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weight gain on oxycontin

after a car accident four and a half years ago, i developed an opiate dependency to vicodin... a little over two years ago, after numerous cold turkey quits on vicodin- i started taking oxycontin... i am a 37 y.o. male and my normal weight is 260 to 285... after about 8 months of being dependent on oxycontin my weight shot up to 360... at that point i quit cold turkey(which completely sucked and won't do again). needless to say quitting cold turkey did help with weight loss... i was clean for 4-1/2 to 5 months and in that time i dropped sixty pounds, (without dieting or even trying). eventually i started using again, and like always i am fully dependent again... i have been dependent for about one year and now i'm up to 380 pounds!... just so you know when i quit taking oxy's the first time i was taking six 80mg. tabs a day.(about 480mg's a day) now i'm taking roughly four or five 80's a day... i know that my number one concern should be and is getting off the oxy's, but my question is- has anyone ever heard of this type of massive weight gain from opiate addiction? Is it a thyroid issue? is there a way that i can lose the weight before i start "tapering?" i know it would be more comfortable and thus give me more incentive to start quitting... thank you and this is a great site...
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This is very unusual for anyone addicted to opiates to the degree you are. I was on 3, 40mg to be taken 1 every 8hrs and norco 1-2 every 4-6hrs for breakthrough pain, I was on them for about a year and lost 30 lbs, Do the opiates make you hungry, you proved it was not your thyroid because you stopped using and lost 60 lbs, you must be consuming about 10,000 calories in order to gain that kind of weight in such a short period of time, What do the Dr's say about your weight gain, Something tells me you dont get them from a doctor, You are killing yourself ! What will you weight 6 months from now? 440 pounds Get it together before its to late.
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I have lost weight when using drugs a lot - I didn't eat because the drugs had a better effect on empty stomach.  I've eaten better in the last 24 hours than I had for the last year.  I had stomach stapling surgery 7 years ago, went from 400 pounds down to 212, back to 280 now down below 250 and dropping but now because I'm actually trying.  I hope you can get off the drugs.  I'm using Suboxone after tapering a bit from 30+ Norco's per day - I don't recommend the taper, as I still had to go thru some withdrawal before getting on the Sub and I feel so much more human and okay on Sub than when in withdrawal.  You'll have pretty bad w/d at the level of Oxycontin you're taking but many on here have done it w/o the benefit of Sub.
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i do not want to disagree with anyone but the level of narcotics you are on for your weight is not uncommon for addicts to ingest. however, i do not feel that the weight gain is due to your use of narcotics. it is probably the opposite. most will lose weight as their dependence increases. you never mentioned if you were taking these for pain from the car accident. are you able to perform physical activity or are you pretty much sedentary? coming off oxy as you know is extremely hard. if you are using due to addiction you may want to consider sub, inpatient rehab and followup counseling to deal with long term issues. if you are in a great deal of pain, you need to be honest with your physician. i do not think you will be able to taper or quit with very good results without professional help. good luck to you.
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I have a moderate dependancy on Oxycontin, Dr. Prescribed.  I have been taking 2-3 40mg tabs daily now for nearly 2 years.  I went from 180lbs. to 220lbs.  I eat barely anything.  The drug does cause an appetite when mixed with my sedative, Alprazolam.  I am unable to almost any form of excersise because of damage to both knees and both feet.  I have been told that swimming is about the only thing I can do, and will bring my weight down considerably.  The Oxy has also taken away my labido, and I have no desire to go out and get laid, when 3 years ago I was a worthy manwhore.  I am 42 now and life sux on Oxycontin ... If I was to quit, i'd be in too much pain to get out of bed or walk.  It's a sick catch 22 situation ...... I wish I had an answer.
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I've been on oxycontin for almost a year, not Dr. prescribed, taking anywhere from 180 to over 300mg per day I've probably gained 25-30lbs since starting with the drug. It is very hard to get off, and i know the weight gain is due to the drug, my eating habits are the same as ever, probably even better, yet I still gain unexplainable weight. Side effects of oxyconitn are constipation and swelling, which i have been experiencing, and I can only blame for the weight gain. I believe that different people have different physical and mental reactions to all drugs, so I do believe that some people will gain weight and some will lose, depending on their personal reaction to the drug
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I gained 40 pounds after going on oxycontin 40mg every 8 hours for herniated disks. I could not figure out why I gained the weight. It must have slowed my metabolism down. I switched over to MS contin (morphine) and the weight is coming off quickly without a change in my eating habits so it was the oxyconting for sure. deedee3003
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I gained 30 after perc's and oxy. Trying to lose it
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i believe your weight gain is from oxys...I have been on them also for five years always skinny and now i have gained almost thirty pounds...I also have a brother who got burned last year. he was around one sixty..and now he is up to two hundred and sixty and mostly in his stomach he looks pregnant..I was on here looking for evidence of weight gain from oxys when i came across your article...i am going to get myself off now..for sure...thanks for posting..
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I can only comment on my own experience.  I have lost and continue to lose weight taking opiates.  I try to take them mostly on an empty stomach and when I eat they dont work as well sooooo.. losing weight.....  (though  not much, maybe 10-12 lbs., I didnt have much to lose)

Perhaps you should discuss this with your Dr.  Or try the Pain Management Forum.  Lots of good info there.

GOOD LUCK!
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I am in your position as well, Morphed - difficult to exercise, no libido, etc. - and I'm only 28!  I have thoracic outlet syndrome (had two ribs, chest & neck muscles surgically removed) and sciatica (either from a bulging disc & degenerative disc disease or multiple sclerosis, which is on the table because I have other symptoms that can't be readily explained, such as scalp/facial tingling). I would love to stop taking Oxycontin & Oxycodone, but with my current pain levels it would be impossible; I would be non-functional, crippled, and unable to contribute to or participate in society.  

I do believe there is a difference between addiction and dependency, though.  One involves taking pain meds to escape from life, and the other means taking them to participate in it.  I have been actively and relentlessly pushing to find relief for 5 years, though I know that my arms will never get any better (scar tissue *****, and the extremely rough re-operations - plural - it would take to remove it will only lead to more), and I am skeptical about my back/legs.  I am just hoping to get to a point where I can at least bring down the dosages of my meds to the lowest possible level without having my thoughts consumed by pain.  I hope you are able to find some peace at some point - I wish that for everyone who doesn't have a choice in the matter.

To the OP - you actually have a choice in the matter!  So many of us wish we had that!  I can tell you exactly what I'd do in your situation: stop wondering whether or not the Oxycontin makes you gain weight and quit taking it by any means necessary; take it out of the equation completely! Then, actively focus on getting healthier.  You'll at least be able to rule one thing out if you find you're still gaining weight despite quitting the pill-popping and modifying your diet/exercise. At the very least, you'll be extending your life and your healthy years.  

I miss running and being thin and not having to worry about having my prescriptions on me everywhere and whether something is going to happen that prevents me from filling my prescriptions.  To be free of that burden would be the most wonderful thing I can imagine.  Free yourself of that burden!  If you don't have your health, you don't have anything - just ask Steve Jobs if you're not sure.
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By the way, I stumbled across this post looking for the same thing - a relationship between taking Oxycontin/Oxycodone and weight gain.  I have been able to lose weight on both (about 15 pounds, give or take 5 depending on the week), but only after I gained a significant amount of weight.  However, I was gaining some weight already because I had to quit running (which I started around age 23 to combat weight gain due to a slowing metabolism) due to my TOS, so I think most of it is due to lack of physical activity because of my current physical limitations, and a diet that could, in truth, be better (it's hard to train yourself to eat healthy 24/7/365 when you used to be thin and able to eat whatever whenever).

In short, you're 37.  It's not old by any stretch of the imagination, but your metabolism starts to slow down between ages 21 and 26, after which you've got to combat those changes in your body by exercising and eating right.  Of course, some people are at a higher risk than others to gain weight due to complicating health issues and/or genetics.  Even in that group, many could do better with respect to maintaining a healthy weight.  It's obviously much harder when you've got serious physical constraints due to a medical condition, as I can attest, but in the end it's all about calories in vs. calories out.  If nothing is physically stopping you from getting healthy, then hell man, do it.  Save your life, and add healthy, happy years to it.  At 60-65, you'll be glad you did (or wishing you had).
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Has any 1 experienced rapid weight gain from being on fentanyl? If so what did you to to lose the weight? Without going off the fentanyl?
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I'm female, 54, but I think I understand the weight gain with opiates.  It dulls your senses, therefore dulling your full feeling.  I've had gastric bypass and when I'm not on Norco I can feel my pouch being full.  When I'm on them, I can eat a lot more.  It only makes sense that the stretching full stomach and the muscles around it are dulled by the meds.  Then you can sleep, and you do.  Eating and sleeping make you fat!  That's been my experience anyway, for what it's worth.
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I've only been on it for about 2 weeks and I have gained 5 lbs.  I have no appetite so I don't quite understand the gain.  I take 2 magnesiums at bed each night to help prevent constipation, though I'm not going as much as I used to.  I just stay bloated feel like I'm full.  I was on demerol previously and I was losing weight.  The only problem was the demerol just didn't do the trick and it effects didn't last but 1-2 hrs.
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OXYCODONE STORY BY Randy Flahr
                      This is my story....

Where to start... other than this so called miracle drug is seriously the worst prescription "medical drug" in the world this Medication is the DEVIL... HANDS DOWN. I personally have been on oxycodone and in massive daily dosages of anywhere from 350/mg-500/mg PER DAY! I had a bad accident on November 21st of 2011 and have been going through hell this past 8 months trying to overcome this drug addiction I didn't even know I had.. my doctor just kept on increasing my daily dosage ignorant seemed like every few weeks it was going up about 80/mg for about 3 months till there was a point I was talking 400-500/mg a day. So long story short I had just got called to work.. I work away from home and I only had about 12 days worth of my pain meds left (didnt realise at the time i had work and my son on my mind hes three years old) and it was a long weekend I didn't even think about getting more not knowing or realising that I would end up running out while about 13 hours from my doctor, so as the days went on I started to realise that I only had a few days of medication left before I was out, so I just continued to stay in camp working and I was just going to try to suffer and bare the pain for the last 4 or 5 days till I was home to see my doctor... so the following morning I woke up with the worst sickness, body aches and pains I had ever experienced in my life... X1000(the sickest I've ever ever been I didn't think it was possible for a human to feel this train wreak like in my life) so I just did my regular thing that morning and went time work trying not to act sick or anything I had a great job an I didn't want to lose it... that night I was so sick and so sore and in so much pain I thought my heart was going to explode with flu like symptoms, hot and cold sweats, shaking, extreame anxiety attacks, stroke like symptomes as well!!! So as usual as I always do I went onto Google and looked up the oxycodone withdrawals and so on.. and I Came across a post to get to the doctors ASAP or you could possibly stop breating and every symptom I felt was listed !!!! I packed my bags as fast as possible got into my truck and put it to the floor, then as heading out of town I GOT on my cell and called 911 to ask about my condition.. long story short my doctor had given me enough medication in one day to kill about ten full grown men, and I'm talking taking this about on a day to day basis.. without the meds my body will shut down and I will stop breathing at this amount of mg a day and just up and stop taking them... this was about two weeks ago I was taking anywhere from 350-500/mg a day depending on how sick I'd feel in just as little as a few weeks I'm down to 250-300/mg a day (taking the meds to not be sick and die at this point) also when this had taken place i was getting pretty big into bodybuilding my weight when i was at the hospital was 245 all natural very big and about 6%bf, in just the short time of 6 months after the "accident i call it" i had wittled away to nothing i went down to 155 lbs i was devastated i lost five years of working out before my eyes this stuff is the devil it honestly is the worst feeling in the world yes it is going to be hard to overcome but you can do it stay strong and you will become stronger as the days go on there is hope for you and anyone reading my post it has touched your heart or opened your eyes about this terrible " ******* MEDICATION" P.S IM VERY SORRY FOR THE LANGUAGE and I hope my story is helpful and you have learned something, please be careful don't take your dosage down to fast as it takes a while even some people up to a year and a half to be "clean" also keep loved ones and family very close tell them what is going on and mention they go to some meetings to learn more about what your going through because from personal experience with my family I literally shut them out of my life because they had no IDEA WHAT YOUR GOING THROUGH!!!!! BE SURE TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR PLANS TO COME DOWN WITH YOUR DOSAGE. IF YOU FEEL THEY ARE NOT HELPING YOU TO THE BEST OF THERE ABILITY PLEASE FIGURED ONE WHOM CARES ABOUT what YOUR GOING THROUGH THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!! I wish you the best of luck you can do it :) may gods blessings be with you!! Good luck everyone and take care and one day when your back to yourself life will be so bright and happy! Thanks for reading yours truly Randy flahr!!!!!
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OXYCODONE STORY BY Randy Flahr
                      This is my story....

Where to start... other than this so called miracle drug is seriously the worst prescription "medical drug" in the world this Medication is the DEVIL... HANDS DOWN. I personally have been on oxycodone and in massive daily dosages of anywhere from 350/mg-500/mg PER DAY! I had a bad accident on November 21st of 2011 and have been going through hell this past 8 months trying to overcome this drug addiction I didn't even know I had.. my doctor just kept on increasing my daily dosage ignorant seemed like every few weeks it was going up about 80/mg for about 3 months till there was a point I was talking 400-500/mg a day. So long story short I had just got called to work.. I work away from home and I only had about 12 days worth of my pain meds left (didnt realise at the time i had work and my son on my mind hes three years old) and it was a long weekend I didn't even think about getting more not knowing or realising that I would end up running out while about 13 hours from my doctor, so as the days went on I started to realise that I only had a few days of medication left before I was out, so I just continued to stay in camp working and I was just going to try to suffer and bare the pain for the last 4 or 5 days till I was home to see my doctor... so the following morning I woke up with the worst sickness, body aches and pains I had ever experienced in my life... X1000(the sickest I've ever ever been I didn't think it was possible for a human to feel this train wreak like in my life) so I just did my regular thing that morning and went time work trying not to act sick or anything I had a great job an I didn't want to lose it... that night I was so sick and so sore and in so much pain I thought my heart was going to explode with flu like symptoms, hot and cold sweats, shaking, extreame anxiety attacks, stroke like symptomes as well!!! So as usual as I always do I went onto Google and looked up the oxycodone withdrawals and so on.. and I Came across a post to get to the doctors ASAP or you could possibly stop breating and every symptom I felt was listed !!!! I packed my bags as fast as possible got into my truck and put it to the floor, then as heading out of town I GOT on my cell and called 911 to ask about my condition.. long story short my doctor had given me enough medication in one day to kill about ten full grown men, and I'm talking taking this about on a day to day basis.. without the meds my body will shut down and I will stop breathing at this amount of mg a day and just up and stop taking them... this was about two weeks ago I was taking anywhere from 350-500/mg a day depending on how sick I'd feel in just as little as a few weeks I'm down to 250-300/mg a day (taking the meds to not be sick and die at this point) also when this had taken place i was getting pretty big into bodybuilding my weight when i was at the hospital was 245 all natural very big and about 6%bf, in just the short time of 6 months after the "accident i call it" i had wittled away to nothing i went down to 155 lbs i was devastated i lost five years of working out before my eyes this stuff is the devil it honestly is the worst feeling in the world yes it is going to be hard to overcome but you can do it stay strong and you will become stronger as the days go on there is hope for you and anyone reading my post it has touched your heart or opened your eyes about this terrible " ******* MEDICATION" P.S IM VERY SORRY FOR THE LANGUAGE and I hope my story is helpful and you have learned something, please be careful don't take your dosage down to fast as it takes a while even some people up to a year and a half to be "clean" also keep loved ones and family very close tell them what is going on and mention they go to some meetings to learn more about what your going through because from personal experience with my family I literally shut them out of my life because they had no IDEA WHAT YOUR GOING THROUGH!!!!! BE SURE TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR PLANS TO COME DOWN WITH YOUR DOSAGE. IF YOU FEEL THEY ARE NOT HELPING YOU TO THE BEST OF THERE ABILITY PLEASE FIGURED ONE WHOM CARES ABOUT what YOUR GOING THROUGH THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!! I wish you the best of luck you can do it :) may gods blessings be with you!! Good luck everyone and take care and one day when your back to yourself life will be so bright and happy! Thanks for reading yours truly Randy flahr!!!!!
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If anyone has questions about anything for advise I'd me more than happy yo help you along your journey and help another get through the he double hockey sticks and I wish you the best of luck my e mail is Flahr_11***@****
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I came across this site by accident.  I was trying to find out if there is any correlation between weight gain and oxycontin.  When I moved to a new town, I was on 15 mg. of oxycodone and 15 mg of ms contin er.  I had to find a new doctor since I had moved to another town, and when I first went to him I weighed 133 pounds, which is ideal for my height.  I gained 40 pounds in six months.  I just looked through my medical records that I just happened to have because I requested them.  I noticed in my records that after I was switched from the morphine to oxycontin, I gained 14 pounds in one month.  My doctor has increased my dose from 15 mg. oxycodone to 30 mg. of oxycodone every 4 hours.  He switched me from 15 mg. of ms contin to oxycontin 80 mg. four times a day!  That is when the weight gain started.  Like I said I gained 14 pounds the first month on my new doses.  I continued to steadily gain weight for the next 6 months, at which time I was 178 pounds!  I went from 133 pounds to 176 pounds in six months.  I absolutely believe it was due to the oxycontin because there was no other changes to anything in my medical records.  I recently had my doctor switch me back to ms contin 300 mg a day.  I plan to stop taking it cold turkey beginning tomorrow.  The withdrawals only last four days, and I believe my life will be much better when I get off all opiods.  I am going to work hard at loosing the weight I put on and eating right.  I am also going to become a exercise junkie.  Has anyone else experienced something like what I went through?
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It's been a while since your post....are you still here?
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Hey all, I was told oxycodone didn't cause weight issues but man that was wrong. I haven't gained any weight but I sure as hell can't lose weight. I'm an exercize-aholic (cardio) and when I want to lose weight, I'll work out 3-4 times per day and cut back my food intake and It has always worked. I figured it would work this time, boy was I wrong, again  i'm working out 3 x a day, no food at all after 5pm, no carbs after 12 pm and NOTHING!!!!!  I can be starving and still can't lose a pound! This medicine sux!!!! I'm tapering down now, currently taking 10 mg 3 x a day, was up to 5- 10 mg' tabs 3 x a day. Mine are prescribed too for my pain  ugh!  Tapering down on my own and it's not fun. Good luck you all, many blessings!
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