Oxycodone addiction - How Long?

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MrMajik
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   Posted 6/13/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I had back surgery to have an implant put in called a Lumbar Dorsal Column Stimulator. It is a lifesaver and I strongly recommend it to anyone who can qualify for it.

My question: Before receiving this implant I was put on oxycodone 40mg 12 hour time release. I have been taking it for about three and a half months. I am done with this drug and want to walk away from it. How long does it take to become addicted to this?

Thank you.

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 6/13/2009 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Each of us reacts to the various medications differently.

While someone here on HW may be of help, I think your best bet will be the doctor treating you, and who prescribed the oxycodone. That doctor can help with minimizing withdrawal effects, if indeed there are some for you, as well.
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Mystic_Duck
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   Posted 6/13/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
tony is right, everyone reacts different and you need to talk to ur doc and he will help minimize withdrawl symptoms. also, remember there is a difference between withdrawl and dependance, withdrawl is mental- lik if ur not in pain but still taking the meds b/c u think u need them, whereas dependence is a physiological reaction- ur body is used to the meds and is therefor dependant on them... u get withdrawl from either, but i was on oxycodone and oxycontin for much longer and did not have either problem... but anyway u cant just stop cold turkey just in case ur body is dependant, which no one can really know... but they best way to get off opiod meds are to step down... like if u normally take 4 pills a day go down to 2 a day for a while then 1 a day then every other day... something lik that but only ur doctor will know the best way to step down for the amount of medication ur taking, so i really agree that u should go see him, or just call his office and ask! hope this helped, glad ur doing better and hope u do well getting off the pills!
 
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   Posted 6/13/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Mr.Majik,
Welcome to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well. We're a great support group, but we're not doctors and can't give medical advice. As others have already said, you really need to talk to your doctor about withdrawing from this medication. I kind of wonder why this wasn't part of your overall treatment.

There is a difference between addiction and dependence. Our bodies become physically dependent on opiods; how fast depends on many individual factors, but that's not the same as addiction.

Please talk with your doctor about developing a schedule for you to taper off the medication, and help for any withdrawal symptoms you may experience.

Glad you found some pain relief!

PaLady

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   Posted 6/13/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi Mr.Majik,
 
   :-) Welcome. Very glad to meet you. I dont know much about addiction depedence. But, I do know, when I was put on one of my mdeications I was told that the dose had to be slowly increaded, adn when it was time, it would be slowly decreased as well. He then told me the exact same things about the differances between addiction and dependence that Mr Mcguire, and PA lady said. Literally. You doc will know the safest way, to go about it. And I think it is REALLY awesome that your stimulator is working so well yeah
 
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MrMajik
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   Posted 6/13/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the quick reply. My intention is not to seek medical advice here. I have an appointment to see the doctor who started me on the oxycodone this coming Thurs. I was curious if anyone knew a general timetable for addiction. I realize we are all unique and, thus, it is impossible to give an exact time. What I am looking for is this stuff addicting in a week, two weeks, a month, two months, etc.

mrsm123
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   Posted 6/13/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Again Mr Majik,
Addiction is the continual use of medication despite negative consequences. If you have not taken more medication than you were prescribed, or abused the medication by other means of delivery, etc, stolen, gotten arrested , etc, you are not addicted. You are physically dependent. Big, huge difference.
Your physician will discuss a realistic time table to stop the medications, but generally, medications are lowered a percentage of your current dosage every few days or weekly, depending on how your body responds to the dosage adjustment.
How long it will take depends entirely on how fast your PM doctor wants to reduce your dosage at a time, and how your body responds to each decrease. It may be as little as two weeks or a month. Again, it depends on the arrangements that your PM is comfortable with and how you respond to it.
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PAlady
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   Posted 6/13/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Mr.Majik,
The question of how quickly an individual becomes dependent on a given substance (in this case, an opiod) also varies with the person. So there's no way to tell you how quickly your body may have become dependent. Your medical history, genetic and metabolic factors come into play. That's why your doctor needs to help you develop a timetable for withdrawal suitable for you. Even if you have some withdrawal symptoms (and you likely will; this is an indicator of physical dependence) those can be managed with your doctor's help. As a matter of fact withdrawing abruptly can be dangerous, and much more uncomfortable without assistance.

I wouldn't be too concerned as long as you work with your doctor, since you don't need the medication any more, which is great!

PaLady

Chutz
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   Posted 6/13/2009 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mr.Majik!

I don't really have anything new to add...I think the questions and points I were going to make have been well said already. I just want you to know that I hope your SCS continues to work well for you and that you did qualify for it. It can make the difference between a reasonable quality of life and none at all. You will be fine when your doc slowly takes you off your pain medication....not to worry. And with as long as you've been taking them I doubt it will take very long.

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   Posted 6/14/2009 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
MrMajik,

I'm pretty sure that 3 months is long enough for you suffer some mild to moderate withdrawals if the oxycodoneCR is suddenly stopped. This will happen to anyone taking meds for a period of time, which of course is diffrent for everyone, as some people can become dependant in as little as 2 weeks, and others can supposibily go months. If you are "addicted" then that would mean you'd have no interest in stopping the med, so your interest in wanting to stop does not show a sign of addiction. But as with any scheaduled drug, some people are just prone to addiction, and your doctor would be the best at taking care of that for you if it got that far, as he could refer you to a program or a specailist, but if you just have dependence, which it sounds like you do, then I'm sure your doctor can and will comofortably wean you off, it's no big deal. Doctors usually do small steps at weaning, and theirs comfort meds for any effects you amy feel, but most people with just dependence dont suffer withdrawals like people with addictions do, so I wouldn't worry any. But anyways, welcome and good luck with being pain free, that's always great news.

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MrMajik
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   Posted 6/15/2009 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I want to thank everyone, and I mean everyone, who took the time to post here. This forum is so full of informative and caring people. turn

One thing that Chutz mentioned a couple poses above this one is SCS. I do not know what that acronym represents. I suspect it is the Lumbar Dorsal Column Stimulator but do not see where the first "S" comes from.

God bless you,

Steve

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   Posted 6/15/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
My hubby has spent most of a year on that medication. Everyone is right it all depends on how you body works mentally and physically. He knew when his last prescription and he went ahead and decreased himself so that they would last longer. Only took the med when he hurt bad. By the end of the month he still had half the script left. When he was done with it he no signs of withdrawls of any type.

Hope that helps alittle.

Laurie
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   Posted 6/15/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Almost forgot....
 
Welcome to HW...  Hope you stay around we would be happy for you to join our family.
 
Laurie
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Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
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PAlady
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   Posted 6/15/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Mr.Majik,
I THINK it means Spinal Cord Stimulator but I'm not sure. What I know about them I've learned from members on this board. I did wonder what the difference was between an SCS and what you have. Maybe some discussion will help clarify that.

PaLady

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 6/15/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I've seen it as Spinal Column Stimulator and as Spinal Cord Stimulator.
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mikewh
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   Posted 6/15/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Mr.Majik,
I would like to share a bit with you, i had a full spine corrective surgery about a year ago with rods and screws.
I have had AS for as long as i can recall and was on Oxycodone and Oxycontin for about 3 years.
I was up to about 300 MG of drug daily and after running out once i knew the physical dependancy aspect of it was bad.
What i did was taper down, every month cutting by half my dosage, there were still slight withdrawals but i came off completely about a month ago and i am very happy with my decision.
Cold Turkey can work for some, i'm not really sure how bad it would be after 3 months but i suspect your stomach would be the worst aspect.
I got very tired with those pills, the whole game of making sure there was enough to last..when is my next appointment etc.
Plus they are ineffective very quickly as tolerance grows, the good thing is they have a very short half life so even if you have withdrawal's the worst will pass within 3-5 days.
Maybe you could start by cutting in half like i did, then going to the short acting Oxycodone and through time down to the low-dose 5mg. I came off at this point and the it was easier then at the higher dosage, night and day different.
Still it was hard with loose bowels, restlessness and insomnia but i was on them for 3 years and 30 days later it's all good...best thing i've ever done for myself.
I wish you luck and think it's a great decision that will free you from a nasty dependancy.
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