Treatment for Oxycodone Withdrawal

Treatment for Oxycodone WithdrawalOxycodone, known more commonly by the brand name OxyContin, is an opioid pain reliever. It is prescribed to relieve chronic pain but has a structure similar to heroin, Percodan and morphine and is highly addictive. Oxycodone is one of the most highly abused prescription drugs.

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms and Detoxification

Oxycodone works by blocking the pain receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Oxycodone can also increase the amounts of dopamine in the brain allowing the body to feel pleasure. Over time, a tolerance to oxycodone will develop meaning that more oxycodone is required to achieve the desired effect. Overdose can occur in those who have developed a tolerance to oxycodone. Many oxycodone overdose cases have resulted in death due to respiratory failure.

Withdrawal symptoms caused by oxycodone are potentially dangerous. It is important to seek medical attention in the case of withdrawal. Symptoms can be expected six hours after oxycodone use has stopped. Common withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle pain
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Backaches
  • Joint pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Uncontrollable coughing
  • Seizures or convulsions


Unsupervised withdrawal symptoms are dangerous. Oxycodone addiction treatment begins with a medically supervised detox program in which a physician will reduce the symptoms associated with withdrawal and monitor patient health. Detox from oxycodone can take five to seven days. This is followed by an addiction treatment program. An addiction treatment program consists of group and individual counseling as well as extracurricular activities. Individual therapy helps identify triggers that have caused and maintained oxycodone addiction. Group therapy is essential because it creates a peer based support group. Group therapy lets you know that you are not alone in addiction.


Seeking Oxycodone Treatment?


If you are seeking treatment for oxycodone addiction, please call our toll-free helpline. Counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to help you find the best withdrawal and addiction treatment. They can even check you insurance coverage to see if your program of choice will be covered. Call today and begin your recovery.