What are withdrawal symptoms for Oxycontin?

Trying to understand withdrawal, especially poly drug withdrawal.

Withdrawal occurs during the period of readjustment after drug use has ceased. Low doses of Opiates will produce some withdrawal, even on the first use. Severity increases with the dosage and length of time the drug(s) have been used. Withdrawal is a part of addiction, but a person does not have to be addicted to experience it.

(22 May '12, 14:35) Jack ♦

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Opiates

Oxycontin is a prescription opiate used for pain management.

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Oxycontin

The stronger the addiction to Oxycontin, the more extreme the withdrawal will be.

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Oxycontin Addiction

The rate of Oxycontin addiction in the US has skyrocketed in recent years.

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Oxycontin Detox

Oxycontin withdrawal can be very dangerous. It is recommended that recovering addicts attend a drug detox program during the first stages of recovery.


Withdrawal from short-acting Opiates such as heroin, morphine and Oxycontin is usually in full swing 24 hours after the last dose, peaks the next day, and subsides over the next five to seven days. Length of withdrawal is dependent, to a degree, on the amount of the drug that was regularly used, and may be affected by the presence of other drugs in the system.

When not medically-supervised, severe withdrawal is physically and emotionally devastating. Symptoms include:

  • high blood pressure
  • rapid heartbeat
  • muscle spasms
  • twitching
  • itching
  • restlessness
  • weakness
  • chills
  • body and joint pains
  • gastrointestinal cramps
  • anorexia (loss of appetite)
  • nausea
  • feelings of inefficiency and worthlessness
  • nausea
  • social withdrawal

Outwardly, the person may show tearing in the eyes, a runny nose, gooseflesh, rapid breathing, dilated pupils, twitching, restlessness, vomiting and diarrhea. Medication is often recommended to help cope with symptoms.

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