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Old 10-05-2007, 07:44 AM   #1
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Question What relieves headaches/leg symptoms due to oxycontin withdrawal?

Good morning - I am two weeks off oxycontin, but still dealing with headaches (feels like a tight rubber band around my entire head) and leg cramps/restless leg at night - what helps these? The symptoms have improved over time, but are still a bother.... Thanks!!

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Old 10-05-2007, 02:57 PM   #2
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Re: What relieves headaches/leg symptoms due to oxycontin withdrawal?

hi lisa,
i know what ur going through with the leg cramps and headaches.
Does your doctor know about you quitting?
What helped me alot is that I was getting prescrptions of ultram aka tramadol for my back pain so I took alot of those to help with my aches and pains. I also get a prescription for 800mg of motrin. Those helped too. At night I took 3 tylenol pm's. That helped me to sleep at night, most often I would take the tylenol pm's around 10pm and then I would be wide and awake with leg cramps about 2am so I would take another tylonol pm to help me out.
The mornings were the worst. Try to drink a cup of strong coffee in the morning, that might help with your headaches. Make sure to take alot of over the counter pain relievers or muslce relaxers to help with the leg cramps and headaches.
Good luck, I just withdrew from percosets and oxy's a lil over a week ago. The worst part about the withdrawls were the hotflashes and sudden depression.
It was horrible. Thank goodness for my prescription of ultram though because without that i don't think i could have quit percs.

Sometimes once in a while i still take them. But it's usually every few days instead of it being all day everyday like it was when I was really bad. I'm so happy I finally controlled my habbit and I would like to stop completely but one step at a time is good for me

Good luck, let me know how it works out!

Old 10-05-2007, 03:35 PM   #3
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Re: What relieves headaches/leg symptoms due to oxycontin withdrawal?

Hi Lisa, I too am almost 2 weeks off 320mg/day contin habit. I am going through same leg issues. I am using elect. heating pad along w/ibuprophen and it helps. What I find is the worst is complete lack of energy. Dont know how much more I can handle as I have to go back to work..

Old 10-05-2007, 05:10 PM   #4
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Re: What relieves headaches/leg symptoms due to oxycontin withdrawal?


the more you try to do, the mor you will be able to do. try adding a little more activity every day. i know its hard, and its the last thing you want to do, but its the best thing for you right now. exercise

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Old 10-05-2007, 05:17 PM   #5
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Re: What relieves headaches/leg symptoms due to oxycontin withdrawal?

i agree, since i quit a little over a week ago from taking upto 100mg a day of oxycontin and 40mg's a day of percosets my energy level fell to the ground. What was worse was my hotflashes. I would toss and turn in bed all night sweating my butt off completely. I constantly had to stick my head in the freezer and take lots of cold showers just to cool down. I ached all over my body. I hit sudden depression and cried for two days all day, my mother even suggested I go to the hospital and get admited to a crisis center because I was that badly depressed. It was horrible. All my withdrawls are over with except for the energy part, I have definetely less energy and I was worried about going back to work, not knowing if I would be able to work the whole day. I was nervous but I did it with the help of over the counter products like motrin and my prescription of ultram.

Old 10-05-2007, 05:17 PM   #6
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Re: What relieves headaches/leg symptoms due to oxycontin withdrawal?

Try Excedrin for headache and Benadryl for restless leg. Both over the counter.

Old 10-09-2007, 10:20 PM   #7
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Re: What relieves headaches/leg symptoms due to oxycontin withdrawal?

I definately say Excedrine for the headaches but for the restless legs I think i would reccomend you talk to your primary care doctor about possibly getting some Requip for the restless legs.. I know people that are taking that without the withdrawals for restless legs and a couple who have used it for the first few months after detoxing with GREAT success...I would personally try that.Its non narcotic and from what I understand non addictive..It cant hurt..And if you can get the legs to settle down then you should be able to finally get some rest...
Good Luck,

Old 10-09-2007, 10:56 PM   #8
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Re: What relieves headaches/leg symptoms due to oxycontin withdrawal?

Hey all,

I was rx'd "clonidine" for sweats, cramps, diahrrea and fatigue - almost two weeks ago. It has help tremendously. I was so desperate for something, anything, as I couldn't take it any longer. I had little faith in clonidine however, found it worked the first day!!

I live in Canada, but I'm sure its available anywhere...

Good luck, and let me know if this works for anyone.


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