How to Stop Taking OxyContin

Stopping OxyContin suddenly isn’t a good option for most people. Instead, you should slowly taper your dose under medical supervision over the course of weeks. Learn more about how to stop taking OxyContin here.

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Reviewed by: Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

SUMMARY: The safest way to quit OxyContin is under medical supervision by slowly and gradually reducing daily dose. OxyContin withdrawal is rarely life-threatening, but symptoms can be uncomfortable, intense, and severe. More here on tapering protocols with a list of the benefits of medical detox.



Predictable Effects

The main psychoactive ingredient found in OxyContin is oxycodone. Oxycodone is a powerful, man-made narcotic drug that changes the way the brain perceives pain. It also slows down some body functions, like breathing and heart rate. So, when you use OxyContin for weeks at a time, oxycodone can causes changes in your brain.

First, your brain becomes dependent on OxyContin for normal body function. Second, doses may become less therapeutically effective over time. This is called increased tolerance.

This National Safety Council report on opioids states that OxyContin dependence can develop in as little as 5-7 days of daily dosing.

What Withdrawal Is…

Withdrawal is a set of predictable symptoms that occur when you quit OxyContin and are drug-dependent.Dependence is a physical state during which your body adjusts to having oxycodone in your system after taking OxyContin for extended periods of time. Once you stop taking OxyContin or reduce the daily dose, you go into withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms are actually the manifestation of  symptoms that OxyContin has been artificially suppressing.

Just a few short weeks of OxyContin use can result in a dependence. Withdrawal effects may be worse if you’ve taken OxyContin over long periods – for instance, over several years to help treat chronic pain. Withdrawal from OxyContin can be uncomfortable, but it rarely life-threatening. The common symptoms that occur when a person who is Oxy-dependent begins to quit include:

  • abdominal cramping
  • anxiety or agitation
  • body pain
  • cravings
  • diarrhea
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • mood swings
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • sleep disorders
  • sweating
  • tremors
  • vomiting
  • watering eyes

Can I Just Quit

 Most times, no. You cannot just stop taking OxyContin.

While you can quit taking OxyContin at any time, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t abruptly stop this medication. OxyContin causes strong withdrawal symptoms in people who are physically dependent. These symptoms may be eased with medical intervention. Withdrawal is extremely unpleasant and can be relieved immediately by taking another dose.

Other times, it may be best to seek medical advice first. This is especially true in cases when people are:

  • Extremely drug tolerant.
  • High dose, long-time users.
  • In poor general health.
  • Pregnant.
  • Using another medication(s).

Plus, if you are addicted to OxyContin, you must address the underlying psychological cause for your OxyContin problem – or you may end up needing to continue taking it in order to cope. So, while some people can quit OxyContin at once, just know that it is difficult and may be counterproductive.

Cold Turkey

Stopping OxyContin suddenly isn’t a good option for most people. Doctors always recommend OxyContin dosage be gradually tapered to help avoid withdrawal effects. Stopping suddenly can also cause an OxyContin relapse if you feel the need to take it to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

There might be situations in which you need to stop taking OxyContin cold turkey. This includes:

  1. Medical emergencies.
  2. Suggested treatment for addiction.
  3. Treatment compliance.

This isn’t the easiest option, but if you have negative effects from the drug or drug addiction won’t allow you to take moderate doses, it can be the best way to handle certain medical needs. If you have an OxyContin addiction, don’t expect to be able to quit cold turkey without help – talk to a doctor or therapist about how you can handle the underlying emotional factors which drive your addiction.

Medical Detox

Since OxyContin can be hard to quit, medical assistance is important. In fact, detox makes the process of withdrawal more humane. If you go to a medical detox, you can expect the following:

1. Assessment

When you enter a detox clinic, you will spend about an hour in discussion, assessment, and completion of paper work. Then, you may be asked to take a drug test. This first assessment is important because it helps detox clinics plan the services for your therapy.

2. Evaluation

The next step is spending another hour of discussion with detox clinic doctors who will take your medical history, complete a physical examination, and complete a psychological evaluation. Also, if there is a need for medicines to ease withdrawal symptoms, nurses obtain prescriptions from a licensed physician and initiate medication-based treatment.

3. Tapering Schedules

Detox tapering schedules are completed according to doctor’s orders. During this time, you may expect to experience withdrawal symptoms of OxyContin. So, educate yourself when specific OxyContin symptoms occur during withdrawal.

4. Transfer to Treatment

Medical detox is only the first step in getting OxyContin out of your system. Once the drug is removed, you may need to learn how to live drug-free. Addiction treatment helps people stay quit. But, no one can force you to enroll into addiction rehab. It’s your choice.


Medications help prevent relepse and make detox more humane. Some of the most commonly used medicines include:

  • Antidepressants can address symptoms of underlying depression.
  • Anti-diahhreals are prescribed to treat diarrhea.
  • Buprenorphine prevents withdrawal symptoms and cuts cravings.
  • Clonidine is prescribed for anxiety, agitation, sweating, runny nose, cramping, and muscle pain.
  • Dicyclomine hydrochloride can be used to treat abdominal cramps.
  • Hydroxyzine and Promethazine reduce nausea and vomiting.
  • Methadone prevents withdrawal symptoms and cuts cravings.
  • Methocarbamol is used to treat joint pain and muscle cramps.
  • Naltrexone cuts the rewarding effects of oxycodone.
  • Trazodone is used to treat depression and anxiety.

NOTE: When using medications during detox, report symptoms of feeling high. This way, you can be careful not to replace one addiction with another.


Detox at Home


Any home detox requires medical supervision. This means that you first need to get permission and tapering suggestions from your prescribing doctor. This step is important because Oxy withdrawal is not for everyone. People in poor general health, people diagnosed with addiction, or those with specific medical problems may not be eligible.

After getting medical permission, gradually reducing your dose over several weeks or even months is the best way to stop taking OxyContin. The US Department of Veterans Affairs suggest safely tapering schedule for opioid painkillers inducing oxycodone as following:

  • Decrease by 20%-50% per day to 30 mg/day, then…
  • Decrease by 10 mg/day every 2-5 days

If this schedule doesn’t work for you, talk to your doctor about an appropriate dosing schedule, so that you can safely taper yourself off of OxyContin.

Tapering Guidelines

The safest way to quit taking OxyContin is by reducing the daily dose. BUT first, you need to consult with your doctor and follow his/her instructions. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gives a safe tapering plan for opoid painkillers including these guidelines:

  1. Decrease dosage by 20%-50% per day to 30 mg/day.
  2. Decrease by 5 mg/day every 3-5 days to 10 mg/day.
  3. Decrease by 2.5 mg/day every 3-5 days.
  4. Avoid reducing the daily dose by over 50% at any given interval.

NOTE: If the tapering plan doesn’t work for you, request your doctor adjust the dosage.

Stop Taking OxyContin Safely

The safest way to stop taking OxyContin is by consulting a doctor and following his or her instructions. The 2010 FDA OxyContin Safety Label reads:

When the patient no longer requires therapy with OxyContin, taper the dose gradually to prevent signs and symptoms of withdrawal in the physically-dependent patient.

Tapering guidelines will generally follow a timeline but may be adjusted to accommodate individual factors, like age, weight, gender, or medical conditions. Still, the safest way to quit is in a medical detox clinic. There, you will receive medical supervision 24-7, and can be given medications for symptoms as they occur. Why suffer alone? You can benefit from the more humane treatment offered in a clinical detox.

There are currently several effective and safe medical treatments including medications which can help ease the symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal. Some medications currently used to treat withdrawal from OxyContin in a medical detox clinic include:

  • Antidepressants – Depression and other mental conditions may appear when people are going through OxyContin withdrawal
  • Clonidine – used to reduce anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, and cramping.
  • Naltrexone – used to prevent relapse.
  • Diphenoxylate and Loperamide – used to treat diarrhea.
  • Hydroxyzine and Promethazine – used to prevent or reduce nausea and vomiting.
  • Dicyclomine hydrochloride – used to treat abdominal cramps and cramping.

Nevertheless, the safest way to quit OxyContin is with the help of medically trained staff that can deal with physical as well as psychological issues. In order to lower the risk of relapse and many other complications due to withdrawal, it is necessary to get professional help from addiction doctors, nurses, and licensed psychologists.


Do I Have a Drug Problem?

To assess risk of a drug problem, be honest about why you use OxyContin.

Do you get a euphoric rush from OxyContin?
Are you taking OxyContin to avoid emotional or mental problems?
Do you think about OxyContin all the time?
Is it becoming difficult to hide your use?
Is OxyContin use negatively affecting your home, social, school, or work life?

If you’ve answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to take a medical assessment for opioid addiction.If you are not sure that you have a problem with OxyContin, download our free guide How To Quit Opioid Painkillers to find brief self-screening questions to assess opioid drug use in the past six (6) months.

OxyContin is a strong highly-addictive prescription medication. There is no shame in having a problem. And if you do recognize patterns of drug misuse in yourself, you are not alone! Following the years of its release, oxycodone has become not only one of the most prescribed painkillers, but also one of the most abused ones. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health people aged 18-25 were most likely to report ever having abused oxycodone (9.9%) compared to 6% of people 26 and older. Moreover, the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health: Facing Addiction In America shared that 1.7 million persons (0.7%) aged 12 or older have used OxyContin non-medically in the past year.

Where to Get Help

STEP 1: Be honest. As mentioned before, you first need to get real with yourself. So, the first step you’ll need to take is to admit that you have a problem.

STEP 2: Ask for help. People no longer see drug addiction as a moral issue; it is a medical problem. Still, OxyContin can be hard to quit, so don’t waste your time: ASK FOR HELP. There are people that can help you. You only need to seek help… Keep in mind that you are responsible for your own well-being. Only you are the capable to turn your life around to start living better.

STEP 3: Seek specialty help. Decide if you want to go through medical detox and/or addiction rehab. The main places to find specialized services include:

  • Addiction rehabs
  • Licensed psychologists
  • Licensed psychiatrists
  • Medical detox clinics
  • Medical doctors
  • Pharmacists

If you think you may be addicted, rehab for OxyContin dependence can help immensely. A stay in rehab will help you uncover WHY you use painkillers for emotional or mental pain…and how to live without them. When you are searching for the best rehab for you, you will need to decide between two choices: inpatient or outpatient program.

Inpatient or residential treatment provides 24/7 medical care and supervision of addiction treatment. In fact, patients leave their homes and reside in the facility during the recovery program. During this program, professionals provide around-the-clock care, and will prepare you for life after rehab. Some of the common things that inpatient programs have include:

  • individual therapy sessions
  • group therapy sessions
  • educational classes about addiction and recovery

Outpatient treatment offers similar therapies as inpatient programs, but they do not around-the-clock care since the patients don’t live in the facility. Instead, they work on a schedule for a few hours several days weekly. During these hours, patients visit addiction counselor to follow up with the program. This type of treatment provides flexibility because it allows to continue work, school and home responsibilities.


 Maybe you are having problems with OxyContin. Maybe you want a life without mind altering chemicals. Or maybe you’re afraid you will OD on OxyContin. Whatever your reason, you probably won’t be able to just quit OxyContin on your own. Long-term OxyContin use causes dependence and even addiction, and it’s hard to quit OxyContin without experiencing debilitating side effects.

If you are ready to quit for good, be sure that you have these three supports:

  1. Personal determination. You need a reason to quit. Make a list of the main reasons why you want to stop.
  2. Medical resources. Contact your prescribing doctor, a pharmacist, or a medical detox for help.
  3. Emotional support. Be sure that your environment is supportive of the change. If the people are you are not ready for you to quit, your path will be much, much more difficult.

Don’t Hesitate To Ask

Do you still have questions about how to stop taking OxyContin? Please leave them below. We do our best to respond personally and promptly to your questions. And if we can’t answer your questions, we’ll refer you to someone who can.

Reference Sources: ToxNet: Oxycodone
PubMed: The controversy surrounding OxyContin Abuse: issues and solutions
Department of Justice Drug Alert: Generic OxyContin Emerges as New Threat
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. Hello Anthony. Buprenorphine lessens cravings for oxycodone by occupying the receptors in the brain normally affected by stronger opioids/opiates.

  2. I’ve been taking OxyContin for well over 10 years. I’ve had 3 back surgeries & have DDD this medicine has been how the pain has been controlled with Percocet when needed. With all the bad media recently & the government coming down on everybody it’s not right. Between myself, my doctor and (my insurance Now) i’m Changing meds. Seen my doctor today & he is starting me on a different medication. Btw, I asked for this a year ago! I’m just worried about withdrawal symptoms. My daughter’s wedding is 1 week from today. My son & I have ran his business for almost 15 years. I’m worried I won’t be able to do my job We’ve built his business into a multi million dollar incorporation. I do not want to mess up anything. I’m extremely worried about this. What do I need to do?

  3. I have been on narcotics for 27yrs and went threw all the madness these drugs bring.ive been to rehab many times it never worked .i tried suboxin that’s just trading one drug for another.I started researching kratom.I tried it 40milligrams
    Mixed with a gallon of Orange juice .i took two shot glasses of this mix. the next morning the cravings and anxiety started to diminish. After being on this for 8 months I am norcotic free and don’t have those controlling thoughts of using on my mind, no withdrawals and I don’t even think about using me it’s a miracle way to get of drugs kratom is in the coffee family has no side affects and there has never been any incidents of any kind of overdose or side effects reported in any hospital across the united states.

  4. Degenerating joint disease very painful chronic severe pain. Take 80mgbid 4 many years. I am 67 and Faithful in how I take it. This also with Percocet/ white 500mg. I hate taking but not possible due to the severe pain. They are constantly stolen dispite my efforts. Even bought a safe which was found opened although in the LOCKED MODE right beside me at the bed. I am wondering how to explain to cop’s?or my M.D I now AM scared literally to death! I had 3 months supply and NOW gone. I ‘ve contemplating suicide but a Christian find it so…Can I go to rehab to get another way to treat myself. Start from scratch and find a base line with the pain factor. This is not the first time that I was robbed of my meds. I am struggling with myself as what to do? I can’t tolerate the withdrawal symptoms that is a Hell in itself. I live/ exist in a very insecure house no latching onto the front door and, gone now a family of 3 men 2 of them Drug dealers. I have tried everything to avoid it even the blister packed version s ALSO disappearing. I am Sad and mad need to have an answer! SOON as I have only a few pills, that ended up “under” the opened safe !!!! And what am I to DO? Emotional and embarrassed.
    Ps. I never had a “HIGH!”When taking them only RELIEF! The pain factor is crippling not only my legs but all of my joints from the hands and shoulders to my hips. I find it so strange at being approached by strangers asking for them ! But considering the potency and market value on the streets..This latest round I have had them always in my sight yet this happened? (While asleep?) A good reason to think of a alternative? Yet not that optimistic about the “pain factor “.

  5. I recently had rotator cuff surgery (2 wks ago) and was prescribed OxyContin 10 mg bid for the first time along with Percocet 5-325 mg (which I’ve taken in the past). That seems to be a lot of narcotics, but I must admit it really helps with the pain. However it makes me really groggy and I don’t do much but sleep. I just don’t want to become addicted so I only take the OxyContin when the pain is really bad and not as prescribed. Is that safe?

  6. My husband has been taking OxyContin for about 7 years 40mg twice daily but he became really sleepy so his doctor said to reduce them to 20 mg. he went and saw another doctor who stopped them all together now he is not in a good place should he have stopped them straight away as he has been on them so long. I’m really worried about him. Thank you

  7. What is the safe time to wait in order to avoid precipitated withdrawal from you last dose or ER oxycodone ? She is currently taking the 30mg

  8. I have been on OxyContin for 12 years. My dose is down to 15mg every 12 hrs.
    My insurance company no longer is going to pay for it.
    Starting now.
    It was prescribed to me because I was run over by an automobile.
    What should I do ???

    1. Hi Ann. I suggest that you speak with your doctor about your issue, and maybe it’s time to quit this medication. Have you considered alternative methods for pain management?

  9. I have been on Oxycontin almost 6 months for pain, I was taking 15mg 3 times a day. After surgery to remove a spinal tumor my Dr. gave me 20mg 2x day, Morphine 15mg 2x day, Norco 10/325 every 6 hours. A month later I requested a lower dosage to 15mg 2x day. I tapered myself off the Morphine and Norco but I have tried to only take 1 15mg of Morphine and I find myself not able to sleep, cold and hot flashes, pain all over, sick to my stomach feeling. My pain management dr. only wants to give me more drugs, in which I am trying to get off of. What natural way can I come off.

  10. Took oxycontin many years, doc kept upping dose when I got tolerent. He dropped me, he said it was fear of losing his license. I was on 80 mg oxycontin ER twice daily. Out of pills now & haven’t found a new doc. What to do?

  11. Hi my name is william.I got hurt at work stuffed my back.And was put on 5x 80mg oxycontin tablets a day. YES that many I don’t know why.And at that time back in 2005 I have never Hurd of them.I have come of 4 80mg now and only on 1x 80mg and 2 X 10 mg.Now it’s hard to get of the last lot.Any help I could tell my doctor would be great.I also was on 4×150 mg Lyrica Tablets a day on top of the oxycontin tablets.But I now not taking any Lyrica tablets after lose all of my teeth.But the inshorance company took care of that replacing with in plants. 80 thousand it cost them.Thank god I did not have to first you have to come up with that sort of money.But if you can help would be why was I on such a big dose of oxycontin tablets. Other doctors can not understand why I was on such a big dose.Thank you.William.

  12. My insurance company and all others in Maine won’t cover this med any longer. I’ve been taking 320 mil (4 80 mil) daily for 20 years. With the help of my doctor I’m slowly weaning off by 20 mils a month. He says by July I’ll be down to 100 mil., but starting in Jan. I don’t know how I’ll afford to pay for it? Is there any assistance or help available?
    Thank you.

  13. I have been on oxycontin an oxycodone for over 10 years. I had surgery 10 years ago.(have rods in my back). To try and get off pain meds.well here it is 10 years later an I am still on meds. I take 2 10 mg of oxycontin 1 every 12 hours an I was at 3 oxycodone as needed. Then my pain management DR. Was threatend by workers comp to start weining me off that was 11/2 years ago. Still in a lot off pain. Doctors have tried other meds but the only thing that helps is oxycontin and oxycodone . All other meds had side effects that made me not feel very good from bad head aches, blurry vision, an bad nightmares . So how can I detox if I still have pain. What should or what can I do.

  14. My husband has takn Oxycontin 170 a day for 12 months. He is a chronic pain patient. They have never really been effective and feel he has a tolerance to them. What do you recommend to take while he is coming off them to help lessen the withdrawal effects?

  15. Can you please help me understand what the correct amount of decreasing OxyContin by to avoid these awful withdrawal symptoms I’ve read about?
    I had a failed back surgery in 1997 and was prescribed 80 mg. of OxyContin 4 times a day. For 20 years I’ve been on this dose which has enabled me to have a decent life with pain control. My M.D. has begun to wean me off starting this month going from 320 mgs a day to 300 mgs. I have no idea if he plans to cut back by 20 mgs each month or stretch it out longer? If you can provide me with any knowledge you have about how long it should take to avoid withdrawals I sure would appreciate it.
    Also what frightens me is the doctor has no intention of replacing this drug with anything else so I’m scared how I’m going to deal with the pain once I’m weaned?
    Thanks very much!

  16. I have been on 40mg of 12 hour release 2 X a day.
    I am also on HYDROMORPHONE 4mg 2 X a day.
    My Dr is telling me I have to get off of this meds.
    I am trying to figure out if I can do this my self.
    I do not know how to get off of this stuff safley. I am not abusing any of my meds. But Ivan on about 28th other meds a day. For COPD, Asthma, and other things.
    Which is the best way to get off my two pain meds. The z dr
    wants me off?

  17. I have been going to pain management for 17 yrs. I had back, neck serguries, I have Fibromyagia, I broke my arm, I’ve had a pace maker. But the last 8 yrs I’ve been on oxycontin and oxycodone.I decided I wanted to be weened off of it But I am petrified of the withdrawl symptoms. I found a specialist another Pain management dr to help me to do this. I currently take 80 mgs 4 twice a day plus 6 , 30mg of oxycodone a day. How do I know if the dr is weenie me off the right way and not to fast. I don’t abuse the medicine I take it like I’m suppose to. I feel like if I’m detox the right way I would be fine buy am scared of the withdrawl symptoms.

  18. Hello my name is Jade, my doctor prescribed me a medication called Targin 10/5mg and I was told to have to a day one in the morning and one at night, I noticed when I first starting taken this medication I felt like I was speeding, I keep talking continuous and feel I have bad anxiety, I cut back to one in the morning for I was doing crazy things in my sleep with the night time one, talking in my sleep,yelling out to my son in front of his bedroom door yelling are you ok and all I was wearing was underwear and I could not remember any of it the next morning, I felt very embarrassed so I stopped the night time one, when I first started taking them I couldn’t stop itching for the first few weeks but no longer get that after about a month of having it, I take the morning one for chronic pain but notice I feel like I’m high and feel like I’m speeding and hyperactive, I have bad headaches and like to stop taking this medication, I don’t like the feeling of being out of control and just want to feel normal again and just put up with the pain. How do I stop taking this medication, iv been on it for a few months now approximately 3, please help me over come this, i don’t know weather to take today’s tablet or not for I have read the withdrawal symptoms. What do I do to get off this medication. Thanking you kindly Jade

  19. I took my last oxycotin last night at 8:30. Im on 40mg.
    What is a good medication I should take to combat withdrawal’s?
    I will appreciate your answer. Thank You, Donna

  20. Hi, I need to get off all my medications. The doctors have destroyed my life and I will never trust any of them again. I was put on Lortab 10 mg 4times a day and was on that for five years due to severe back pain and fibromyalgia. That doctor retired and the next doctor that come in to take his place took me off of everything. Within one week. I wont even go into my thoughts for this doctor. Since then I have been having to find my medicine wherever I can get it. I have went from taking my prescribed medication to not taking oxycotin and oxycodone because after the first six months I could not find anyone with the lortabs. All I could find was the oxy’s and roxy’s and I was afraid to even do them at first, I have never taken anything stronger then loratab. I went to the hosptial, they would not give me anything. So I started taking the oxycotins ect. Did the doctor really think I could just quit within a week?! This is why so many end up on heroin and I am close to that because this new crack down on prescription drugs has made them harder to find. This is why so many deaths are now happening with heroin. The doctors and everyone involved are only making everything worse by taking people off of their medications. I am tired of living this way. Suicide has come across my mind many many times. I told Carillon doctors at the Family medicine and at the hospital. They did not care. I truly am trapped. I have went from a very positive person to a very angry bitter person. What they have done to my life is just unbelievable. Why are they doing this ..I pray this happens to the doctors who have done this to me. I know being bitter will not change it but how can I not be. I have to get off of these but I dont know how. Its either that or heroin. or death. That is just how it is. I am trapped.

  21. Is it harder for a person to come off of oxycontinuous than it is to come of short acting oxycodone? I can never find the answer to this.

  22. I take 3 80mg OxyContin daily. Some of my friends think this is too high. My pain is chronic and affects my entire body. I have been at this dose for almost a year. While it relieves the pain, what should I be concerned about. Should I check with another md for alternatives. I weigh 170 lbs and am 5’7. I am female.

    1. Hi Tammy. I suggest you speak with your doctor before making any changes in your medications.

  23. I won’t off oxycontin.I was put on 5x 80mg a Day. Yes 5 X 80mg oxycontin tablets a day because I hurt my back at work.While fighting comcare the government’s insurance company. HAS been nothing but trouble This all happened in December 2003.Comcare pulled the pin.Now I am on my own.My Gp sent me to a sergon.After getting refused sergery from comcare twice.The sergon I am seeing now said my back is stuffed.Thank you comcare.I am down to 1x 80mg oxycontin and 2x 30mg.But I need help to get off the oxycontin.Its a 16 month waite to get into the pain manger ment clinic.How can a goverment insurance company comcare say No after to sergons told them I need my back fixed.Why have doctors and sergons ect.When you have comcare.I have lost everything.Just want my life back.I am now 50 years old.Work for the government.If you get hurt.Well look out they will screw your life up.

  24. I am a recovering addict. I have cronic pain from RA. I’m currently on time release morphine sulfate, for well over one yr. And I’m really getting scared of staying on it any longer. I feel my addiction kicking in. I haven’t abused my meds yet..thank god..but all I think about is were I’m gonna be in 5yrs from now, and more, more, more…that tells me it’s time to get off these prob, is I don’t think or know if I can get weind off cuz of my addiction. I mite have to goto detox. And omg I hate going there, and going threw that. So…I’m stuck..and scared..

  25. Hi,

    I have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/RSD, Fibromyalgia, MS, and CPTSD which was just compounded this past January from a robbery/assault. I have been on Oxycontin 80 and Oxycodone 30 for over 20 years. That was down from being on a morphine pump. Im now having to take 4 of the 80’s and 7 of the 30’s and it doesnt even take away all my pain. I recently discovered cupping and it helped me a lot. I was wondering first if I get off all that medication, would cupping be able to control my unrelenting pain? I hate being dependant on a drug to the point I cant go where ever I want. I have to always try and find a doctor willing to treat me. Doctors simply dont like patients that they know they cant cure. Ive actually been told this by a doctor. My problem besides being scared of withdrawals is I dont know how I will be able to control my pain and live a normal life without something to at least take the edge off. RSD feels as though someone took me out of a house that was burning with my right leg on fire and nobodies been able to put that fire out. Its horrible!!! Its even more horrible though to be kept in this drug prison which is why I am considering getting off them. I realize my situation is not easily answered but if possibly you have any suggestions for me I would be deeply grateful. I at present living in Rockland County, New York. Thank you very much in advance.

  26. Hello, I have a few general questions. I began taking oxycontin because my husband was on hospice and made each day a day I could deal with. I have discovered why I take them and want to stop. I have been taking them for 3 years and want to quit. I have two children age 12 and 4. Inpatient will not work for me I am the only one here for my children. I wanted to know if I used the taper method would I be able to care for my children the way they deserve to be cared for. I know it sounds like a chicken way out. Is there a way without subs or methodone that I can beat this without w/d.

  27. Hi I have been on Oxycodone and Oxycontin for about 5 years now. I started with 5MG Percocets and have gradually built up to taking 30MG Oxycontin once a day and anywhere between 60MG to 120MG of Oxycodone a day. I also take morphine when it is available. In addition, I have started sniffing herion because my GF told me it is the same thing chemically. I recently went to a Detox facility to try and get off it and I did not like it there so I left after the 2nd day. It was not because I needed the Oxy that I left, I just did no like the facility. It was dirty and kind of nasty. I did not feel comfortable there. I really do want to stop and get my life back. I see a lot of posts on tapering, but I do not know If I can come up with a taper because my usage is so eratic and inconsistent. I would not know what to start at to taper down. I really do want to stop. Part of me just wants to go cold turkey and the hell with it. But I know this will cause me to be uncomfortable and not sleep. I tried once to go cold turkey and while I did not get sick, I got panic attacks, nervousness, irritability, and of course sleeplessness. Maybe I should just start myself at a 120MG a day dose and taper down from that 10MG each week or something like that I don’t know. I need help.

    1. Hi Thomas. I suggest you speak with a pharmacist or a doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Moreover, if you are looking a detox treatment, call our trusted treatment providers who can help you access an addiction treatment program.

  28. I started abusing oxys like 3 months ago and want to stop
    Cold turkey I haven’t taken any in almost 24 and my bodies feel crazy. Is there medication that can help me through this

  29. Hi I’m just wondering if I’ve been snorting oxy for just over a year now about 4-5 20mg quick release per day I’m going to detox in a week is it safe for me to just quit cold turkey and goto detox … Or what should I do about it

    1. Hi, Jeremy. It’s not recommended to go cold turkey, because withdrawal symptom might be very harsh. I suggest you talk with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule just for you. Good luck!

  30. I have been on high doses of oxyContin for over 3 years and the doctor had to give me fentanyl patches cause my insurance won’t pain for the oxyContin anymore I am also on percocet 10/325 but I am such pain I hurt everywhere I can’t sleep I just want it to stop

  31. Today I start weaning off 80mg twice a day of OxyContin . I’ve been on it for 10 years and fentanyl and Vicodin before the oxy. I am so scared! I don’t remember how bad my pain is. I never though I’d become addicted but I did. So I’m going to take 40mg then 20 and follow my Drs plan. I’m really scared but have to peel off the layers of oxy- head! I have been reading comments left here and they all inspire me! Thankyou

  32. I just wanted to say that it’s been 8 months now since I’ve taken my last Oxycontin. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. For those of you that don’t think they can do it, let me tell you, you can. It’s not easy, but it’s so worth it. After 8 years of daily oxycontin use, I am 8 months clean!!!!

  33. To those wanting to quit, to be honest, there’s going to be a few week period that just sucks. There’s very little ways around it. Your body has to adjust. Clonidine helps some. Plus see if your doctor will give you something non-addictive to help you sleep. But you can minimize it by tapering off. Just keep cutting back slowly until you are at a low dose and then when you are ready, stop. Be prepared for a few weeks of crappy days where you are always tired, you may get some shakes, you won’t sleep well, and you may feel sick at times. But honestly, a few weeks of that is much better than a lifetime of addiction. I went through it about 6 months ago. Best decision I ever made!

  34. My mom uses stilnox 12.5, ,amor 0,25mg, nexiam 40mg,oxycontin 10mg ,cymgen 60 mg, myprocan 30mg please can you help Thank you Jeanette

    1. Hi Jeanette. Is she prescribed or is she abusing all these medications? If you are concerned this is too much and would like the doctor to wean her off slowly, you can discuss this with the doctor.

  35. Hey guys, I was actually using heroin for the last few years and I have successfully got myself down to 4 bgs every other day and that’s only because I have been taking 1-2 20 mg oxytocin’s like 4 times a day or really only when I start to flash and leak! (I’m sure you get it! Lol.. I also take if I severely need to 1oxycontin twice a day if needed also cause I really really need but HONESTLY want to quit the torture and hell of this life forever (God willing)!! So I was asking for help in finding out the best and quickest way to keep cutting myself down lower so that I can completely taper myself off! Also, what else can I take for the stomach and leg cramps and the flashes and sleeplessness?? Thanks so much for being here and for all of us other lost opioid users just trying to get our lives and families back too.. 😉

  36. Bonnie, I’m sorry to say this, but all prescription pain medicines are addictive. I already went over this with my doctor when I decided to stop taking Oxycontin. I really only had 2 options. Either stay on the Oxy and continue down the same path, or stop the Oxy and not replace it with anything else. Stopping Oxy meant having to deal with pain daily. It’s manageable, as I do yoga and other things to help, but it’s there, pretty much daily. I wish I had better news for you, but this is the reality. I can’t give you advice on what to do, as only you know what’s best for you (And your doctor), but I at least wanted to be straight with you. I hope this helps. Best of luck!
    BTW, honestly, if you have pain that’s unbearable without the painkillers, don’t feel bad about taking them. Some people really need it. Just be careful. Don’t take more than prescribed and try not to raise your dosage over time. Even if that means dealing with some pain. Otherwise, you get into a cycle of raising the dosage and moving on to stronger painkillers. My Dad did just that. Now he’s on some crazy strong painkillers that have really screwed him up. He’s not the same person he used to be. His speech was severely effected. Plus he has seizures now, among other health issues, brought on by all these medications. So just be careful, and do what’s best for you!

  37. I’ve been taking oxycontin for more than 20years.since last June I’ve been in bed with severe stomach pain and pho soft and fluffy since January. Over the last 4 days I’ve had over 30tabs appear in my pooh . Drs and specialists don’t know what is happening even though I’ve had all scans,xrays,bloods and cameras put down stomach and bowl with nothing showing up please help . My reason for having to take these tabs is because I have a painful condition called syringomielia. But these last ten months I just can’t cope with anymore of this.

  38. I want to get off Oxy 40mg x 3 day , I have Fibro and on Oxy all I do is sleep and sweat very bad. I want to be on a less kind of pain med. I’m trying to taper down but my fibro is hurting really bad. What should I do? Oh been on Oxy for probably 7years, would like my life back.

  39. For me, I went from 3 a day, to 2 a day, to 1 a day and used hydrocodone as a replacement until I was only using the hydrocodone. Then I started the same process again and just took less and less hydrocodone until I wasn’t taking any of that either. After almost 10 years of opiate use, I am no longer on opiates. I won’t lie, it sucked. But the worst part is over and I’m feeling better. Dealing with my back pain again, but I’ll still take it any day over that drug. Never again!

  40. Hello Michael. Depends on how much and how long you’ve been taking OxyContin. But, first you’ll need a doctor’s clearance that you’re in a good physical and psychological state to go through tapering, detox and withdrawal. Your doctor can help you create a tapering schedule that will fit your needs best and give as little withdrawal symptoms as possible, or at least make them milder. Of course, s/he can also prescribe meds to help the symptoms or give advise on which OTC’s to use for each symptom. Good luck, Michael!

  41. Of course the danger of building physical and mental dependence by use over ‘long periods’ or ‘extended periods of time’ will be different for everyone. But what does this mean? But surely there must be a ball park figure of when physical dependence begins to play a role? You say that dependence can be built up after ‘just a few short weeks’. How many short weeks? My guess is that users who have been prescribed the drug to handle post operative pain should begin lowering their dosage after a maximum of 4 weeks – earlier if possible.

  42. I just wanted to post a success story of sorts. I’ve been on prescription pain pills for about 10 years now, most of that being oxycontin. I was up to the highest (80mg) 3x a day but settled out at 60mg 3x a day. At some point last year, I decided enough was enough. I was going to stop this and figure out where my pain level was and then figure out how to fix it. I tried many avenues, such as going to a treatment center, only to be told I wasn’t an addict, but I was dependant on it because I always took it as prescribed and didn’t abuse it. I considered a detox center, but it was too expensive and I couldn’t leave my son alone for all that time. So I decided that I was going to do this myself. So I went from 3 a day, to 2 a day, to 1 a day(at night) and I was using hydrocodone to help during the morning/day. I was then able to stop the Oxycontin completely and switch to just hydrocodone. The withdrawals were there, and they sucked pretty bad, but it wasn’t as bad as cold turkey. I felt jittery, my energy levels were so low I could barely get out of bed. I missed 3 days of work, which is more than I lost all last year. And the worst part was the night time. I couldn’t sleep. My doctor tried to give me different non addictive meds to help but it only worked for a few hours and I was back up. To put it bluntly, it was a b*tch. So now I had to ween myself off the hydrocodone. So I started taking less and less until finally, I stopped. I’ve been pain pill free for 48 hours now. Today my back was really hurting. I wasn’t used to feeling this pain. As bad as it was, a few times I thought about taking a partial pill to ease the pain. It’s been a month since I’ve touch oxycontin. But I decided against it as I don’t want to go back. So I will deal with the pain. I emailed for an appointment at a pain treatment center in my city and I hope they can help. I’ve also been doing some yoga stretches that has helped some. Anyhow, I just wanted to share my experience. It’s been a tough road and it’s not over, but I’m on my way. If I can do it after 10 years, you can. Pain is your bodies way of telling you something is wrong. These pain killers only mask it and are bad for your organs. My Dad is addicted to pain killers. His is so bad he went way past oxycontin to dilaudid, which is super strong. I’ve seen what that does to him. He now has seizures and that never happened before the meds. I will not end up like that. I refuse. YOU SHOULD TOO. So please, for your sake and your family, get some help and stop with the pills.

  43. I’ve started the process towards hopefully eliminating this drug from my life. I’m doing it the slow way. I’ve been on a 60mg dose, 3x a day for years. I’ve switched my morning and afternoon dose to much lower dose hydrocodone and only take the oxy at night. The first week was though. Some nights it was hard to sleep and some days I would get the shakes. But I want to continue down this path and keep lowering it until it’s completely gone. My only fear now is that at least in Ohio, they changed the laws and got even stricter, as if it wasn’t strict enough. Now my family doctor can no longer prescribe pain medication longer than 3 months. I am being forced to find a pain management clinic. That’s going to really suck. I hate how they treat people with chronic pain. They look down on us all like junkies. It’s inhumane. I understand the need for some control, but they are taking away the doctors right to treat their patients and that’s not right. I fear how I will be treated at a pain clinic. Makes me sick. Anybody else dealing with these new laws or is it just Ohio?

  44. Have just stopped oxy cold turkey, after 10mg twice daily for eight months. Feeling very unwell, tired, can’t eat, don’t want to do anything. Are these withdrawal symptoms, if so, how long can I expect them to last?? Thanks for your help.

  45. i was on 20mg, now down to 15mg, then I will go to 10mg, 5mg, then get off them. So far it has been ok, I have used one endone to get me through the night, is this ok. I can feel my pain already, so if I stop on them is there any health problems that may occur. My doctor said they will not harm me, but the only reason I am trying to get off them as it makes me tired. I did take one in the morning and one at night, if I missed one at night about 4-6 hours later I was belting the walls, so I took one and within a hour I was fine. But I would love to get off them. It has been a week and a half now on 15mg should I wait longer before I go down to 10mg as I feel fine but would it be to quick to do that. The first time I tried to get off them I went from 20mg to 10mg and it was to quick, had bad withdrawals so that’s why I have only gone down 5mg at once. What do you recommend to take when I get off these to take for pain that is not addictive?. Are morphine patches good for pain, and are they addictive?. Thanks I hope you can understand what I am saying and hope to hear from you soon. Also I am 61 years old. I have bad arthritis and a sciatica nerve that why I was on this gear.

  46. which do you withdraw from first. oxycodone or oxycontin. I am on both the time release and breakthrough. it has been 2 yesrs plus since I started the pain management program. it scares me to take it this long. if I get off the oxycontin and oxycodone, what will I do for the pain?

    would I be able to go on the hydrone as I was doing before from my pcp. eventually I was recommended to pain management and they tried lyrica first. it was terrible and I had to stop it in 3 days. I get no high’s as I hear people say from either. why do I have to be on both oxycontin and oxycodone? it is causing me depression that is getting worse. I see my pcp tomorrow, and am supposed to be calling my the psychologist I got referred to, today. really don’t know what to do. I will still need pain meds for the stenosis and other back and neck pain, but it isn’t every day. the only thing that helps me function is the Xanax I have been taking for over 30 years. I have managed to raise 4 kids, become a rdh in the dental setting and complete my mba in 1990.
    I wiah I knew if my meds are causing the depression, insomnia, profuse sweating, pounding in head and ears, nausea. I can function when I must to get me and my husband to doctor appts. but now I have to have someone drive me. please help. should I get off this stuff with pain management doctor and use psychologist to help me. I am desperate and I want my life back. I am 75 and missing births, etc. can’t believe if have come to this.

  47. J, are you Canadian? I have been weaning off these meds, having gradually been increased over the past 4 years by my doctors for pancreatitus until I was taking a crazy amount. One specialist told me I was taking over 4 times the absolute maximal dose. He told me I was taking enough to put 2 elephants to sleep. I’ve never gotten a “high” from these meds, not even in the beginning and now that I’ve reduced my dose by over half, I feel so much better already. I’m desperate to get off these meds and was wondering about detox cleanses and such. What is BC powder? Also, you must still have considerable pain from your medical issues, and are you using other medications to deal with that? Now that I’ve reduced my dose so much I am having considerable breakthrough gut pain from the pancreatitis, but I’m hesitant to add another drug to the mix, so to speak, however I don’t think I will be able to function without some pain relief. Is there medication available for moderate to severe pain that is not addictive? My doctors keep telling me I will likely be unable to come off completely or will have to choose another painkiller but they aren’t really offering options yet since I am still using the much lower dose. Not quite sure what to do from here.

  48. Thanks for the advice. Yeah, that sounds like a good plan. How many days does it take before the worst part wears off? It’s bad enough after just hours of missing it, I can’t imagine days.

  49. This is a long comment but if you need help read it. I have been through this many times myself taking this medication and lost people that i love because of it.

    Well to start this off I had a degenerative condition of my hip at a young age of 7. I had my feamer bone cut in half, re positioned and a plate instaled, then removed a year later. So to start off with I have a very high torrents to pain. When I was 14 I started to work on cars and motorcycles so I was lifting heavy objects, being very active and the pain got worse and worse. So when i was 15 i started taking 3.5 mgs two times a day for a year then it got worse because i build up a high tolarence to the meds. So at 16 i graduated high and started working to help my family out because we were a military family and didnt have a bunch of money. So by the time i was 18 i was on oxycotin. I am not ashamed to say this but i did take way more than i was perscribed and sometimes i would do it for the high. Casing the dragon so to speek. Through the whole time i was going through this i had quit cold turkey numerous times in a year but as i got older the withdraws got worse. So lets get to the nitty gritty of the reason why i am writting this. I am 25 and the medication keeps getting harder to get even with perscriptions and its cost me a lot in life, money, family, and more.
    If you or someone you know needs to get off of the medication here is my play book and this has worked for many people. First off the person has to realize they need to quit and REALLY WANT TO QUIT. It takes a lot of mental strength to do so. I have been through a hell of a lot of termoil in my life, in just 25 short years. So to do this the best way is to slowly drop the millagrams and how many times a day you take it. Once you start feeling the effects of weaning yourself off of medications you need to quit cold turkey or you will not get of it. There are thing you can do to help stop the withdrawls. They have a medication called dicyclomine which is generic for bentyl which is for stomach pain. Go to GNC or a pipe shop and buy a good cleanser or detox drink. It will help within hours of drinking it. Meanwhile drink lots of water, water, water. Curl up in bed with a big blanket and sweat it out and if it starts to get bad get in a warm bath or shower it will help big time. For one thing i do not recomend detox centers because all they want is your money and to get you on suboxone or methydone which you will get hooked on and have to go right back to give them more money. One of the biggest things is you need to have a strong loved one to stick with you through this process which is really hard on that person because they have to watch your body and mind fight it self. You will go through big mood swings and anger but you have to fight it. More things to help with the withdraws is BC powder and tylenol pm, which the bc powder is fast acting to help the pains and the tylenol pm to help with the pain and to get some sleep. Sleeping is the best way to pass the time which takes about a week for the worse syptoms. Relapsing is a big problem when going through the withdraws but you have to remember the pain you are going through to stay off of them. You have to want it and to realize that the pain you were going through to be perscribed this medication is not as bad as the withdraws and that is where the problem lies with getting off of it. You will feel like a new person in two weeks time but your not out of the woods yet because the mental aspect is still HAVE TOO remember the withdraw pains not how the drug made feel because it is an uphoric drug it tricks your brain by making you feel good. I have lost a great deal to this drug so that is why i want to help people with it. It is very easy to get hurt and get right back on it but you dont have to have it trust me its a black hole.

  50. Michael, I would make them aware of your situation. I don’t know if there’s anything they can do to help, but if nothing else, they should offer medical assistance. But honestly, as bad as it will be, it might be the opportunity you need to get clean. They say day 3-4 is the worst. Once you make it past day 4, it gets a little better each day. I’m still contemplating how I’m going to do it as I’m in a bind, because of work and money issues. I really hope this works out for you! Good luck!

  51. Hello Michael. If you have to go cold turkey off OxyContin you can expect severe withdrawal symptoms such as muscle aches, sweating, agitation, anxiety, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and abdominal cramping. You generally experience these withdrawal symptoms within hours or days after your last dose of OxyContin. It’s not fatal, and remember that you can ask for help and medical assistance if you need it.

  52. Can you die from sudden stop of taking oxycontin AMD oxycodone. Have to go to jail been taking both drugs for years. Be in jail four to five days.

  53. David, are you talking about the clinic in Michigan? I heard wonderful things about it and considered it for myself, but we live in Northern Canada and it would be very expensive to go. I’ve lowered my dose now to half of what I was on before and feel so much better. I can’t believe how much of my symptoms were due to the drug and not the medical issue. It is so worth it to wean off, and this forum is good for motivation without judgement. If you do want to pursue the detox clinic, I realize how expensive it is but think of it this way: Its still far less expensive than a funeral. That is what my specialist told me and it made me rethink the whole thing and only made me more determined to get off this stuff. Talk to your doctor about weaning and about options to do it with insurance coverage. It is so worth it. I feel like I’ve lost the last couple of years and am now just coming out of the fog and back to myself. Good Luck!

  54. Hi David. It will be hard to stop, but it’s worth it. Keep reducing the doses as your doctor instructed. The brain needs to learn how to function again without the oxycontin. Then, when you’ll finally quit for good, it will need time to recover and regenerate itself. The detox clinic sounds like a good idea, it can help you get back to your life faster. Here you can get some ideas on how to lower the cots:
    Also, do you have relatives that would take care of your son while you are away? Remember, you need to take care of yourself first, so you can take care of your son.

  55. I have been on 60mg Oxycontin 3x a day for years now. I really want to stop but don’t know how. My doctor was wanting to try and slowly reduce the dosage by doing the 40mg 4x a day, which is still a lower overall dosage, but my insurance company said for 40mg and below, they will only approve 2 a day. I tried going longer on the 60 to try and do 2 a day but I can’t concentrate at work. I start getting withdrawals between. It’s really hard. I feel like I am stuck and don’t know what to do. There’s a hospital in treatment that helps with withdrawals if you go cold turkey but it’s expensive and it requires 5 days in there, which means I have to miss at least 3 days of work. Plus I am a single father of a teenage son. I’m so desperate but I feel like I’m out of options.
    Any suggestions?

  56. Hi Tara. I have to advise you to see a doctor first. Every organism is different and you should have your individual tapering schedule. Your doctor can help you create one that fits your needs best. You’ll probably need some other medications to assist you during the withdrawal stage, and this is one more thing your doctor can help with.

  57. I have been using both short acting and long acting Oxy for four years now for chronic pancreatitis. About 8 weeks ago I began feeling symptoms of sweats, chills, dry mouth and aches, nausea and vomiting. It was really bad for about two weeks but I did have the flu, so I’m sure that was partially responsible. However, the symptoms persisted and my doc told me it was likely side effects of the oxy. I had reduced my dose on my own, as my gut pain was somewhat better, with acute episodes of pain instead of chronic pain. I decided to come off the oxy. I am a nurse and was never very comfortable about taking this drug, but my docs had slowly increased my dose over the last 3 years and I was on a ridiculous amount of this stuff. i am so uncomfortable. I am constantly teary and emotional, crying at any little old thing. Is this common with withdrawal? Will I have symptoms like this the whole time I am weaning off? My doc wants to do this slowly, over three or four months but I do not want to feel like this for another four months. I want my life back. How long does it usually take to wean off this stuff? Would it be safe to discontinue the long acting completely and only use the short acting instead? I could really use some advice. My doc does not think I will be able to cope without this stuff but I can’t live like this. I’ve never gotten any kind of high from this med. I don’t ever take more than prescribed, and have never abused this or taken any kind of recreational drug. A doc friend recommended medical marijuana for pain and withdrawal but I am hesitant to add any more drugs here. Help please.

  58. stopped oxycotin cold turkey. Called my MD and she said this was out of her field of knowledge. I have all of the symptoms. I will not take any more Cannot go to a rehab facility because I am the only caregiver for family member. Am drinking lots of water have not been naucius, but cannot sleep

  59. Hi I have a son in his early 50’s and he had back surgery about 10 years ago , since then he has been on oxicontin or percacet , he is married and a father of 3 girls that adore him but he has been on these 2 pain killers and I really do not know how much he is taking but I do know it is causing problems in his marriage . his wife has tried hiding his pain meds and he is taking money out of their bank accounts . he is taking more then he should , that I do know but he will not tell his wife what doctor he goes to or how much he is actually taking . he is buying the pills off the street but we do not know who or where he is getting them from .
    how can we find out more info . he says he does not have a problem . he is working every day .
    I am very concerned about him ,do you have any suggestions

  60. Hello Maureen. Buprenorphine and methadone are prescribed to help during OxyContin withdrawal, but are often prescribed for long term management of cravings. If you are looking for a substitute therapy for pain, not many medications are used in the treatment of chronic paid other than opioids. Have you spoken with your prescribing doctor about the reasons you want to quit and/or alternative treatments?


  62. I have been on 40 mg of Oxycotin 5 times a day and 10 mgs of Lortab 5 times a day for the past 7 years…my pain management Dr. has moved and there are no Drs. where I live that will touch my prescribed dosage with a 10 ft. pole…so now I am stuck with out a Dr. or any help…it has been 3 days and I have taken 3 of each a day and now am starting to really feel the effects of not having my usual dosage and I am not ashamed to admit that I am no hero on quiting cold turkey and am finding myself a little less than happy…am getting really concerned about the next few days..and not knowing what to expect..

  63. Hi Miranda. Thanks for your question. I’d suggest that you consult your doctor. Oxycodone does come in 5 mg doses – the lower the dose during a taper, the less severe the withdrawal symptoms. Seek an expert consult and go from there. Good luck!!!

  64. I have been on OxyContin over the past 12 years. I was prescribed it when I broke 7 vertebrates in my back and was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus. I hated having to depend on the OxyContin for pain relief. 6 months ago I decided to take myself off of the oxy. I started at 90 mg per day and decreased it weekly. I am now down to 10 mgs a day and was wondering if I can just stop the 10 mgs altogether? I have had withdrawal symptoms since I hit 30 mgs, the withdrawals are tolerable. Again, should I stop the 10mgs! Or ask my doctor if it comes in a 5 mg? Thanks ‘

  65. Hi Jack. Great question, and a tough one for someone in chronic pain. Addiction is usually present after you withdraw from an opioid/opiate and manifests as cravings or psychological need for the drug in order to feel/act/be normal in your own skin. Addiction is further characterized by underlying psycho-emotional issues which compel use.

    You can take an online survey for drug addiction (Google the keywords drug addiction survey questionnaire) or ask your prescribing doctor or a psychologist for an evaluation.

    Thanks for your honesty, and good luck in your quest.

  66. I have been taking percets for years. i have been on 10mg 4 times a day,which the drs. give me 5 mg. mainly becauce of the cost of co pay . my co pay is $41.?? for 116 10 mg peroset. for 5 mg. copay is $14.70 for 224 5 mg. i have found the best results are to take one 5 mg. ever 3 to 31/2 hrs. i have never ran out ,i normally have 10-20 left at the end of the precption period. my last mri showed i had a severe case of spinal stonatis and 3 hurniated question is what is the possibility of being addicted to them? i am sure after the length of time i have taken them i am dependent on them. what is if any variense between addiction and dependence?

  67. I have my ups and downs with Oxy and the like. I still occasionally dable, but it’s expensive and not allways available when you are wanting it. When u turn forty I believe the government should just give u an endless A friend of mine told me about Mitragyna Speciosa. It is a leaf from a plant in Thailand that stimulates the opiate receptors when chewed. The older tribesmen used to take it to be able to work more. It’s Legal, inexpensive and I didn’t believe it, but it Seriously works. It’s not exactly the same thing, but you can certainly feel it. I would totally recommend this for anyone trying to come off of opiates. I keep a regular supply.

  68. Hello Tara. I’d suggest that you call your local pharmacy and seek advice about over the counter NSAIDs, remedies and treatments that can help treat OxyContin withdrawal. Also, have you informed his prescribing doctor?

  69. Help! Husband was on Oxy 40 mg a day for two years and he stopped cold turkey. He’s in agony now on day three. Hospital has no help. He’s too floppy and sick to get into a hot bath. Need advice Now!,,,,

  70. Hi craig. From my reading, extended-release opioids have not been proven to be safer or more effective than short-acting opioids for managing chronic pain. However, I think that the doctor’s logic is that because the base dose of oxycodone helps keep your body opioid tolerant, the OxyContin is the “add-on” dose. Check in with a pharmacist on this question and you can read more about doctor’s protocol for opioid use for pain management here:

  71. I was injured and have nerve damage in my spine along with bone erosion. I have been in severe pain for 3 years now and have had two major surgeries on the nerves in my spine, the most recent 4 months ago. I started out taking 4 oxycodone 10 mg 4 times a day. After a year the amount was increased due to my tolerance. For two years I have been takin the same amount of Oxycodone and three 20 mg Oxcontin per day. My last surgery relieved a lot of my pain but I still suffer without medication My surgeon has advised me to try to cut back on the medications. My question is, Is it better to stop the oxycodone (breakthrough pain med) or the Oxycontin which is time release. My local doctor seems to think I should stop the time release Oxycontin first. I feel like the other would be better. Any experience or comments with my situation

  72. Hello, Just wanted to post some information about a very, very close friends experiences, very close, if you get what I mean. This person had got up to 30-60mg of oxys a day over a 3 year period. Had stopped so many times, and just after the withdrawls when they started feeling good, started again. The only way they were finally able to stop was by getting away from it, stop going to places where it might be available, and cutt off all connections with anyone they could get it from. The problem is, while you are on it, you feel great, at first, but then its more a mental thing where you think if you get it, you will feel great, but you really dont, the great feeling diminishes, and you are left with the memory of what it used to be like, so you keep trying over and over again to get back there, but never really do, but have to keep trying because you think you can get back there. Sure, there’s some pleasure involved still, but the tolerance forces you to take higher doses, and the dangerous cycle begins. Then, you quit because it has cost you so much in your life, and it makes you feel sick in the morning, and you are always tired when you aren’t on it. But then, a few days later, when you feel good again, after the withdrawls, its to easy to tell yourself that you could just do it on the weekends, and you would be fine, or it really wasnt that bad (and the fact that you feel much better now clouds your judgement about the sickness it is when you’ve done it all night and how you felt the next morning). So you slip, and you do it becuase you can get it, and the next day you are ashamed of yourself, and vulnerable, and then it’s even easier to slip back into it. At any rate, this won’t be how all people feel, or what everyone experiences, but this is certainly real for many people. For people trying to quit, I suggest this… 1. Give your pills to someone you completely trust, or better yet (if your ‘prescription’ is actually legit) a doctor, and have them help you stick to a taper schedule. (If you try to taper yourself, you probably wont, and you might just end up taking all of it again) 2. During the withdrawls, hot baths help. Pick some music and listen to it during your hot bath. It can become your theme song to a better life, and give you inspiration. And if you cant sleep, and are not allergic, a few benadryls can sometimes help. 3. Hang out with people that dont do it, so it doesnt randomly pop-up. 4. Revive old hobbies to keep you busy, or start new ones (a busy, productive life style makes it harder to have the time to be involved in the oxy taking). For the people that have a family or friend that are on this, I would suggest trying to let them know that you are willing to help them get off of it, and be there for them and let them know you will support them. Sometimes, people don’t have that support, and if they did, that might give them the courage to try to stop. Sometimes, people on it deep inside want to get off of it, but feel like they can’t and they are begging for help on the inside. At any rate, I hope this helps someone, I know some people might get mad even seeing this pst as this is more aimed towards people that have a problem with the oxy, and not really a situation where they needed it, (although it can also apply to legit situations, but in those cases, I would hope the doctors could assist) but regardless, they (or maybe you) have formed a terrible habit, for whatever reason, and you are searching the internet for help. This is not from a doctor, or a professional, just someone ‘who knows someone’ who has been there many, many times and all the shame and pain it has caused. Dont be scared of the withdrawls, it can be terrible for the first week, sometimes longer, but you can get past it. The worst for my friend was the insomnia, and feeling like they had the flu. In closing, getting off the oxy, and back to normal will take you a little while, but really, after the first week, maybe 2 weeks, you will start feeling so much better. this is the dangerous part, feeling good can make you think you can start taking it again, so you need to remember the pain and the sikness tha tit has caused you, and then pray to God on top of it that some won’t just turn up or a new ‘friend’ ends up having a bottle, and if that does happen, try with all you have to stay away from it. If you can manage, as soon as you see it to just tell the person, please keep that away from me, that might be the quick action that saves you. You can quit, each of us have it in us. I applaud each person that quits, and even each person that tries. Trying is the first step, and I pray that you will have the strength to get your life back. Thank you for your time, Best to each of you, and if I have offended anyone, I sincerely apologize and mean no disrespect. Thanks everyone, – Secret Person

    1. To Edgar , wow, I feel your ‘friends’ pain. The expense is wrecking my friends life as well as the lies. She has financially destroyed her family. Her husband suspects but he isn’t sure. She doesn’t take them to be high. She actually has pain and can barely function without meds. The doctor She used to go to handled her pain effectively but after her doctor retired she had to start at a pain management clinic. Her meds were changed and are ineffective. She has told the doc to no avail. He feels its enough, maybe so but She was used to so much more. She is trying to wean down but it’s such a miserable feeling and she has to work a lot. She is close to rock bottom. Is it all in her head that she needs them or do you really take in account the doc does prescribe them for a reason, it just needs supplemented by friends who help but at a huge cost. Currently costs her close to $30/ day in addition to what she gets legit. She is planning to try the reduction recommended. She is afraid withdrawal to quickly will certainly cause misery. Need prayers at this point because otherwise I am afraid she will just give up and take them all to leave everyone alone and not hurt them anymore.

  73. Hi Barbara. Yes, Florida is a state known for its abuse of prescription medications. But in addition to being a state of heavy drugs users, Florida is also a state with many treatment centers! Anyone looking for treatment can find it by searching for the SAMHSA treatment facility locator.

  74. Living in South Florida I have seen the effects of Oxycontin and we have a major issue with what we call pill mills. People get on OxyContin and cannot stop, and then we’ve got addicts running around everywhere.

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