OxyContin Detox and Withdrawal

  1. Article SummaryPrint
  2. Why Should I Detox?
  3. Experiencing Detox

OxyContin, manufactured by Purdue Pharma, was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 1995. Doctors prescribe OxyContin, a brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride, for effective relief of chronic moderate-to-severe pain as a result of:

  • Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Irritation or damage to the nerve

"OxyContin misuse or abuse can result in severe physical or psychological dependence."
Oxycodone works by blocking the relay of pain messages to the brain. OxyContin, a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, is highly addictive. The drug produces a euphoric effect. OxyContin misuse or abuse can result in severe physical or psychological dependence. To bypass the controlled-release feature of the OxyContin tablets, users will chew or crush them. The crushed tablets may then be snorted as a powder or injected after being dissolved in water, producing a quick high. The prescription carries a black-box warning advising that taking the drug any other way than swallowing it whole may result in a rapid release of the drug with possible fatal consequences.

If you want to rid your body of the drug, call 1-800-928-9139 to locate an OxyContin detox center near you.
OxyContinThe National Drug Intelligence Center indicates that, in 2003, approximately 1 million people ages 12 and over who were living in the United States had used OxyContin for non-medical purposes at least once during their lifetime. Approximately 9 percent of the population will misuse opiates at some stage in their life. Over the last few years, the dramatic increase in abuse of opioids, such as OxyContin, has resulted in intensive responses from local, state and federal levels. The dramatic increase of abuse may be the result of the drug's easy accessibility on the Internet. The effects of OxyContin are similar to those of heroin. Because it is priced significantly lower than heroin, it has earned the designation of "poor man's heroin."

Why Should I Detox?

OxyContin is commonly misused and abused. Consumption over an extended period of time can result in your body developing a tolerance to OxyContin, making it necessary for you to take more than the prescribed amount to achieve the same effect.
"If you are taking more than the prescribed amount, you may need to seek addiction treatment at an OxyContin detox center."
Ingesting large amounts of opioids may result in harmful consequences, including death. If you are taking more than the prescribed amount, you may need to seek addiction treatment at an OxyContin detox center. Do your body a favor and call 1-800-928-9139 now to start down the path toward a healthier lifestyle.

Experiencing Detox

Suddenly stopping or dramatically reducing your intake of OxyContin after heavy and extended use may cause withdrawal symptoms. Early withdrawal symptoms consist of:

  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Runny nose
  • Insomnia
  • Increased tearing
  • Sweating
  • Involuntary leg movements
  • Muscle or bone pain

Late symptoms of withdrawal consist of:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Cold flashes with goose bumps
  • Constricted pupils

drug detoxificationDuring the detox process, OxyContin detox centers may prescribe various medications to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Since OxyContin is an opiate, maintenance medication is often given to allow the body to step-down from use of the drug. Methadone or buprenorphine are often used to slowly wean the body off the effects of opiates. This prevents the body from going into a state of intense withdrawal once OxyContin use is stopped.

If you'd like help locating an OxyContin detox and withdrawal treatment facility in your area, don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-928-9139 for more information. We are here 24/7 to take your call and to connect you to a OxyContin detox facility that could change your life.