How Much Oxycodone Can I Safely Take?

How Much Oxycodone Can I Safely Take?Taking oxycodone incorrectly can result in tolerance, physical and psychological dependency and eventually addiction.

Oxycodone Dosage Instructions

Those with mild pain are usually prescribed immediate release 5-15mg tablets to take every 4-6 hours. Controlled release 10mg tablets may be taken every 12 hours. For those with severe pain (such as cancer patients) immediate release 10-30mg tablets can be taken every 4 hours. As a controlled release medication, cancer patients are sometimes given 20-640mg per day as needed. The average total daily dose is approximately 105mg per day, despite the high dose sometimes given to cancer patients. Oxycodone is a Schedule II medication usually prescribed in solid, tablet form, but can be taken intravenously.

Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

The signs of oxycodone addiction are as follows:

  • Taking more of the drug than prescribed
  • Taking oxycodone more often than prescribed
  • Administering the drug incorrectly
  • Doctor shopping to fill many prescriptions
  • Hoarding/stashing pills
  • Purchasing oxycodone illegally
  • Needing oxycodone to feel “normal”
  • Continuing oxycodone abuse despite harmful effects
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Developing tolerance (the need to take more for the same effect)
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

You may be addicted to oxycodone if you feel any of the following symptoms between uses:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Abnormal skin sensations
  • Goose bumps
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pain/weakness
  • Fevers

Oxycodone Overdose Symptoms

Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these symptoms while using oxycodone:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Confusion
  • Pupil constriction
  • Circulatory collapse
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Fainting
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Coma

How to Break Oxycodone Addiction

Addiction can happen to anyone, even those using prescription medications or only using occasionally. Addiction is a disease and will need to be treated as such, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a live healthy, drug-free lifestyle after stopping oxycodone abuse. If you were prescribed oxycodone for a legitimate medical need, then tell your doctor that you want to explore other medications that may be less addictive. You should never suddenly stop using a drug on your own because the withdrawal symptoms may be too much to deal with all at once.

A doctor, detox facility or rehab center will be able to administer gradual detox to alleviate withdrawals, making it more likely that you’ll get and stay sober. Speak with a drug addiction counselor to find out what kind of treatments you need to address your psychological addiction. Be honest with your family and ask for their support as you enter oxycodone addiction treatment.

Oxycodone Addiction Help

Don’t hesitate to get help for an addiction. We keep caring call center agents ready 24 hours a day so you can call our toll-free helpline anytime. Even if you think finances will be a problem, call and ask about how your insurance benefits may cover the costs of rehab.