Oxycodone is considered a semi-synthetic opioid drug that is typically prescribed for relief of moderate or severe pain. It was originally created in 1916 as a drug with newer semi-synthetic properties to help improve upon existing opioid treatment options. The drug has been clinically used to treat both acute and chronic pain since 1917, but wasn’t introduced in the U.S. until the 1930s. Many people find that the drug works better than any other on the market for helping them cope with the pain that they experience.
PaulyD, I hope you’re doing better than your last post. I just saw this and had to comment. I was on 30 mg 3 times a day of Oxycodone. I have really bad back. I came to realize that as you pointed out in your post, your body needs more and more to get the same pain relief. It gets to the point that you end up in pain anyway, and you end up,yakking he meds to keep the withdrawals at bay. It’s like they create a nre problem instead of solving the original one.
I was in a car accident and took oxycodone for about 3 months. The most I ever took was 5 mg 5 times in a day and that was early on. I tapered back to 3 a day then two then 1 1/2, then 1, then 3/4, then 1/2. I asked my doctor for something to help and was given clonidine. It might be helping. I’m not sure. But I have all these symptoms everyone else is describing – anxiety, palpitations, stomach pain, no diarrhea, which surprised me, but I have insomnia and night sweats.
It is important to recognize that there are factors that can have an influence on both the severity and duration of withdrawal from Oxycodone. These include things like: time span over which you took the drug, your dosage (which influences tolerance), whether you are addicted, how quickly you tapered off of the drug, as well as other individual factors such as withdrawal sensitivity.
Laurie Michelle, I went through the same thing as your husband. Sorry to say, there’s really nothing you can do. Your body you not let you sleep at this time. It is going through a lot pushing all of that poison out of his system.
Although the drug itself has a half-life of 2 to 4 hours and will be cleared from your system within approximay 8 hours, being drug-free doesn’t mean that withdrawal symptoms are over. All this means is that the drug has been cleared from your body. On average it can take up to 2 weeks for the most severe physical symptoms to pass. Most people notice that severe physical symptoms last about a week and a half following the last dose.
I’m on day 5 of self withdrawal. I’ve been having extreme anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, nightmares, leg pain, diarrhea and mood swings. Crying bouts to calmness back to crying then anger or feeling like I’m going to lose my marbles to suicidal thoughts like shooting myself in the head of finding a bridge to jump off of. I was taking 40mg a day for 3 months. Been taking half of celexa to limit panic attacks and mood swings. I have 2 kids that depend on me so I have to kick this.
In general, when people have built up a significant tolerance to Oxycodone, the withdrawal process becomes more difficult. The person’s nervous system has become used to receiving the effects of the drug at higher doses. When the person withdraws from the drug, it takes the nervous system awhile to reset itself back to sober functioning. The greater the dose that you took over a consistent period of time, the more difficult you can expect the withdrawal.
The best thing he can do is get up when he can’t sleep and find something to do even in the middle of the night. He will be a lot less frustrated and it will take his mind off of not sleeping. Officially your body will rest for a nighter to attend the assembly will come back for a few more days. I truly hope this helps.
I had knee surgery earlier this year and was on oxycodone for the pain. Ever since I no longer needed them I have had panic attacks. I stopped taking them back in May of this year. Is it normal for this to happen? I was really intolerant of Vicodin and wonder if this could be related to my sensitivities. If you have any answers for me I would appreciate answers.
Taking enough of the drug typically results in feelings of euphoria, relaxation, anxiolytic, and analgesic effects as a result of stimulating endorphins. Since it’s easy to quickly build a tolerance and become dependent on this drug, many people have a difficult time coping with the withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation.
I am now down to my last 2 20mg pills which will be gone by Friday. I have many of the symptoms listed above, but right now the worst is the tingling/crawling feeling that is going through my body and on and under my skin. It is keeping me awake and is active 24/7 now. Having taken the large quantity I was taking seems to conclude that I will be going through withdrawal for a long time.
Why do some individuals have an easier time coping with withdrawal compared to others? In many cases it boils down to individual circumstances. Those who have been taking high doses of the drug for long periods of time may have a significantly higher tolerance or dependency on the substance. Additionally it is important to consider that each person’s nervous system will adapt to the withdrawal process differently. Some people are naturally more sensitive to drug withdrawals than others.
Below are a list of possible symptoms that you may experience when you stop taking Oxycodone. Keep in mind that not everyone is going to have every symptom listed below when they withdraw. It is also important to realize that the severity of these symptoms will differ in both intensity and duration based on individual circumstances.
The withdrawal timeline from Oxycodone is subject to variation based on the individual. One person may experience less dramatic opiate withdrawal symptoms and a quicker recovery, while another person may have protracted withdrawals that last for months. There’s really no ling how quickly you will recover until you have gone through the withdrawal for yourself.
In addition to becoming addicted to the lucrative “high” that accompanies Oxycodone, those who have taken it for chronic pain may have a very difficult time reestablishing normative endorphin function. When a person uses an opioid for an extended period of time, the body’s natural endorphin supply gradually diminishes. It will take months before the endorphin levels begin to increase following Oxycodone discontinuation. The lack of endorphins can make it especially difficult for someone who is addicted to withdraw.
Amy I too have fibromyalgia and I also suffer with migraines. I have had the migraines since I was six and the fibro started back in the late 90s. About 10 years ago I was taken off Vicodin and put on Oxycontin. I started at 40mg 2 times a day and ultimay reached a max of 200mg a day (4 – 20mg and 3 – 40mg).
It is important to do what you can during withdrawal to stay optimistic and understand that although the symptoms may be uncomfortable, you will eventually recover. During this time you may want to seek out some sort of therapy and/or guidance if you are struggling. Take withdrawal one day at a time and recognize that you will eventually get better. If you have successfully come off of Oxycodone, sharing your experience in the comments section below may really help another person dealing with the same struggle.
So I got my doses dropped to 2- 40s a day fot 2 weeks then the past week I gave my meds to her she’s cut me down to 10 mg 5 times a day. Thursday I toke my last 2 10s at 2 o’clock. And I am taking vitamins a glass of water with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and T 1s. I never slept much last night but got up at 630am. Had my vitamins, my drink, Imodium and I feel lost. I know I can go get more but why prolong this hell of a life. They did ban real Oxys up here in Canada but you can get generic Oxys. I wish they never did have this brand it should be banned. Anyway, I am not going to get more pills today I’m going to get it out of my system.
I know these things get better with time, so I keep reminding myself of that. My pain level has gone from way beyond a 10 to mostly just a 2, which is very tolerable. I’m just waiting for the rest of my withdrawal symptoms to go away….maybe by day 14. I just want you all to know that there is life after oxy withdrawal, and it is wonderful not to be a slave to the oxy! Hang in there! -Cakegirl.
I set out a plan with my doc to eliminate the 40mg pills (3/day) over a period of a month. To further extend an easy way to gradually get off the drug, I then went from 3 40s a day to 3 20s a day. Then we went to 2 a day and now I am down to 1 20 a day. I am praying that once the last pill is taken on Friday my recovery will come quickly.
Stay at it bro. It’s not easy and it’s not quick. But it took a while to get here so you need to measure your progress in small,increments. Tis Tuesday 12/09 will be 5 weeks and I’m still anxious and have trouble sleeping. But the symptoms have gone from unbearable, to just annoying. Take your life back and learn form this. I know I have. I thought I was the one in control, boy was I wrong. I did it for me, and I did it for my wife and two daughters. It effects everyone so everyone is rooting for you as am I. Let me know how you do. -Kevin.
The bottom line is that when this drug is used properly in a controlled setting, it can significantly improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain. Most people with extreme pain would not be able to function in society without assistance from medications like Oxycodone. This is certainly not something most people want to stay on for life though due to the fact that the initial effects wear off as it is easy to build a quick tolerance.
A third option is that of opioid replacement therapy with a substance such as Suboxone or Methadone. The thinking behind this is that a person stops taking their current more powerful drug, Oxycodone and transitions to a less intense substance. Once they’ve made the transition, they can then gradually withdraw from the opioid replacement drug – which has potential to make for a smoother withdrawal.
My husband was on Oxy extended release 30 mg 2 times a day for about 5 years for chronic back pain. He went through a detox facility for 2 weeks. He is home now starting week 4. He has insomnia so bad. He is not sleeping at all and hasn’t in about 2 weeks. He might doze off for 15 minutes if he is lucky. He is getting so frustrated. We tried melatonin and another natural herb that was suppose to help him sleep but they made him feel jittery and didn’t not help him sleep at all. Does anyone have any suggestions of anything he can do to help him sleep?? He is so frustrated and going crazy. Thanks!!
I’ve been on the clonidine for 3 days and stopped taking oxy at 2.5 mg that I had taken in the morning the two days before. These drugs are horrific. I cannot imagine what those of you who have had higher doses have gone through because I’m having a really hard time. In fact, I’m writing this because I woke up at 3:15 in the morning with sweats and wide awake. I am going to exercise tomorrow. The best thing about reading the withdrawal symptoms is that I no longer feel like I’m dying – I see these are normal symptoms, but they still suck.
Many individuals have a tough time coming off of Oxycodone because they are addicted. They have taken this drug for such a long period of time, that they cannot cope without it. In addition to providing pain-relief, this drug also can provide a significant boost in mood. Although the mood-enhancing properties may wear off once tolerance is established, many people aren’t able to come off of the drug because they cannot face the inevitable drop in mood that accompanies withdrawal.
How long did you take Oxycodone? In general, the longer you have taken this drug, the more likely it is your body has built up some sort of tolerance. Those who take it for extended periods of time are typically going to have a much longer and protracted withdrawal than someone who took it for a few weeks. Some people are on this drug for years (or decades). Keep in mind that the shorter the duration you took the drug, the easier time you should have coming off of it.
When it comes to withdrawing from Oxycodone, there really isn’t a “best” way to discontinue. Some individuals insist that tapering down your dosage gradually over time is a good approach. However, a lot of people struggle with this method simply because it’s difficult to avoid the temptation of taking extra pills if you have them around. For those that can handle gradual withdrawals, it may minimize withdrawal symptoms by giving your body more time to adjust.
On day 7, I woke up pain and anxiety free, which felt so amazing! I didn’t realize how addicted I was to this drug and how it had taken over my life. What a blessing it was to have a clear head! I feel so very happy now and im am actually begining to function like a human being again….amazing! So, as I mentioned earlier, I am on day 9. The majority of my withdrawal symptoms have ceased. I am still experiencing horrible night sweats, nerve pain (the fibro will never go away), anorexia, restless legs, some anxiety, headaches, a stuffed up runny nose, and extreme insomnia.
Day 1 was agonizing! I couldnt get warm no matter how many blankets I piled on me. The pain was so intense I pretty much cried every waking moment. Day 2, I was so exhausted and anxious, and the pain was still excruciating. I had been staying with my mom so she could watch me to make sure I was ok. The anxiety and pain were still very prevalent on day five, but I missed home, and my memory foam bed, so I went home. For a few days I had to stay in my bedroom with relaxation music ( Pandora is awesome!) and my xanax because I was so hypersensitive and out of sorts I couldnt handle anything.
They didn’t ban oxy in canada… that’s false information. Purdue had to reformulate oxycontin to make it more tamper-resistant. It’s now called oxyneo. Or oxypurdue in the states (hence the OP and ON markings on the pills). Generics aren’t available in the states but thank God they are in canada, because the new oxyneo formula isn’t nearly as effective and makes me extremely nauseous. I get the apotex generics which are almost identical to the original oxycontin, and are half the price of the new oxyneo. Way more effective, way less side effects, and way cheaper. Oxyneo is trash.
I’m on day 3 of oxycodone W/D. Today is definiy better than yesterday! I been using anywhere from 30-60mgs a day for about 6 months. The stomach stuff wasn’t too terrible. It’s the sweats, body aches, sleeplessness, & restlessness that’s really getting to me. How long is it going to take before I actually feel tired? I close my eyes after a long day with 2 babies & fight to get some sleep!
Some people swear by the “cold turkey” withdrawal method because they can quit, and never look back. Although there could be some potentially dangerous side effects associated with a cold turkey discontinuation, most people are able to do it successfully. The cold turkey method from a low or moderate dose may be your best bet. Although the acute symptoms are typically the most extreme when a person quits “cold turkey,” many people have success.
If you need a good tapering protocol, work with your doctor or other professional. You can cut your current dose by whatever percentage you’d like assuming you have enough of a supply. For those with limited supply of the drug, you may want to reduce your dosage by about 25% each day until you are down to nothing. Although this reduction scheme is relatively quick, it can still give your body more time to adjust than “cold turkey” withdrawal.
Other factors that could influence withdrawal include: environment, social support, and daily habits. Someone who is in an environment around other addicts or that have an Oxycodone supply may have a difficult time resisting temptation to quit. It should also be noted that some people have a better social support system that will encourage them to stay strong during withdrawal. Things like eating a healthy diet and getting light exercise may also play a role in speeding or slowing withdrawal.
Hi. There peeps. I Was hit by a semi head on in 2007. I was busted up pretty bad. Lower back 4 ribs shoulder torn. Cuts glass even 3 years later picking glass out my head. Well I l you about oxycontin. It ruined my life. Lost so many jobs and self respect. Doctors in Canada gave me 2 20 mg Oxy a day. Well within 1 year I was taking 6- 40s a day and always runnin out a week early. I am 44 now and fighting this habit now. That’s all it is… the last week my beautiful 26 year old lady is tired of me taking that sh#t.
It is awful. Hopefully in another week and a half I will be myself again. My skin crawls and it feels like someone invaded my brain for the worse. I feel OK right now and it’s 9 PM. Most of these effects happen in the morning and continue into the afternoon, tapering down by 6 PM. Keep optimistic folks, it’s a hard road quitting cold turkey, but it’s the only way IMO to take your mind and body back and rid it of this crap. Good luck to all and God bless.
I am not sure I can take a week of this feeling. I don’t mind the cold flashes, it is the constant feeling like something is crawling around on my nerves and I can’t get to it to get some relief. I am also on Clonidine because my doctor said it have been proven effective in helping with withdrawal problems. Initially it did as I was coming off the 20mg pills while staying on the 40mg version.
I truly empathize with your problems and condition. I am seriously thinking about joining one of the many groups pushing for medical marijuana because people with cancer, fibro, headaches, etc should be able to use the medicines within plants that God placed on this earth. Hopefully you will compley whole soon. Thanks for your input.
I am on day nine. I have fibromyalgia and i had been taking 20 mg every 3-4 hours, usually 3 times a day and sometimes 4 times a day. This drug took over my life. I have taken Oxy for 15+ years. I started out taking them for migraines occasionally, but have been taking them on a daily basis for fibromyalgia about a year now and I started requiring more and more for the past 6 months. I quit cold turkey.
That’s great after 15 years. Really brave of you. I’ve been using 20 mg 3 to 4 times a day for a year and half. I know what you mean about being cold especially when it’s 80 degrees in CA. Well it’s day 4 for me after a week of prior tapering because my doctor took a two week vacation. What a blessing I want my life back. I’m sick of begging for it from the doctor and then the pharmacies won’t fill it anyway and you have shop around. I’m so damn tired of it. I’m going to make it. -5150 rocker.
In addition to being used for chronic pain, some people take Oxycodone recreationally to “get high.” Many people begin taking it for a condition like pain, but become addicted to the effects of the drug – and continue taking it. Although many people take Oxycodone for chronic pain, others use this drug recreationally to “get high.”
Psychological symptoms can linger for a longer period of time. When your body and brain have been under the influence of an opiate like Oxycodone for an extended period of time, it may take awhile for them to readjust to sober functioning. It is thought that things like: adequate rest, proper sleep, healthy diet, and light exercise may facilitate a quicker healing process.Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms