Oxycodone Withdrawal

If you abruptly stop taking oxycodone, you are likely to experience symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms will vary in intensity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, and anxiety, to name a few. In order to limit withdrawal from oxycodone, your healthcare provider may slowly decrease your oxycodone dose at a rate that helps minimize these unpleasant (but not usually life-threatening) symptoms.

Withdrawal From Oxycodone: An Overview

Oxycodone hydrochloride is a prescription pain medication. Oxycodone is a narcotic medicine and may cause withdrawal symptoms if it is stopped too abruptly, even if you are taking it responsibly and for a legitimate medical reason.
 
Even though oxycodone withdrawal can be quite unpleasant, it is unlikely to cause life-threatening symptoms (unlike withdrawal from alcohol or some other medications).
 

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms of withdrawal from oxycodone or other similar medications may vary in intensity and may include:
 
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Watery eyes
  • Muscle pain
  • Dilated (wide open) pupils
  • Runny nose
  • Yawning
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Backaches
  • Joint pain
  • Weakness
  • High blood pressure
  • Fast breathing
  • A rapid heart rate.
     
While unpleasant, these symptoms are not usually dangerous.
 

Why Does Withdrawal Occur?

Over time, the body becomes accustomed to the effects of oxycodone. If the drug is stopped too quickly, withdrawal symptoms may occur. Oxycodone withdrawal can occur with chronic, legitimate use of the drug, as well as with oxycodone abuse. Withdrawal is a normal, predictable, physical response to stopping medications like oxycodone; it is not necessarily a sign of abuse (although it certainly is more likely to occur in cases of oxycodone addiction).
 
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