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Readers Respond: What Were Your Toughest Oxycontin Withdrawal Symptoms and How Did You Cope?

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Updated September 22, 2012

Anyone who has taken Oxycontin, even as prescribed, can experience discomfort when they try to quit or cut back. What were your most difficult withdrawal symptoms? What did you do to deal with the withdrawals? Share Your Experience

Is this normal?

I have been on oxycodone and cottin for 7yrs for extreem pain. Trying to go cold turk lasted 2 1/2 days. Its been complete hell having complete blackouts along with all the other withdraw symptioms. My bp went from 128/86 to mid 190/112 . Its now day7 bp still way up my heart feels like its gonna pop and my eyes feel like they are gonna pop out of the sockets. During blackouts im told im like sleep walking talking and driving. I walked for 8 miles came to and didnt know where i was(thank god i had cel in pocket) . I have been very mean to people i love havent slept in 7 days now my body is shakey i keep reading how its not dangerious to detox on your own but im really getting worried mostly cuz bp isnt comming down nor are the symptioms getting better. Keep getting sticky film in my mouth. There is more but these symptioms kinda worry me. Should they?
—Guest bucblu

3 days in...

I've been on Oxycontin (Endone) for about a year as a result of a back injury. I recently noticed that every time I didn't take the Endone, I got sick...but it didn't register that this could be the cause. I would then resume taking the Endone...feel well again, and forget about it. 4 days ago, I decided to stop all meds. the first day, I felt lethargic, depressed, nauseous. The first night, leg cramps, worsening nausea. Then I couldn't get out of bed for work, but finally managed to drag myself in...had to go home early as I couldn't concentrate on work, and just felt so physically unwell. Last night, the second night - I ended up hunched over the toilet dry-retching as I hadn't eaten for 2 days, and I said to my husband "I think I'm addicted to Endone". He got me straight to the Dr, who prescribed some excellent anti-nausea tablets that have been a God-send. He also told me to take the week off work, rest and get better. It is only early days yet, but I'm determined to beat it.

Woke up alive

I knew I was having trouble from these pills I just didn't know how much tills came out of their control. Went from Vicodin up to oxicotin to get pain relief for pinched nerves in my spine.worked up to 75 mg a day and it still was not "enough". Tried to ween off , but had not luck, reloaded and went back at it. I finally decided that I needed to reestablish my pain level, a reality check if you will. Went cold turkey on 7/1/14 and it was hell. I do not recommend that you try to do it this way.after reading up on what to expect, I just held on and went for the ride. Took me 7 days to feel human again. But I feel, real emotions , not buried in a drug induced haze. Lots of emotion in my life now as I can see I may lose a wife of 28 years from use of this drug. I new there were issues but was blind from OxyContin. I'm in a huge amount of pain now, but what hurts more than all of it, is the pain I caused in others life's and I now feel in my heart Keep that genie IN THE BOTTLE
—Guest Human crane

Newly detoxing

I have been going thru a tough period in my life and know all too well the high you get from drugs like these. In the past I have used but never to this point. I have used every day for the past few months and now I have quit cold turkey. I never realized how physically ill i could become - from the total and complete body aches to the anxiety to the restless sleep at nite. I'm doing all this while trying to maintain my job and raise 2 kids. I did miss one day of work about 24-48 hours into detox because I physically couldn't function from the aches and pains. I'm in the last stages - restless legs at night (hardly got any sleep last night) and diarrhea and mausea but I'm at work today and each passing minute I'm feeling like my old self and so thankful for that. I used as a crutch to deal with all the bad things going on in my life and i just made a mess of myself even more. So glad I'm detoxing. Hang in there - the symptoms will subside and you will get better. I'm proof!!
—Guest Sorry I started

11 years

I've been reading a lot of posts on this website and have to say it is quite helpful. I've been on vicodin for 11 years. I have quit many times for 4 to 7 days once for nearly 4 months. I just quit again 5 days ago. I hear many say after 4 days most symptoms ease a lot. I was up to 120 mg of vicodin a day. I wish I could say the withdrawals were easing a lot, but this is a terrible drug. First time taken it was 11 years go for a surgery. Ihad no idea then that pain meds could so over power you. I wish I never started. I am believing his time with moer honesty with my loved ones and above all asking help with prayer I am putting this addiction behind me. Being in my 5th day drug free feeling the bad effects of withdrawals. But after reading these posts and responding myself, I feel encouraged. Any sound advice to help with withdrawals without taking other narcotics would be appreciated.
—Guest onioneater

How I coped

There is no way to explain the worst parts of withdrawal. If I would have to chose the worst it would be the restless legs, endless sneezing, and depression. It was awful, and impossible to get away from without using again. They'll tell you Ativan, Motrin, Pepto and Vitamin B will help. I didn't notice a change. The only thing that truly saved me was inpatient rehab, and then entering a sober house. After using opiates for so long living sober was a new phenomina, so I wouldn't suggest gritting your teeth and trying it without help and people around you that will not enable you. I would never wish that upon my worst enemy.
—Guest Jane07

The Storm & Life's Web

I was caught in a storm for a period of time I survived through that moment because faith was mine Again I feel the wind and the rain the essence of a storm Yet I am humble and grateful for thy will is not wrong I've learned to be prepared and embrace the turbulence of each storm For it is only the experience of my life through which I become strong I am protected and safe I shall endure this pain For it is not the wind alone that purifies me but it is also the rain. The spider has placed a web in my path in hopes that I will die in confusion but the God I love is greater than death and shall deliver me from this fatal illusion I shall conquer the venom of life's web at hand that exist to capture the souls of many I shall not be entangled by the spider's web for my savior can rescue any I shall bare witness to this truth I claim that life's web is merely a maze So when my life is complete and the spider retreats I shall rejoice, I shall sing life's web was merely a phase.
—Guest Recovered

Quitting the lot!

My tolerance has grown & I've found myself constantly chasing medication. 6 weeks ago or so, I found my life has become rather pathetic & functioning g is virtually impossible. I've cut down from 60mg to 40mgs per day & only 30mg yesterday. I've quit the antidepressant & gone from 400-200mg of seroquel each day. I take 3 x 500mcg Xanax but try to manage on 2 a day. I'm constantly sick & lack energy. I have become more mindful about taking all meds & hoping to be free of them all ASAP. It's difficult. I'm a single mom & feel extremely guilty that I've been sick for so long. I've gained a good 30-40lbs with the psych meds & haven't worked out in a year. Medication is only a bandaid & it sucks to have something control you in such a way.
—Guest Silly bipolar woman

One week out and better

Basically, I've been on narcs since 2006 running through the gamut of them with increased dosages. I was forced to go cold turkey last week when my oxycontin ran out because instead of taking 60mg 2x/day I was taking 6/day so obviously I ran out early Within 12 hours I was already in serious withdrawals. RLS became a whole body experience at night. You can read my earlier upost. Surprisingly, I was glad I was going through the w/ds so I would know what an addict goes through. I wanted to punish myself for lying to myself and others about the narcs. I'm six days out and feeling so much better except I still can't relax at night. I don't want any other drugs even if they will help me with withdrawals. Personally, for me, it's just another drug I could get hooked on. So to everyone, hang in there. I promise, it gets better with each passing day. It helps to stay busy even if you don't want to. I hate it, but I love it.
—Guest Mishiee

Withdrawal are bad

I was prescribed oxycontin 60mg two times a day but landed up taking 6 a day. Now im all out of pills and I'm going through horrible withdrawals. Crawling out of my skin and restless all night. Diarrhea, shaky, no appetite, just feeling blah! This made me realize that I've become addicted to these and I want off of them now. So I've been cold turkey for three days now. Each day gets better but it's so easy to get addicted to oxyccontin. It got to point I couldn't remember how many I had taken. I became aware how easy it would be to overdose. So good luck to all of you. Hang in there. It does get better each day.
—Guest Mishiee

I did! you can too!

I took 80mg oxycontin for five years, I went cold turkey and this was the worst experience that I have ever gone through. These pills are evil and the doctors who prescribe them are destroying peoples lives by doing so! If you take oxy's and want to stop you cant do it alone. I got help and now my life is alot better! God,exercise, and a healthy lifestyle is the best medicine!
—Guest Armando

Cutting Down

On 9-21-1996 I fell 30' off a fire escape. Needless to say, I was a mess. My dose 3 months ago was 80 mg. twice daily. I then went to a 30mg. during the day and a 40mg. at night for two weeks, then just 30. Three weeks ago I started on 20 mg. during the day and 30 mg. at night. Now I am on 20mg. 2x daily. My pain is worse in the lower back. However, the gradual decrease has helped me. I will try to go to 10 mg. in hopes I can handle the pain. God Bless you all and good luck!
—Guest Ed

Tough week, almost there

I've been taking opiate painkillers for about 2 years following a horse riding accident that left me with a nerve entrapment and sciatica in my right leg. Took two years to find it since it presented as pain in my foot. I recently found a guy that did and epidural injection under x-ray and it worked pretty well (he thinks I may need 3 to 4 before we're done). Meantime I've begun to withdraw and it's been a little rough. I'd started on 5mg Percodan (Oxycodon) 5 x day, which lasted about months until I couldn't sleep through the night or get up in the morning and walk for the first hour (until the morning Perc kicked in). My GP put me on Fentanyl patches briefly (about a week) but I couldn't tolerate those so she switched me to MS Contyn (time release Morphine Sulfate) at 15mg, which I only took at night for around 6 months. The MS started giving me stomach trouble, it causes spasms in your gall bladder that can be pretty painful. Since I wasn't having trouble with the Perc during the day, I was switched to Oxycontin 15mg twice a day and stayed on that for another 4 months before I got my first epidural and began to withdraw. The schedule looks like this: started at 2x 15mg OxyContin + up to 5 5mg Percodan as needed Stage 1: stepped down to 1 15mg Oxy during the day 1 10mg Oxy at night + up to 5 5 mg Percodan as needed until stable (3-5 days) Stage 2: stepped down to 2 10mg Oxy, one every 12 hrs, + 5 5mg Percodan as needed (1 to 2 weeks) Stage 3: stepped down (at the end of one week) to 1 10mg Oxy in the evening + 5 5mg Percodan as needed until stable (1-2 weeks) Stage 4: stepped down to 5 5mg Percodan as needed (1-2 weeks) After this I'm not sure where we go. I'm at Stage 3 now and doing OK. The worst part so far was three days into Stage 3, when I ended up with bad stomach cramps, ached all over, threw up anything I ate and had to play midwife to my dog, who had 11 puppies while I was going through it. I'm still married. The bad part lasted 2 days, I feel pretty good now a little over a week into Stage 3. Some minor stomach complaints and general depression but doing ok. I'm luck to have a GP who also treats chemical dependency patients as a public service so she knows how to do this. If you want to avoid the worst parts, and judging from what I've read here I may have done that, I suggest hiring a specialist. I hope the procedure I described can help others get through this. The small taste I experienced was as close as I'd like to get to full on cold turkey withdrawal.
—Guest Scott

surprised addict

been on vicodon for about 10 yrs lost ins. could not see doctor so he couldnt refill my script. After one day I thought no I wanted to die. The pain was outrageous walked the streets all night long could not sit or stand still or the pain was mind bogling. went to er they gave me 2 pills two days later I had to go again they gave me a shot and 10 pills. I am much better today but what does tommrow bring? I know I have constant thoughts fearing the pain will come back and no meds to take. The er said my pain was so bad because of the withdrawls and my doc should have been bumping the dose down and going cold turkey could kill me!
—Guest crow

i can do this

Been on oxy for almost 5 months. never liked the fact that I could become addicted. told my oncologist that I wanted to get off and use something milder. she is slowly tapering my use down each week by 10mg. today is day 2 of no oxy, yesterday was crappy feeling, today I still am not feeling well but not as bad as yesterday. hopefully in a day or 2 will start feeling good. never want to feel this way again. glad I didnt go cold turkey but tapered down. Hot and cold, fatique, diarrhea,slight headache, loss of appitite, slight nausea, cant sleep. Never going down this road again. I pray that everyone going thru withdrawls will make it and not go back on the drug. I can do this, you can too!
—Guest arlene

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