OxyContin Withdrawl: What to Expect

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OxyContin is a very powerful opioid painkiller. While it does have many beneficial medical uses it can also be incredibly dangerous due to its potency. In fact, many people who find themselves suffering from an opioid dependency or addiction got to that point through no fault of their own.

While it is relatively easy to get addicted to OxyContin, the same can’t be said when it comes to the recovery process. In fact, OxyContin withdrawal symptoms can be severe and incredibly unpleasant. That’s why it’s so important to do so under the care and supervision of trained medical professionals.

On this page, we will take a look at what OxyContin is, what it is prescribed for, and what happens if someone gets addicted to it. We will also talk about recovering from OxyContin and opioid addiction and the withdrawal symptoms associated with the recovery process, as well as what to expect.

As we touched on in the introduction, OxyContin is a highly powerful, semi-synthetic opioid. It is typically prescribed by a doctor to help treat severe pain from a traumatic injury or arthritis. In some cases it can even be prescribed to cancer patients to help ease some of their discomfort. 

Since it is such a powerful painkiller it can oftentimes result in the person taking it developing a dependence or addiction to the substance, even if they are only taking it as medically directed. Due to the euphoric affects that it provides, it is also a popular drug to be used and abused recreationally as well.

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How Prevelant is OxyContin Abuse and Misuese?

While many who suffer from OxyContin addiction do so by taking the drug recreationally, there are also many people who develop an addiction to the substance even though they were prescribed it by a doctor and took it only as medically directed.

Because of the dangers of opioid addiction, it is important to know the potential warning signs of an OxyContin addiction as soon as possible so you can get the help that you need before it is too late. 

Some warning signs of the development of an OxyContin addiction include:

  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Taking more and more to reach the desired effect
  • “Doctor shopping” in order to get OxyContin prescriptions
  • Taking pills from friends or family members that might have some
  • Neglecting resposnibiilites such as work or school
  • Dramatic changes in sleep and eating habits
  • Constantly thinking about OxyContin or worrying about how you are going to get more of it
  • Spending money you don’t have on pills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diziness and lightheadedness
  • Hypotension
  • Respiratory depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Itching and sweating
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms it is important to stop taking OxyContin and get help right away Failing to address these issues in a timely manner can result in an overdose and possibly even death.

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What Is Withdrawl?

When a person becomes addicted to a substance, their body and brain are not able to function properly without said substance. When the body and brain stops recieving the substance that it is addicted to it begins to experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawl symptoms are a major reason why people continue to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. In many cases they would continue suffering from addiction then deal with the withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping.


Withdrawl symptoms and the severity of the symtpoms can vary based on the substance or substances being abused and how strong the addiction is. Since most withdrawal symptoms are severe and unpleasant it is highly recommended that they withdrawal and detox process be one under the care and supervision of trained medical professionals so that they can monitor the person as well as prescribe any sort of medications or remedies that can help alleviate some of the symptoms of withdrawl.

What Happens During OxyContin Withdrawl?

Withdrawal symptoms associated with OxyContin can often start being felt as soon as 8-12 hours after the last dose of OxyContin has left the system. In most cases the symptoms peak around the 72 hour mark and then start to subside. The severity of the symptoms are laregely dependant on the frequency and dosage and have been described as being “flu-like”.

Some common withdrawal symptoms from OxyContin include:

  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased heart rate
  • Mood swings
  • Poor concentration

How Long Do OxyContin Withdrawl Symptoms Last?

While the psyhcial symptoms of OxyContin withdrawl tucpicaly only last a few days, the psychological affects can last weeks or even months. Below is a timeframe of what you can expect when it comes to OxyContin withdrawal.

As mentioned, withdrawal symptoms typically begin within 8-12 hours after the last dose of OxyContin leaves the system. During the first 24-48 hours you can expect to experience symptoms such as muscle aches and pains, cravings, nausea, headaches, irritability, loss of appetite, fatigue, and extreme sweating amongst others. During this window is when people are most likely to start using again as a way to allieve some of these symptoms.

Once you have made it past the first 48 hours, thats typically when the withdrawal symptoms hit their peak and are the most severe. In addition to the continuation of symptoms such as muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting, you also might begin to experience bouts of uncontrollable shaking and stomach cramps.

Once you have reached day 6, the majority of the physical symptoms will begin to become less severe or even begin to go away entirely. However, they will be replaced with more severe psychological symptoms including anxiety and depression. 

By the time you hit day 8 the detox process should be fully completed. At this point though, many people continue to experience pshycological effects that can last for weeks or even months such as remorse or anxiety. These psychological symptoms should continue to be closesly monitored in order to decrease the risk of a relapse. 

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What Can Be Done To Help With OxyContin Withdrawl?

When the time comes to stop taking OxyContin, the withdrawal process should be done while being monitored by trained medical professionals. The best way to ensure the safest and most successful withdrawal is to enter into a detox program. Detoxing is done in order to rid the body of any and all harmful substances.

Detoxing can be done at either a local medical facility that offers detox services, a treatment center that also provides detox treatment, or a dedicated detox center like Magnolia City Detox. As mentioned, self-detox can be incredibly dangerous and can also increase the chances of a relapse.

During the early stages of the withdrawal and detox process, you might be administered a special medication to help make the entire process a little more comfortable. Some common medications that are prescribed during the detox process include:

  • Clonidine
  • Methadone
  • Suboxone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Naltrexone
  • Lofexidine

What Happens After Detox Has Been Completed?

Once detox has been successfully completed the next step is to enter into a treatment program. A treatment professional will likely reccomend either an inpatient or outpatient program based on the severity of the addiction and your needs. 

OxyContin treatment centers mostly around different therapies and treatments including:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Family therapy

While we do not offer treatment at Magnolia City Detox we will work with you to make sure you continue your treatment at a facility that best fits you and your needs.

Are You Dealing With OxyContin Withdrawl Symptoms?

Opioids such as OxyContin are particularly dangerous because people can get addicted to them even if they are only using them as medically directed. That’s why early detection and treatment for OxyContin dependency or addiction is so crucial.

If you or someone you know is dealing with an OxyContin addiction or is trying to quit and experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms, contact us immediately. We provide detox services for all types of substances of abuse including OxyContin in a safe and comfortable environment. Once detox has been completed we will even work with you to help you find a treatment center so that you can continue your recovery journey.


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