How to Stop Taking Percocet

When ready to stop taking Percocet, gradually reduce your dose over several weeks or months. More guidelines to stopping Percocet here.

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Reviewed by: Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

OVERVIEW: To quit Percocet safely, you first need to consult with a doctor or pharmacist. Together you can plan an individualized tapering schedule to slowly reduce your daily dose over a few weeks, or more. Keep in mind that withdrawal from Percocet can be severe, so medical assistance in a detox clinic is frequently recommended.


Physical Effects

Percocet is an opioid painkiller used to manage moderate to severe pain. Its main active ingredient, oxycodone, is a powerful, semi-synthetic opioid with high addiction potential. In fact, taking oxycodone gets you high, even the first time you use it. Over time, oxycodone can change brain function that makes it difficult to quit. This includes physical dependence and tolerance.

After having Percocet in your body for extended periods of time, your body adjusts to the presence of oxycodone in the system. The brain adapts to the depressnat effects of the drug by “speeding up” certain processes. As you become used to taking Percocet, it becomes “normal” to be in a state of central nervous system depression. Remove the oxycodone from the system…and your body will experience withdrawal effects.

Plus, your body might need more oxycodone over time. When you need to increase doses or frquency of dosing to achieve initial pain relief, you know you’ve become tolerant to the drug. You can develop a dependence on opioids, including Percocet, by taking the medication for 1 week, or longer, a guideline established by the National Safety Council. Tolerance develops individually, and is usually not predictable.

So, what happens when you become physically dependent on Percocet? If you’re dependent on Percocet and stop taking this medication, you should plan to go through withdrawal. Withdrawal syndrome for opioids follows a fairly predictable course. It’s much like a bad flu, with symptoms that resolve within 3-7 days. Percocet withdrawal includes a number of symptoms or side effects, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Body pain
  • Chills
  • Cramps
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irritability
  • Flushed skin
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness

Withdrawal effects may be worse if you’ve taken Percocet over long periods. For instance, is you take the painkiller over the period several years to help treat chronic pain, withdrawal will be more intense than if you take it for a few months.

Some Percocet users can become addicted to the painkiller, even when using the medication as prescribed.

NOTE HERE: Withdrawal occurs and is the same for both regular users and people who are addicted.  How do you get addicted to Percocet? Usually, by taking it to get high. You know you’re addicted when you stop but cannot stay stopped. If you crave Percocet, take it to avoid the psychological and emotional issues in your life, or use it in the face of negatives consequences…you might need professional help to quit.

Can I Just Quit?

Yes, there are specific cases when you can just stop taking Percocet. However, you should always consult a doctor first.

For example, you might be able to cease dosing if you’ve taken Percocet for short-term management of an illness or injury that lasts for less than a couple of weeks. Some people can just stop taking Percocet at any time for acute ailments when the drug is no longer needed, as long as they haven’t developed physical dependence. Or, you may need to quit completely when you’re facing a medical emergency, or are going through treatment for addiction.

If you’re taking the painkiller for chronic pain management, it may be harder to quit. In these cases, you may need to cut down on dosing amounts of frequency, but not quit entirely. You may still need the pain medicine to treat ongoing issues. But to address high levels of tolerance to opioids, occasional tapering periods can be helpful.

In fact, most people should not take Percocet at high doses. The benefits of high-dose opioids for chronic pain are not established. For this reason, the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, a 2016 report, states that low doses are best during treatment initiation for pain. Further, patients are recommended to see their doctors at least once every 3 months for evaluation to assess their level of tolerance.

Cold Turkey

“Patients who are treated with PERCOCET tablets for more than a few weeks should be advised not to abruptly discontinue the medication. Patients should consult with their physician for a gradual discontinuation dose schedule to taper off the medication”  FDA Percocet label

Some people would rather try to quit Percocet cold turkey than to gradually taper Percocet doses. If you’ve had a bad reaction to the medication, it makes sense to quit taking Percocet as soon as possible despite the consequences. However, cold turkey withdrawal is severely intense and can trigger intense symptoms.

Instead, Percocet should usually be gradually reduced in dosage or frequency for regular users, rather than quit all at once. In people who take Percocet regularly for more than three weeks, or so, sudden disuse can be dangerous and very uncomfortable.

If you want to stop taking Percocet cold turkey, talk to your prescribing doctor, a medical detox clinic, or a pharmacist for suggestions and medical advice.


Medical Detox

Step 1: Assessment

The first thing that happens in detox should be a warm, friendly greeting. Once you are greeted by staff, you’ll spend about one hour in discussion, assessment, and completion of paperwork. Then, you may be asked to give a blood or urine sample for a drug test. This initial assessment helps detox clinics plan for appropriate services and level of care based on your unique case.

Step 2: Clinical Assessment

Then, you can expect to spend another hour, or so, talking with detox clinic supervisors. Doctors or qualified staff will take your medical history, complete a psychological evaluation, and a physical exam. If there is a need for medications to help address withdrawal symptoms, nurses should seek a prescription from a licensed supervised physician.

Step 3: Tapering 

Tapering protocols set the pace for reduction of dosages over time. Detox tapering protocols are started according to doctor’s orders and you can expect associated symptoms to occur in turn. It can help to become familiar with Percocet symptoms by time so that you know what’s coming.

Step 4: Transition 

If you think that you may be addicted to Percocet, medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of treatment. To help prevent a relapse to a drug, it’s important that you learn how to live drug-free. This is why rehab can be so beneficial. Still, no one can force you to continue to addiction treament. You have to want it yourself.


A variety of medications are used to minimize the severity and intensity of Percocet withdrawal symptoms. According to the World Health Organization, buprenorphine and methadone are ‘essential medicines’ for an effective treatment for opoid addiction. A generaly list of medicines used during detox includes:

  1. Antidepressants. Every individual whose going through opioid detox should be evaluated for depression and/or other mental health issue. In cases of underlying depression, antidepressants like SSRIs or trazodone can help!
  2. Medicines that delay withdrawal. Buprenorphine and methadone are mostly used as replacement therapy. but these medicine are also used to prevent withdrawal symptoms and make detox less intense.
  3. Medicines that prevent relapse. Naltrexone blunts some of the rewarding effects of Percocet and is often use in combination with buprenorphine or methadone.
  4. Medicines that treat specific symptoms.
  • Clonidine is an anihypertensive that addresses anxiety, agitation, sweating, runny nose, cramping, and muscle pain.
  • Dicyclomine hydrochloride treats abdominal cramps.
  • Diphenoxylate and Loperamide are anti-diarrheal medications can be used to treat diarrhea.
  • Hydroxyzine and Promethazine can prevent or reduce nausea and vomiting.
  • Methocarbamol is used to treat joint pain and muscle cramps.

KEEP THIS IN MIND: Replacement therapy can be tricky. So, be careful not to trade one addiction with another.

Detox at Home

While it is possible to detox at home, medical detox clinics offer 24-7 supervision. Doctors and nurses can offer you prescription medicines such as buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone to help ease or put off withdrawal symptoms. Plus, you’ll have the emotional and psychological support you need to prevent relapse.

Detoxing at home can be risky. You may want to take Percocet again to ease your discomfort. To mitigate this risk, always be sure that you have supports around you. Also, seek medical help first. Gradually reducing your dose over several weeks or even months can reduce the severity of a detox. Talk to your doctor about an appropriate dosing schedule so that you can safely taper yourself off of Percocet.

Guidelines for Taper

The US Department of Veterans Affairs suggests that a safe tapering schedule for Percocet follow these general guidelines:

  1. Avoid reducing the daily dose by > 50% at any given interval.
  2. Reduce each daily dose by 10%.
  3. Reduce the dose by 20% every 3-5 days.
  4. Reduce the dose by 25% per week

REMEMBER: The safest way to stop taking Percocet is by consulting a doctor and following instructions. If the tapering schedule doesn’t work for you, consult with your doctor to make a new one.

How to Stop Quit Percocet Safely?

In order to stop taking Percocet safely, it is best to seek the help of a medical detox clinic. There are many medical treatment options that can help you deal with symptoms of withdrawal. The most common medications used for Percocet withdrawal include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Buprenorphine
  • Clonidine
  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Dicyclomine hydrochloride

The safest way to quit Percocet is under medical supervision, where staff of trained professionals can help you deal with psychological and physical issues.

Do I Have a Problem?

Percocet use can become an addiction. Actually, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) reported in 2016 that 2 million Americans had substance use disorder involving a prescription painkiller. This trend doesn’t seem to be slowing, mainly triggered by the ease with which you can get a prescription.

In fact, the number of prescriptions for oxycodone has exploded in the past decades. According to a 2013 survey published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 1991 there were 76 million opioid prescriptions, while in 2013 that number has escalated to nearly 207 million. So, if you think you have a problem. You’re not alone.

What do you do?

First of all, you need to be honest with yourself. To verify whether you have a problem or not, check out the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Used mainly by doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists, the DSM-V lists 11 criteria for the diagnosis of an addictive disorder. The diagnostic signs of a drug problem are present when you:

  1. Take the drug in larger amounts or longer than intended.
  2. Want to cut down or stop using drug but fail to succeed.
  3. Spend a lot of time obtaining, using, or recovering from the use.
  4. Experience cravings and an uncontrollable need to use the drug.
  5. Fail to perform normally at work, home, or at school due to drug use.
  6. Continue to use, even when it causes problems in relationships with family, friends, and partners.
  7. Give up important social, occupational or recreational activities because of use.
  8. Use the drug again and again, despite being aware of harmful risks and side effects.
  9. Continue to use despite the risk of developing health problems or worsen physical or physiological condition.
  10. Need more drug to get the desired effect (tolerance).
  11. Experience withdrawal symptoms which can be relieved by taking higher dose (dependence).

Additionally, the DSM has a certain number of criteria that should be met for a doctor to diagnose the severity of an addiction. The severity of any opioid addiction, including Percocet, is diagnosed based on the number of criteria observed.

2-3 Symptoms indicate a mild disorder.

4-5 Symptoms indicate a moderate disorder.

>6 Symptoms indicate a severe disorder.

Next Steps

STEP 1: Accept the fact that you have a problem. Stop living in denial, and admit that you have a problem. That’s the first step to turning your life around. The more honest you are, the easier it will be to get better.

STEP 2: Find a long-term motivation to change. If you want to live healthy and sober life, you need to find motivation that will keep you going through recovery. The only person that can change you is YOU.

STEP 3: Seek help. Addiction is a medical condition, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many people who are willing to help you. You can reach out to:

  • Addiction treatment centers
  • Licensed psychologists
  • Licensed psychiatrists
  • Medical detox clinics
  • Medical doctors
  • Pharmacists
  • Rehabs

If you think that you have a Percocet problem, a stay in reab can help immensely. The specialized staff will help you discover the roots of an addition. You’ll look into how and why you have become addicted, and most importantly, you’ll learn how to live a drug-free life.

Inpatient rehab offers 24/7 medical care and constant supervision. During the program, patients live at the facility, and the trained staff provide around-the-clock care that helps you prepare for the life after treatment. The most common services include:

  • Educational classes about the brain
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Residential community support

Outpatient rehab offers similar, but patients don’t live at the facility. Instead, they come and go for a few hours each day, several days weekly. During these hours, a trained addiction counselor leads individual and group therapies. This treatment can be intense or flexible. It allows patients to continue with their daily responsibilities and obligations.


Interested in quitting Percocet?

First, know what to expect. While Percocet stays in the body for a relatively short amount of it (it is detectable for a couple of days after last use in urine), Percocet withdrawal can last for days to weeks.  For long time users of Percocet, be prepared to stop taking Percocet over time. In fact, you shouldn’t just quit Percocet cold turkey (unless you must) because of how Percocet affects the brain. If you are ready to quit for good, here are some ideas that can help.

1. Make a list of reasons you want to quit. This will help you move forward and can help you through withdrawal.

2. Your surroundings must be supportive. Ask for help from friends and family who can help you through the process.

3. Prepare medically. Call a medical detox. Or, consult with your doctor or a pharmacist. Learn about tapering and over-the-counter aids or strategies that can help during the process.

Want To Ask Something?

Still have questions about Percocet?

Please leave us your questions here. We’ll do our best to respond to you personally and promptly.

ToxNet: Oxycodone
NIDA: Challenges in Using Opioids to Treat Pain in Persons With Substance Use Disorders
NIDA: Painkiller (Oxy, Vike) Facts
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’m addicted to p30… I need help quiting… It hurts and my legs hurt, I get depressed and I can never sleep… I am terrified… How do I stop?

  2. I’ve been taking Percocet one 5 mg 2 or 3 times daily every 9 to 12 hours for four years for hip pain I am trying to stop do you have any suggestions

    1. Hi Tyrone. The safest way to quit Percocet is by slowly reducing the daily dose. I suggest that you consult with a doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

  3. My mother is 77..she is so dependent on these percocets..her former Dr took her completely of them now she gets them from off the street..she hides them And get Angry when she don’t have them..she even gets admitted to the hospital to get them..she has asthma.. Chronic heart failure..a pace maker ..high blood pressure and she’s a she don’t want to take blood thinner meds..or diabetic meds..but she’ll take those percs..her mother became I’ll in 2012 and pastes at 91 years in age and her work use just went forward.. What can I do..she don’t want to eat or take her regular meds as prescribed

  4. I have been taking Percocet 15mg(without the Tylenol) for a couple of years for chronic pain under a drs care. I have been having problems the last several months with my on memory but I think they are disappearing on purpose and I don’t think it’s me. That’s neither here nor there because I have been wanting to stop for a while…….I am having a total knee replacement in 2 days…when I went to my family doctor to get my clearance letter I asked him about getting off the pills. 150 have come up missing now and I just can’t deal anymore.

    So my doctor I thought was give methadone for a few weeks and I would be good….and he gave me fioranal and said to take it to replace the Percocet….

    I have a few concerns…HELP….First…shouldn’t I wait till after my least till I get home….
    Second….I have never taken this drug before…will it help?
    Third…I want off the Percocet…this is my idea and I know I will have the withdrawal
    Symptoms since its been taking it so long……will the dioramas help the symptoms????


  5. I want to wing myself off my percocet but I don’t understand by what you mean by 50% then 25% etc. Can you please put it another form so I understand? For a examples take 1 for 1 day a1/2 for 2 days etc. Thank you for your help.

  6. am taking percocet for more than 4 years, i notice it effects my daily activity, sleep…. etc.
    am taking it for back pain , with tramadol .
    i think am addicted to it , really want to stop taking. how to do so

  7. I have chronic pain and have been taking Percocet for about 16 months. In a recent pain management doctor appointment, my doctor had decided to take me off of it. I was taking five 10/325 tablets a day. He is giving me 4 a day for 2 days, then 3 a day for 2 days, then 2 day and so on. Is this safe? It sounds like I’m in trouble here.

  8. I have been on 10/325 percocet for about 12 to 15 yr’s and on some kind of pain med since 1994 I use to get 180 a mth but in last 7 yrs I get 120 and always run out 3 to 7 day’s before my next prescription
    I need to do something beca use they are not working as good how do I get off of them a’s I think they may be causing me pain

  9. Ten years of being prescribed opiates for stroke related pain. I at one point was prescribed the fentanyl patch, it was low dose, 5, and it worked. Knowing the fact that the low dose only works for a while then it has to be increased I asked to go off it and was on 10mg oxycodone. Wanting more control I went to percocet. Now I want off it all. I have discovered that edible marijuana relieves my pain, and also eases the discomfort of withdrawl. Right now I am taking 250mg of edibles per day, while my fast taper off of percocet has me down to 5mg day in four doses, and within a week I will be off it. I have has appetite changes, morning runs, but no real suffering thus far, and sleep has been good. I suggest talking to your doctor about medical marijuana as an alternative to the sick cycle that opiates put you in.

  10. Hello. I have been taken Percocet 30 for years due to chronic pain. I have to have one to function everyday. I really want to get off them. Please help me. What do i do?

    1. Hi Natasha. First, I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Then, try some alternative methods for managing pain. Here’s some suggested reading:
      Also, download our free e-book ‘How To Quit Opioid Painkillers’ to learn more about how to stop using opioids, here:

  11. I have been taking 4.5 to 5 mg’s of Percocets + 325 Tylenol 5 times a day (25 mg’s per day) (since October 2016). Before that I took 3 per day from 2014 to 2016. I would like to ween myself off entirely now. I am 80 yrs. weigh 104 lbs with no major illness.

    What is the safest way to do this now. Thank you.

  12. I have be taking 10mg of Percocet at night for 5 weeks since knee surgery. This past week I have began to experience achy ness and getting really cold to the bone is this from the Percocet

    1. Hi Leona. It may be. I suggest that you consult with your doctor to be sure what causes the achiness and colds.

  13. I’m almost 65 years old. I’ve been on Percocet since I was 45. I was diagnosed with lupus and various other ailments at the time. In and out of hospitals with lots of pain for various reasons. Fast forward to the present, because of my “uniqueness” there are very few pain meds I can take. Absolutely no NSAIDs. Now, I’ve been talking 10-325mg, 2-3 times a day all these years until about a year ago. I take 7.5mg or 5mg twice a day like clock work. This past month it’s been mostly 5mg twice a day. I’m hooked! I want to get off this drug! I know it’s bad for my heart! But I can’t! My husband doesn’t believe me. I tried to quit myself and I can’t. I go to pain management once a month to get my medicine and tell them of my pain but I’m afraid to tell them I want to quit because they may not be able to find something else. Apparently I’m weak. I can’t do this. What should I do? Please help.

  14. Ive been on percocet more than 5 years now for fibromyalgia pains and back herniated discs pinch nerves and my DOCTOR just stopped giving them to me ive been with lots of stomach ache nausras vomiting what is it what can i do

    1. Hi Rosa. I suggest that you transfer to another doctor. Now, you’re experiencing Percocet withdrawal symptoms. Seek help from the ER or a pharmacist to recommend some over-the-counter aid to ease these symptoms.

    1. Hi Johanna. Experts claim that the best way to quit Percocet is to slowly lowering the drug doses. I suggest that you speak with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

  15. My name is angel.I started taking perk 10 on a daily basis for a year now but want to quit.If it was just the diarrhea it wouldn’t be so bad but how do I deal with the pain in my legs,The crazy uneasy feeling?

  16. I’ve been doing Percocet 30mg for about 2 months off and on sometimes 3 4 a day but not everyday just to not deal with certain things just to block the things that bother me and today is my 1st day off them my last does was last nite around idk 10pm i dont want to go to a dr because i dont want to be looked at as just a nother drug user i just want to do this cold turkey any suggestions

  17. I have chronic pain in back, neck and sciatica. I have fusion of the neck c2, 3,4,5,6,. I have been on 80 mg a day since 2009. How can I quit, I try to cut back and the pain and nausea is terrible, so tired and miserable. What can I do

  18. how do you cut down? do you take less Percocet? Or do you lengthen the hours between the dose. Double knee replacement I was taking two (10) every 4 to 6 hours. Couple weeks ago I started just taking one every Four to six hours. Since my prescription is for the 10 strength and not 5 I started to stretch it out to 8 hours between and I feel pretty crummy. I don’t see my surgeon or doctor until next week.

  19. I have been taking Percocet (1-2 tabs of 325/5) for migraines a couple of times a week. This has been going on for 2 years. Now the migraines get worse and the Percocet doesn’t seeem to work any longer. Time to stop taking them. I wasn’t a heavy user but I do expect withdrawals. Any advice on how to stop will be appreciated

  20. I’m taking Percocet 5/325 twice a day. I’m having burning skin. Not itching but burning like fire all over my body. No rash, just skin bugning like fire. When I stop taking Percocet, will this burning also stop and if so, in the meantime, can I take anything to help with the burning skin. Either by mouth or can I rub something on my skin ?

  21. Is there any mdication that will help me to stop taking percocet? I have being taking it for morethan two years
    30mg a day pls help

    1. Hi Bright Star. Experts clam that gradually lowering the dose is a safer way to quit the medication. So, I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

  22. I have sl9wy slid into addiction and need. I’ve kept it hidden to some. It seems I got here overnight but looking back I realize i been on this path for a while but was in denial. It was one compromise after another. Now that I see my fallacy I’ feel stuck.
    I’m taking around 12-15 30’s a day. Sadly I’m not taking them morally but snorting. If I don’t take reg through day I feel very nauseous. As a matter a fact I feel that way all time. I know ’tis is killing me and I got to and want to quit. At this moment rehab isn’t an option and but counseling and a group,is.
    I need advice as to the best way to taper and any suggestion for otc or natural remedies to del with the nausea and depression, as I have to continue to work.

    1. Hi Nancy. I suggest that you speak with a doctor who can help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

  23. I’ve been on Perocet for , over 10 Doctor had me on 5s, for probably a year, took me to 7.5s..I was on those probably around 4 years, the last 5 years ..I’ve been on perk..10/325s..I had surgery after 4th time on left knee, my pain was horrific, my surgery doctor called my doctors office to see if I could fill perocet 5s, they said yes, got to the pharmacy and of course he had to call my doctor to verify..they then said no and to rip it up. So I left called my surgical office back, and went to my next appointment with my doctor and he drops my meds. Need to know it might of been longer that I’ve been on perocet due to another doctor I had previously over 10 years ago.
    I was in a forklift accident at work where I was not at fault, I was on a pc, when a sit down forklift hit me going forward and over 15000 pounds fell on top me, went to hospital they fought me for 4 years, saying nothing was wrong, I knew there was, I had no feeling in my left side of body..I pretty much thought myself to walk again..they sent me to a chiropractor and he did xrays, dme said ” do you know your back was broke at the L5 region, I said yea, kind of figured it was, but hospital kept fighting me saying nothing was wrong, just loose weight. I only weighed 180 at 5’11.
    So the chiropractic would crank my back, leaving my legs going numb 8 to 10 hours at a time..sometimes longer.
    Of course when I said something to chiropractic I was dropped, looking for someone to fix my back I went to my doctor at the time, he started me on 5s.
    Wear and tear on my knees, I’ve been told I need replacement on both. I’ve had over last 6 years 4 surgery so and last one 6 months ago, surgeon said he was trying to see if knee would last 2 more years. When I went in, he was to replace it and changed his mind. I had an MRI done first, it only showed the horn of meniscus torn, when he got inside I had one torn all way and didn’t show up. Plus they cleaned entire knee..
    Plus I have chronic back pain from where my back was slammed against lift.
    Of course the company closed.
    Now my pain has moved to my hips, when I work I have to be on my feet a bit, Pain sets in hips back badly, so I have to sit for bit..I also have now upper neck problems, nerve damage all on left side, sciatic body, miagraine now, never had before, it set in 3 years ago..both my feet are crooked..had to have hard fit support for shoes ( molds) to try and fix an car wreak, Jeep crushed foot and to today, my upper part of foot is caved in showing still fractured, from 15 years ago!
    I don’t know how I’m going to deal with the pain, I was sent to pain mngt, he said I had fibro, which I do and restless leg symdrome.he give me my meds for a month and said ” oh I didn’t know I was writing them, give me 35 perk 10s and said we in yourself off…I was like What??!!!
    Now what?? I’m looking for new mean time I rewrote my bad foot, I work everyday, I’m in walking boot..
    What do I do now, I’m full of pain! I work 2 jobs plus go to college.

  24. I hv been taking 10/325 Percocet for 10 yrs for chronic pain due to rheumatic arthritis, spinal stenosis and other degenerative spine related illnesses. I hv never increased fr 4-5 x day. I retired several yrs ago and the strain of sitting long periods of time is gone. Several accidents w broken pelvis, spine (a cell phone and a teenaged driver) and foot (fall) occurred after retirement so pain level remained high. However the bones hv healed and now I feel that the Percocet is requiring Percocet as opposed to the pain level. I know I will still hv pain, but I don’t know how much. Over the last 1 1/2 wks I hv tried (am still trying) to go cold turkey but I am so sick I hv only been able to get to 1/2 a 10/325 2x day. The withdrawal symptoms are horrible. I am fidgety, hv rapid heart beat, nausea, shaky hands etc. I want to quit, but am not sure how long I can continue to go feeling so very ill. Am I looking at days (which I think I can handle) or weeks? Did I go too fast? If I add another 1/2, or 1 am I just delaying the inevitable misery I am in now?

  25. Hello
    I had surgery and have been on and off opiates for years, once 5 years clean, until I got a bad neck injury. Vicodin always made me sick to my stomach so I was prescribed 2-3 10/325 percocets a day.
    My body just got too used to it so I went on subutex for about 5 months, I didn’t realize that I would go through terrible withdrawls after going down to two mg. I was so sick for 6 days, now my doc gave 2 10/325 mg percocets a day. I had to take 5 the first day to feel better, then 4 and now i am down to 3. So I cannot get another script and I counted so that means I can now take one a day.
    I have some fiorecet and valium, I have cut the perc into 1/4s
    Any suggestions

  26. Hi folks, I was taking OxyContin for years then 30 mg perks took over when people started robbing pharmacys for oxys, all started from a back injury and doc said OxyContin was non addictive! After 13 years of this crap I made the jump to snorting H! Because in my area docs stopped prescribing opiates pretty much all together ! My advice to anyone in pain now is , be very careful with pills ! It happens so slowly then grabs you ! It took 6 years of suboxone and thousands of dollars to finally get clean , even with subs , I went through months of hell ! Even to the point of wanting to kill myself ! Withdrawals are worse than any pain I’ve ever had! I could have traveled the world and put 2 kids through high end colleges for shit sake!! I used to think it was funny that my friends gave me th nickname of party time! They should have called me moron! Anyway, just b careful, years go by faster when your high!!!

  27. So I’ve been on oxycodone 15mg 4 times a day, sometimes more for 14 months. I was diagnosed with Crohns in March 2015. I have decided I want off! I am on a biologic and my pain is nearly gone. PROBLEM….My brain is telling me otherwise. I tried to go down to 3 times a day this week and I feel like shit. Have an appointment with pain management on Thursday. Do I just wait and come up with a plan with my doc or continue to decrease? I’m a teacher with 2 teens so cold turkey won’t work for me.

  28. I don’t quite understand the tapering regimen above with all the percentages but I need to know how to taper off my percocet.. I take 7 to 10 of 7.5/325 everyday. I take two at a time…should I start taking half that much each day? Should I take one at each dose instead if two? I need help I don’t want to take them anymore but I am scared to death of having withdrawals. Please help me

  29. I was on 10mg of Percocet every 4 hours for pain due to Total Knee replacement. For the past 30 days I have been on 5mg once a day except for Monday and Friday which are my Physical Therapy days I take 5mg twice a day. Going into my 9th week of recovery on Percocet, recently ran out and had to go without 5 mg dosage for 24hrs which created a very rough night, restlessness, anxiety and hard to sleep. I want to stop taking them all together due to pain is manageable with Alieve. Suggestions on how to taper off quickly and safely.

    1. Hi Jerry. I suggest you talk with your doctor or a pharmacist to help you create an individualized tapering plan.

  30. I’ve been on percocet 10 / 325 for a week, but I want to get off it, what is the best way to do this? Mind you, i used to have a percocet addiction, went on suboxone for 5 years to get off the percocet, and had to go back on percocet due to herniated discs in my neck. PLEASE HELP

  31. I have been taking 15 mg oxycodone 4 a day for several years and I recently had an incident with my medication while taking my scheduled dose last night. I lost several of them and was only able to save 10 of them and I am really worried because my appointment for my refill is still a couple weeks away and I was wondering what the best course of action would be for my case? Should I try only taking one a day to try and make them last as long as possible or should I stay with the normal dose? What would be your recommendation? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

    1. Hi Buddy. I suggest you consult with your doctor or a pharmacist, explain what have happened, and ask for an advice.

  32. I have been taking 3-5/325 Percocet per day for herniated disc pain for about 6 weeks and had what appears to be a successful surgery last week. In the hospital they gave me the same strength pills every 4 hours, usually 2 at a time. I continued for a couple of days at home and felt bad. I have tapered off to 3 per day. I don’t think I need the narcotic pain relief any more but when I just stopped once before I got serious chills, nausea and heavy chest feeling.

    Would it be sane to take half a pill 3 times a day for a couple of days and then 2 times, once and then done? I know there are other souls in a far worse spot than I am and I wish them well. The very sad thing is that the Percocet did almost nothing for the leg nerve pain but the pain management place insisted I keep taking it.

    Thanks for your advice.

  33. Need some information about drug withdrawl from Oxicotine! I’m presently down to 1/2 haft a tab of oxicotin per day at 5-321. I have taken this drug for probably 15 years at a dose of two pills per day. I feel as though it’s time to quit this drug. Would it be to harsh on me if I just go cold turkey and what withdrawl effect could I expect from just stopping this drug at as I stated befor one haft tab per day. Thank you

  34. Had severe hand trauma cut 3/4 of hand off. Had surgery and recovery is on its way. I have been on percocet for 6 months now 4 to 6 pills a day. And want them out of my body. At this point rather deal with the pain of recovery. Can I do cold turkey and just stop taking them. Or do I need to slowly come off. My question is if I just stop taking them. How long will I be sick what should I expect to deal with and will it only take few days to recover from the meds in my system. Have already tried and have very restless nights and leg cramps. How long does this last. And how should I go about stopping.

    1. Hi Strks. I suggest you speak with your doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule. Experts clam that this is a safer way to quit drugs. Also, you may consult whit a pharmacist to recommend some over-the-counter aid to help with withdrawal symptoms.

  35. I’ve been on Percocet a little over a month and wasn’t aware that I needed to wean off!! I basically stopped cold turkey! It’s been 3 days and I have terrible insomnia! Should I go back on and wean off or just hope I can sleep soon? How long does the insomnia last?

    1. Hi, Ana. Since you’ve already started the process of quitting cold turkey, I’d suggest you consult your doctor or a pharmacist to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

  36. I have been taking percocet for over a year, 40 milligrams a day. How much should I reduce percocet at a time in order to stay safe

    1. Hi, JR. I suggest you consult a doctor or a pharmacist to help you create an individualized tapering plan.

  37. I have been on Percocet 5/325 and 10/325 for about 3 year now. I never ever thought I would be at the place I am today… going through 84 prescribed Percocet in less than a month when it’s supposed to last me a whole month. Ive had 2 knee surgeries and have also struggled with migraines so doctors put me on pain killers. I don’t feel I’m super addicted but for sure I know I am dependent on them. I want to get in a confidential therapy group to help. My husband is very supportive too of me getting help. My question is, I ran out of my Percocet this past Sunday night and I won’t get a refil until January 28th. I figured since I ran out, now would be a good time to stop cold turkey and try to detox. I already detoxed from my klonopin last month that I was dependent on and now it’s the Percocet. I felt like death when I stopped the klonopin and it withdrawal lasted about a week. What can I expect from Percocet withdrawal?

  38. Hello my name is Kumar I had a surgery in September 15, 2015and now is January 9, 2016 I have been using percocets 10/ 325 since then and I would like to get off of pills please help me to get off of them I need a lot of support right now

  39. I had total knee replacement 1week ago. I have been managing the pain with 2 tabs (5/325) Q4-6
    Hours. If I want to try reducing the amount, should I start with dose or frequency?
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Rebecca. You should consult your doctor about reducing your medication. After all, s/he knows your medical history, and I believe that the doctor will make a proper tapering schedule for you. I hope you get better soon!

  40. Hi my husband and I are currently trying to get pregnant and I want to taper off Percocet before I get pregnant. I dunno if age effects or makes a difference in this but I’m 26. I was prescribed Percocet 10/325 for a bulged disc. I have been taking it for 6 months to a year. I was taking it as proscribed 4 pills a day. 2 pills every 8 hours. So this last week I tapered off as followed 4,3,3,3,2,1. My question is am I tapering off to quickly? Obviously I would like to get off these as soon as possible before finding out I’m pregnant. and today was the first day I got down to 1 pill. After only taking 1 pill I’m having extremely bad cramps in lower legs and I’m feeling hot one second and cold the next. I also have bad headache behind my eye. Are these normal withdrawal symptoms? and what’s the best way to get off these as quickly as possible? Due to my injury I already have pain down my leg so I wasn’t sure if the pain I’m feeling in legs is from withdrawal effects or from my disc. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. The hardest part for me is the cramping in my calfs. The headache and chills suck but I can live with. The other thing I was wondering if the cramps in calfs could be dehydration if they arnt a typical withdrawal symptom. Obviously I’m expecting severe pain due to my injury I just want to make sure I’m on the right path. We really would love to concieve as soon as possible and move on with our life.

    My advice for people who are trying to get off is I believe it’s possible and we will get there. I went from 4 pills everyday down to 1 pill a day and I did this in only a week. I really do believe a big part of it is will power. It’s going to suck and be hard but hopefully only for a short period of time. So stay strong and think of all the positives that will come from being off of it. Thank you again for all your help.

  41. I was taking perks for chronic pain 10/325″s sometimes I would only take one then skip a few days then take another one. 3 weeks ago I got 5 abscesses in my teeth so I started taking them every 5 hours pain was unbearable. I got all 5 teeth removed last Friday and still was in a lot of pain so I kept taking the perks. so last night I felt so much better so I didn’t take any I think my last dose was at 5:00 am got up to take a shower at 12 noon got so sick, threw up and was sweating felt like I was dying! Please help I don’t want to take them no more. What do I do??? forgot my son which has an addiction told me to take 1 and see how I felt. well I took 1 and now I feel fine!! so how do I get off of them?? THANK YOU!!

  42. I am addicted to percocets and take 40 to 50 mgs per day. I hate that I am physically addicted and have been trying to build up the courage to quit as I am petrified of the withdrawal symptoms. I detoxed two years ago at the same time as I had heat stroke. My symptoms were severe, dehydration, muscle pain, diarrhea, lethargy, just plain miserable. It was like the worst flu in the world. All I need is the courage to start weaning. I have been using excuses to myself like ,I can’t quit this week as I need to work and can’t take the time off sick, you name it, I tell myself something. Welcome to addiction. I have the perfect opportunity to start weaning as I am working from home temporarily. This is the gift I need to quit, so why am I still not trying? One of the blogs that I read here from Jim, I think might be the way for me to do this. I am very visual and if I can see my progress by writing it down when I take a pill, it may finally sink in as to how much these pills are controlling my life. Wish my luck. I am starting to write down when I take a pill immediately. There is a lot of good advice here and it is the first time I have told my story.

  43. I have been taking 3-Percocet daily for awhile. What should be the best way to wean off of these? I want off of these ASAP. PLZ HELP! Thx in advance for a PROMPT REPLY!

    1. Hello Paula. The clear guidelines suggested in the text are given accolading to professional’s advise. It all depends on the tapering schedule you are most comfortable with. You can reduce each daily dose of Percocet by 10% (rarely recommended), or reduce the dose by 20% every 3-5 days (an ok reducing rate), or reduce the dose by 20-25% per week.

      I suggest you consult your doctor before attempting anything, or at least ask the pharmacist at your pharmacy for over-the-counter medications that will soothe or lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms as they appear. Also, keep in mind that the more gradual and the slower a tapering is – the less uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms are experienced.

  44. I’ve been on oxycodone 10/325 for a few years due to chronic pain from injuries to my back ,herniated disc in my neck and degenerative disc in my back and other medical reasons. doctor retired in June but made sure I had my medication I take it 4×s a day. .. I will be out on Tuesday the 22nd September from a refill from August 18th. . Called my clinic and asked if I could get a refill till I see the new doctor on October 13th. ..there nurse I talked to refused said I have to be seen told her I understand that can someone see me for just 5 minutes so it can get me through till my appointment and she continued to refuse me said they are to busy. ..When asked what am I supposed to do as I’m scared to death of what could happen just cold turkey her response. …wheel you better just make them last or go buy some Tylenol or ibuprofen !! Scared and don’t know what to do… I’m 59 years of age. .. Advice please.

  45. What worked for me, in weaning off, was to write down the time & dosage of every use for a few days or a week. Continue writing this info down with the difference being that you will only use ONE HOUR AFTER you begin to feel mild w/d’s. You should see the times between w/d’s, and therefore the time between doses, growing longer after just a few days. Assuming this is your experience, reduce the dosage ~10-20% and carry on taking an hour AFTER you feel w/d’s. Repeat this pattern of shrinking and diminishing doses. It worked for me. It took almost 3 weeks and it wasn’t always easy, you will want to cheat, but this worked with bearable discomfort 95% of the time, there were a few panicky 3am hot showers and similar, but I could usually explain away my “funk” to others as an unexplained headache, “..diarrhea from a bad batch ‘o chilli. LOL”, or similar.

  46. I have been taking percoset 5-325 for 2 1/2 yrs. I havent had pain for about 2 months now and therefore I have sometimes forgotten to take them. I have been getting really depressed lately. Could this be a sign of skipping taking my percoset pills? I have has very serious chronic pain, enough that my doctor has sent me to a surgeon. I am afraid to stop taking percoset incase my pain comes back. The question is that I want to know if I could be getting depressed due to skipping my percoset?

  47. I’m 30 weeks pregnant and been taking percocets off and on my whole pregnancy I’ve stop 2 days ago will my baby have withdrawal systems at birth

  48. i took lortab for years for back pain with no problem. But then I had six more surgeries and have been on Oxycodone 10/325 for about four years. I am constantly tired and I want to see if the lortab will handle my pain without the tiredness. Is it safe to just start replacing the oxy with the lortab. My prescriptions have always been one or two 10/325 every 4-6 hours. So would it be safe to just stop the oxy, and take the lortab every 4-6 hours? Thanks

  49. I’ve been taking oxycodone 30 mg 4 exactly 1 month. I want 2 stop immediately but I don’t know if I’m dependent yet. Is it possible that I’m not physically dependent yet or is it most likely that I will have a difficult time stopping. I m a mother of a 2 1/2 yr old & my biggest worry is that it will interfere with my job as a mother,

    1. Hi Candace. It is very likely that your body has already formed dependence to oxycodone. Cold turkey may come off a little to harsh. Ask your doctor to taper you off your medication gradually. I believe you’ll have a much better chance to catch up with all your responsibilities this way, plus some prescribed or over-the-counter medications can help make this process even easier.

  50. I’ve been takin the 602 about 5-10 a day for 3 yrs, I want to stop tryin cold turkey. It’s hard & w / all the stress I’m going threw it make it harder. But I really want to stop I have 4 kids & I’ve never done nothing like this. I started takin them for pain but now I find my self need in them. I’m so sick & I’m not sleeping tryin to take one a day & my sleeping pill but it’s not workin. I keep reading the it will all stop after a couple days like a week or so

  51. Hi everyone, me and my girlfriend have been on percocets for about 4 years. Although its been that long, me and her have been able to stay on a relatively low dosage. 40mg on a regular day and sixty on bad one. I know we are addicted. We definitely have the will and determination to quit its just we can’t handle the withdrawals due to the four years of use. We consulted our doctor and she put us on a tappering plan, which we followed and managed to quit. The only problem was it was so fast, one week and a half. We relapsed not long after. Anyways my question is, was the plan to quick. I felt like I was doing really well, was feeling so good. After 4 years is it possible to tapper down that quickly??

  52. Yeah, I never thought I wouldn’t be able to stop. Its been 6 yrs now, but I have had 2 major back/neck surgeries so I am kinda reluctant to quit because of the pain.
    But I dont want to increase my dosage past where its at. ( between 20mg to 30mg a day percs) I have this mental do not cross this line barrier. I know if I do then detoxing will be much worse, anyone heard that?
    So if I chose to taper off, is the dosage Ive been taking a tough road? Or will it be pretty tolerable? Should I do a 5mg dose reduction each week or stretch it out farther?
    Thanks in advance!

  53. I had knee surgery, I took percocet for 6 weeks, I no longer needed it for the pain, so I cut back to 2 a day for a few days then 1 and 1/2 then 1 and then 1/2 a day and then 1/4. This was over a course of about a week. Then I quit. Its been 2 days since the last, and I am very nauseous. Should I start taking again and taper off over a longer period of time or just ride it out now. I still have to function. Physical therapy, work etc…

    1. Hi Becky. Yes, you can function better with a more slow and gradual taper. The withdrawal symptoms will be much less severe and you can go on doing your daily routines. However, you can treat the nausea or other flue-like symptoms with simple cold medicines or other over-the-counter medications. I’d suggest you go to the pharmacy and ask your pharmacist for help and advise. Best of luck!

  54. I have been taking Percocet , hydro condone 10-325, and recently took hydro morphine for a long period of time. I had a knee replacement in the 10-28-14. I’ve tried to stop taking but still have pjain and experience depression, loss of energy, and constantly think about it. I always run out early. I down to just 3 Percocet , no kore hydro morphine. Could I switch to methadone, or another med that will help me.stop the withdraws, and feel horrible. Is buephorone type of med help block the cravingsPlease advise me, and think you. It has controlled my life for the last 6 to 7 years . Thank you for your prompt answer .

  55. I’ve bin taking Percocet for like 15 years but sick of them want off them I take between 8-10 a day what’s the best way to tapper I just started today by taking 2 away any help on this I would appreciate

  56. Hello Everyone,
    I am really happy to be able to find a blog that I can relate to and hopefully help others in the same situation as I am in.
    I have a kidney problem and have been given Percocet on and off for 11 years. I only have been abusing them for about 2 years or so, Not everyday but most days.
    I am happy to say that I am now past the 72 hour mark of quitting cold turkey. I reached out to my fiancé and my family members and admitted my problem and said that I needed help.
    We all got together, did research and tonight I saw a doctor who helped me develop a plan and also a realization as to why I took the Percocet not just to help me with pain, but we also realized that I used it to help mask deeper emotional issues that I have with myself. So I am also going to be seeing a therapist as well.
    Quitting was hard as hell, I have to be honest, admitting that I had a problem, was even harder.
    Withdraw sucks! I can’t and wont lie to any of you who are going to do this. But let me also be honest when I tell you that it is worth it. I am only on day 3 and my body feels ( even while I am still withdrawing a little) amazing. I even look different. I look healthy, I see life more clearly, I literally look and feel as if I have a soul.
    So for those who are going the route of quitting, please, I promise you, its worth it. Everything will ALWAYS BE OK. There is always someone in life who has it worse than we do.
    Withdraw sucks, but every day that passes, one of the symptoms will go away, and every day that passes, you will feel better and better.
    I wish all of you who want to quit the best of luck, I am also more than happy to answer any questions too! I can relate, we all are in the same boat here, I hope that maybe some of you will want me to answer questions on how to keep going after life without Percocet, I would love to help, I am no doctor by any means, but I can be a friend. Good luck, you can do it trust me, you can do it.

  57. Hi Sally. Some dependence to the medication has probably been formed already. Dependence is actually a normal thing when you take a medication for some time. It means that your organism has become accustomed to the presence of the substance and now perceives it as normal. This is why when you lower or stop taking medications, withdrawal symptoms are experienced. The organism suddenly lacks all the chemicals it has adapted to. But, with the right tapering schedule and meds to manage the withdrawal symptoms it is a reversible process.

  58. Hi, I had surgery and have been taking percosets for pain. The first few days I took 10-12 a day. Now it’s been 3 1/2 weeks since surgery and I am now taking 2 a day to manage the pain ( one at 7am and the second around dinnertime). I take Advil in between. I’m afraid of becoming dependent.

  59. Hello I hope you can help my I have bin addicted to Percocet for about 15 years I am 40 years old now for about the first 5-6 years I only took about 4 per day the last 4-5 years I take between 8-10 a day and I really want to quit them what’s the best and fastest way for me to get off these I would really appreciate some help my doctor told me go on methadone I don’t want that I refuse to me is a cop out and cheaper way to get your dosage if u can help me please do thank you..

  60. Hi Vicky. Congratulations on quitting Percocet. I know it’s an uncomfortable period now, but it will get much better soon. You can take care of most withdrawal symptoms at home using over-the-counter NSAID’s like ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen, hot pads, and massage creams like Ben Gay-especially helpful for body aches and pains during night. I hope this helps and I wish you all the best.

  61. I have been tapering off Percocet and recently stopped. I tried tynelol for pain but it doesn’t seem to do anything. Is there a recommended non narcotic over the counter pain medication that is better than others. I am experiencing withdrawals. The worst is sleeplessness, my body can’t seem to get comfortable. Does anyone know long until this gets better? Before stopping Percocet I was taking one to two a day of 5mg oxy-325 acet… If that helps determine how long I will have issues with sleeping. Thanks so much for helping me!

  62. Hi Linda. You can talk to a pharmacist in the absence of your doctor. Pharmacists can also help you set a tapering schedule and give you some over-the-counter meds to treat possible withdrawal symptoms.

  63. hi, my doctor gave me 3 1-month prescriptions last month. i filled one but somehow lost the other 2 and doctor is forcing me to go cold turkey. He says that there is a new law and that he cannot give me another prescription. so, basically, i’m be forced to go cold turkey. Any recommendations how to feel better. I’ve been on Percocet for about 6 years for Scleroderma. Been cold turkey for 3 days and can’t take it any longer. Please advise. Thanks,

  64. I’ve been taking Oxycodone for about 6 months 30 mg in the morning and 30 mg in the evening. Just up my dose tho from 20 mg two 30 mg in just 4 to 5 days. I want to go off of it safely. I have 30 pills left. My question is how many should I take a day. They are 10mg. Should I just take 1 10 mg in the am and one in the evening? My doctor is out of town for the next few weeks. I want off now, please help me. Thank you very much.

  65. Hello Mike. 2 months is enough time for your body to become dependent on the med. I’d suggest you consider tapering as a better option, but see a doctor first and get their professional advise.

  66. I have been on percoset for 2 months for throat cancer radiation treatment pain
    I think I can stop taking them now as the pain is about gone, should I quit cold turkey or ween off?


  67. Hi Ann. In fact, it can. Like most opiate addictions, suddenly discontinuing use of Percocet can result in seizure or convulsion in chronic abusers.

  68. Hi Jamie. You can support your body through this process with medications and remedies lying around the house such as NSAIDs, hot water bottles, baths, and massage. A word of caution here: make sure you know what you are getting into and that you have everything you need to get you through the tapering and detox. Starting with a doctor’s advise and clearence is a wise approach.

  69. I have been in Percocet 10/325 for 4 years taking 6 a day for chronic pain. About 8 months ago my doctor added a fentanyl patch 50 McG change every 48 hours. I decided that I have had enough and wanted to stop all meds. I have come off the patch and now tapering off the pills. My doctors keep telling me it is dangerous and I shouldn’t do this by myself. I am at 4 1/2 pills now then will drop to 4 then 3 1/2. Then 3 etc. I am lowering the dose every 3 days. What else can I do to help with the body to get through this process?

  70. I have been on percocet for almost 3 years. I was diagnosed with psuedo tumor cerbri that causes migraine headaches. I am taking any where from 7-14 5/325 a day. I desperately need to get of them. They are controlling my life. Please help me get off them. I am feel like I am not in controlled anymore. Like about 2.5 hours ago, I took 2 and soon after my heart started racing head pounding and body shaking. My BP was even low. What should and can I do??????

    Thank you in advance

  71. Hi … I was wondering first many years ago I was on Tylenol 3’s for a very bad concussion I had hit my head and neck on the asphalt and my back on the patio stones, after another injury we switched to Percocets (no subs) 5/325 I first took a whole one and did not like its effect so I took a half once a day needless to say over a 3 to 4 year period my dose 5/325 is still the same but am taking 5 per day. My Doctor says to quit cold turkey but I don’t think so as I have heard all the bad scenarios that can go along with that and your heart racing and I already suffer from that do to pre-menopause so my question is…is it safer to just quit the percs and go back to tylenol 3’s and then taper off those as their is no morphine in it as I did not realize at the time that was what was in percs I assumed it was just a stronger form of codeine hen the tylenols or is it safer to wean off the percs as they aren’t doing much for my pain anymore and I refuse to take more or a stronger dose and if so then what is the best method for someone like me who has gradually built up over the years. As I said my Doctor thinks cold turkey is the best and I agree to a point depending on the ingredients.

    I also wanted to add that over time I have had 4 concussions and 3 back injuries since I was about 10 / 11 years old…now I just had a car accident ( 4 days ago) and am having problems with my leg ( go to the Doctors tomorrow ) now althoguh I’m sick of meds and pain killers if I do need pain meds cause you cant sleep at night from pains in the legs and whatever else the case may be is there any that do not damage the liver and I ask because I had a blood transfusion at 17 and got Hep C from it which is a blessing in disguise as it could have been worse ( sorry but Im one of these people that believe everything happens for reasons and there is a positive side to things no matter how bad it may seem), but is there one that won’t effect or damage it?
    Thanks you and have a great day 🙂

  72. Hello Ariel. I’d advise you to talk to your prescribing doctor or gynaecologist. They can help you (and the baby) stay safe and monitor your condition when tapering off the medication. So, make an appointment to be sure of everything. Congratulations!!!

  73. I was wondering how long it takes to be winged off Percocet. I am 22wks pregnant and my drs have me taking 5mg 1 to 2 tabs every 4/6 hrs as needed for migraines. Granite I do not take it nearly that much maybe 4x a week and some times I can go a week without even taking it. I suffer from multiple sclerosis and epilepsy so I have to have my migraines under control, but I do not want my son to go threw withdrawal and I would like to get off of them before I go into my 3rd trimester. Thank you in advance for any advice it’s very appreciated!!

  74. wow I just got off methadone for taking to many perks I was spemding 1500.00 a month today is day 1 off perks again cause the methadone withdraws are worse then the perks I feel like im going to die its been 24 hours wish I never seen a perk in my life

  75. I have been on percocet for 4 years for chronic pain, i was told by my doctor they could no longer perscribe these. He says i must find a new doctor, i have tried right down to the pyhsicians of doctors, i have found one but they too will no longer perscribe, i feel all alone here, i have 15 tablets left 5/35 im a one a day now and have always been at one per day sometimes two, never abused this. Please help, i cannot return to work without this help, my life is falling apart.

  76. Hello Dezjah. Make an appointment with your prescribing doctor, or talk to your gynaecologist. This is a truly wonderful time for you, and you should enjoy it, not worry. Medical professionals can help you with a tapering plan, alternative treatment options and advise. Congratulations and good luck!

  77. Hello , I have been taking Percocet’s for 6yrs for a medical condition I was born with , I have a pain management doctor a family doctor , But now there is a twist in my life im 23 weeks pregnant , I see a high risk doctor just because of the meds im taking, the baby is growing well and very active and strong , its very hard to come off I want to do this for my baby I have four months in tell he gets here , I know once he gets here I have to go back on the meds, I now take 6 pills a day 2 every 5 hrs ,I want to cut down to at least 2 to 3 a day they are 5mg , my heart cant take watching my baby go threw withdrawal and leaving him in the hospital , so my question is in these next four months how can I cut down to the point he would have no serious withdrawals , I just need to hear a different opinion , I rather be sick instead of him I just don’t want my withdrawals to harm him in anyway Thank u ..

  78. I had a brain stem hemorrhage 15 years ago ,lots of body problems, and pain. I was put on oxycodone,10/650, now 10/325. one pill every 6 hrs. for 15 yrs. how do I stop taking them ? Our Governor in Tn. is making it hard to get the medication. So hard I need to quit them. Please help me, on how to stop. Thank you

  79. My Mom was on 10-325 every 6 hours for about 3 months. She reduced her dose to one every 12 hours. It has been 7 days. And she is quite miserable. The worst part is from 3-5pm before her next dose. After reading that it should have been done more gradually, should she continue with what she has done at this point, and then gradually reduce from there? And what recommended steps would you take next?

  80. Be strong Allison. We’re all here to support you. And many have walked the way already… I know you can make it!

  81. 11 years have creeped by next month exactly and I am down to taking about two 10/325 broken in half twice a day. I never run out of my meds. I call and reschedule my appointments to stretch it out because I’m not out of meds yet, but almost 11 years have passed. I am embarrassed. I have tapered down to 1 broken in half for a few days and tried to go yesterday without and broke down about 4 p.m. and had half. RELIEF!! Why did I take it? I can go back. I can still have my appointment tomorrow. I have valid medical reasons, too. Trying to be strong. 11 years? Seriously, I can do this. Just hoping when my body gets past the WD stage, I will feel good again. Because the relief from giving in yesterday was immense. Babies eventually give up the pacifier or a bottle, and it’s not comfortable, they adjust, taking half is my bottle or pacifier, that edgy yucko feeling, pain is building, I’m irritated, and I’ll just take half, settled relief, the pain and pressure recede. I did take Motrin some yesterday and it did help, too. I decided after that I needed them all gone to really make a go at this. The few just in case were just going to keep stringing this out. I could keep finding a reason why right now just wouldn’t be the best time. Hoping to truly do this.

  82. Hello Everybody! I have been taking on an average 50-80 mg of oxycodone a day for about 10 months. My prior Opiate use dates back about 7 years; taking them off and on. Medications that were prescribed to me were Hydrocodone and Tramadol. Last week i decided to stop the oxycodone cold turkey. A natural and safe alternative during WD’s for me has always been Kratom. Helps with the Anxiety, Pain…

  83. Hello Kylee. I’m not sure about the legality of the dosing cut – check with your state’s Attorney General Office for more. If marijuana is illegal in the state, it’s possible that the Rx drug cut off is also legal.

  84. My husband’s doctor has given him one weeks worth of oxycodone/acetaminophen to stop taking it after being on it for back pain for 3 years. Can they legally do that just because he tested positive for marijuana? He smokes a little at night so he can sleep thru the back pain. I would think they would have to help him get off the meds first due to withdrawals. The docs have abandoned him.

  85. Hello Baron. Yes. You can address symptoms of withdrawal by seeking medical help. Pharmaceutical interventions include prescription clonidine, buprenorphine and/or methadone (depending on the level of dependency and use). Withdrawal does not need to be painful, either. Tapering down doses can help minimize discomfort and can be completed over the course of a few weeks for people. Cold turkey withdrawal will definitely manifest more severe symptoms than a tapered withdrawal. Seek medical consult at a detox clinic for help. Best to you!

  86. I’ve been smoking Percocets for 2 years now and have constantly noticed reasons to stop. I have no idea what I can do to make the symptoms of withdrawals feel a little better but I’m so ready to be done. Are there any tips to make the withdrawal more bearable?

  87. Lori please take my advice ask for something smaller maybe even a non narcotic pain reliever. I’ve been on 30`s for two years this fall. I am taking 6 a day sometimes more and I have to quit I’m scared I am going to loose everything like I have seen many people do. I just don’t want to see anyone stand in my shoes right now. Why I even let myself get this far who knows. I just know now I want to stop this . I need help but I have no one to turn to no one for advice I don’t have a doctor or therapist my family has no idea they all think I’m doing so good I don’t want them to know it may all go down the drain for a couple of weeks while I withdraw I’ve thought about goin to a rehab but I have a two year old I can’t leave my baby but I can’t just lay around all day withdrawing either. I feel trapped I want to help myself but don t know which way to go. As of tomorrow I will try to only do what I truly truly need an after a week take it down 10% and so on and so forth as the above info gave me. I wish you luck. I just know if you where me and I where you I would try to get out of this while your still new to it because it will take over and fast.

  88. I’m on my 3 week of percocet 5/325. the first week was 2 during the day and 2 at night. the second week was one during the day and 2 at night. this week i quit but haven’t been able to sleep so i took 2 last night after 3 nights of no sleep. tried tylonal pm that didn’t work seemed to make it worse. i was prescribed them because of a tumor removal. i shouldn’t be addicted correct? the sleeplessness should go away correct. the pain is manageable with alive so dont need them for that but i work in a factory and cant go with out the sleep. just want to know what i can expect from taking them. thank you .

  89. Hello Ruby. PAWS, or protracted withdrawal symptoms, can last for weeks to months after long term use. What does your doctor say about this?

  90. Yeah this is absolute hell! I hate detoxing and ive alrdy done it like 3 times i know im an idiot but everytime i get clean i end up messing up! The worst part of it all is the SLEEPLESS NIGHTS oh my god are those the absolute worse!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. I have been on Percocet for about 15 YEARS. I tapered it down to 1/4 of a pill 3-4 times a day then dropped one dose for a few days, then dropped another dose until I was down to 1/4 a pill ever 24 hours. Then I quit 20 days ago. I fell antsy most of the time.
    I am still experiencing issues, mostly gut pain. How much longer can I expect this?
    I am hopping to get of my lorazepam as well, but this I will do under the Doctor once I have gotten over the percocet.

  92. Hi Frank. The underlying pain may be one of the biggest challenges as you’re getting off Percocet. I’d suggest that you taper off Percocet slowly under the supervision of your prescribing doctor. Be sure to note and record all symptoms of pain and at which doses you begin to experience them. Take your data to your doctor for qualified medical advice.

  93. Hi Lori. These are great questions. I’d suggest that you get a tapering schedule from your prescribing doctor or consult a pharmacist. You need direct medical supervision during tapering, with specific instructions. A medical professional will serve you best. Good luck!

  94. I have been taking oxycodone for almost 2 years, at this time i take 30mg 4 times a day. I truly know I’m not addicted but obviously dependant. I’m afraid of becoming addicted, but I’m also afraid to stop because of the chronic pain. I have reduced my dose to 3 times a day and have been taking it that way for a week now. I think I’m doing ok, a bit of anxiety at night cause that last dose is gone. My chronic pain has increased but my question is: do I just stay on three times a day or is it better to try 20-25mg 4 times a day just deal with the pain

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