Oxycodone addiction is on the rise, and studies show that more than 13 million people in the United States are abusing the drug. Each day, more than 5,000 people abuse oxycodone for the first time. Recognizing the signs of abuse and oxycodone withdrawal can help you know when it is time to seek help.
Oxycodone is an ingredient in powerful pain medications. Abuse typically begins when a person is prescribed one of these medications and eventually begins to use more that the prescribed dosage. Oxycodone is also available on the streets. People are drawn to oxycodone abuse due to the drug’s effects which varies significantly. A person may feel euphoric, have a heightened sense of confidence, experience extreme relaxation or may fall asleep.
Symptoms of Oxycodone Withdrawal
People who use oxycodone recreationally typically do not experience withdrawal symptoms. This may include those who occasionally use the drug to relieve pain or to alleviate anxiety. Withdrawal symptoms for oxycodone begin once a person is dependent on the drug, such as needing more of the drug to achieve the same effect, craving oxycodone and having physical or emotional symptoms that are only relieved when the person uses again.
When oxycodone use transitions to the addiction stage, withdrawal symptoms are more pronounced and severe. The person’s body may not be able to function properly when oxycodone levels are low in the bloodstream. Secondary effects of oxycodone withdrawal are engaging in illegal behaviors to obtain the drug and remedy the withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of Oxycodone Dependence Withdrawal
Oxycodone is an opioid drug, a class that causes some of the most severe withdrawal symptoms when a person abuses or is addicted to the substance. A person who abuses oxycodone for more than two weeks is considered dependent on the drug, and using less of the drug or stopping the drug will trigger withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms are often the reason why people continue to be trapped in their addictions. A person who is withdrawing from oxycodone abuse may experience:
- Body aches
- Inability to sleep or relax
- Vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps or diarrhea
- Sweating or chills
- High blood pressure, increased heart rate or fast breathing
People who are experiencing symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal may also feel extremely tired or very agitated for no reason. The eyes and nose may run without an underlying medical condition, and there is a general loss of appetite.
Symptoms of Oxycodone Addiction Withdrawal
If a person uses a large amount of oxycodone regularly and is addicted to the drug, the symptoms are more severe, and other symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal may happen. Some of the symptoms are life-threatening and require medical attention.
When a person is addicted to oxycodone, the body relies on the drug. Symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal at this stage are:
- Severe anxiety
- Low blood pressure
- Higher blood sugar
- Violent diarrhea
- Excessive sweating that soaks through clothes and sheets
Onset of Symptoms of Oxycodone Withdrawal
Withdrawal from oxycodone abuse begin shortly after the person’s last use. In cases of oxycodone dependency, withdrawal symptoms may begin approximately six hours after last using. Symptoms continue for several days with the symptoms being worse two to three days after using.
People who are addicted to oxycodone may start to have symptoms of withdrawal approximately 10 to 12 hours after using, and the withdrawal symptoms can last up to 14 days. Psychological withdrawal symptoms can last much longer than the physical symptoms. We have worked with people who experienced irritability, cognitive issues and depression for several months after stopping their use of oxycodone. Most people who are recovering from an opioid addiction go through these prolonged withdrawal symptoms.
Due to the serious nature and life-threatening potential of oxycodone withdrawal symptoms, the withdrawal process should be supervised by a medical professional or other type of professional who can help manage the symptoms and help the individual successfully complete detox and withdrawal from the drug.
If you recognize the symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal in yourself or someone you know, call us at (866) 840-6411 to schedule an appointment with one of our trained addiction recovery counselors. We will explain the steps to take to get into our recovery program and the services that we offer to help people overcome their dependencies and addictions to oxycodone.