Oxycodone Withdrawal



What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a prescription opioid medication that was first made in 1916 from thebaine, an ingredient of poppy plant. It is used for treatment of moderate to severe pain and is known for being highly addictive. It typically starts to control pain within fifteen minutes and can for up to six hours with the immediate release formulation. It is also sold under the brand names Roxicodone and OxyContin (which is the extended release form), among others. The extended release form is slowly released into the body and provides around the clock pain control. Due to the slower onset, it has less potential for abuse compared to oxycodone which has a quicker onset of action.  


How Long Does Oxycodone Withdrawal Last?

The onset of withdrawal symptoms roughly starts about eight to twelve hours after last use. Symptoms typically peak around day three and rarely last longer than five to seven days. As always, there can be a prolonged withdrawal phase depending on the severity of addiction and depending on individual factors.


The Family MD Specializes in Oxycodone Addiction and Withdrawal Treatment

We offer Medication- assisted treatment with Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) to help patients overcome oxycodone addiction and withdrawal. Get started today by scheduling a virtual visit with one of our board- certified doctors. Whether you’re at home, at work, or on lunch break, we’ve got you covered and are here to make recovery easy. Click here to schedule now.  



How it works

It is important to first stop all oxycodone use. You must wait until you have mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms (generally 12- 72 hours) before taking your first dose of Suboxone. If it is taken too early, it can force you into precipitated withdrawal, which is both very uncomfortable and may be dangerous. Continue as directed by your doctor and that’s it. Generally 95% of our patient’s do not have any withdrawal symptoms after the first 3-5 days of starting Suboxone. You may also request additional medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms so that you can continue with your day to day activities (work, school, etc) without skipping a beat .