Oxycontin Withdrawal and Detox

OxyContin Withdrawal and DetoxWithdrawal from any drug is the body’s response to no longer having that drug in its system. The brain has to adjust and this causes a range of symptoms that can be unpleasant, painful and uncomfortable enough to drive you to use again. For this reason, it is important to attempt to detox from Oxycontin only under supervision. While Oxycontin withdrawal is rarely dangerous, it does often lead to a relapse.

The symptoms of withdrawal from Oxycontin1 include anxiety, irritability, agitation, insomnia, increased tear production, muscle aches, runny nose, and excessive sweating and yawning in the early stages. As withdrawal goes on, expect to start to feel worse. You may have stomach cramping and diarrhea. You will likely start to feel nauseated and may vomit. Goose bumps and chills are also common in the later stages of withdrawal.

Duration of Oxycontin Withdrawal

The duration of withdrawal from oxycodone is different for every person. A number of factors will determine how long oxycodone withdrawal lasts, including:

  • Length of time the individual has been using oxycodone
  • How much oxycodone they took each time
  • The frequency they took oxycodone
  • Whether they mixed oxycodone with alcohol or other drugs
  • Their mental health and medical history, including gender and weight
  • How they took oxycodone (snorting, injecting, eating, et cetera)

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  1. National Institutes of Health. MedlinePlus. Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000949.htm