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

Responses: 138


Updated October 09, 2014

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? Note: This Reader Response topic has been closed, please use this form to share your experience, or join the discussion in the Alcoholism Forum.

I don't know what to do

Please help me. I've been on endone 10mg four times a day, so 40 mg a day. I get my script once a month. I've used my month's script in 2 weeks and now doc won't give me script till it's due. Fair enough. I don't know what to do. It's only day one with no meds and I already have the runs, feel emotional, have a head cold and can't eat. I'm very worried. I have my husband for support. What do I do if withdrawal gets too bad? I'm genuinely scared. And if I go the 10 days without the endone I guess I will be over the worst of the withdrawal, but if I get another script, I will be right back where I was. These pills completely rule your life. You live around them. I just don't know what to do.
—Guest michelle

Again and again and again.....

Wow! Here we are again. Withdrawaling over and over again. When will I ever learn? Each time harder than the last. Each time repeating the same phrase, " I am never taking another pill." I am done with that! Well? All I can say is I can do this. I won't give up. This time it will work. Sore here's to 86th chances! God bless!
—Guest guest audrey

Day 3 aweful

I've been on oxy for almost a year for several back problems... I started taking more and more and ran out of my prescription... Even though I am having a lot of back pain still I realize now how addicted I am. It's day 3 and it is awful. Headaches, flu like symptoms... body aches, diarrhea, major restlessness, RLS, nausea... this sucks! Do not want to ever go through this again.
—Guest Guest J


I will be praying for all of you & faith in Jesus that this bondage be broken in JESUS name ... Amen
—Guest Sam


i was prescribed oxy in jan. of 09 due to a 30' fall off a pole (lineman by trade) i had internal bleeding in my brain and had to hve brain surgery....the headaches were out of control so dr's put me on oxy combined wth norco..over the next five years i was tkng 80 mg x3 oxys and up to 6 10 325 norcos daily!!! i was still doing linewrk...got married had a baby....my life seemd so normal...only my wife and i knew the nightmre i was livng...this last jan 14 i strtd winging myself off these damn things...went from 80's to 60's all the way down to 30 mgx3/day...4 days ago i quit cold turkey....i hvnt slept more than 2 hrs a night at work im a zombie the worst are the restless legs and headaches...i hve no appetite and severely depressd...i just want this to b over my wife has been juicing and gvng me healthy drinks every day which help also going to the gym helps...ive never had to push myself so hard to workout...i just wanna sit or lie around all day....but for all u out there it does b
—Guest mo

First Day of Detox

Ok, this is not the first time I tried this, when I read of the other peoples responses, it makes it a little easier on me knowing I'm not alone. I've been taking Oxy's for something like 8 years now, all prescribed to me by my doctor. Started out with 10mg all the way to 80mg in a short time. My doctor just never had any issues giving me more and more every time I asked him to raise the milligrams, Just got ok sure not problem. Fast forward I was given 8 80mg Oxy's a signal day. So a total of over 230 pills a month, but I would run out and just go see Dr. Feel Good and he would write me another script for a lesser dose so my insurance would pay on it, so that would usually be 50 or so 60mg Oxy's to get me by till I could get my new script of 80's for the next month. Just like the other guy that was married for 28 years I was doing the same thing as him, it's the only way I can be true to myself and just leave these nasty things for good.
—Guest Feel like S**t

Day 3 of hell

I take 3 80mg pills twice daily mixed in 3 Xanax bars and usually some form of alcohol at night. I actually think I'm dying. I keep blacking out. I'm sweating. I can't describe the amount of pain.
—Guest Hugest

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
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