Oxycodone Withdrawal and Detox

Once a heavy user stops taking oxycodone, withdrawal symptoms can include aches and pains, nausea and vomiting.

Start the road to recovery

(877) 746-0480

    Call Now

    Treatment Center Locator

    What Is Oxycodone Withdrawal?

    Those quitting oxycodone often feel extremely fatigued or drowsy.Oxycodone is a potent opioid found in common prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Percocet. Over time, oxycodone users develop a tolerance to the drug and they need higher doses to achieve the same effects.

    Once a dependence on oxycodone has developed, quitting the drug will result in painful withdrawal symptoms. Some people relapse during oxycodone withdrawal because the symptoms are too intense. Others continue using oxycodone just to feel “normal” and avoid withdrawal.

    An inpatient or outpatient treatment program and medical detox can help oxycodone users reach sobriety safely and successfully. Call us now for help finding treatment.

    See how Jerry
    overcame his
    addiction.
    Jerry Lawson sitting in a chair

    Symptoms of Withdrawal

    Symptoms of withdrawal can arise within hours of the last dose. Less frequent users may experience shorter, lighter symptoms similar to the flu. Long-term, heavy users are more likely to experience symptoms similar to those of heroin withdrawal.

    Common symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal include:

    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Depression
    • Coughing
    • Diarrhea
    • Runny nose
    • Teary eyes
    • Sweating
    • Anxiety
    • Shaking
    • Muscle aches
    • Increased heart rate

    Because oxycodone is the active ingredient in these painkillers, the symptoms of Percocet withdrawal and OxyContin withdrawal will be very similar.

    Duration of Withdrawal

    The duration of withdrawal from oxycodone is different for each user. The timeline often depends on the amount, duration and frequency of oxycodone use.

    Symptoms typically appear six to 24 hours after the last dose. Within the first few days, withdrawal will be at its peak. Most of the painful symptoms taper off by the end of the week. For some, intense psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from a week to even years after quitting.

    Oxycodone Withdrawal Timeline

    Days 1-2Withdrawal can begin a few hours after the last dose. Some of the first symptoms of withdrawal include muscle and joint aches, nausea and extreme sweating. Relapse is most common during this window.
    Days 3-5The worst symptoms of withdrawal usually occur a few days after the last dose. Muscle aches are still common, and nausea and vomiting are often present. Shaking and cramps can happen during this time.
    Days 6-7As the physical symptoms start to slow, the psychological ones are stronger than ever. The tail end of withdrawal leads to anxiety and depression, among other remaining physical symptoms like nausea and diarrhea.
    Days 8+Once the oxycodone has been detoxed from the body, many former users will feel remorse for things they did while high. The psychological impact of overcoming an oxycodone addiction should be carefully monitored to avoid drastic decisions or relapse.
    Background image

    Ready to get help?

    Our phone number is available 24/7 to help you or your loved one find a treatment center that suits your needs. It only takes one call to start your new life in recovery.
    Don’t waste another second. Call now to speak with a compassionate treatment expert.

    Speak with an expert (855) 826-4464

    - OR -

    Let us call you
    (877) 746-0480

      Oxycodone Detox

      Oxycodone withdrawal can be painful and uncomfortable. A gradual reduction of the drug is often the most comfortable and effective way to detox.

      Tapering off the user’s dosage typically produces less severe withdrawal symptoms than abruptly quitting the drug.

      During detox, many doctors and clinicians prescribe special medications to help with specific withdrawal symptoms. These medications work by making the brain believe it’s still getting oxycodone. This also prevents or reduces the severity of many symptoms. Common medications used during oxycodone detox include:

      • Clonidine

        used to treat physical symptoms, like vomiting.

      • Suboxone

        A combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone provides relief from oxycodone withdrawal symptoms without the “high” of oxycodone. It is often used during detox to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal and reduce cravings.

      • Naltrexone

        A common drug used for detox and maintenance, Naltrexone is essentially the chemical opposite of opiates. The medicine blocks receptors in the brain that bind to oxycodone, dulling the drug’s euphoric effects. Continued use of naltrexone(usually up to a year after detox) can also help restore chemical balance in the brain.

      Get started on the road to recovery.

      Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction

      Overcoming an addiction to oxycodone is an important, often difficult journey. Memories of oxycodone use can urge a recovering addict to restart use. Relapse is most common during the initial withdrawal period.

      Former heavy users are at a high risk of overdose during relapse because tolerance drops after the initial detox period. A user who was able to take a high dose before might try to take that same amount. Because the body has adjusted to not having the drug, too much of it can quickly lead to overdose.

      An addiction treatment program can make this process easier and ensure the safety of the recovering addict. Find a treatment center for oxycodone addiction now.

      Get help today

      Don't go through the process of recovery alone. Get in touch with someone who can help.

      (877) 746-0480

        What does it mean that this site is brought to you by Beach House Center for Recovery?

        We strive to be fully transparent in all of our relationships. To that end, we want you to be aware that AddictionCenter is compensated by Beach House Center for Recovery for the work AddictionCenter does in the development and operation of this site. Beach House Center for Recovery was carefully vetted and selected to be a trusted provider and partner with AddictionCenter, based on the quality of treatment that Beach House provides and their rigorous commitment to ethical practices. Learn more about why Beach House Center for Recovery is a trusted provider with AddictionCenter.

        All calls to numbers on individual facility listings will always go to the facility listed. All calls to general contact numbers and contact us forms on this site are routed to Beach House Center for Recovery. If Beach House Center for Recovery is unable to assist with a particular need they are committed to providing direction and assistance in finding appropriate care.

        Get 24/7 help now. All calls free and confidential.

        (855) 826-4464

        Take control of your life

        Our treatment specialists offer 24/7 assistance.

        • Access to top treatment centers
        • Caring, supportive guidance
        • Financial assistance options

        Call now:

        (855) 826-4464

        OR

        Have us call you:

        (877) 746-0480

          Where do calls go?

          Calls to numbers dedicated to a specific treatment center profile will be routed to that treatment center. All other calls will be routed to Beach House Center for Recovery.

          Rehab experts are available 24/7/365 to answer and return calls routed to Beach House.

          All calls are private and confidential.

          How do we choose our partners?

          About Beach House

          Beach House Center for Recovery is a leading drug and alcohol treatment center that combines the latest medical, clinical, and spiritual treatments to combat addiction.

          Find out more about AddictionCenter.

          A treatment facility paid to have their center promoted here. Learn more about how to be featured in a paid listing.