Oxycodone withdrawal anxiety - people’s experience

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  1. Xatinha

    Xatinha Newbie

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    on March 4 I was prescribed oxy 5/325 for sciatica. 2 pills, twice a day. Also taking 100mg of lyrica twice a day. Come end of March my pain is better. I stop the meds. Which almost made me crazy. Contact doctor, he tells me to go back on the meds and taper. So I’ve weaned off the oxy as of April 5. I have terrible anxiety, can’t eat, can’t get out of bed. Dr gave me lorazepam and zopliclone to help. But I’m afraid of taking these, so as not to create another problem. So I’ve been taking here and there when the anxiety is really bad. Of course it doesn’t help by then. What can I do? I’m desperate, scared and confused.
     
  2. curious_38

    curious_38 The Wizard of the Creek Silver Member Supporter

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    My first question is: Have you had anxiety before discontinuing oxycodone? My second question is: Have you talked to your doctor about less addictive medication for anxiety like hydroxyzine?

    If the answer to those two questions is no, than it might be something to talk to you doctor about next week. In the meantime, continue to take your medication as prescribed and wait to hear what the doctor says about your questions.

    I use phenibut for anxiety, but only once in a while, because it is addictive. You say you are prescribed lyrica 200mg. That is similar to phenibut in terms of chemical structure, but phenibut is legal to buy in US/Canada without a prescription. Just a thought and welcome to DF.
     
  3. ladywolf2012

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    First, welcome, and calm down. The situation you are in right now is temporary, and it will all get resolved in time.

    I would use the lorazepam and zopiclone more freely, as they will help to clear your mind, and will not be addictive for you if you use them for just a short time. Why suffer needlessly? I think you are making this harder on yourself than it needs to be. Opioid withdrawal can be hell, but it is a temporary hell. I would use whatever "comfort medications" you have available to you right now. This whole picture will change radically in just a few days. It will NOT continue on endlessly--please believe me. You are strong and you can get through this!

    (Curious--you and I just posted simultaneously.)

    So use your lorazepam and zopiclone as needed and give yourself a break. Opioid withdrawal can be hell on wheels, but the big thing to remember is that it is temporary, and is not who you are!
     
  4. I_beat_heroin

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    These are the kind of meds that must be taken when anxiety hasn't worked up to full beast mode yet. Like LadyWolf said, opiate withdrawl is hell. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. It's absolutely worth seeing it through. Have you considered something longer acting for anxiety, like Buspar?
     
  5. ladywolf2012

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    Buspar is worth looking into, but frankly, it doesn't have a high success profile, not in my own experience certainly...… (I.e., I felt absolutely nothing from it, and I took it for six weeks or so to give it a good trial.) But my experience may not be the same as yours.

    It sounds to me like you are about at the right time to have a good psychiatric evaluation done, and tell the new dr. (he or she) exactly what you have experienced with opiate withdrawal and everything else. Just lay it out on a (hopefully) good new doctor's plate. There may be an antidepressant worth trying, or other anti-anxiety medications. You really don't have to stay alone with this. Plus, we are always here for added support!
     
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    On the issue of buspirone (buspar), if you do go down that route, do it before beginning a course of benzodiazepines. There is a documented issue with non-response to buspirone in patients that have previously been treated with benzodiazepines. This might explain the non-response @ladywolf2012 described. Buspirone generally is around as effective as SSRI antidepressants, which are in the long-term associated with lower relapse rates on discontinuation than benzodiazepines in the treatment of anxiety. Benzodiazepines due to their immediate activity are of course better at providing acute relief. Buspirone also kicks in a bit quicker than SSRI's - around 2 weeks vs 6 weeks. So basically, benzodiazepines - good short term, bad long term. SSRI antidepressants - good long term, bad short term. Buspirone good intermediate to long term, bad short term and doesn't always work if benzo's have been in the mix.
     
  7. Xatinha

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    Thank u all for your replies. I’m on day 9 since my last oxy.

    Should I remain on the lyrica along with the lorazepam.

    I’m feeling that most symptoms have resolved except for anxiety and lack of appetite. This experience is new for me.
    I have a gp who tells to me to ask my pain doctor (he’s the “specialist”) who In Return says it’s not his responsibility because he didn’t prescribe the lyrica or
    Oxy. This has been a nightmarish roller coasters. I had a cardiac arrest in June last year. Sometime I wish I hadn’t survived.
    --- Double Post Merged, Apr 14, 2019 at 3:30 PM ---
     
  8. Xatinha

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    I work for a non profit. We are strictly fundraiser. To put into context how big we R we raise $100,000,000+ every year. Whith a good portion going to mental health and addictions. I have had the humble pleasure of meeting women, teens, seniors. Who have the old cliche - the pain is gone but the pills stay. I have met women who lost a cosy homes, nice bmws, country club. You get the idea. To opiods. In speaking with them and hearing their stories, I always smuggly though - this will never happen to me-

    guess what it did. I have 3 awesome boys, good husband, supportive parents, nice house. The whole suburban thing. Sciatica pain changed all that. If it weren’t my experience with these wonderful people that helped me recognize my symptoms and get off the oxy quickly. I could have ended much worse.
    Last week at my Lowest point I call a help line at 3am. The first words out of this women’s mouth was an “angry we don’t provide drugs, go see your gp and she hung up”. Luckily these calls are recorded and I plan on following up on this.
    Just wanted to say there is more out there, these pills shouldnt own us. Once you mention Percocet, oxy what ever automatically in their eyes your a “junkie” these are the people who supposed to help up.
    Once I am past this there will be people out who will be answering for how I was treated.
    My apologies for the rant. But this experience had so opened my eyes. I have received such comfort from strangers on the internet. Please now I have met many people through my job who have recovered completely from their demons. Some have gone on to speak publicly about their experience, others have just melted into suburbia.
    My favourite quote (sorry of the swearing) “ Unfuck yourself, be who we’re before, all that stuff happened and dimmed your fucking shine”. Sorry for the long post. Much love and peace.
    Please watch the ted talk video below. I feel a lot you will understand. Be stro

    --- Double Post Merged, Apr 14, 2019 at 10:27 PM ---
    Withdrawal symptoms resolving. How can you tell that your withdrawal is getting better. Thank you again for any insight.
     
  9. ICEMAN1216

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    Thank you , the ted talk was great to see!
    How did we get so fucked up with opioids in this country???
    Drs only turn people on to them, and no concern how to get them OFF!!!!!!!!

    What the fuck happened to “ DO NO HARM ??????
     
  10. torn2bits

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    I personally believe "do no harm" got over ruled by "make more money" including pharmaceutical representatives buying vacation spots and paying out in cash to doctors.
    I've actually watched a doctor taking his Christmas gift from a drug representative, in the form of vacation vouchers worth 10 thousand dollars.
    I believe this money would be better placed supplying true help, to those addicted and the families that have lost loved ones.
     
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    I agree!!!
    What a fucking Joke, this is!!
    No one held accountable due to ALL the MONEY
    I worked in finance for years
    Same as who caused great Recession? Get everyone’s hand in the cookie jar you can to spread the blame enough, so no one involved gets hurt ☠️☠️
     
  12. JaneGault

    JaneGault Seeking Shelter from the Norm Titanium Member

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    This is wrong on so many levels. It is, unfortunately, an everyday occurrence in the US medical field that should be against the law. Gifts of this nature are forbidden in the world of finance (thank goodness) by the SEC - Section 206 of the Advisers Act. Small gifts and entertainment under a $250 value per year are allowable. I worked in the financial industry and without this rule, some investment advisors would definitely be influenced by valuable "gifts".

    Don't misunderstand, I normally don't promote regulation by Big Brother. In this case, it seems appropriate.

    Disgusted, Jane