Oxycodone Withdrawal

Oxycodone withdrawalOxycodone is a strong narcotic administered to treat moderate to severe pain. It is similar to morphine, codeine and hydrocodone. Oxycodone does not completely eliminate the sensation of pain a patient may be feeling, but it does decrease discomfort by increasing a patient’s tolerance to pain. It is available in tablet, capsule and liquid form. However, in addition to increasing pain tolerance, oxycodone also causes insufficient respiration and sedation in a patient. Oxycodone is intended for round-the-clock pain relief and can become highly addictive. Never take more than prescribed by a doctor or continue use longer than recommended.


If patients who have habitually taken oxycodone stop consuming the drug abruptly, they will most likely experience unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. But these symptoms are unlikely to be life-threatening, unlike withdrawal from alcohol and other medications. The intensity and likelihood of these symptoms vary from person to person.

Common symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Profuse sweating
  • Chills
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Watery eyes
  • Muscle pain
  • Dilated pupils
  • Runny nose
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Weakness
  • High blood pressure
  • Fast breathing
  • A rapid heart rate
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Mood swings

Rare, but severe and possibly fatal side effects of improper oxycodone withdrawal include:

  • Excessive drops in blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Circulatory depression
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Shock

What Causes Oxycodone Withdrawal?

Habitual use of oxycodone whether responsible or not, if stopped too abruptly causes withdrawal. Though these symptoms occur most commonly in people struggling with oxycodone addiction, they are not necessarily an effect of drug abuse. Withdrawal is a normal bodily response to ceasing use of narcotics like oxycodone.

How long with Oxycodone Withdrawal last?

Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms may last days, weeks and sometimes months.

Limiting Oxycodone Withdrawal

In order to limit the effects of oxycodone withdrawal you should not stop taking your medication suddenly. Your healthcare provider will slowly prescribe less and less of the medication, allowing the body to become accustomed to lower amounts of the drug a little at a time. Symptoms of withdrawal are often so unpleasant some people begin taking oxycodone again as an attempt to stop the symptoms, but this only perpetuates the symptoms. Keep in mind that withdrawal is not a predictor of abuse. Never be embarrassed to ask your doctor for help if you are struggling with oxycodone withdrawal.

Treating Oxycodone Withdrawal

Because oxycodone is an opiate, detoxification is difficult due to long-term physical and mental addiction. If you or someone you know is suffering from an oxycodone addiction, please call our toll free number at (888) 371-5715. We are here 24 hours a day to answer any question you may have about oxycodone addiction treatment.