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
2nd time around 28yo male
- A few years ago I was taking 250mg of morphine per day. The withdrawals were terrible and painful. It took about a month to get back to almost normal. My symptoms were textbook. I'll share what helped me in hopes it will help others. Remember, they don't last forever. You WILL feel better! I quit cold turkey with no other needs to help. Here is what helped with the symptoms. Pain and restlessness, HOT, long showers or baths. The hottest you can stand. It really felt wonderful. It was the only time during the withdrawals I felt normal Ibuprofen helps but not a lot. I recommend the liquid gel, it works pretty quickly and will help with the headaches and a little with body aches and inflammation. Exercise! Weed! Pot! Marijuana! Personally, it did not help a lot with pain, but with a strong indica strain, it did help with the restlessness. Masturbate, have sex! I know, but it really helps with the pain and restlessness. It releases endorphins which curb the pain and restlessness.
- —Guest Ryan
Do not use methadone
- As one already stated, methadone and suboxone are just other opiates in your system making you feel ''high'' it still messed with your reward system in your brain and there will be a horrible Come down from the alternatives. when I went to rehab for oxy they gave me non narcotic meds to help. Clonodine and neurotin for restless legs. Ask your doctor if the meds could help you. I was not dependant on the meds and could stop taking them after two weeks perfectly fine. after two weeks i had the best sleep in a long time, with no meds.
- —Guest joe
- many years ago I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. It was devastating and painful. The cancer had reduced my bones to that of a 90 year old when I was only 45. I had been a firefighter/paramedic for 23 years. It was also extremely depressing. I was on a number of powerful pain meds, one of which was oxycontin. After taking these meds for 2 years I quit. I soon found out what withdrawal felt like and seriously wanted to die. I would not wish this on the devil himself, didn't think there was anyway to survive, but I did. Recently injured my back again, fractured 3 more vertebrae with disc and nerve involvement. When the doctor came back to my room with 2 prescriptions one of which of course was oxycontin, fear hit me like a locomotive. I uttered my fear and concerns and past experience with this drug. He tried to assure me that if taken as prescribed I should not be at risk. I have absolutely no intention of letting this happen again. Suggestion
- I was on roxicodone and hydro done 10-325 for a year one day my dr says I am not giving you anymore out of the blue. I asked if he could give me something so I could wein myself off, he said no, 1st day was horrible crawling out of my skin 2nd day also bad! I still have not slept and I am lethargic but today my 4th full day I am starting to feel better! So hang in there everyone it does get better!
- —Guest Guest laura
- I was started on Oxy in 1999. I have many things wrong with me but in reality the doctors didn't have a clue to what was wrong and they put me on different types of narcs before Oxy to kill the extreme amount of pain I was in. Just recently my liver is failing so I want to stop all the meds going through it. I am currently cutting down my oxy's trying to quit. I was taking 5-6 pills of 40mg a day. 3 days ago I stopped taking my afternoon pills and now I only take 1 in the am and 1 at bedtime. previously to this if I was off my time to take them by even 20min I would get the twitches, shakes and a wicked headache. Now it's day 3 of no afternoon pills and I feel like crap. I can't stop going to the bathroom. My nose won't stop running along with the sneezes. My blood sugars are going wonky. I can't sleep even with sleeping pills and adivan. I am doing this without a doctor because they won't help me at all. This is pure hell and I got 2 more pills to drop. your comments are helping me.
- Does anyone know if elimidol works for withdrawal?
- —Guest Biggino
Paying the piper
- Yup me too and probably a million more out there. Im jumping off cold in 7 days. I needed to wait till I could take the time off work with pay. Using bout 50 mgs daily started with neck injury 8 months ago now Im hooked and sick of it. I quit drinking 20 yrs ago and cant believe im hooked on something else after all these years. I tried to wean down but I guess Im the all in or all out type. Im going to use Gabbapentin and Paxil to help get thru this iM 56 yrs old with a strong heart cant say Im not a bit apprehensive bout it all but Im willing to pay the Piper and add this to my been there done that list. Ill check in when I start. Good luck to all and remember there's a lot of us, neither you or I are alone in this.
- —Guest Old picker
- 6 years on oxys / max dose 240mg day The odd time I run out feels unbearable Now on 200 and my God what a nightmare - Really did need it to start with / Should of.got off em when had op but there is no words / Simply have to have em in system all the time /Do not start / Take my Word
- —Guest MATT
- I had a car accident back in 96 broke my neck and did major damage to my spine hip's etc was told i would have old ladies disease at a young age im now 59 and yep major pain ...took me many years to get pain relief and oxy was the worst form of med's i could have ever taken as kept going up and up so detoxed in a unit and used suboxon but the pain would come in at the same time every day it was hard enough getting off them but what about the pain i was left with so they wanted me to do methadone researched it and found 9 out of 10 people had gone onto coke or heroine to get off the meth ..i was left laying on the floor of the shower for 7 days with it coming away both ends they would check that i was still alive and that was it stopped dehydration by drinking shower water was 50 at this stage and thought i would die of a heart attack ended up in I.C.U now im on Jurnista 2 a day have run out at odd times and withdrawals are worse then the oxy so what do you do at my age!!
8 x 80mg a day
- I had a couple back surgeries and was taking 640 mg a day for a while. got down to 4 x 80 a day and the doc tried to switch me to 2 40mg Opana and 4 x 10IR a day. Terrible leg cramps and pain. Any advice? Can't smoke weed in my state and with my job.
- —Guest Jeffrey
My second attempt at reducing Oxy
- I've been prescribed Oxy for 10 yrs. Started w/ 10 mg. 3 X day. Now I'm at 3 60's a day, plus 60 mg. of instant acting Oxy for ' breakthrough pain ' ( what a joke THAT is ! ) So, in total, 240 mg. Oxy per day for 8 yrs. I am cutting my dosage in half or more because I need several surgeries. ( it all started w/ an accident that smashed my femur, tore up my knee, & required 6 surgeries on that leg. next is a total knee replacement ) also, rotator cuff surgery, hip surgery, hand/ joint surgery, spinal injections, upper ( base of neck ) & lumbar injections. I've been diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia & degenerative Osteoarthritis, from sports & a car accident. My goal is to NOT end up in a wheelchair. I've cut my oxy dose in half over a week, w/ sleep meds & benzos. Have " shivers ", restless leg & body syndrome, insomnia, overall aching, nausea. But I must reduce so Post-op meds will work, but I fear w/ all the surgeries, I will end up in this spot again. Thanks for all the shared stories.
- —Guest Lesley Smith
- Am 4 days free of all meds. Was on 60 mg xday. For 7 years. Can't stop sneezing. Its driving me mad . Reduced by 10mg a week, with the last few weeks staying on 20mg as my body adjusted. The last 10mg is the hardest. The % you cut down in a week is 50%. Feels more than when I cut from 60mg to 40mgs.
- —Guest misha
Hope This Helps
- This is not my first oxy withdrawal process, I was free of this hellish drug for several years before some drs mistaken prognosis convinced me my physical condition was only going to deteriorate into inevitable death. At that point it seemed useless to suffer thru the pain, so I reverted to oxy again. The doctors were incorrect, and I'm now battling this withdrawal again. My bit of advice to those enduring this process are; First, if you're able to obtain prescriptions for any of the medications capable of reducing some symptoms they can be infinitely helpful. My most intolerable symptom has always been the restless legs, and mirapex has helped me incredibly. Xanax helps me with anxiety & sleep but I know that's not for everyone. And ibuprofen. Hot sea salt baths work wonders for temporarily soothing aches & restlessness, even if only long enough to get a small amount of rest. Hang in there, the freedom that comes once you emerge from this hell makes it worthwhile. Don't give up.
- —Guest A
3 days clean- 80mg LP Oxycontin
- I am currently 3 days clean of this MONSTER drug after 9months - I had to take it just to function, I had constant paralysing sciatica with an inability to walk.I had a double Lumbar Decompression in Dec 2013 and I vowed to get off the Oxy asap, So in dec 2013 I reduced it 10mg a week for the last 7 weeks and by jove it has worked for me a treat. I had one day of vomiting only for a few hrs but then the sky high temperature started and the pounding headaches. My biggest problem to date is the lack of sleed and the burning legs syndrome. To you all trying this give it your all and be positive. It is hard at first but there again I wasnt on it for so long. Good luck.
- —Guest Noah
Am I at risk? I want to stop.
- I had lumbar surgery in early Dec of 2013. So I I've only been taking 2 x 40mg Oxycotins with 10/325 Percocets, for break out pain. I believe I gotten to the point where I do not need it for pain. However last night I took my last 40mg. Today I started having strange light headedness, weakness, sweating, and just feel like crap. I have read how many on this site have had issues and would really like to know if doing cold turkey is a bad idea. I did not think cutting the OxyContin was a good idea. I want to get past this ASAP.
- —Guest Scott
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