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Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Oxycodone is a narcotic drug that is used as a reliever for moderate to severe pain.

Because the drug can produce a euphoric feeling when it is taken, oxycodone abuse is fairly common. Oxycodone withdrawal treatment is the first phase in a treatment plan to help an oxycodone addict to live a clean and sober life.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Oxycodone Abuse

Currently, oxycodone isn't sold in its pure form; however, drug companies are exploring the possibility of offering pure oxycodone under certain circumstances. Oxycodone is available in conjunction with either acetaminophen or aspirin. This means that a person abusing oxycodone has to cope with side effects associated with oxycodone, as well as side effects of either acetaminophen or aspirin.

Oxycodone may cause constipation, as well as drowsiness. Larger doses of oxycodone are associated with difficulty breathing. Acetaminophen is associated with liver damage at moderate to high doses. Aspirin is associated with blood clotting difficulties.

While it is possible that an oxycodone user will have outward signs of the addiction, it is possible that only mood changes and excessive sleepiness will be the only signs if the user takes the pills orally. If the user crushes the pills to take them intravenously, he or she will likely have track marks on one arm or both arms. An oxycodone user who snorts or sniffs the crushed pills may have noticeable nasal irritation.

Withdrawing from Oxycodone Treatment Methods and Options for Help

In almost every case, an oxycodone addiction must be treated at an inpatient treatment facility. This is partially due to the need to closely monitor the user during the oxycodone withdrawal phase, as oxycodone withdrawal symptoms may occur. Usually, the oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can be successfully managed using medical interventions.

One of the methods of getting a user through the withdrawal period is by weaning him or her off of the drug. This involves slowly decreasing the amount of the drug the user intakes on a daily basis. By doing this, the oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can be minimized.

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms and Side Effects

Oxycodone is closely related to morphine. As such, many of the withdrawal symptoms of oxycodone are similar to that of morphine. Most of these symptoms are manageable. They include:

  • Achiness
  • Muscle tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Diarrhea

There are also some symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal that can't be treated with medical interventions. These symptoms are usually nothing more than an inconvenience. These include:

  • Excessive yawning
  • Increased saliva production
  • Chills and sweating
  • Watery eyes

Medical Options During Withdrawal and Treatment

There are prescription medications that can be used to help a user stop taking oxycodone. In some cases, these drugs may be continued through the rehab and recovery phases of treatment. Methadone and buprenorphine are two of these drugs. These are man-made opioids that help to stop cravings for oxycodone. Naloxone and Naltrexone are two other drugs that can successfully help a user to break an oxycodone addiction. Both of these work by inhibiting the body's ability to receive the oxycodone.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Generally, the detox phase of treatment lasts approximately two weeks. Once this phase is completed, the oxycodone is out of the user's system. At this point, the recovering addict can begin the rehab phase of treatment.

During the rehab phase, the recovering addict works with counselors and mental health professionals to discover the underlying cause of the addiction. This is sometimes due to low self esteem; however, stress and a number of other causes can lead to an oxycodone addiction.

One commonly accepted way to help recovering oxycodone addicts is through peer groups. These groups usually include people who have been clean and sober for a while. The goal of peer groups is to let the recovering addict know that he or she isn't alone in dealing with recovery and staying clean. Oftentimes, the peer group is a great place for a recovering addict to learn coping methods for times when life's stresses seem overwhelming.

At the end of the rehab portion of the program, the recovering addict moves into the recovery phase. During this phase, the recovering addict slowly integrates back into society as a clean and sober person.

Once the addict has gone through oxycodone withdrawal treatment, rehab and recovery, he or she usually has a strong support system and is equipped with everything needed to live life without oxycodone.

Oxycodone Information at a Glance
Medication Name, Costs Class of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Oxycodone
  • Generic Name Variations: Oxycodone
  • Chemical Name: Oxycodone
  • Brand Name: Oxycontin
  • Brand Name Variations: N/A
  • Cost/Price: Between $50 and $200
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Treatment of moderate to severe pain
  • Function or Use at High Dose: Treatment of moderate to severe pain
  • Chemical Makeup: C18H21CO4
  • System: Opioid analgesic
  • Duration of Action: Between 6 to 12 hours
Form, Intake and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablets
  • Administration Routes: Oral
  • Dosage: Between 10 mg to 80 mg
  • Overdose: Greater than 100 mg in Opioid tolerant patients
  • Alcohol Interaction: Adverse and sometimes fatal effects may occur
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: Risk of severe negative side effects when taken with other Opioid analgesics and CNS depressants.
  • Contraindications: Significant respiratory depression, severe bronchial asthma, paralytic ileus
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Constipation, dizziness, headache, hypotension, asthenia
  • Long-Term: Addiction, fatal overdose can occur
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: High
  • Signs of Abuse: Increased sedation, coma, respiratory problems,
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: 10 to 20 hours after last dose
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Shakiness, tremors, nausea, vomiting, cold and flu-like symptoms, seizures, fever
  • Tolerance: Users may develop tolerance
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence: High possibility
  • Psychological Dependence: High possibility
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule II


Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Oxycodone Withdrawals Last?

The average timeline for withdrawal symptoms can range from 1 week to several weeks, peaking at 5 to 7 days. The length and severity of withdrawal symptoms depends in the duration of tranquilizer usage by patients.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Oxycodone?

Hillbilly meth, O.C, Oxy, Roxi, OxyContin

What are Common Misspellings?

Oxicodone withdrawl, Oxycodon withdrawls, Oxykodone withdrawel, Oxidcodone withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

While there are a number of supposedly successful home remedies and alternative medicines that promise to relieve detoxification, you should seek professional help if you want to ensure a successful detox. Trying a home remedy instead of contacting a rehabilitation center can waste valuable time, so if you’re looking for safe, effective recovery, it’s best to contact a physician or medical professional.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Oxycodone?

Oxycodone can stay in the system for up to 1 week. To research your community’s options for treatment and support, try visiting our locator page or calling 1-888-935-1318 Who Answers? to get the help you need for you or the ones you love.

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