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Tapering off Oxycontin 10 mg

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Pain Medications
I had been on 20 mg Kadian for 1 month and felt more depressed and anxious so my Dr. switched me to Oxycontin 10 mg twice a day. I'm also taking Paxil 20 mg once a day and about 2 Lortab 5/500 (one at a time) for breakthrough pain in the evenings.

It seems that about 2-3 hours after I take my AM dose of Oxycontin, I experience 2-3 hours of anxiety which gradually reduces. I'm hoping the Paxil will help after my body adjusts. I've taken Paxil before.

I thought I might try weaning off of the Oxycontin to see if it is causing the anxiety. (I didn't taper off the Kadian and felt OK.)

Since the Oxy is time released I thought I might try taking one a day instead of two, for a week. Has anyone done this with Oxycontin? Maybe the 10mg 2x a day is a low enough dose that I could just quit cold turkey like I did with Kadian.



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  • with it as well. Unfortunately, it didnt help with the pain as well as I thought it would. Im back on regular oxycodone 20mg 2-3x a day, but thats the only thing that has worked for me so far. I hate switching meds, so I can relate with what your going through, but I would mention it to your Dr that you are experiencing anxiety with it, and see what he/she says or has to offer. Maybe increase your paxil? Im taking zoloft which works wonders for me. I was on a small dose, and just had it raised a while ago, and am feeling much better with that and the pain meds. Good luck to you and let us know what you decide to do. :H
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  • down from Oxycontin 10mg twice a day to 10mg once a day for several days before I stopped it totally. I did talk to my MD about it- I think thats important to do. Unfortunately, I DID have withdrawl symptoms when the dose was lowered each time. Im off it now. Good luck!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    I started with 40mg 2x day then over the course of 2 years went down to 10mg 2x day. During the final stages, I went to 10mg 1 x day to 10mg every other day to 10mg every 3rd day to finally zero.
    I had some mild withdrawals. Mostly irritable, but nothing really physically that was noticeable. I owe this to my Pain Mgt doctor who I worked with to come up with a plan to come off of Oxycontin without having to go through some painful withdrawals.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • reducing Oxycontin SR. I have been taking 10mg twice a day with up to 4 Endone as needed OXycontin IR).

    I discovered that I can get 5mg Oxycontin SR and that helped so I went to 5mg at night and 10 during the day and now to 5mg day nad night. Next I will cut out the night altogether but not yet. The first time I reduced I did it too quickly and learned my lesson.

    Hope you find a solution

    Sara O:)
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  • easy stuff just do it slowly. Have your doctor help titrate the dose. I dropped 120-180 mgs of mscontin use for 6 months i dropped it using only 120 mgs of the medication total for tapering :&
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