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Risks of Quitting Oxycodone Cold Turkey

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Quiting Oxycodone Cold Turkey

Getting over an Oxycodone addiction doesn’t have to be painfully intense. Most patients who use opiate prescription medication do so to treat moderate to severe pain. Others may use it recreationally or abuse it for the effect of euphoria it can produce. Oxycodone, an ingredient in the very powerful OxyContin, is a controlled substance and subject to diversion, abuse, and addiction. Its habit-forming properties can create problems for people who use it for an extended period. Once physical dependence sets in, it becomes a real challenge and sometimes risky to quit Oxycodone cold turkey.
Oxycodone is a potent opioid prescription painkiller. Over a short amount of time, oxycodone users can develop a tolerance to the drug. In other words, they will need higher doses to achieve the original effects.
Once a dependence on oxycodone occurs, quitting this medication often results in a painful withdrawal syndrome. An opioid withdrawal Some people relapse during oxycodone withdrawal because the symptoms are too intense. Others continue using oxycodone to feel “normal” and avoid withdrawal.

An inpatient or outpatient treatment program and medical detox can help oxycodone users reach sobriety safely and successfully. Call us now at 1-800-423-2482 for help finding treatment.

Symptoms of an Oxycodone Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms usually arise within hours of the last dose. It is generally thought that an opioid withdrawal is an unpleasant phase but not life-threatening. The truth is when withdrawals are poorly monitored, health risks, including death, can occur. Heath complications related to an opioid withdrawal are often underestimated. For this reason, an oxycodone cold turkey withdrawal is probably, not recommended.
An oxycodone withdrawal often mimics a flu-like illness.
Common symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • A runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hypertension
    Because oxycodone is the active ingredient in Percocet and OxyContin, withdrawal from all painkillers is likely to be very similar.

How Long Does a Withdrawal Last?

Duration of Withdrawal
The period of an oxycodone withdrawal is different for each person. The timeline and severity often depend on the dosages, length of use, and frequency.
Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms will typically appear around six hours from the last dose taken. Within the first couple of days, the withdrawal will probably hit its peak and slowly start tapering off by the fifth day. For some, intense psychological craving can last much longer when not medically managed, even months.
Oxycodone Cold Turkey Withdrawal Timeline

Day 1 & 2 – Withdrawal often begins a few hours after the last dose. Muscle aches, sweating, and diarrhea are some of the first symptoms of withdrawal. More importantly, relapse is most common during this initial phase.
Days 3 & 5 – The most challenging symptoms usually occur on the 2nd to 3rd day. Although muscle aches and sweating are still present, nausea, vomiting can also happen. Now, if you add all these symptoms with insomnia, you can imagine the toll an opioid withdrawal can take on someone’s health. Furthermore, getting through all this pain and suffering is almost cruel.
Days 6-7 For those lucky enough to get through the first five days, the physical symptoms usually start to subside. Although the physical symptoms are getting better, the psychological ones are stronger than ever. Cravings can be so intense; it can evolve into a full-blown anxiety episode. People often describe as “feeling as they are coming out of their skin.”

Once the oxycodone has been detoxed from the body, many former users will feel remorse for things they did while high. The psychological and social impact of oxycodone addiction can feel overwhelming after detox. People should be carefully monitored to avoid emotional outbursts of immediate relapse.

Oxycodone Detox and Addiction Treatment

When people try to come off oxycodone drugs independently or at a non-medical facility, health risks, and complications can be significant.
Nausea and vomiting during the withdrawal while Inadvertently breathing the vomited material into the lungs (known as aspiration) can lead to pneumonia (aspiration pneumonia).
Also, the combination of continuous diarrhea and vomiting can potentially cause a dangerous loss of fluids and electrolytes. This loss can develop into dehydration or even the heart to beat abnormally, leading to circulatory problems and even heart attacks. It’s important to keep patients hydrated throughout a withdrawal to prevent these complications.
Even if you don’t experience vomiting, nausea can be very uncomfortable. Muscle cramps and joint pain can also be present during opioid withdrawal. The good news is that your primary care provider can work with you by providing select medications that can help with these uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Furthermore, some individuals may experience other withdrawal symptoms not listed here. It is essential to the oxycodone user’s safety to work with a knowledgeable physician during the withdrawal period.


 Waismann Institute® Offers Safe and Effective Oxycodone Treatment.

Acute opioid use disorder requires adequate medical management throughout the detox phase. Because opioid dependence affects so many parts of your metabolism, coming off oxycodone cold turkey can be risky while also feeling nearly impossible.
Thanks to medical advances, you do not have to go through the unnecessary suffering of withdrawal to achieve a complete opioid detox.
The Waismann Method of Opioid Treatment Specialists is here to help people like yourself overcome oxycodone dependency without the fear of painful withdrawal symptoms or lengthy and judgemental drug rehabs.
Our Accelerated Rapid Opiate Detox and medical assisted detoxification are provided in a full service accredited hospital, under the direction of our quadrupled board-certified medical director. Once they are ready for discharge, they go to our exclusive post-detox center, Domus Retreat.  At Domus, people experience compassionate care, with a focus on individual treatment.
Domus was created especially for patients that have undergone the Waismann Detox™ Methods. We offer a safer alternative to sending patients to a hotel room after opiate detox. We do not believe in cutting corners because our goal is to provide the responsible and safe care people deserve. Domus is a private license treatment center specializing in opiate dependence, unlike other drug rehabs; At Domus Retreat, each individual’s physical and mental state is always considered, respected, and honored.
Most patients complete the treatment in as little as 7 to 10 days.

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