Hi I took oxycodone for major aches and pains and I stopped cold turkey about 8 months ago and I still have anxiety and depression how do I get rid of this ?
Hello Tonya. What symptoms are you experiencing?
Monday April 18th 2016.
How long will the withdrawal last?, it’s been almost three weeks…
Hi, I have two oxycodone-related questions that I haven’t seen addressed anywhere, and I’d really appreciate help from you kind, brave people. I broke a number of bones in a bad car accident almost six years ago, and have been taking 15mg of oxycodone three times a day and wearing a 75mcg Fentanyl transdermal patch ever since. First question: in January, I discontinued Depakote, which I’d been taking for 30 years for an inner ear disease. Since then I’ve had constant nausea, stomach pain, constipation and insomnia, which I thought was Depakote withdrawal, but my neurologist feels that I’m experiencing side effects of oxycodone which were masked by the Depakote. Does this make sense to anyone? I did have these symptoms when I began taking oxy, but they went away once my body became accustomed to it. I can’t imagine they’d reappear after discontinuing an unrelated med. Second question: I’ve been told that I can go off the oxy without withdrawal symptoms as long as I continue wearing the Fentanyl patch? Can any of you confirm that? I do want to stop taking the oxy anyway because I don’t think it’s helping my back pain anymore, but I’m scared of withdrawal symptoms. I’d be extremely grateful for any input. I just found this blog and am praying for all of you, and if I find any question I can help answer, I absoluy will. Thank you and God bless you all.
Hello Anne. Yes, the production of tears is an expected symptom/side effect of withdrawal from oxycodone.
Thanks, Ivana. What you say makes sense. I knew I had dropped too fast but decided to stick it out if I could since I was already in a mess and end up OK with a lower dosage in place. It seems to be working. I am recovering after five days of misery – a bit weak but OK. Then, I got absorbed in my work here and forgot to take the smaller dose of oxi at the regular time. Seven hours, rather than four went by, and I suddenly wondered why I was feeling so ancy, skin crawling, strange reactions to normal sensations etc.. I was going into withdrawal again! So quickly? I guess this stuff is nothing to fool with. I’m trying to get back to having the amount in my system as I had earlier when I felt better. I’ve learned that a lot of stuff I’ve put up with over the years is due to oxi and am eager to get shed of it …. but tempo, tempo …!
I’ve been taking Oxycodone along with methadone for approximay six years now, for severe joint pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. My doctor should never have put me on a short acting medication to address a chronic condition, because I go into severe and sudden withdrawal if I become busy and miss a dose, fall asleep without first taking a dose, or travel into other time zones whereby my internal clock becomes mixed up. The reaction is severe: starting with stomach cramps and a sense of anxiety, sweating, followed by diarrhea and severe vomiting. The vomiting and diarrhea can be uncontrollable, the sense of anxiety is profound. From the time I first sense any withdrawal symptoms to full blown withdrawal can be a few minutes to a full half hour. So far I’ve been able to take medication and keep it down before the vomiting sets in. Twice I’ve had my daughter phone the on-call doc for assistance, in case the symptoms didn’t stop. Tonight the on-call nurse was extremely rude to both my daughter (and to me once I was stable enough to speak to her). What really frustrated me was the nurse insisting to both of us that missing a dose of Oxycodone could not put me into severe withdrawal. She also told me that my anxiety was self inflicted and that I exacerbated the with drawl symptoms in that regard. I had to explain to her that anxiety is a real symptom of withdrawal, and that indeed, severe withdrawal can happen when a person takes eight doses per day of 60 mg oxycodone-over the course of years. I wish that medical personnel understood more about pain medication, it’s effects and it’s uses. I’ve never run out of my medication, on the contrary, I go into withdrawal when I forget to take it! I’ve been subjected to suspicious and unkind attitudes from pharmacist, nurse practitioners, and from some doctors as well. If my doctor had properly prescribed a long acting pain medication to deal with my chronic pain, rather than a short acting drug such as what I’m on, I would not be experiencing these withdrawals-this is the second one in a month, though I usually do not experience more than one a year or so. The last one happened because I was traveling.
I’ve taken 2months to come off 40 ml of oxy. I have not taken any for 3 days. Now I have skin sensations and diarrhea & sometimes chills. Didn’t have these before except at the very beginning with diarrhea. Is this normal & what is the best course to take at this point?
Withdrawal side effects can be precipitated by several different factors. There are also many different ways you can mitigate and treat withdrawal side effects as they appear at any point in the withdrawal process. If you can, try to taper doses. But if this is not an option, seek treatment at a detox facility or a rehab facility for medical help.
I understand that each individual is different but I am wondering if I can get an idea about how harsh my withdrawal will be if my daily dose for nine months has been at its highest about 100mg and at its lowest about 40 mg. I want to start a tapering reginmen and pray I can minimize the withdrawal.
Hello Nellie Sue. I’d suggest that you record the symptoms that you’re experiencing, including WHEN they first appeared, how long they last, and at what intensity. Then, take your calendar to your prescribing doctor and seek a medical opinion. It’s possible that there is an alternative for you, including another pain medication, therapy, or alternative pain management techniques. You can read more here: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/pain/chronic.htm http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/NewsEvents/UCM307837.pdf http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/acupuncture-for-pain.htm.
You can do it on your own, just try.
Hi again Karen. I’m glad I could help a little to at least put your mind at ease. I have a suggestion about what you can do to prevent skipping medication periods. Setting an alarm clock is an easy solution and you don’t have to think about the time. Best of luck with your recovery process.
But keep in mind that not everyone will withdraw from hydrocodone in the same way. Each body is different and may experience certain side effects over others. And if you’ve been taking or abuse oxycodone in high amounts over long periods of time, these symptoms can be more intense. Additionally, if your overall health is poor, withdrawal can affect the body in serious ways. This is why you should ALWAYS WITHDRAW FROM OXYCODONE UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION.
Hi Pat. These effects are withdrawal symptoms and they are occurring as the medication is leaving your body. You see, as you use a medication, your body becomes accustomed to it’s presence and that’s how dependence is formed. Now, when your organism is suddenly not getting the needed substances it used to get from the pills, it reacts.
When you decide to stop or significantly lower doses of oxycodone after a period of consistent use, you will quickly feel the side effects of withdrawal. This happens because the body is trying to find a level of homeostasis. The body has been extensively altered by the presence of oxycodone and while uncomfortable, withdrawal is the “rebound” effect of stopping the depressant; it’s way to regains normalcy. You can expect to start withdrawal and notice the appearance of side effects soon after missing an expected dose, after 50% or more decrease in dosaage, or if you choose to stop taking oxycodone cold turkey.
When you take oxycodone daily for a number of weeks or months, you can develop physical dependency to the drug. As the central nervous system normalizes to the presence of oxycodone, you go through withdrawal and its side effects when you decrease or stop dosing on oxycodone. Getting rid of prescription drugs is not easy. In fact, these effects are intensified and made more severe when you quit using oxycodone suddenly (which is NOT recommended).
If you still have questions regarding the side effects of oxycodone withdrawal ask. We will get back to your questions as quickly as we can.
Oxycodone is part of the opioid family of narcotic drugs used to alter the pain receptors in the brain. However, oxycodone also slows the overall functioning of the body. When you take oxycodone, even as prescribed, you run the risk of physical dependency because oxycodone is known to be habit forming. When your body becomes dependent on oxycodone, you experience withdrawal. Why?
Please Help, i had complete knee replacement and have been taking Oxycodone for 6 weeks, 1 or 2, 5mg. every 4 hours or 10 every 24 hours. I stopped cold turkey about 23 hours ago, how long will it take to be free of all side effects? I have stomach cramps and some diarrhea, thank you, Steve.
I have been on oxy for about the last nine months I started out at 15mg every four hours. They eventually lowered it to 5 to 10 mg daily and its been like that for about two months. Then found out I’m pregnant and told the prescribing surgeon and then he was out of the office for almost two weeks and no other Dr was comfortable prescribing that anymore. I ran out on Sunday was my last dose. Monday night was rough and so is today. Sware I called 50 different places today searching for a detox facility. I’m on my way right now to the emergency room to hopefully find some relief after I could find no other place to go. This will be my second attempt to go to an emergency room. First they did absoluy nothing. I hope this trip goes better and that somehow could get off this stuff for good.
It seam like a long time, two years ago; I was taking 10mg Oxycodone tablets ten times a day. I started to taper the drug, first by reducing the number of times daily. When I got to seven times a day, I asked my doctor to switch me over to 5mg tablets with a starting count of 240. I then did the same thing, spacing out the dosages from 10 a day to 9 a day and so on. As of right now or as of this posting, I am down to two 5mg tablets daily. I was originally prescribed 720, 10mg tablets out the the hospital 12 years ago. I stayed at a dosage of 720 for about 6 years. I guess one could say it started 8 years ago, but it really doesn’t matter. The fact is I did this all on my own because my doctor kept ling me that I wouldn’t like the side effects. The reality of it is, he loses the monthly co-pays and insurance check. He has been of absolute no help, except to prescribe my lower dosages at my requests. The biggest side effect for me was a crushing headache during most of the step down phases until I leveled off that dosage.
Hi Shakil. I am not aware of such damage to the eye that can be done from withdrawal. But, we are all different and in your case it might have caused your eye problems. What did the retinal specialist say? How are you feeling now?
I had a complete knee replacement 2/9/15. I was prescribed oxy 5-325 every one to two tablets ever four hours for 11 weeks. After about 6 weeks I was taking about 3 a day– one in the AM one in afternoon, one at night. I experienced terrible constipation, sleeplessness, misery trying to sleep, loss of appetite etc. I decided to cut out the nighttime pill, and wow, my sleep problems disappeared! I was so pleased I thought I should just stop all together, which is what I did, about 10 days ago. I didn’t realize I was in withdrawal for days– I thought I had the flu. then I began to check it out online, and realized I had made a mistake going cold turkey, but I was into it for 7 days then, and thought the worst of it must be gone. however for the last 5 days I have had EXTREME weakness and a loss of breath– I am gasping for breath after walking from the bedroom to the kitchen. I have never ever experienced something like this before, and I am wondering– is this still the oxy withdrawal? cramps have finally diminished somewhat but what is with the weakness, and shortness of breath? any help?
Hello Tammy. I’d suggest that you record these symptoms and address them immediay with your prescribing doctor. Sometimes, the effects of oxycodone do not work for some people.
Another complication of withdrawal side effects is relapse into oxycodone use. If a taper is not an option, the next step would be to have a monitored withdrawal in a detox facility. This way, you are in a safe place and monitored during acute withdrawal. This can help keep you from relapsing into drug use and address drugs cravings or desire to a use oxycodone.
I had back surgery over 2 years ago spinal fusion since then a spinal cord stimulator has been placed I was taking 80 mg of oxycodone I also have severe anxiety disorder that has cone and gone for years now doctor is giving me 10 mg every 6 hours I haven’t slept but maybe 2 hours in two nights feel anxious stomach very quuesy feel like I’m crawling out of my skin is this normal ? Please help me and the pain is still there I also never have taken any pain medicine before this back injury.
where do I go for help when I am out of the drug?
YOU CAN SEEK HELP FOR ANY ADDICTION via the following: An outpatient rehab A psychotherapist An MD who specializes in addiction medicine A psychiatrist Peer support groups (SMART Recovery, 12 steps, etc.) A trusted community/spiritual.religious leader.
I no longer take the medication and have noside effects but will never take it again.
I’ve been on oxi for about four years for fibromyalgia. About a 2 years and a half ago, my primary told me that it was now considered bad to prescribe narcotics for chronic pain, unless linked with cancer. He began by lowering his rx by 10% each month ( I was on 30mg and 45mg doses six times a day). I was eager to get moving and probably cut faster than was wise and ended up with incredible total body pain. So I stopped cutting and stayed where I was until things got better. Ironically, I was diagnosed with lymphoma in the duodenum about a year into this process! Another story (I think?) Recently, with the advice of a pain nurse specialist, I began cutting to 15mg every four hours (was usually doing 30mg) and have run into serious withdrawal – mainly severe nausea and headache. Am surprised by severity of this withdrawal at this time. Any comments?
Hi Steve. The Oxycodone withdrawal period is different for various patients. In general, oxycodone withdrawal peaks 72 hours after cessation of use and resolves in 7-10 days, but it may last a little longer. You can treat most withdrawal symptoms with Over-the-Counter medications you have around the house or that you can easily purchase at the local pharmacy. Try Imodium AD, heating pads, muscle ache creams, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs such as paracetemol, acetaminphen, or ibuprofen to treat specific symptoms. Warms baths or long showers have also been used to treat body ache. Massage and central nervous system calming teas such as chamomile or rosemary may also help.
So how can you address side effects of oxycodone withdrawal?
Here, we explore the effects of oxycodone, why you experience withdrawal in the first place and what to expect when you withdraw from oxycodone. Then, we invite your questions about oxycodone at the end.
i was prescribed oxycodone and morphine after my hip surgery, took it for like 6 wks and then a sudden stop as ontario works said they cant cover it any more and i didnt have the money to buy myself, anyways i was in severe pain which i am taking along with loose motions itching on body, sneezing, chill and lac of sleep, i called the hospital they said go to ur family doctor or walk in clinic, both refused to re-prescribe. i am taking the pain but worried about one thing, my heart rate doubled and i started having lt sided headache and it localized in my left eyes, i booked an appointment with an eye doctor as from right eye i could see the libes on paper straight but with the left eye i see elevation. ike ECG riple, the eye doctor said i have a swelling/bulge at the ampula of retina and could be a hemorrhage…..ref me to retinal specialist in credit valley Mississauga Ontario. can that be due to sudden cessation of narcotics?????????? kindly help and guide me. shakil.
It seam like a long time, two years ago; I was taking 10mg Oxycodone tablets ten times a day. I started to taper the drug, first by reducing the number of times daily. When I got to seven times a day, I asked my doctor to switch me over to 5mg tablets with a starting count of 240. I then did the same thing, spacing out the dosages.
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It is generally recommended that you avoid withdrawing from oxycodone cold turkey. Cold turkey oxycodone withdrawal needlessly brings on pain and discomfort. Instead, doctors recommend that you taper doses of oxycodone over time until there are minute doses present within the body. A taper allows your body time to heal and achieve new levels of homeostasis. With each decreasing dose, your body adjusts to it without severe complication side effects of withdrawal can cause. This is much easier on the system and you can treat the minor withdrawal side effects as they arise instead of all at once. If other complications arise, you and your doctor can help treat them in the following ways.
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Hi Karen. The severe withdrawal symptoms occur when you lower your doses quickly and abruptly. I believe you can feel better by cutting doses down more slowly and gradually. Also, ask your doctor or pharmacist about over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies that can help you lower the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms. See if they will agree that Tylenol or ibuprofen will help you with body aches and pain. Pepto-Bismol may help ease withdrawal nausea. Also, massages, hot baths, and rest can help.
You can expect the effects of oxycodone withdrawal to occur a few hours after the last dose of oxycodone has worn off. Expected side effects of oxycodone withdrawal include the following:
Three weeks ago I had knee replacement surgery, After coming home I took percocet to control pain. At first I felt pretty good, then I started feeling nausiated, weak, jittery, sweating and have no appetite. Lost 13lbs. Three days ago I stopped taking percocet, Still feel terrible. What should I do now?
The best way to come off your medication is to first see a doctor and construct a tapering schedule. This way, you’ll be gradually lowering doses which will significantly lower the abrupt reactions and withdrawal discomfort. Plus, you can use other prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies to manage and lessen the symptoms as they occur.
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You may also experience severe changes in mood such as, anxiety or depression. These side effects make it difficult to maintain the process of withdrawal and complicate other aspects of your life. At this point, a doctor can help prescribe you a short acting anti-anxiety medication. This type of medication can help during withdrawal.
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