Oxycodone withdrawal: Can it kill you?

Are you worried about oxycodone withdrawal?

One of the sad facts of addiction is that quitting is put of for so long because of fear. You know that it cannot go on forever. However, the fear causes you to delay. Yet, you know that you must one day face oxycodone withdrawal.

“Just one more day”, you tell yourself.

This can lead to many years of lost time. You fear change, even though you are suffering. And, you fear the pain of withdrawal symptoms.

So, can oxycodone withdrawal kill?

While you can generally rest assured that oxycodone withdrawal is not usually deadly or harmful, you still must be cautious in quitting. The symptoms of withdrawal can be quite uncomfortable. According to americanaddictioncenters.org, symptoms can include runny nose, aches, sweating, diarrhea, insomnia and much more. Many people describe it as feeling like having the flu, but much worse.

How oxycodone withdrawal can kill.

If you have a serious underlying medical condition, such as a heart problem, the symptoms of withdrawal could turn deadly. Also, there is the risk for many people of taking more oxycodone to stop the symptoms. This could lead to deadly overdose. If you are taking other drugs or alcohol, trying to quit everything at once could cause a deadly reaction.

What is the safest way to quit taking oxycodone?

There are a few options. If you are taking prescribed oxycodone and you take it as directed, you might consider gradually tapering until you are off. If you are misusing oxycodone and you have become addicted, you will not find it to be that simple.

Inpatient detox is the gold standard.

When you go to an inpatient detox program, you will stay for a week or two. Nurses will watch you around the clock. They will give you meds to feel better if needed.

Outpatient Medication Assisted Treatment is also an option

Detox is not always an option. It doesn’t work for everyone. You may find that after detox, it is hard to fight the cravings. You may not have the time to check in to a program for a long period of time. There is the option of going to a doctor for medical treatment. Medications, such as Suboxone, make it possible to mostly avoid oxycodone withdrawal. Cravings are kept to a minimum.

In conclusion, if you are young and physically healthy, oxycodone withdrawal is not likely to kill you. However, it is very uncomfortable and hard to face. Getting medical help by seeing a doctor is a great way to start. You will find that it is not so hard to quit when you have help.

Frequently Asked Questions About Oxycodone Withdrawal

Typically, withdrawal symptoms will last from a few days up to a week or two. It is possible that you will have some lingering feelings of withdrawal that can come and go, as well as difficulty sleeping, for a month or two, or possibly longer.

First, it is important to be able to rest without any unnecessary stress, such as work or taking care of young children without help. Be sure to drink fluids. Water is best. You may want to drink a sports, electrolyte-replacement drink, such as Gatorade as well. A multivitamin will help to replenish nutrients. Additionally, there are medications that a doctor can prescribe that will make withdrawal symptoms more tolerable. If you are addicted to oxycodone and concerned that you will return to using it again, you should see a doctor who can provide Medication-Assisted Treatment. This can include treatment with medications, such as Suboxone. Suboxone will help to make withdrawal symptoms go away, and it will prevent opioid cravings.

Don’t be surprised if you feel a lack of energy for a long time after you stop taking oxycodone. If you start Suboxone, this will likely not be an issue. If you want to work on increasing your energy level, there are a few things you can do. Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Exercise regularly. About 30 minutes of daily cardiovascular exercise is a good start. A brisk walk is good exercise and a good way to clear your mind and get some fresh air. Also, do your best to get a full night’s sleep every night.

The onset of oxycodone withdrawal can be anywhere from hours to a day or two. It depends on your metabolism and how much oxycodone you take on a regular basis. If you are taking a long-acting form of oxycodone or another long-acting opioid, the time to feel withdrawal symptoms could be a lot longer than if you were just taking immediate-release oxycodone or roxicodone. Oxycontin withdrawal, for example, takes longer to start than Oxycodone IR withdrawal.

Medications, such as clonidine or lucemyra can help to reduce symptoms that are mediated by the sympathetic nervous system. Gabapentin has been studied and demonstrated to be effective in reducing symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal. The best way to get through it is to see a doctor for treatment. While withdrawal symptoms can be severe, opioid cravings can put you at very high risk for relapse. Medication-assisted treatment can give you the best chance to stay off of oxycodone. And, it will help you to feel better right away. Meds, such as methadone or buprenorphine, can help you to think clearly and function normally in a short time.

The severity of withdrawal will vary from one person to another. If you are using a large amount of oxycodone every day and you have been using it for a very long time, your withdrawal symptoms may be worse compared to someone who did not use as much. For some people, withdrawal is intolerable. If you cannot tolerate oxycodone withdrawal, you should seek medical attention.

The withdrawal effects can last quite a long time. While the worst of the withdrawal will usually peak around 72 hours, it can take days, even weeks, to run its course. Some effects of withdrawal can linger for even longer.

As stated previously, withdrawal can last for quite a long time. There are medications that can reduce the severity of these symptoms. Lucemyra, clonidine, gabapentin and others may lessen the symptoms somewhat. Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Suboxone, can dramatically end withdrawal symptoms.

It is important, early on, to try to get rest if possible. Sleep will help you to get through the worst of it. When under medical supervision, medication may be administered to make it easier for you to sleep. As stated before, there are medications, sometimes referred to as comfort medications, to make the symptoms less severe. Consider buprenorphine treatment as part of a medication-assisted treatment program to avoid a prolonged withdrawal syndrome.

At around 72-hours, you will experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS). These symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, cramps, chills, stomach discomfort, fast heart rate and more. You may also experience cravings for opioids. The severe symptoms, along with cravings, makes the risk of relapse very high. 

The worst of cold turkey withdrawal will be within the first few days. While you may want to be alone during this time period, it would be best to be under supervision. Medical supervision is best. Additionally, medical treatment can reduce, and even eliminate, these symptoms as well as the opioid cravings.

Muscle aches, chills, cramps, gastrointestinal upset are major symptoms. Many people have described this syndrome as the flu times 100. Can you imagine feeling one hundred times worse than the flu?

Other symptoms can include runny nose and yawning, as well as dilated pupils and blurred vision.

While the worst of the symptoms will subside within a few days, it can take a week or more for the worst of it to be over. And, sleeplessness and other symptoms, such as chills, can come and go over a period of a month or two.

This is most likely a myth. It is not legal for US doctors to treat opioid dependence with hydrocodone or any other opioid with two exceptions. Certified doctors and clinics can dispense methadone or prescribe buprenorphine. These two opioids are the only two that are allowed to be used for opioid dependence treatment. Buprenorphine, which is the active ingredient in Suboxone, is a unique opioid and only partially stimulates the opioid receptor.

Yes. The best, first step is to see a doctor who is experienced in treating opioid dependence and opioid use disorder. The doctor can discuss with you a medical treatment plan to reduce or completely get rid of your symptoms.

While there are not really any home remedies, basic support in addition to medical treatment will help. Keeping hydrated is important. Drink water or gatorade or a similar sports drink with electrolyte replacement. Take a multivitamin. A heating pad can help with back pain and muscle aches. Try to rest and get some sleep if possible.

This is an excellent question! While hospital emergency departments have historically not been helpful with patients in oxycodone withdrawal after quitting percocet, they are improving. In many states, ER doctors are allowed to give 2 or 3 days of Suboxone to hold the patient over until they can see a Suboxone doctor for continued treatment. In fact, there are programs where the hospital system provides full, long-term treatment. This treatment starts in the hospital emergency room.

Alcohol is a very dangerous drug. In fact, deaths rates from alcohol are similar to death rates from opioids. You must not use alcohol as a home remedy for any condition. This is critically important when it comes to treating oxycodone withdrawal. The best solution is to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you cannot get to a clinic right away, then go to the hospital emergency department.

Oxycodone withdrawal, while very unpleasant, is typically not life-threatening. However, relapsing can be very much life-threatening. If you take more oxycodone to feel better, you could accidentally overdose and die. And, people who have significant medical problems already could be at higher risk for serious problems. It is recommended to go to a clinic for treatment as soon as possible or, if this is not possible, consider going to the hospital.

You must not self-treat opioid dependence by taking hydrocodone or any other prescription drug that may be sitting in your medicine cabinet. Treating oxycodone withdrawal can be somewhat complex. You should see a doctor if you are going to quit oxycodone.

As previously stated, do not use another opioid to treat oxycodone withdrawal. If a doctor prescribes Suboxone, this is fine, but do not take hydrocodone or any other prescription pills you have laying around. This can be dangerous and even deadly.

If you are prescribed oxycodone for 1 week, you will very likely not have withdrawal symptoms after stopping the prescription.

Addiction can occur in a very short time when taking oxycodone. It is difficult to determine who is most at risk for developing addiction when exposed to oxycodone for only a short time. This is why some states have instituted laws, limiting oxycodone prescriptions to only a few days after surgeries.

Taking Xanax to help with oxycodone withdrawal can be very dangerous. The combination of xanax and oxycodone is more dangerous than either drug along. In fact, Xanax is the most common secondary cause of drug overdose. This means that when a person dies of a drug overdose from a drug, such as oxycodone or heroin, Xanax is the most often found drug that did not primarily cause the overdose, but it is present. Xanax increases the danger of other drugs and increases the risk of deadly overdose.

This question implies that you are planning to self-treat your opioid dependence. Self-treatment is very dangerous. Medication-assisted treatment of opiate dependence and opiate addiction should be always performed under the care of a doctor.

MAT is the best solution. Methadone can be started right away without having to wait for withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone can usually be started after a short period of symptoms, usually 18-24 hours.

This will vary from one person to another. Several days taking prescribed oxycodone after a surgery will most likely not cause any problems. Laws in some states dictate how long doctors can prescribe medications such as oxycodone after a surgery or for acute pain in general. This is to reduce the chance of becoming addicted or dependent.

There are many symptoms of withdrawal. From a runny nose, yawning and sneezing, up to severe cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, pain, aches and chills are common symptoms.

Tramadol is a controlled opioid. Not very long ago, it was not controlled. As previously stated, Doctors in the US are not allowed to use any opioid to treat opioid addiction other than those that have been approved for this use. Tramadol is not approved to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms. And, tramadol is a potentially dangerous medication with complications including seizures. 

Dependence on one opioid is going to be similar to dependence on another in most cases. For example, when a pain management doctor changes a patient’s medication regimen, prescribing a new opioid and discontinuing another, there is little concern about withdrawal. However, codeine must not be used as a treatment for oxycodone withdrawal.

In many cases, moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms will be continuous for at least several days. However, even when symptoms subside, some symptoms may persist intermittently over a few weeks and even up to several months.

The withdrawal period after oxycodone abuse may be longer than it would be for someone who is withdrawing from prescribed use of oxycodone. This is because it is likely that someone who is abusing oxycodone is taking much more of the drug than would routinely be prescribed.

Natural herbs will provide minimal, if any, relief from withdrawing from oxycodone. Still, it may be worth looking into herbal remedies for opiate withdrawal. There are supplement stores that maintain extensive databases that can help you to pick supplements for any condition.

I would recommend that you bring your husband to a doctor who is able to provide MAT, or medication-assisted treatment. While some people call such a doctor a Suboxone doctor, the fact is that there is more to MAT than just prescribing Suboxone.

Yes, you will find that more hospitals are coming on board with providing Suboxone treatment. The ER doctor can initiate treatment and then help you to make arrangements for ongoing treatment.

While these medications are the gold standard and used as part of the most effective treatment for opioid addiction, there are alternatives. There is naltrexone, a non-controlled opioid blocker. There are also medications to make symptoms of withdrawal more tolerable.

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