From the article: Oxycontin Withdrawal Symptoms
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
Working it out
- I'm on day 5 of no norco and I finally have gotten a great night of sleep and starting to feel normal again(a feeling I don't think I've had for the past 2yrs on the drug). I had a nasty spinal injury and surgery but kept on the pills to avoid life's problems the easy way. The first few days were awful. God Awful. I now have a sense if clarity I haven't had for some time. Yes, I'm still sore and not quite right but the really bad stuff that I was dreading is over. I would recommend to anyone to get off the drug as soon as you can in recovery. These message boards have been a great help for me in preparation for the detox and during it. I thank everyone for their insight and stories.
- —Guest JP
Anxiety is the worst
- I'm not an oxy user but I do take vicodin for chronic pain, and this month I ran out early. I've been through it before but I always forget how crappy it'll be. For me, prone to depression and anxiety in the first place, the withdrawal anxiety is the worst symptom. I get semi-suicidal and only the presence of my kids brings me back to myself. I had this happen after stopping Tylenol 4after just a couple of weeks following a c-section and it helped plunge me into an 18-month depression. Be wary of this. I find that Pepto actually helps better with gut problems than Imodium btw. Having TV or music on constantly also helps, distracting the mind a bit. Heating pad and cats help too. Can't go for walks because I can't stand up for very long. Do anything you can to help comfort yourself - favorite films, etc. Pain isn't an issue for me because I'm so used to it, I guess. Good luck and the benediction of whatever higher power you believe in to all who are struggling.
- —Guest anxious
Sick of going through withdrawl
- This is the 3rd time I'm going through withdrawal in 6 years. First time I had a neck fusion, 2nd time it was for the same reason but I couldn't stand being in withdrawal so I started taking them again and found out I did have legitimate pain and had to have another fusion. I was off the pain meds for about 4 months and felt great. The withdrawal symptoms lasted about 4 days. Then I started having lower back pain and started seeing a pain mngt Dr who gave me whatever meds I wanted. The paim got worse and found out I needed 2 discs replaced in my lower back. Before and after surgery I was taking 3 15 mg of roxicodone and 2 10 mg of vicodin. I stopped taking the Roxi last week and was taking 70 mg of the vicodin to make up for not having the Roxi. I was sick to death of taking so many and decided to just quit cold turkey or I wouldn't have at all. I had anti anxiety pills and sleeping pills that really helped me get through the nights.I pray daily and it does get better. Just stay strong.
- —Guest fighting for relief
- I started taken Dr.perscibed opiods 15 yrs ago 7 years ago was put on morphine and oxycodone 10 days ago I stopped them both I am cold so cold. It now seems like I had a heavy warm blanket around me for all those years. I hate that I took all that stuff but I was in so much pain. I was given clonidine to help with the withdrawl. I sweat get panic attacks leg pain. I try to sleep but am unable, I use heating pads for chills, imodium for diarrhea, benadryl for anxiety,I sneeze alot,I also drink lots of water, I also feel very tired from no sleep. I think the toughest symptom for me is the coldness of my body that is why I use heat and I take long baths. I have checked many web sights and the withdrawal should be 3 days to 2 weeks and I am at day 10. I am just wondering if it will take me longer because of the length of time I took opiods? I am convinced that we can be free of this curse of addiction. I pray alot and ask God for his help and wisdom to go though this and come out VICTORIOUS
Death would be easier sometimes
- It all started out with shoulder surgery, and a script for percs. The more percs I took the more pain I was having and after 6 months of doctor prescribed pills I started buying oxy off the street and started snorting them. Then my doctor cut me off and dropped me as a patient and gave me another year worth script at 120 percs a month and said good luck to you... So during that next year I took the month worth of percs in two weeks while at work away from home then had to by oxy 80's off the street for the 2 weeks off at home at 240 mg/day. This quickly dug me in a big financial hole and after my son was born I tried quitting cold turkey twice. Worst 2 weeks of my life! Then a year later tried again cold turkey and suffered for a week for nothing, all three times were just pure torture! Heaving, puking, pooping, every bone in my body hurting, lower back pain, restless legs, can't sleep, can't eat, and freezing cold. I went on suboxone for 16 months and getting off that is just as bad.
- —Guest Tommy
Hell On Earth - but it can be done
- I'd like a word in a locked room with the person who prescribed me oxy for pain. The side effects and withdrawals were never explained to me, but what a relief to have no pain after two car accidents and four operations. It's not obvious how much this drug affects you mentally until you are off it, but aside from pain relief it's bad news and I'd never take it again. There must be other options for hospitals to push. So after a year and a half on oxy, it's time to stop. I saw the doc, prepared with valium, zanax, immodium for the shits, maxolon for the nausea, clamadene for the sweating, vitamins and minerals. None of them helped with the symptoms of withdrawal. The only thing that helped ? Time. You have to suck it up, ride the wave of sweating, cramping, shivering, convulsing, squirting and vomiting. I couldn't eat for days but I kept the fluids and electrolytes up. Stay strong, you will get there, and hopefully you won't lose someone important and lovely on the way like I did.
- —Guest Dave
Didn't expect this
- Took Oxy for one month. The prescribed dose didn't get me through my work and I couldn't call in sick so I took too much, ran out and the doctors would only give me a muscle relaxant even though I asked to be back on Tylenol No. 3 (at least that would have been some relief). Well, this is the end of day 2, it's the weekend, and I spoke to my doctor who was unsympathetic and said he didn't prescribe on the weekend (a few pills to at least get me through work until my appt. with him) and I'm starting to feel the pain. Chilly, sweaty, depressed (I suffer from depression anyway), anxious, stress level has gone up (it was already up there to begin with...work stress, money stress, stress about possible back surgery). Well, after that unsympathic treatment on the phone I think I'll see this doctor once more, collect my MRI CD and file (if possible) and find someone who would at least have a good bedside manner, even if they couldn't get me the pain medication I need and remembers me.
- —Guest Claire
what should I expect?
- For back & neck chronic pain I've been on 6 Tylenol#4, 2 Soma 350mg and 80 mg oxy extended release pills for more than 10 years. Due to changes in the affordable care act my doctor who refuses to join Medicaid can no longer prescribe meds for me. None of the doctors I've met with to replace him are willing to prescribe ANY of these meds so I'm having to stop taking these meds. So I'm wondering what to expect. I've already been off all of the aTyl#4 for a few days and cut down to 2 of the 20mg Oxy ER and don't feel too badly. But how can I gradually withdrawal from an extended release Oxycontin? Should I try just taking 1 20mg per day and then none after a few days? I have no idea how bad its likely to be after ten years of taking Oxy. I always took it as prescribed. I'm frightened and would appreciate your thoughts.
- —Guest chas
ugh! biggest regret of my life!
- Was originally taking Vic's for neck and head injury.. after about two years, increased to 30 mg roxicodone..been on there last three years...my tolerance has gotten so high that in was able to take up to 15 a day. Not to mention i felt like my pain was getting worse being on this so long. I knew I had a problem and realized that I felt the same whether I took 15 or two. So why stay on em? Only difference is i wasn't nodding out on two. And I swear it made me feel like I had A.D.D. after a while. I'm someone who never did ANY DRUGS EVER....so for me to even get addicted shows that bit can happen to ANYONE! It takes over your life and is pure hell! I have been decreasing my dosage day by day. Have some moments of hot and cold sweats and can't sleep much at night but its gotta get done eventually. Not to mention it has made me so impatient and short tempered!
- —Guest dee
- Injury on duty as police officer left me chronic pain in R. arm. Had to retire early 4 yrs ago. Put on Oxy after 1st surgery in Nov 2007. Started low 5mg x2 daily peaking @ 300mg daily in 2011. This yr 2013 been on150mg daily ( 5x30mg) but have been crushing them before taking as really in need of relief alongside paracetamol & ibuprofen. Started getting v v bad head & neck pain 3 weeks ago so decided I HAD to get off this drug. Down to less than 60mg daily but headaches come on as soon as Oxy out of my system after about 3 hours. Am desperate... Are my head heads telling me I need to detox at a slower rate or have I done some serious damage to myself? Really Worried. I Curse the day I was prescribed them. But I AM determined to come off them once & for all. I'll try to find other ways to deal with my arm pain cos Oxy isn't worth the cost to my life if I stay on it. Best of luck to all you fighters out there. Only you know how much strength and determination it takes to win through.
- —Guest Andy Lenton
Day 3 cold turkey
- This is day three and I broke down and went to walk in i have been taking 200 mg oxy perday for the last few months it started due to a surgery then I got addicted and started buying them ...I went to walk in today they want to do a slow taper but i feel like Ive come this far the first 48 hrs were hell even today was bad but was prescribed some valium to help and i feel a little better ...determined to stop.
- —Guest mama first
- I was taken off oxy contin way too fast, I then suffered withdrawals, I was basically curled up in a ball on my bed and only moved to go to the toilet for 2 weeks, I was unable to function and wasn't eating, barely drinking and basically felt that dying would be a better option, now I look back and am so glad I got off oxycontin, it is great for pain but so so addictive and if you come of it too fast it can be devestating
- —Guest moomoo
In the dark
- Hi. Its so hard to stop i wnt to so bad. Im kinda of new to it all. Ive ben using oxy for 1 year and a half. Its gettn so bad to support my habit. Im stealing and lying jus to get what i wnt. And it hurts so bad to steal fron my love ones. Idk wat to do. I tryd to stop but hurt like hell. An i have a child to support i keep thinkn bout my kid an try stoppn. But scared of withdrwls. I get all pain meds from the dctr. I dnt care wat anybody say its there fault. They either no wat there doing to you or they jus dnt no how ir is. May god bless an i wish u all good luck and dnt give up and keep faith. And keep god in control.
- —Guest Tryna stop
Never say never
- I just had surgery and was prescribed Oxycontin. Needless to say Ive been through withdrawal before from Opiates. But I told myself " Aaaahhh ..that was years ago, I'm all grown up now! " Right. Well here I am sick 10 years later again. Freezing, chills, muscles hurt, can't sleep, can't eat, and if I manage to force food down it goes right through me. Nice picture. And this is day 2. Well God bless all of you guys, Ill just say for me I pray I'm strong enough to not go through this crap again.
- —Guest Mags
- WD almost every month because the pain doc wont give me enough Oxy for all the pain Im in. Severe Arthritis in back ...bad motorcycle crashes when I was younger....im 55 now and live a miserable life because of pain....im in a power chair or use a walker. WD's is Hard ive wished I would die many times just to be out of constant pain....I take 120 oxy a day and 6 norco.....not near enough ......im out by week 3
- —Guest greg
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