do them. I have had many friends that ended up getting hooked to heroin and then some even od’ing and passing because they just fell victim to this disease. I do not want this to happen to me and I need any advice/suggestions/recommendations that anyone would have. For me not to be in chronic pain yet abusing them sheerly because of the amazing high they give, it has to come to an end for me. I am 27 and want to be clean and happy and healthy. I appreciate anything you guys might suggest in terms of tapering etc. Thanks so much. Mike

  245. My doctor without conversing with me switched my oxycodone dosage of 30 mg three times a day to 10 mg once a day. I’ve been on this dosage for quite a bit of time many months. Will I go through withdrawls I know this amount will not aid in my pain as the dosage I was on.

  246. I have been taken oxycodone (15mg ) for a couple of years for a back injury. I was taking them every 4 to 6 hours for a total of 5 a day. I started weaning myself off by lowering the dose to 4 a day for 2 weeks and then to 3 a day. I am on my 11th day and have been having severe abdominal pain since the 10th day , like I was having a bowel obstruction. Is this normal or could it be a flu bug? I started weaning myself off with my Doctor’s knowledge because I am sick of being addicted to a narcotic that has taken control of me. I want to stop taking this even thought I have a chronic back injury .Am I doing the right thing or should I consult with my Doctor. Please help me I do not want to live like this anymore. this is not living

  247. I have been taken oxycodone for a couple of years. I started lowering the doses from 5 a day to 4 a day for 2 weeks and now I am taken 3 a day for the last 2 weeks. But I started having severe abdominal pain on the 10th and 11th day like I was having a bowel obstruction. Is this normal or could I possible have a bug? I started doing this on my own without my Doctor’s knowledge. Is this alright or am I doing something wrong. I have a strong will and I am trying to overcome my addition. Please contact as soon as possible.

  248. Hello, I had a doctor that was writing oxycodone 15 mg for me for over the past 2.5 years. I was taking 4 a day and now 3 -6 a day. I want off these pills. I have a young child in which i would like to be around for. I no longer see this doctor. I have high blood pressure and I am terrified that I may die or end up hospitalized when i stop taking this medicine. I don’t trust this doctor as he wrote scripts without even doing any tests all i knew was i was in pain and he gave me something that helped and unfortunately i got addicted to it. Please give me some advice. I have two months of scripts left and then i have no others coming in. what can i do to safely and effectively get off of these oxycodone 15 mg 3-6 times a day?

  249. I’ve been using oxycotin for 7 years since I had a motorcycle accident, should I see my gp before I go cold turkey as I have stopped taking it for 3 days and I have lots of sideffects

  250. Have been taking liquid oxycodone for five days following tonsillectomy. I weigh 100 lbs and have a high sensitivity to meds. Just stopped oxycodone this morning after experiencing slow heart beat and breathing problems. I was taking it every four hours. Tonight I have body ache, headache, fast heartbeat, and feel feverish even though I am on amoxicillan for tonsils. Are these side effects from stopping? I have a new script for Tylenol with codiene for four days and am scared to take it but am in pain. Will this help ease the stopping of oxycodone or just add to and complicate things.

  251. I had a hip replacement done on the 1st of September 2 weeks ago and I stopped taking them on the 15 I was fine on the Tuesday but last night I have been feeling anxious and couldn’t sleep as i felt really bad. I know I haven’t been on this for long but is this normal and how long will this last?

  252. My surgean stopped my meds without dire tions I really don’t even care I figure I am gonna stay in bed the rest of my life because I am done trying to find help my neck swells like a ballon I can’t hardly turn my neck or do light weight work I think that anyone getting neck ruttier a stupid to trust any nerosugeon because they don’t care about the pain your in after wards and fuck trying to pain mangement becasuse they won’t see you for months after your meds are done I can’t even get physcal thearpy they act like the will help you but after the surdery they don’t give a fuck so I will lie in bed with cold packs unless god gives me a mircle fushion are cruel and not the answer rember its a buisness and they just want the money don’t trust any nero sugen he might just want to make his boat payment I just want help and I can’t even get that after his fucked up surgery they think you want mets but I want answer and my health back avoid fushion its b**lsh*t

  253. My doctor did two neck surgiers in one year time and its a year later and my neck shows swelling on the right side and my ears hurt he said every thing is fine but I am in extreame pain still I had no warning or instruction how to ween me off oxcodone10325 for two years I give up on trying to find someone to fill my script I have no idea what physical issues I will endure or what to do so w/all this pain I am left to go cold turkey

  254. I have been on Oxy for almost a year. I have a very sensitive system. My pain has finally subsided enough from my cancer to stop taking Oxy. I take the 10 dose twice a day plus a 5 now and then.
    I know it is not a very high dose but I tried to stop and now I can’t sleep. I was shocked that I developed side effects from taking such a small amount. I am extremely anxious! My heart is pounding and I feel like I can’t get enough air. I have begun to yawn which you said is a symptom. This whole thing is very frightening. I hope my heart does not suffer injury from the stress. How many weeks must i tolerate this? I will cut back as you suggested. I am not strong enough to quite abruptly!!!

  255. I have fibromyalgia, nerve damage in my neck & back. I’ve had 5 knee surgeries & I need both knees replaced but it want be done till I’m 50 or so and I’m 47. Complete Hysterectomy after suffering terrible pain from ovarian cysts, uterine tumors, & other serious problems. I’ve been on & off many different pain meds throughout 10 years time. I was o most when I was put on the pain patches for Cancer patients when I was hospitalized with my stomach bleeding very sick! When I went him they sent those with me. And just kept filling them. Then I went to get them filled and they said the Dr says no more refills! I said what? No warning nothing! So here I am didn’t know what to do in my 20’s lived alone and boy was I sick quick! I can’t tell you how sick I was cold turkey Cancer patches baby! I was rolling in the floor crying, my feet were pulling up to my head oh my gosh the pain! I was freezing but I was burning, cove up, uncover, cover up, uncover. Roll in pain. So nauseas & couldn’t throw up, couldn’t eat, diarrhea everywhere to keep cleaned up as I cried & hurt all over my body so bad and cried and cried. One day ran into two I wouldn’t answer my phone when anyone would call to check on me, what could they do for me? My thinking all off. My mom & dad & aunt drove that 500 miles to scrape me up it was one of the worse experiences. I end up after making the worse of it all alone, going to day treatment at my Family Home.
    So to today…they have had me on neurontin, hydrocodone,morphine sulphate, Lyrica that’s my pain meds I’ve been on in the past. I started to a ,”Pain Specialist,” hoping he’d be able to get me down off these somehow. I’ve been working with him this whole year and we are successfully rid of neurotin and morphine sulphate, hydrocodone, yeaaaa!!!!
    It’s been a great success! And he’s been a great encourager. What we’ve lastly been working on is oxycodone/acetaminophen 10-325 1 twice daily
    We have came down from three a day to 2 now. Well here it is. My Dr. Wrote my Oxy script out wrong it was supposed to be filled on the 7th day of the month, that’s when I ran out. But his script is written for the 15 th Sept. All I’d have to do is call him he’s the best but instead I’m trying to stop completely on my own while I’m out. I’m having diarrhea, busting headaches occasionally, leggs & feet have crawley feelings in them, exhausted, weak,nauseous,depression,sad thoughts, crying, bad attitude.sneezing, coughing,nose driping, smothering feeling up in my high torso stomach up, heart racing. My question is will these side effects get worse? How long before a break comes? I’ve been taking Oxy for I guess over a year & I came right out of hydros and morphine into it when I did.
    I’ve come really far. And I just figured after all I’ve been through I surely with a prayer could do this. Am I being crazy? Will this get a lot worse before better? My last one was Tuesday morning. I don’t want to be on pills anymore. I want to see if I can make it without pills. I want to be more me. I’d like for my bowels to work correctly again. Maybe feel like moving around some. I think I can make it.

  256. I’m trying too go cold turkey,I can’t I want to stop so bad,I got started have lupus needed a kidney couldn’t work without anything,please help me

  257. Hello my name is jerry and I have a huge problem with taking oxycodone. It started about 10 year’s ago when I was hurt riding my dirt bike. Sense that I’ve had a major spine injury that required a fusion of my lower lumbar. 6 screws and 2 rods later the pain is sometimes debilitating, leaving me taking way too many oxycodone, up too 300mg a day. I’ve had to lie and cheat to feed my addiction. I now can’t deal with everyday thinking how I’m going to keep meds in my system. I’ve tryed to stop cold turkey and that about drove me insane.I’ve tryed going down in mg a day but fail and take and take more. I now have the drive to stop but don’t know how to approach my doctors? Please any postive help! I am a good person inside but this problem has incumbents my life! Please I need help!

  258. I was on (4) 80mg oxycotton a day in 2006 i was then treated with methadone to help get off. Everyone said methadone/suboxone is a life long medication, i was on methadone for 5 years. I went from 130mg down to 5 mg and told the clinic that was it I’m DONE!! I went through the normal insomnia, nauseousness, restless leg, and anxiety. But I went through it with the help of gabapentin, klonopin, and seroquel for sleep.after going through what I went through I swore to God that I would NEVER take another pill. I even became a med tech and had to had out a bunch of narcotics. And you know what it didn’t bother me one bit because I remember how sick i felt and never wanted to feel that way again. We’ll about 4 months ago I ended up in the hospital for kidney infection and uti and kidney stones. They gave me dilaudid through an IV and percent, i even tried telling them I was allergic to codeine but they gave it to me anyway. Ever since then the addiction came back. I was Getting some from the hospital to my doctor to even buying them on the street. We’ll now I want OFF!! So i went to a doctor showed him all my pill bottles from over the corse of 3 to 4 months and told him to please taper me down. he was very hesitant which I don’t understand because I was asking to get off. I went from taking 40 mg of oxycodone to 30 mg to 20 to 15 to 10. 10 is where I am now. He said for 5 days take two 5 mg in the morning then one 5 mg at night. Then the next 5 days take one 5mg in the morning and one 5mg at night so that’s 10mg a day split up. He said we can then proceed to do one 5mg for 5 days and then a half of 5mg for 5 days. He never finished this with me. So yesterday was my last 10mg throughout the day. I’m so scared I can’t believe he did that. Now my friend gave me a 8mg white buprenorphine and I cut it into 4 ‘s PLEASE TELL ME what I just did was ok. I could have easily went and bought them and continued to taper myself off. If I take a quarter of a 8mg every day for 4 days will I be ok? Or did I just screw myself?

  259. My daughter is in rehab. She meets with a counselor several times a week and attends NA meetings regularly. I recently found a bottle of prescription oxycodone and one for Xanax. I was very upset because I thought she relapsed. She told me it’s ok she is allowed to have a small amount to taper off. Is this true. I can’t believe everything she says since she has lied and stolen from me in the past. I want to support her but I don’t know if this is part of the rehab process or if she’s just manipulating me. I will add that she is 34 yrs old and has a 3 year old child. I want to believe she is doing things right for the sake of her child.

  260. I have been taking oxycodone for a couple months and my doctors closed it’s door. So I am forced to get off my pain meds because no other doctors will take me. I was wondering if my withdraws are going to be as bad if I start taking tramadol I was on 160 mgs a day of oxycodone. If someone could please tell what to do I really need the help. I have kids starting school in two weeks and I don’t want to be sick or if anyone knows of a doctor around this area that could help me. Thank you!

    1. Hello Dawn. You can use SAMHSA’s treatment locator to find facilities and doctors in your area that prescribe oxycodone. Or checks out this online oxycodone prescribers directory listing for all across the US.

  261. i was in a car accident and lost my right leg and broke my back in three spots. I am now taking one OxyContin 40 mg and one oxycodone 10mg at 9:30 am and one oxycodone 10mg at 3:pm and one OxyContin 40mg and one oxycodone 10mg at 9:30pm. I want off the meds, what would be your suggestion to tapering off these meds??? Please help me

    1. Hello Mark. Are you experiencing any chronic pain as a result of the accident? I would advise you to seek your doctors opinion about tapering doses down and quitting your medications. If you get your doctor’s clearance you will also need medical help when detoxing.

  262. My Boyf was taking oxycodone and sniffing them and injected . I found out and told him he had to quit he refuses rehab and says he can quit without going that he only took 9 times.. Is this possible? It’s been weeks and he’s still having diarrhea and tummy issues and some times headaches and flu like symptoms.. Does this mean he is secretly using or still having withdrawal symptoms?… Any suggestions

  263. I have been on oxycodone-acetaminophen- 5mg-325 mg after my lung cancer surgery on july 24th for pain. I take them every 4 to 5 hours. I want to get off them, and resume normal brain function and activities. I get sweats, little hyper etc. but then need to sleep lots too. My doc said take until not needed but not how to wean off gradually. I’m 72, live alone on maui and a little scared now. Any advice-thanks, Elizabeth

    1. Hi Elizabeth. Maybe you can get some solid help from a pharmacist when creating your tapering schedule. You can also get some useful over-the-counter medications at the pharmacy that will help you treat or lower the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.

  264. Ok I know someone who is now on day9 of being off of the life ruining oxycodone. Now… He thinks that a hydrocodone isn’t a bad idea? And says it’s not addictive and it’s not like oxy… How do I convince him that’s a bad idea?

  265. I been on prescription oxyodone for a couple of years for pain that now it don’t work for the pain no more I need to hey off but I’m scared I need help

  266. Hi, I have a question about detoxing at home. I have been taking pain pills for 8 yrs off and on but for the last 2 years I take them every day, anywhere between 9 and 16 10mg oxy a day, 15 mg morphine and methadone from time to time. I had to quit cold turkey, I’m on day 2 of this, my body hurts so bad and my stoch cramps are so bad I can’t sleep. What do you suggest taking for the deep body aches? And is it ok to use xanex to get me through this without becoming dependant of it? The cycle of dependancy is taking my life away.

  267. I just started using oxycodone last week after suffering an injury to my neck. I used as prescribed which was 1 every 4 hours and no more than 4 a day. I was actually averaging about 3 a day. I started to feel discomfort in my stomach, nothing drastic, but enough for me to stop taking it. I didn’t get relief until I took another pill. I’m now trying to average 1 a day at most, but notice that the discomfort returns with prolonged absence. I have 9 tablets left and wondered how I should taper down safely. I’ve not had any of the extreme symptoms associated with withdrawal: agitation, hypertension, rapid heart beat, etc.. As I said, at this point it’s just this discomfort in my stomach. I am sweating, but it is very hot here in NYC and I’m drinking a lot of water. Is there also any natural remedy I can be taking? Detox tea? I appreciate any help in this matter. Thank You.

  268. I have been taking 10mg oxycodone 8 times a day for at least a year. My daughter was house sitting while I was on vacation. I left most of my meds home. She took what I left at home. I have one left . I’m very concerned about withdrawal symptoms. I have congestion heart failure. A pacemaker defibrillator. What should I do?

    1. Hello Peg. Ask for medical help when the withdrawal symptoms begin. And act fast, since they can be pretty harsh. Call your doctor and tell him that you are forced to leave the medication cold turkey. Ask if your prescribing doctor can give you another prescription to save you from adverse side effects.

  269. I was prescribed oxycodone for broken ribs, I`m 66 yrs. I took 3 to 4 a day for week then 1 1/2 in am & at pm. Dr said to ween down, 1 in am & 1 pm then 1/2 in am so on, She prescribed clondine , Zanax & Trazodone, the trazodone does`nt seem to work good, still can`t sleep!!

  270. Hi. i have been on oxycontin and 5mg oxycodone (Endone) for on/off 4-5 months associated with post-op related pain that would not go away. Although the chronic pains are also related to a neurological medical condition.

    Approximately one month ago, I did attempt a detox using acupuncture (suggested by an Acupuncturist who used to practice as a doctor) which lasted all but 4 days, I just could not deal with the physical and psychological pain that came with going ‘Cold Turkey’. I was finding it incredibly hard to deal with the chills, tremors, pains, sweats, tearing and constant toilet trips. So I started back on 10mg of Oxycontin and Oxycodone 5mg for breakthrough pain couple of days later under the advice of my GP. Except she also argued that Oxycontin shouldn’t give breakthrough pain so she decided to UP my dose just last week to 15mg Oxycontin, which only just made it harder to wake up in the mornings. As well as feelings of nausea associated with constant burping, severe depression, constipation, trouble with concentration (brain fog). So yesterday I decided it was best to maybe ‘taper down’ myself.

    Would it be best at this stage if I just stop taking the Oxycontin, since it seems to be the problem and keep to trying to take the 5mg Oxycodone only (when required). Hopefully there won’t be too much flare ups of pain, considering I haven’t been on Oxycontin too long?? I’m not sure. Or would there be anything to take in place of Oxycodone, Oxycontin altogether to not have to put up with these withdrawal symptoms, but withdraw completely? Like Suboxone, Methadone, clonodine OR even codeine (which is something lighter I used to take prior to being prescribed onto these heavier forms). I know I should have stuck to the ‘Detox, Cold Turkey’ method I did previously mention above but it was a lot physically, psychologically harder than I had originally thought. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

  271. I’ve been on oxycodine 10 for over 2 1/2 years due to a hernia that I still have (surgery did not fix and instead caused my skin to die and I had a wound vac for a few months) my doctor said we will deal with the pain and the addiction later well I’m still in pain and now addicted and he is not prescribing as of the fall to any more patients. I’m feeling little scared and overwhelmed not sure how to come off these pills he said find a doctor to help but I was wondering how to come off thee pills safely and yet still deal with my pain.

  272. been taking generic vicodin for 5-6 yrs. Dose started at 7.750 (1-2 per day), then for last year 7.5/325 (one per day). I chose to stop taking them completely..have cut back to 1-2 per week. So far, only w/d has been some irritability, and a little less energy. (I also take Lexapro, .5 Ativan and12.5 trazadone in pm). When I stop completely, should I expect worsening w/d symptoms? (I now take 800 mg ibuprofen twice a day for pain. Helps somewhat. thank you.

  273. hi I have been on high doses of oxycodone OxyContin for 8 yrs due to trigrminal neuralgia anesthesia Delorosa and several brain surgeries. Aprox.0ne yr ago I detoxed off this medicine with suboxone. I was placed on a quarter of oxycodone I was taking . Over the last several yrs I have had numbness in my feet and toes along with discoloration in my toes and feet . The last few months the feeling seems to have returned in my feet/toes but they are still somewhat numb. Now I have severe constant burning in my feet ! Can the oxycodone be causing this ? I also suffer from hypothyroidism and have a recent reduction in synthroid because I was on too much from 200 mcg to 137 mcg any help is appreciated

  274. My 42 yr old daughter had gastric bypass surgery 2 months ago she was recently diagnosed with an Ovarian Cyst which is causing her severe pain she has been taking hydrocodone about every 5 hrs daily for two weeks yesterday her pain mostly decreases & she stopped the hydrocodone today she feels very nervous & shakey is this withdrawal symptoms should she call her Dr

  275. I had problems with my back and many other things starting about 7 years ago and I have been taking oxymoron for approximately that long. What would. I do to wean myself off of the medication? I was taking 30 milligrams every 4 hours. I tried to only take 1 a day and then I was reduced to 15 milligrams
    and again I tried to take only 1 a day in the mornings. My pain management doctor will not see m see anymore because I missed some appointments. He sent me another prescription to hold me over for a month until I can find another doctor.

  276. Nerontin generic gabepentin has worked wonders for my RA pain at night and helps me to sleep better than I have in 5 years. Why no one suggested this before I dont know. with chronic pain doctors try to make pain med dependent people out to be addicts. If your quality of life sucks and meds help you to live I dont think they should wthdraw that help. this is a huge issue. suffering ruins your life. ease the suffering and live as best you can. why would docs want to us to suffer? I dont get any of it and it all s**ks

  277. I have been on Oxycodone 5/325 for 2 weeks…..20 mg a day or 4x each pill per day. I have reduced to 10mg by cutting in half the pills and taking at same intervals for 3 days. I am going to 3 half pill intervals starting today for another 3 days and that is 7.5 mg of Oxy. When can I go to zero?

  278. I had 5 toes removed & heel cored out from frost bite last march, been on morphine slow release & oxycodine since. now doc says its time to get off em. Im trying but the problem is my damn foot still hurts. Not as bad of course but when it does I take a pill. So now Im down to 12 15 milligram oxycodine. I cant sleep without em. this is it, im not getting anymore. Do I start down sizing like taking 1 then three quarters of 1 till I get down to nothin. I get very aggitated, wrestless, the whole 9s. please help. And is there some over the counter drug or even certain foods that will help? This sucks, I work but not at my regular job. I will be going back to regular job soon & I cant be without sleep or be an asshole to everybody. Please help

  279. I was prescribed Oxycodon for 5 days following ankle surgery. I stopped taking the medicine last Tuesday and have been having terrible anxiety, jumpy and just generally feeling messed up in the head. The first few days were the worst last week after I stopped. My question is how soon do you think I will be thinking clearly and lose this anxiety it is driving me crazy. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  280. I had knee replacement Feb 23 and have been taking oxycodone/acetaminophen 5-325 mg. I am currently taking two pills a day but want to start weaning myself off. What is the best way to do this?

  281. I have been taking around 30mg of oxycodone daily for about 3 months now. I know it is not severe, but I want to stop this habit before it continues to get out of hand. If I were to just stop cold turkey. Would it be harmful to my body?

  282. On April5th I fractured my pelvis, was hospitalised for 6weks and was on OxyCodone 10 mg every 12 hours,On june30thon Drs advise I cut to 1 every 24hrs,On July 7th cut to1every other night. When can I come off them altogether?

  283. I have a pain pump with morphine in it I also take 4 15mgs of oxycodone daily will the pump help when I run out of oxycodone

  284. How can a dr office just stop someone who has been on 80mg oxys and 15mg Percocet upto 4times a day what can I do for my mom she’s been on these for 15 years

  285. Hi, I’m wanting to come off the oxy I’ve been taking for pain. The past three years due to back pain, I’ve been taking 30mg – 100mg daily. Yes I’ve abused it in the past, I want to come off before the abuse starts again.

    Could someone tell me what’s the proper break down of dosage and frequency for them to avoid harsh withdrawl please?

    I’ve got over the counter meds and my prescribed sleeping meds and Klonopin to help with withdrawal

    Id like to start tomorrow.. please and thank you

    1. In general, doses of oxycodone can be decreased by 25% to 50% per day with careful monitoring for signs and symptoms of withdrawal. however, some experts recommend more conservative tapering and a decrease by 10% of the original dose per week is usually well tolerated with minimal physiological adverse effects. If you develop signs or symptoms of withdrawal, the dose should be raised to the previous level and lowered more slowly, either by increasing the interval between decreases, decreasing the amount of change in dose, or both.

  286. In the last 9 months I have reduce my opiate use (Under medical supervision) from 720 mg.s of Morphine Sulfate ER and 60 mgs. of Dilaudid, Average, Daily. Was ther for a full year. I am now at 90 mgs of the MS ER and 12 mgs of the Dilaidid. At what point can I quit this stuff cold Turkey…. I will always need some for pain. but I want to get back to AS NEEDED. Not needed daily. Thanks

  287. I stopped Oxycontin and Paroxetine January 6, 2015 after MD ordered x 2 years for multiple cervical herniations and 3 level cervical fusion. I still have lower leg , neck pain but I was building tolerance taking 20 mg 2x day and Percocet 10 mg every night. I was feeling very cloudy in my head. Last summer I experienced diarrhea and anxiety and I was not willing to increase my dosage. After five months I am still experiencing Insomnia and Anxiety. I have taken Benadryl, Sleepy Tea, Melatonin which work for 2-3 hours then awake for 1-2 hours for total of 5-6 hours of sleep. When will My sleep pattern go back to normal? Will I become dependent on Benadryl or Melatonin for sleep?

  288. I have chronic back pain and been taking oxycodone for like 5 years and i would like to get off of them because im in so much pain but i find myself running out of my script and my friends help me when im in need im really scared and truely need to get off of them

    1. Hi Kimberly. Have you talked to your doctor about what medication for moderating pain you can use when coming off the oxycodone? You cannot leave the pain untreated, so you should have a plan what to do.

  289. Hi, I’ve been on Oxy Contin 20mg slow release 2 when I wake up and 2 at night and Percocet 10/325mg 5 times daily I’ve been on this dose for a little over 2 years for my disease I have severe Inflammatory bowel disease.. It was very hard to get under control it took a good year and a half to get me into remission.. and I’m still in pain but I’ve come to the point where I told my Dr that I don’t want to be on this anymore and nor does he.. so we had gotten a pain specialist and as of yesterday 6/18/15 the pain Dr told me that the taper he is going to completely stop me from taking the oxy all together so thats basically ripping 80mgs oxycodone from my system and taking me from 5 percocets a day down to 1 every 6 hrs for 1 week the next week to 1 every 8 hrs to the next week 1 every 12 hrs for 1 week then to 1 every 24 hours for a week then I’ll be completely stopped.. I feel that’s going to be a massive shock to my body for I’ve been on them so long.. I’ve have many friends with this disease who have been on the same meds for basically the same amount of time and say that the taper needs to be drawn out very slow.. and my GI dr told me before I got the pain dr that the taper could possibly take up to a year! And this Dr refused to give me any options.. and I also have mental illnesses that I fear terribly that this fast taper will make much worse!! I’m in desperate need of advice!

  290. i was in a bad car wreck that left me with these injures- broken back in 3 spots, broke arm, 8 or 9 broken ribs, crushed legs and some burns . They ended up cutting off my right leg above the knee and I can’t use my left leg do to trauma. They also gave me a total knee replacement on my left leg.I have bad pains at all my injury spots. I have been on many different pain killers but I have winged myself off of all but oxycodone. My question to u is can I wean myself off of them with this formula. My pills r 10mg, 6pills for 3 days then 5 pills for 3 days then 4 pills for 3 days so on and so on. I tried to do it cold turkey but I thought I was dieing and just like the other people on your message forum, I don’t want to replace one habit for another by taking suboxone. Thanks for your info

    1. Hi Nubby73. If you need them for pain management do you have another way to deal with the pains when you quit? Medical experts recommend more conservative tapering and a decrease by 10% of the original dose per week is usually well tolerated with minimal physiological adverse effects. If you experience withdrawal symptoms while detoxing at this rate you may use medications (only short term) to help you lower the symptoms’ intensity.

  291. I stopped oxycodone two days ago. How long do all these symptoms last? Symptoms: chills, confusion,twitching,dry mouth, “pins and needles” in my legs etc., can’t sleep and others.

  292. My dr. stop giving me my oxycodone I was running out an week before time to refill,,,But she knew about we been arguing for month cause she wanted me to take Tylenol but it would give me rectal bleeding.So she knew I was running out before I would go see her.So we came out arguing cause the Tylenol was giving tummy pain and rectal bleeding..So knowing that I was running out of med’s she give an drug test. wish I diding have any oxycodone so now she doesing want to give my med’s, can this be done, am having troble filing an dr. to give my med’s back what can I do

  293. I have a friend who is a military spouse that is dependent on roxy. Is there a treatment center that is confidential that she can go to without the military knowing and affecting her spouses career?

  294. I’ve been taking 10/20 slow release oxycodone naxalone for what feels like forever for pain. Doc thinks they may now be the cause of secondary pain and has said to stop taking them. I didn’t know they were addictive until I just didn’t take my next dose and hit horrendous withdrawl symptoms.
    Right now I’m taking one 5/10 at night but getting withdrawl symptoms still. They are not as severe but I have awful anxiety, restlessness and don’t sleep or eat much at all.
    Am I doing this right? Doctor has mentioned taking one every other night when I feel ready but will this exaserbate the withdrawl? And when should I do this as I started on the reduced dose 2 days ago? When should I be free?!
    Any advice appreciated.

  295. If i have been taking oxycodone for a long time and suddenly i stop cold turkey for 3 days bit tske a few to help with this agonizing nausea will that effect my progress??

  296. i have #20, 15 mg oxycodone to taper with (have been getting 105 per month for about 2 years, I came up with a dirty urine for something I’m not suppose to have in me, so I was cut off with 20 I’m ready to stop anyway, HATE being dependent. I’m looking for a taper schedule based on what I said I have on hand.

  297. I have been on OxyContin for 10 years for the management of chronic back pain. Over this period my dose has been increased to help control the pain. I was finally on 180mg per day for the last two years. With all the stigma with taking the drugs, and after talking to numerous professionals we decide to do a medically supervised program to stop taking the pills in hospital using a Ketamine intreveneous drip, to help control the pain. From my understanding the idea was to reset the receptors, and then they could restart me on a lower dose to help control my chronic pain. After five days, and not going thru any withdrawals from the OxyContin. My specialist stated, since you didn’t go through any withdrawal symptoms, my body doesn’t metabolise the drugs so you don’t need them as they were doing nothing for my pain control. I personally believed that taking the tablets helped control my pain. I am now only taking approx 40mg per day with Tramadol to control my pain. So my question is how can the tablets give me pain relief, but I have no problems not taking the tablets if I don’t require them for a few days, but when the pain becomes unmanageable I take a tablet and after approx 60 minutes I start getting relief. I take controlled relief.
    Does anybody have a explanation of this and is this common problem.
    Thanking you Peter

  298. Quit Oxycontin since January still have diarrhea and insomnia. When will this stop. Sleep for 21/2 hours then up for several hours. I thought by now i would be sleeping about five hours unbroken by now.

  299. I was prescribed Oxycontin for a year and a half for cervical disectomy and three level fusion with lower extremity weakness and pain. Also have significant neck pain. I started to have diarrhea last summer with incontinence and attributed this to cervical myelopathy. I was prescribed oxycontin 20 mg 2 x day; with Percocet 10/325 mg two tabs for break through pain which I took before I went to bed. My head was cloudy and I had no energy, I decided not to take this medication any longer so I quit cold turkey January 6, 2015. I had horrific stomach cramps which I bound my abdomen with ace wraps, severe restless legs, No Sleep. My head is finally clear although I am still having poor sleep which is so difficult. I have used herbal teas, herbal supplements for sleep which work for 2 1/2 hours then up for four hours. Finally getting some sleep. No matter how much pain I have I vowed I will never subject my body to this horrific drug. I am praying sleep will return to normal soon.

    1. That’s great @No longer slave to Oxycontin. Keep up the positive thinking and dedication. Thank you for sharing a positive story that will encourage other who are going through the same.

  300. I have had severe chronic back pain for a couple of years. I have been taking Oxycodone 15mg three to four times a day. Recently I am recovering from another back surgery of 8 screws to stabilize the spine. I decided to try to come off the oxy. and began taking Tramadol Ultram 50mg 3 times a day for pain and I feel better than I did with the oxycodone. I stopped the Oxycodone and Oxycotin 4 days ago and I do feel jittery and have cold sweats off and on. Should I just cut the pills a little at a time or is it okay to stay with the Tramadol???? I want to get off all medication as soon as possible and be pain free. I am 82 years old. Thank you for your input in this matter.

    1. Hi Joe. After 2-3 months regular dosage, cold turkey is not the best or most recommended method for going off Oxy. I suggest you get a tapering schedule and a list of medications that can help with withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for help around any issues.

  301. I am having a variety of serious health problems, and have been prescribed oxycodone (up to 60 mg a day as needed) off-and-on for the past 6 months. Recently, I fell and fractured my shoulder, and my doctor is encouraging me to take at least 40 mg oxycodone every day to help avoid “frozen shoulder syndrome” (which can occur when pain stops a person from moving their arm.)

    I am worried about becoming addicted. I am wondering if “toughing out” the pain and taking little or no oxycodone for a day or two each week will help me avoid getting addicted. I also wonder if taking oxycodone for only part of each day might help avoid addiction. I see lots of articles saying how terribly addictive oxycodone is, but I can’t seem to find any real data on how many people get addicted, or whether the steps I am considering will help avoid addiction. Do you know of any actual research on these questions?

    I see a lot of articles saying just not to take narcotics, but I am unable to take aspirin/NSAIDS due to repeated problems with internal bleeding, and can only take a little acetaminophen due to liver disease. (I have never had a substance abuse problem; the reasons for my liver disease are unclear.) The pain I am having is often pretty bad.

    It is not clear whether I will recover from my illnesses or die soon. If I actually have years of life left (I am in my 50s), then I’d hate to become addicted. On the other hand, if I may die in the next year or so anyway, then suffering through the pain is pointless. I wish I had a better idea of the actual risks of becoming addicted, and how to avoid them. If you know of any data on this, I’d appreciate it. Than you!

    1. Hi Kitty. I don’t believe you have the potential of becoming addicted, but dependency will be formed. However, it is much stressful to your organism to be experiencing such pain without taking anything to help you manage it. After your injury has healed and pain is gone, you can safely taper down with medical assistance.

  302. Today is the 17th of May, 2015. Having spine with Bulging disc surgery on the 28th. All my doctors know I take oxycodone-acetaminophen 10-325..Been taking 3 pills in 24 hours. When should I cut back?

  303. Been using OxyContin 20mg ER 2/day for 4 mos. Three wks ago went to 20 & 10mg ER 1/day ea. On advise of my oncologist yesterday, today went to 2 – 10mg ER 2/day. A week from today will go to one 10mg/day for 7 days then following week to nothing. Sound feasible to you?

    1. Sounds good, Robert. Of course, if you feel uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, you can take it a bit slower. Otherwise, I believe you are on a good path. After you completely stop taking your medication, some withdrawal effects may occur and you may need to be ready to treat them with over-the-counter medications and home remedies, or prescription meds. Don’t hesitate to contact your doctor if there is need.

  304. steve just increase just enough to take edge off and maytain that level for a few day then reduce a tad at a time

  305. Oh I forgot to mention…you need to start your detox after a good nights rest and you feel good the next morning that is when you start. Do not start detox when you are in grip of withdrwal symptoms. Also during detox eat light healthy foods such as fruits and veggies, do not eat junk food or spicy food as it will upset your stomach. Drink plenty of ice water as it will help flush out the drugs. Also with heavy long time users it may take a month to detox but you can do it! I had to quit as I wanted to start work again & I did not want to take a vacation out of country and have to always take a supply of pills with me. I’ve been clean for one month and I feel good. I just started a new job 2 weeks ago and planning a vacation to Dominican Republic to celebrate without the pills! Once you quit take a vacation to celebrate your new life, you deserve it! During the detox I went through depression and thoughts of suicide but please know those thoughts will go away once you are clean! Those who say they quit cold turkey with no problem either did not quit or they are machismo. But 2 – 4 weeks of hell is worth it to have the rest of your life back! You MUST flush all the pills away. If you throw pills in trash you will just dig them back up. You will think I should have just kept one pill for emergency, but that pill will pull you back in! Tell your doctor you do not want any more painkillers. We have to manage life without using pills as a crutch. Also try to go outside and take a bike ride or walk every day. I am not here to brag, if I can do it then anyone can. I feel your dispair and sorrow, I went through it but it is only 2 weeks of hell to get the rest of your life back. Be strong! Get mad at this drug and know that it will not control your life from now on! You CAN and WILL overcome!!!

  306. I am writing this to give hope to people trying to quit Oxycodone. I was taking 50 mg a day for 6 months. I did not have a major illness or major pain, I just had mild bursitis in my left shoulder from snowboarding injury. First two doctors would not prescribe knowing how addictive and dangerous it is. I doctor shopped until I found nice Doctor who prescribed for me. We cannot blame the Doctors or our government, we must accept blame for our addiction.
    At first it is great, you feel euphoric and have so much energy to get things done. When I started to have withdrawals during sleep I knew I was addicted and in trouble. I would swallow 30mg then snort 20mg, the first thing is to stop all snorting or injecting. I took 10 30mg pills and crushed it into fine powder in pill grinder. For 2 weeks I would take a tiny flat head screwdriver and dip a small scoop of powder and swallow it chased down with ice water…I did this 4 times a day. You should drink copious amounts of ice water all day to flush out the drugs. Now the hard part, you need to dedicate 14 days to kick this even if you have to take 2 weeks vacation from work. The first 72 hours is the worst as you will not sleep. You will have runny nose, diarhhea, stomach aches, cold sweats, hot flashes, muscle aches, joint pain, insomnia, anxiety, crying spells, no energy but worst of all is the restlessness and feeling your back is tingling and itching. It helps to take hot showers. Most important thing is to flush down toilet ALL your pills! If I did not flush all my pills I would have taken them. I could not stand the metallic, brassy smell that permeated my entire home from this drug excreting from my skin. There is some Thai herbal leaf that is supposed to help but I did not use it. If you have been addicted for over a year or take large doses you may need Suboxone or treatment center. Even now at night I still have tingly restlessness in back but not as bad. After one month you will be good as new but it takes 6 months – 1 year to be 100%. I’m not going to lie, withdrawal is HELL for 2 weeks with first 72 hours is the worst. Withdrawal tapers off 10% a day until 14 days. I also flushed away all my ambien and xanax pills as well. I did take up smoking again though. Do not tell your family and friends about this, they will not understand your addiction, just quit and let it fade away. I called my doctors office and cancelled my refill prescription, I have no desire for this drug now. My shoulder hurts less now then when I was on this drug. I take ibuprophen and aspirin only now. Do not dispair…you CAN and WILL do it!

  307. I have been on various opiates per prescription following a motorcycle accident 9 years ago where I broke my back and did permanent nerve shoulder damage. For last 2-3 years I have been on 60-80 mg daily via 10 mg pills taking 1 or 2 every 4-6 hours. Last week I reduced to 1/2 pill six times a day, actually 10-12 days ago, Yeasterday I decided I had felt bad long enough I could reduce dose more and lived thru a day on about 6 1/4 pills or 15 mgs. I wanted try stay that low a daily dose but today sucks with nausea, hot cold flashes, tired, ache, tired etc…. Should I suck it up and expect be better in 24 hours or not? I really don’t want a week of this discomfort. How long till going from 60 mg per day to 15 before you feel normal again?

  308. I sound like a broken record, but I do believe that a doctor should and would help you wean off of oxy. I had a 100 mg fentanyl patch for years and because I was having back surgery they wanted me to reduce oxy’s and the patch so the pain could be controlled after surgery. My pain doctor helped me wean off slowly everything except Percocet (10 mg) 4 times a day. I was on 20 mg 6 times a day. Plus I had a spinal stimulator implanted which was removed. Even if you have not been prescribed by a physician, I’ll bet if you work with a doc they’ll help you wean off. My opinion you must have help from someone & be accountable to SOMEONE! I now have hundreds of leftover pills. But I haven’t touched them but can’t seem to throw away! Not sure what that means!!

  309. Since a severe accident where I had skull fractures, numerous broken ribs, punctured and collapsed lungs, broken collar bone, broken scalpula, broken back and nerve damage to my shoulder and face I have recovered with the exception of permanent nerve damage to my face and shoulder causing faulty shoulder mechanic and some facial paralysis. My back required rods which were taken out but there was a subsequent fracture and longer rods were put in and left permanent since the surgeon felt there was so much scar damage the 4th surgery to remove the 2nd set of rods would be ore damaging than of benefit. So, I have been on various opiates prescriptions from Narco to oxycodone to oxycontin and various combinations for 9 years. I am currently have been on the lowest daily dose of the 9 years of 6-7 10 mg pills of oxycodone for 2-3 years. I have gone from taking 1 or 2 pills at a time to taking one 10 mg pill every 4 hours basically. That includes taking a pile during the early morning hours when I wake up uncomfortable. For the last two weeks I have been reducing the dose to 4 10 mg pills per day for approximately one week and this current “week” (3-4 days now) I have been splitting pills and taking only 5 mgs approximately 6 times a day. I have more pain in my shoulder and back but feel I must get off or at least reduce the dosage because I must go in for shoulder surgery in the next 30-40 days to repair damage in the joint from the damage the lack of muscle control and normal shoulder action resulting from the nerve damage to that shoulder…… QUESTION – Should I try get off the oxy entirely before the shoulder surgery only to then go back on it? Or is it a waste of effort since once i go back on Oxy for the surgery I will become dependent again only to have to go thru a second withdrawal? Will I become re-dependent really quick or easier since I have been so recently? Will the withdrawal the second time be more difficult than this first time? Should my current goal just be to get my dependency down to that “low” (?) level of 30 mg per day and then increase the dose post surgery and THEN go for complete withdrawal? I feel like the 60-80 mg daily dose should not have been this dependency forming but it appears it was now and I am embarrassed to talk to doctors or others regarding it because it does not seem to be a dose that should be of concern to get off. BUT I don’t know. Is a 60-80 mg daily dose high enough that people would normally become dependent if they are a 6′ 2 60 year old 220 pound male?

    I would really appreciate any help and comments you can provide. I am fine with all this being published if only to warn older patients on how easy I think it is now to become dependent I believe on even this low of a dose. I am not sure how though to make certain I can find or see any response you provide unless you send me something email helping me find the response.

    With sincere appreciation for any an all assistance you can provide.


  310. cut back to 3 15 mg a day of oxycodone and trying to leave my fentenol patch on 1 extra day each patch to see if I can get the patch cut back is this a good way to cut back

  311. usually take 10mg oxycodone 3 times a day for chronic pain usually I take 2 early in the morning when I wake up then another late morning or early afternoon rarely I take 1 more (total 40mg a day) if my pain is bad. Because of this I have finished my prescription ahead of time (2 days)– I had 1 pill early this morning then spent the day getting scrip from my Dr. which I did get. Problem– @ pharmacy scrip rejected can’t fill it until 2 days from now. I occ take one .5mg lorazepam for sleep or anxiety. So I did take 1 bc I could feel myself anxious. Of course pain is BACK I can take it (lying down!) if I have to, but I am worried about withdrawal for the next 2 days. I feel I need the 30mg per day so it’s not a question of addiction. I have been on this medication for prob 3 years so I think if I was inclined towards abuse it would have happened already. I am dizzy, already have night sweats from my illness so the Q is can I make it OK until my scrip is refilled?

  312. I was in a near fatal accident in 04.Broke c1,2&6, had3 brain bleeds which put me in a coma, lost my spleen, 6 compound fractures in in ulna and radius. Im now living with a TBI, PTSD and pain. Im seeing pain management. Hes a new Dr for me. Im 45 going through perimenopause Hot flash my ass im sweating profusely and drinking plenty of fluids so I dont dehydrate. The Dr informed me my levels are low. Im eating 120 10mg oxycodone, 60 10mg methadone and takke klonopin for the hesd trauma. HOW CANE MY LEVELS BE LOW? Is it because of the perimenopause and all the fluid loss? PLEASE HELP, I NEED A ANSWER TO THIS.

    1. Hi Laura. He may have been referring to the tolerance that builds up in your system after you take medications for a period of time. After a while, your body gets used to the doses you take, so they no longer have the effectiveness they used to produce. In order to get the same effects from the medications you will need to increase your doses. But, be careful because after a while you will get used to the increased doses, which makes it a vicious cycle.

  313. I won’t to stop taking oxycodone that I am prescribed because it causes arguments between me and my partner i wanna stop cold turkey but don’t know what to-do to stop i am supposed to take 20 mg a day 2 10 mg a day but i am only taking 8 mg and we argue cause he says I take to much. So I need help on how i should stop cold turkey please thanx..

  314. Hi I have been doing perocets since the middle of December. I take about 1/2a day (maybe once a week 3 a day, if I have the money) I am trying to get off of them but no one knows I am doing them besides my boyfriend. If I ease of of them, will I still go through withdrawal? I really just wish I never got into them and am wanting to start over but with no one noticing any change in me. I can’t just not go to work. I need to continue with my life.

    1. Hello Shorty bucher. If you do a slow taper, you may experience some withdrawal discomfort, but nowhere near as adverse and intense as quitting cold turkey. Actually, lowering doses gradually and slowly is the right way to get off of a medication without causing your body stress. The doses are generally reduced at a 10% rate every week. Usually, the first 2 days are a little funky, then things get settled down. Good luck!


  316. I have been on oxycodone for ten years .Iwas at one point taking 15 ml tabs 380 per month plus 100mlg fentenole patches . I have recently reduced my oxy to 130 tabs per month but it was a difficult task and still on the fentinole ,I would like to stop completely any sugestions how to do this at home with minimal withdrals.

  317. I had lumbar fusion spine surgery on Jan. 26th. I was on oxicoton 6 a day, for about 2 months now I am trying to lower my dose. I am at 3 for the past 3 weeks and trying desperately to go down to just 2 a day. But it gets so uncomfortable the last few hours. I become depressed, angry at everybody and mean to my husband. I feel cold and my left leg hurts so bad I don’t know what to do. I tried cutting them in half but that did not help it would only last for 1 hour and than the pain would start. Would you have any ideas on what I could do? Any help would be greatly appreciated. My Dr. put me on Lyrica that did not help at all.


  318. I had bi lateral knee replacements 2 weeks ago. I was given 10 my oxycodone every 4 hrs. While in the hospital. I now take 10mg every 6 to 8 hrs. It makes me very groggy. I know I have reduc the amount just have to take. What is the next way to do that

  319. I want to add that you can get medicine from your dr. for the restless leg syndrome. Also when I talked about reducting the amount of mg. I meant to add that in my opinion only you should take that reduced mg and number of pills for a week or two and then reduce some more–do the weening slowly. I wonder if you went to a dr. to discuss this addiction honestly, if she or he might help you thru this; just a thought!

  320. Well, personally, I think reducing the mg and the time in between taking the pill. So if you’re on 12-20 per day, reduce it to 5-10 and then 3-6 and then begin cutting them in two–I don’t want to sound like a know it all, cause I’m not, but I do know you have to ween off. I had headaches & restless leg was the worst. I was on them for severe back pain so they didn’t mess with my head, in that I didn’t get a “buzz” from them–I guess they went to the pain. I have heard going cold turkey is horribly painful, so personally–just my opinion–weening is best. I had to go down so much so they could control my pain after my surgery which was 8 weeks ago. But I stand up straight and the pain is different–more from surgery than the arthritis/disc disease I had previously. Good luck, you can do it. Try even NA–they are the experts!

  321. Kathy, I was never prescribed from a doctor. I get them from a third party. What do you recommend I do? What are the proper mg to taper off?

  322. I believe you should work with the doctor who prescribed your drugs. My doc slowly took me down from 20 mg 4-6 times per day plus fentanyl patch, 100 mg. He took me down to 75 mg patch to 50 to 25 & finally 12.5 and I had no side affects from that. The oxy was different. Went to 15 mg. to 10 (percocet) and then to 5. My main problem was headaches & restless leg syndrome (I got meds for that which worked). Unfortunately I have just had my entire lumbar spine from L 1 to tailbone fused and they are giving me dilaudid, so I am back where I started, maybe worse. The pain from surgery is dreadful but hopefully will pass and so will the dilaudid, reducing that. At some point I am so used to pain 24/7; but am very scared of the withdrawal again.

  323. Hello everyone,

    I have never posted on any o these forums before but would like to thank the administrator and give my appreciation to how helpful and supportive the community is to people in these dark times.

    I started taking percocets a year ago. Starting from once a month, to every other weekend, to every weekend, half the week, then to where I am presently, everyday now finding myself addicted(no surprise here) . I tried to go cold turkey but suffered major withdrawals.

    I started a year ago going from about 2-5 percocets (5mg /percocet) to roughly 12-20 a day(average 15). I’ve been averaging 15(75mg oxycodone) perks a day for I’d say the last 3 months. Obviously, my body is physically dependent.

    I want out. My dilemma is this : I am a general manager at a gym in the sales/customer service industry. It is a very social job. My team relies heavily on me to be on point. I cannot go cold turkey because the symptoms make me anti social, unmotivated, and completely useless, thus bringing my numbers down and put into question. It’s a very production based job and I do excell however if I go without perks I do not give a shit about anything and I just absolutely cannot let my team down.

    I would like to know if it is at all possible to taper down slowly where the withdrawals are absolutely minimum (or none?) so it does NOT effect me at work. As sad as it is to say, the withdrawals are too strong for me to go cold turkey without hindering my work life.

    Is it possible to do this? If so, what is the proper dosage to taper down?
    Do I do them evenly throughout the day from wake to sleep?
    How long should my taper be?

    I also have access to suboxone and have heard wonderful things. I was thinking I taper down to nearly nothing on the perks, and then take a few suboxones to minimize withdrawals. What do you think?

    I greatly appreciate anyone who is reading this and desperately plee for your expertise. Thank you for the help you will be giving me.

  324. I took Oxycodone for four years and my Dr reduce the dose but it was not enough so I decide to cut the pills in half for two weeks and I begin to see results until I took my last half pill, after I took ibuprofen for two more weeks. Now I been free for 6 month “I feel great” and my new medication is vitamins and lifting weights. I did it for my family. Be strong and you will come out. Remember not to celebrate too much you never know what can happen, walk out and be safe.

  325. I have been taking oxycontin for 7 years now. I am taking 10 80’s twice a day and have for a long time now. I really am serious about quitting and I want to take a sleeping pill for at least 3-4 days. Will I be past most W/D by then??? Please help

  326. I have been taking oxycodone then tramadol and now oxycodone again for the last three yrs due due a back injury.Never during the day always at night and never more than 25 once in a while 30mgs. I have been on oxycodone 20 to 25 mgs every night since november 2014. I want to be off this medication. If I don’t take it at a certain time every night it is very noticeable. I ran short last month and had to take 5mg half pill for two nights and had a very hard time functioning the whole weekend and sunday night at midnight I was at the pharmacy because the calender date would change, that was insane. Two weeks ago I started taking a 10 mg tab and a large half. For the past week I am only taking a tab and a small half, approx 15mgs or slightly less. In the next night or so I will split a half into a quarter so it will be a 10 mg tab and a quarter, then in two or three nights just a 10mg tab and start going to 3/4 to 1/2 to 1/4. Will this work or should I see my doctor and ask for something to help. I would go to a rehab before withdrawals as I have been through them trying to stop in the past.

  327. I’ve had 14 cervical spine surgery in the past 20 years the whole time I have been on a number of different pain killers prescribed by doctors after my last surgery two thousand and nine they had me start seeing a pain management DR he has prescribed oxycontin 40 milligrams 4 times a day 15 milligrams of oxycodone 2 every 4 hours as needed for breakthrough pain which equals about 6 a day I would like to come off of office I try to slow down or cut back on my medicine and I find myself getting sick shaking sweaty cramps just horrible feelings so I have to back up again even while I’m taking my dosage regularly and on time I still feel like I’m withdrawing I would like to come off the stuff all together in possibly get into alternative medicine the doctor also has me on Klonopin for and he also has me on a sleep aid because I cannot sleep I would like to be clean from all this

  328. I had a major operation for a distal ulna fracture on my wrist where the Surgeons inserted plates and screw. I have been taking oxycodone 5mg tabs each night with 2 panamax tabs for the pain as there is nerve damage and union of one bone is not complete. Should I continue taking these tabs at night so I can sleep?

  329. Weaned down to only 2.5 mg. of oxy twice a day. Does anyone know the best way to totally stop? Should I wean down to only one 2.5 mg for a week first or just try to stop completely at this point?


  330. I have been on OxyCodone for over a yr now.i went to a specialist for my knee pain to see if I could have surgery he said no. They were not bad enough. It told me to get off OxyCodone. So I did. I was on 5 pills a day 15 mg. now I stopped cold turkey without letting my arthritis dr. Knowing. I am having mild diarrhea,feeling alittle light headed so how many weeks does it take to get out of your system?

  331. I’ve been taking 30 mlg roxies daily for about 2 months now. First one tablet would get me super high then without realizing I started taking 2 sometimes 3 a day. My pain management doctor does not know about this. He prescribes 7.5/325 oxicodone 3 times a day for several problems (stenosis, disc tear, bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome) I haven’t really been taking the 7.5 ones because I fell in love with roxies which I buy on my own. As of a few days I have started to get withdrawal symptoms after 8 hours of taking the roxies that before would keep me pain free and YES high for 24 hours or more. My question is: is it Going to work if I stop buying roxies and stick to my prescribed 7.5? And how many more than 3 a day would I have to take? And also my psychiatrist has me on Tofranil 150 mlg for depression and anxiety. Would the Tofranil help?

    I appreciate information that can help me stop taking the roxies. I am a mom and cannot keep doing this.

  332. I’m an addict and want to stop taking oxys I would say that I usually take up to five hundred 25 mg a day what is the best mg to start taking day by day or week by week however I don’t have that many to continue to wean off for a long period of time I do not have a lot to work with to wean off maybe 40 however have 4 children at home that need my care and cannot be so sick and order to not take care of them do not have a PCP and have been taking my husbands medication with him knowing I need to stop immediately it’s the best thing for me also a year ago with addicted to xanax and was the worst withdrawal I’ve ever been through some very fearful of this withdrawal I can not be sick I don’t have the time my family needs me I need the best solution possible please help

  333. Hi its Donna back today after relapsing with meth yesterday after four weeks, also started to withdraw this morning from the oxy codone 40mg tabs id been using for four weeks now to help me get over the worse stages of cold turkey meth withdrawing. Well silly way to do it, Cos im suffering now from both, and… ive used meth for 23yrs and oxys for approx 11yrs. Ive got bad trembles in hands and legs, OH, not to mention chills and sweaty same time. I cannot stop my legs from moving around aggitated, its driving me crazy. My body is aching constantly, and will for days on end too. {Seeing as i already know what to expect} { AHHHH }. I got ten panadeine fortes today by about 4.00pm and have started to ease up just a little than i was feeling earlier. So my advice about taking codeine to minimize the symptoms of mild to severe withdrawing people, WAS RIGHT !. I am feeling prob about a quarter better. So i hope someone will some day comment on doing that them selves, Because that would make me a very happy woman for at least helping a little…… Good luck ANYONE…. u all have given me a positive outlook for my future for good this time. { SERIOUSLY } !

  334. Hi im Donna and ive had a couple addictions most my life, including oxy codone. Ive only just learnt how to check out different sites on my computer, and these ones are the best thing i couldve stumbled upon. I feel so sorry for all us people with addictions, because ive experienced withdrawal big time myself. I have a little tip for mild withdrawal in which has worked for me on certain occations, and that is ” codeine “. It does take some of the discomfort away. Good luck to us all on getting well hey.

  335. Hello my name is walter i am a type one dieabetic since 2004 and i had my first surgury in 1989 for colitis and from that operation they gave me compartment syndrome in both legs causing perment nerve damage. But from 1989 to 2004 i have had 15 surgeries and when i woke up from the last one they said my pancreis gave out from so many surgies. and now the dieabetes is attacking the nerve damage causing real bad nerupothy. Well about two years ago i hurt my shoulder and started taking vicodine the 5-325 and the last 6 months i have been taking the immediate rel tabs oxycodone 5mg taking 30mg a day for the last couple of days and wanna slowly stop taking them and with the type one will it be harder cause i now any thing that happens to me now like getting sick my sugars go through the roof so i am assuming coming off the painkillers will be harder and will it take longer to come off them let me no please need to save my family. thank you for listening walter

  336. Hi paul, My name is Donna & i read your post and feel so awful and sick to my stomach knowing what u are going through. you are on such high doses, but i have heard from a few people that the way u are detoxing slowly decreasing the mgs, is the smart way to do this by far. Good on you matey, I really hope u can do this. and with your experience, you should definatly know that it all takes time. Not to rush it or mess up the system u have going on. Man ive had some demonic cold turkey detoxing days myself and wouldnt wish it on my worse enemy mate hey !

  337. i accidently got addicted to morphine from a friend a few years ago in whom did not tell me that this miracle drug pain relief pill would make me very ill within a few days of using it,, if i didnt have it… i done cold turkey without knowing what i was in for… and Holly mother of god, did i experiece the whole kit and caboodle !. In which lasted exactly ten days straight none stop demonic feelings of all sorts i would never in my life wish on my worst enemy. { seriously }. ive done the buperanorphine program on 12mgs for 3 years and went back to using it again thinking that just one more pill will be alright, ” i wont hang surely “, but 40mg put me on the nod to start with but with in two weeks, could not get the same feeling anymore, which meant i had to increase it a little. Anyhow, my problem is that i cannot get hold of anymore and had my last one today, and now im panicking about once its gonna wear off and i start suffering the concequenses once again. God im such an idiot. So so addictive. It is true that our body feels straight away fantastic once we have just used a tablet, and the only suggestion i have is to take codiene to help with ” only some of these symptoms “, and just put up with the rest of the bullshit that goes with it, seeing though us idiots keep doing it all over and over again. Anyone who has wanted or is wanting to use such a tablet, should really ask around from people who know the addiction and have experienced this withdrawal. OH BOY, NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN MY SYMPOMS START, And im so badley hoping it wont be as bad as my very first cold turkey detox, cos i was on a very very high dosage, when i done that ten day demonic detox. MY GOD… NO BODY DESERVES TO GO THROUGH THOSE WITHDRAWING STAGES THAT NEVER ENDS. And lasts for ten to fifteen days straight. OH and i lost too much weight over ten days that i was almost anorexic. horrible…… thanks for reading a little of my story…. Donna……..

  338. I got off hero in about ten years back and went through about 40 withdrawals cold turkey, meth,sub and each time got harder. I’ve now been on 120 Oxys for 9 months and I’m going through day 5 of withdrawal but if tried to go one day clean one day taper to 60 then one day clean next day 30 with plenty Valium and immodium – so far I’ve not had the severe cramps etc expected. Am I doing this wrong by going a day clean then a top up or is this just easing the withdrawal….I’ve been taking about 20-30 blues a day with gabs and I feel uncomfortable but not as I expected? Any advice?

  339. Have this site posted on my facebook page with a comment about my addition to this drug. Have stopped taking 75mg 3x’s a day and to date am down to 15mg every other day. It was set up by the VA when I lived in CA for my neuropathy in my feet. The VA here in Arizona cancelled me taking Percocet at night for sleep when I fell and broke my hip March 11, 2014. Although they didn’t say I am sure my high dose of morphine and me taking Percocet at night for sleep was the reason for them to decide to get me to cut back. They did not however advise me to get treatment;find treatment or give me help other than just to cut back. Your website helped by letting me know at least what was and did happen to my body when stopping on my own.
    Thanks to your advise I am now finally almost off this drug.
    Do think depression sets in. The thought of failing to stop is not me.

  340. I have been taking hydrocodone/ acetaminophen 5-325(Vicodin) and oxycontin 30 mg controlled release tabs as prescibed (3 vicodin and 2 oxy) or less until I had a Pain increase for a couple weeks. I Started taking more than prescribed. Now I need more just to function. So I decided to stop the oxy. Now the withdrawal is insane and I only stopped the oxy not the vicodin. I want all out of my system. I don’t know what to do. I can barely write this or even function with just 3 vicodin in my system and I am dropping that down to 2 vicodin today.
    So right now I feel like total crap.

  341. Down to 5.0 mg per day, (2.5 mg. twice a day). Should I stop completely now or wean down to 2 1/2 mg. per day? Having mild symptoms of withdrawal but nothing unmanageable.

    Does anyone know what is the best way to do this last step? Is it likely that I will still face more severe withdrawal symptoms when I stop completely?

    Little help please! Anyone?

  342. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of this info. I just want to tell you what happened to me recently. I have been taking OxyContin 3 times a day for the 2 Severe Back Surgerys I have had. I have what they call a Metal Cage in my. Back holding my Disc in place. I also have had a brain injury actually it was a brain aneurysm burst in my head in 2006. I have had two brain surgeries so far And I have been taking this medication the two medications for around 15 years. Well my primary care doctor was really mad at me we had a disagreement about a Medical procedure he wanted me to go through and I Didnt want to do the procedure because it couldve en I went to Florida on vacation this year 2015 he decided to take all my medication away from me. He wouldn’t re order

  343. I am down to between 5.0 mg and 7.5 mg. per day. Is it time to just stop completely or should I continue to taper down over the next month?

  344. Is it dangerous to switch between taking 40mg and 60mg oxycodone? I have been doing this, taking 60mg when I need to be able to do housework or shop, or when I am having a higher level of pain. Otherwise I will take 40mg. The Dr. I have now will not let me vary my dose, so he has me strictly on 60mg. I felt I was doing much better not having to take such a high dose all of the time. I am trying to reduce my dose as much as possible, and not having the option of a lower dose I find very upsetting. He will not discuss it with me. Am I wrong here?

  345. I’ve been on oxcycodone for two months at 30mgs a day. I’m on my 5th week an still have trouble sleeping i take benadryl s

    An my stomach feels hot. I also havr cancer when will i feel better

  346. Hello Suzanne. From what I understand, he stops taking his medication abruptly and refuses to take it ever again. He would have suffered a lot less if he gradually reduced doses over a period of time. Now, medications such as clonidine can help manage more persistent or intense symptoms of withdrawal. Plus, supplemental medications, such as antidepressants to manage his irritability, sleep disturbance or antiepileptics for neuropathic pain may also be helpful. If there is a need, he can stay in the hospital for a few days until his condition stabilizes.

  347. Hi Ken. Good thing is that you are tapering, this reduces the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. However, you can still expect to experience withdrawals after you completely stop. Symptoms will be less severe and you can get some over-the-counter medications from the pharmacy to manage them as they occur.

  348. my husband has many football injuries and only takes oxycodone when absolute;lynecesary. He has taken 1/2 to 2/3 of a pill twice a day for 3 days and then after 2 days another dose for an event he had to attend and maybe one other time this wsweek, but he is experiencing severe pain and agony now. He had back surgery 3 yrs ago and the doctor gave him oxycodone afterwards assuring him he would not get addicted to it. When Dan stopped suddenly after only 2 wks (with no information given us by the doctor as to how to do it) he went into a very severe withdrawal that landed himn in the hostpi\tal and then in a drug rehab for 10 days. It was hell on earth. Now, we are in what seems the same situation with only a very few pills during this one week. Prior to this week he has maybe taken 1 pill in the last month. He hates taking them and avoids it at all cost. What to do now???? Suzanne

  349. Hello, I have been on Oxycodone for about a year now, and before that Vicoprophen for about a year and a half. I was diagnosed with L-4 L-5 S-1 bulging discs. I had quite a few pain blocking procedures and they seemed to help somewhat for awhile. Finally I had a lamectomy ( the most painful thing I have ever experienced ) in October continued to take Percocet although at an increased dose, 2 10mg every six hours as needed, well as need became 3 10mgs every 6 hrs, for a total of 12 pills a day. Well at first I really needed them for the intense pain, but after a month when the pain at eased quite a bit, I continued to take 12 a day, somewhat recreationally ( I was still laid up, and it helped pass the time while watching movies an reading) it became my friend. Well it started to wreck havoc on my relationships an I knew it was time to stop. I went to a pain clinic and was evaluated by a Dr. First he cut my dosage from 12 a day to 8 a day, and he eliminated the Acetaminophen ( to help my liver) so the first two weeks it was 8 a day next two weeks was 6 a day, right now aim on 4 tabs a day for two weeks, and I assume next will come 2 tabs a day for two weeks followed by the last two weeks of 1 tablet a day. This has been hard because I was really addicted. My question is, after this very gradual weaning, when I take that last 10mg tablet, am I still going to have withdrawls? I’ve gone off vicoprophen a couple time and it was miserable. Thank You

  350. I have been taking narcotics for chronic pain for about 10 years with med increases frequently. Started with Vicodin, increased to norco, now on oxycodone for about 6 months. I develop a surprisingly quick tolerance. Could I change back to norco to lessen the symptoms or is oxycodone withdrawal going to happen no matter what? I guess I mean after this long will going from oxy to norco then to vicodin going to help withdrawal symptoms or is it going to happen no matter what opiod I am trying to decrease or stop? Since the blog is specifically about oxy…is oxy differnet from other narcotic withdrawal. Thank you.

  351. I’ve been prescribed oxycodone 40 mg for pain management and ever since i started years ago i get hot very easy. For example I could be standing brushing my hair and would start to heat up. Is this something that is common with taking this drug?

  352. I have bin off of oxycodone for 6 days, had bin taking 40 mg a day for years. how long does it take to start feeling better and have my receptors correct. I am now taking gabapentin ( 4 month ) for my lower back pain and it does not work very well to relieve my back and nerve pain.

  353. I had to detox from Oxycontin which I’ve taken for severe pain for 10yrs, as I had become dependent (no addiction thankfully) and it was not lasting 12hrs, I was getting massive yawning, pouring eyes & beak for (eventuallly) hours before the next was gone, as I postponed going to my doctor as I had been told to reduce them over about 6wks 4yrs previously then change to morphine after & was terrified of the terrible withdrawal…I went utterly crazy with terror & panic, couldn’t do it & my doc let me go bsck onto oxycontin.

  354. Hi, I just found your site and am trying to take myself off of oxcodone 5mg IR tablets. I’ve been on them for about 8 years as I’ve had 47 surgeries from a GSW in Vietnam. I’ve had alot of degenerative arthritis and spinal degeneration. I have taken my meds responsibily for this time and have tried to quit as I live in an isolated area and the pills are sent from my clinic, but have found I ha ve physical side effects. I have just started the regiment of the $1,000 a pill drugs to try to get rid of Hep C which I got from transfusions in the military and don’t know if this is the proper time to spot these as I’m also experiencing symptoms from these new anti viral drugs. My worse symptoms from the oxycodone withdrawl are crawling muscles and insomnia, but particularly the muscle problem as I can’t stay still and have to get up and walk. It’s now 2:30 AM and I’ve just gotten up and find I need help with this. I have been given a muscle relaxer and want to take these if they will do any good, but again there is a long list of medications I can’t take with these Hep C drugs so I have to be careful. My question is do you think a very slow withdrawal would be best for me. I’m speaking of maybe 10% per week or less and should I be doing this now or wait until I finish my Hep C treatment. I live in the Philippines and the doctors here are not the most knowledgable. I have had 2 years training of a lab technician and know a little about the physiology of the body. I’ve taken myself off of morphine time release patch before and believe I can also do this myself with help to alleviate the side effects . Any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I cannot take NSAIDS a my liver is stage 1 cirrhosis from this disease. I am a non drinker. Consequently I have to watch which drugs I take as I have osteoporosis and stenosis of the spine in my neck and thoracic area of my back. I have quad paralysis of the left leg and weakness tending toward a drop foot, but through exercise I am able to walk without a brace. These are inoperatable at this time as I had an attempt 2 years ago and the doctor didn’t finish the job and closed me up without finishing as he tore the membrane holding my spinal fluid. Now scar tissue and no doctor willing to try. I have found a few non-opiate drugs that help me through the pain that are metabolized by the kidneys , not the liver. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I’m now opiate compromised and know there are more surgeries in my future and need to get off these. Thank you very much.

  355. Hi need some encouragement aND advice please was up to 4 to 5 forties oxycontin that is a day 3 years till last 4 months down to 1 forty a day now on one twenty a day not feeling g too bad can tell what’s withdraws and what’s menopause some days what’s my next move dose wise got a few weeks off work money’s tight can’t afford supplements any advice your all so brave to be on the way to having your lives back would love to hear from someone the best to you all

  356. Kathy, Percocets contain tylenol as well as oxycodone. That is the only difference. There is a med for restless legs. Ask you Dr.

  357. Is there a difference between 10 mg. straight oxycodone and 10 mg. Percocet? If so what is the difference. Restless leg is the worst withdrawal to me but headaches also bad.

  358. I have been taking oxycodone liquid for a year and one month now after having esophogeol surgery and part of stomach removed and gall bladder and some other small stuff. HOWEVER NOW I AM OXY DEPENDENT and sleep 20 hours of the day and have no energy. am also Malnutrition and have put off being put on TPN but know life would be a whole lot better if wasn’t oxy dependent ,I am taking 5ml every three hours and trying to stretch out the time limits as much as can have gotton to 3-1/2 hrs some of the time but cant seem to be consistant.any help would be appreciated

  359. I am now down to four 2.5 mg. of oxycodone per day. And I can still feel the beginnings of withdrawal symptoms. I intend to stay at this dosage for another 2 weeks before cutting out one of the four daily doses. This may sound like nothing to some of you who have gone cold turkey at much higher levels but I assure you that my symptoms of withdrawal require slow and long tapering.

    I advise everyone to taper as long and as small a dosage decrease as they can. Be patient and you will be able to get off it completely and forever. At least this is my humble opinion.