Learn About Detox from OxyContin

Learn About Detox from OxyContin

Physical dependency on OxyContin can create withdrawal symptoms when the drug is removed. Going through detox may be challenging but necessary to rid the body of toxic buildup from use of the drug over time. The brain and body need time to rebuild and get up to speed in order to function normally. Learn more about the process of detoxing from OxyContin.

Detox from OxyContin

The time it takes to detox from OxyContin depends on the method used. Symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal typically peak 72 hours after the last dose and clear up within 7-10 days. Medically assisted detox can address initial acute symptoms of withdrawal more quickly and effectively. Typically this occurs 24 to 48 hours after the body is rid of opiates in the system. Tapering is another way to do this which may take several weeks or months. Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is always a concern but does not happen to everybody. Symptoms may include sleeplessness, anxiety or depression lasting for a long period of time.

Detox Symptoms

With the last dose of OxyContin, detox symptoms may last variable amounts of time and with varying degrees but may include the following:

  • Aches and pain
  • Faster breathing
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Yawning

Withdrawal symptoms using over-the-counter aids can be helpful and doctors may support psychological symptoms of withdrawal with short-acting antidepressants.


Treatment looks much the same for each person but every individual will experience it differently depending on the unique situation. Some may require round-the-clock care and supervision but the doctors and therapists who assess on intake will determine the best course of treatment.

Medically assisted detox

Hospitals or medical facilities with monitoring over a 24 to 48 hour period can be helpful in addressing symptoms of detox. Naloxone, methadone or buprenorphine treatment may be administered to help clean out the system and curb cravings. Doctors may want to keep an individual on medication for follow up treatment.

Detox with behavioral therapy

A medically assisted approach which incorporates behavioral and relapse therapy can be important but the process may take longer. Behavioral therapy during detox teaches an individual tools for avoiding relapse and gives insight into the use of OxyContin which can help curb future use.

Tapering doses of OxyContin

Slowly lowering does of a period of a few weeks can support decreased severity of withdrawal symptoms. Tapering can give the brain time to adjust to lower levels of oxycodone without a strong ‘rebound effect.’ Pain and discomfort may be minimized if the tapering is slowed down.

Detox at Home

Detox from OxyContin at home can be one way to support getting off the drug. A prescribing physician should evaluate any possible concerns. People in good health generally can get by with minimal oxycodone dependency with tapering through outpatient supervision. Motivated individuals who want to quit may be good candidates for detox at home but heavy users should consider medically assisted detox with supervision.

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