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OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms And Side Effects

How Does This Opioid Affect My Body When I’m Trying To Get Off Of It?

OxyContin withdrawal symptoms are often referred to as “the worst flu you can ever imagine” by those who have tried to get off the drug, and include:

  • Frequent nausea and vomiting
  • Relentless abdominal pain
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Heavy sweating
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing fits
  • Goose bumps

How Novus Can Reduce Or Eliminate These Withdrawal Symptoms

OxyContin withdrawal symptoms are too difficult for most people to tolerate. Almost everyone who has tried to withdraw from OxyContin on their own quickly finds themselves taking the drug again, sometimes just to stop the pain.

Few drug detox centers provide the kind of modern medical OxyContin detox offered by Novus Medical Detox Center, where we have spent years working with patients fighting to overcome their addictions, and have consistently worked to stay on the cutting edge of medical advancements and treatment options.

On top of the pain, OxyContin withdrawal can actually be dangerous for people with delicate health problems without medical assistance. This affects many people addicted to this opioid because its abuse and continued use can compromise their health. Many people seek help at Novus Medical Detox Center – sometimes as their first option, sometimes after trying and failing to get sober – because we carefully screen every patient before crafting a program tailored to their specific needs that account for their individual health requirements.

Withdrawing from OxyContin takes several days, but it can last for weeks depending on the person. Our detox advisors will work with you to help cut that time down as short as possible. We have spent years refining our process using new studies and medical techniques to reduce the amount of time you need to spend with us to the absolute minimum. Whether Novus is the first stop on your road to recovery or if it’s your fifteenth, we are confident that it will be your last.

Oxycontin Side Effects

OxyContin is a powerful drug that, while it may have some benefits for people suffering from major medical ailments like cancer, or who are recovering from an intensive surgery, the dangers surrounding its use are too great to ignore. Some side effects you should know about before even thinking about touching this drug include:

  • OxyContin is incredibly addictive, and can cause addiction even when patients only take the dose prescribed by their doctor.
  • While OxyContin is supposed to reduce pain, it can actually cause an increase in the pain felt by some people. This condition is known as opioid-induced hyperalgesia.
  • OxyContin is one of the leading causes of opioid overdoses in the United States, and can cause severe health issues when taken with other drugs.
  • OxyContin is often referred to as “legal heroin” in the rehab and detox industry, and is at least as difficult to withdraw from as heroin because of its severe withdrawal symptoms.

OxyContin is a specific type of the opioid painkiller oxycodone that uses an extended-release of the active ingredients to spread its effect over several hours. While it affects the body slower than basic oxycodone, the common side effects are similar. The most common side effects include:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

If you are taking OxyContin and experience any of these side effects, you need to check in with your doctor to discuss whether or not you need to stop taking this drug. While they may not be too painful in the short-term, they can quickly spiral out of control and cause even more damaging effects to your body.

This drug also has far more severe side effects, and if you experience any of these you need to seek immediate medical attention:

  • Severe allergic reactions, including rashes, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue, lips, face, and/or mouth, and tightness in the chest
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Severe dizziness
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Slowed or difficult breathing
  • Tremor
  • Vision changes


We develop an individualized medical detox program specifically for each of our patients, which means no recovery will look the same. Our delicious food, nutritional IVs and supplements, and specialized detox protocols are all designed to quicken the healing process. We understand that various addictions present a number of issues for the human body, so we create our IVs and diets to fit the needs of specific withdrawal symptoms.

Our process is all about you, which is why we have private and shared rooms available for our residents. Each room is outfitted with a TV, telephone, and access to the internet. We also provide educational classes that will show you how the drug or alcohol of your choice affects your body. We believe that to effectively fight off your withdrawal symptoms, it is important to know what you are fighting against and what to be prepared for.

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