What to Expect When Withdrawing from Oxycodone
Oxycodone, an active ingredient in medications such as Oxycontin or Percocet, is a synthetic drug similar to morphine that is used to treat moderate to severe pain in medical settings. Due to its strong narcotic effects, including intense feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and pain relief, it is highly addictive.
Individuals may abuse oxycodone after developing a dependence from doctor-prescribed use over a period of time, with many developing a tolerance and requiring more of the drug to achieve desired relief. Others seek it out illegally due to the pleasant feelings it provides. Either way, oxycodone is extremely dangerous when abused.
Prescription opioids like oxycodone were responsible for over 19,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2016. Long term use can have serious impacts on several organs and can change how the brain produces important neurotransmitters. If one is abusing oxycodone or similar opioids, it is crucial to seek treatment before dependence or addiction leads to disaster.
The Right Approach to Detoxing from Oxycodone
Suddenly discontinuing all use of an opioid like oxycodone when a dependence or addiction is present can be incredibly dangerous, especially if one is trying to do so alone. With such a “cold turkey” approach, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and the risk of relapse very
high. Most medical professionals instead advocate a “taper” approach in which patients gradually decrease their use of the drug over a period of weeks or even months.
Regardless of the approach an individual takes to beat their opioid addiction, it is best to seek the guidance and care of a medical drug detox professional. In moderate to severe cases of dependence, a medically-supervised detoxification facility can provide expert care and guidance where medical staff can monitor patient vitals, provide comfort, and keep the patient in a safe, risk-free environment.
Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms and Timeline
Generally, withdrawal symptoms from oxycodone begin anywhere from 6 to 12 hours after the last dose of the drug. Withdrawal symptoms from oxycodone and similar opioids can include:
- sleep issues
- muscle aches and pains
- rapid heart rate
Typically, the sleep issues, restlessness, and anxiety show up early, while more severe symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and a fast heart rate, appear after the first day of recovery.
Most of these symptoms will improve or resolve within 2 weeks or so depending on the individual’s history with the drug, but some may remain present or return afterwards in what is known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome. These returning symptoms usually subside over time.
Recovery from Oxycodone and Opioid Abuse
After detoxing from oxycodone, it can be difficult to get one’s life back on track, and the fear and risk of relapse may be high. This is where a dedicated substance abuse recovery program can help. Such programs can provide guidance in the form of structured recovery work,
therapy, and a supportive community, all of which can be invaluable for beating Oxycodone addiction.
Granite Recovery Centers offers medically-supervised oxycodone detoxification as well as numerous comprehensive recovery plans that combine 12-step work with other clinical modalities. We can help you or your loved one beat dependence on oxycodone or other opioids, and focus on rebuilding a better life, free of drug dependence and abuse.