I Had a Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation 2 Weeks Ago and Was Prescribed Oxycodone, Can I Discontinue?

The problem I am having is since I stopped the Oxycodone I have not been able to sleep and have had cold/hot spells. Could I have formed an addiction to the painkillers in that short of time? I took one this morning and it took about the cold/hot feeling. Is it possible to get these same feelings for other reasons due to the tummy tuck?

Doctor Answers 6

Pain medications after a tummy tuck

As long as you're cleared from a surgical standpoint by your plastic surgeon, ask him/her to prescribe a weaker pain medicine.

Addiction To Pain Meds Unlikely After 2 Weeks

It is extremely unlikely that you have developed a dependency or addiction to oxycodone after 2 weeks of use, especially if you were having acute pain during this time.  Discuss your concerns with your surgeon who can prescribe a milder narcotic pain med at this time or you may be able to get with Tylenol, etc.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Pain medications

Your narcotic pain medications should only be used to manage pain.  You should follow your plastic surgeon's instructions if and when to take your pain meds.     Pain medications should NOT be used to help you sleep.   Please follow-up with your plastic surgeon who can help you address your concerns.

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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You should stop oxycodone if you are not having pain.

You should not be using Oxycodone for any reason other than pain. Not because of inability to sleep, not because it improves hot/cold spells, and not because it makes you "feel better." Addiction is as individual as each of us, but true physiologic addiction is unlikely for the vast majority of post-op patients who use their pain medications as prescribed.

Your other symptoms are very common with any patient who has undergone an anesthetic and the "stress" of a significant surgery. Potent adrenocortical hormones are released by your own body, and these hormones have powerful effects on sleep, thermoregulation (chills and hot spells), menstrual cycles, and other physiologic functions. Oxycodone is a strong narcotic, but it has no magical effects on hot/cold feelings other than to dull your awareness of them.

Talk first to your surgeon, and if you need additional advice, talk to your own family physician. If you truly are having trouble weaning from your pain medication, help is available for the asking! Just don't delay if you find yourself "needing" to take oxycodone to help you with your recovery. You're only 2 weeks post-op! Sounds like you're doing just fine. Best wishes!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Discontinuing medications after surgery.

I'm not an addiction expert but that seems a short time to have formed an addiction.   Medications can have a spectrum of side effects, depending on the patient.  It would be best to first recheck with your plastic surgeon and be sure all aspects of the surgery are going fine .  Your surgeon may then be able to refer you to someone who could address the other issue.

Jeffrey M. Darrow, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

Pain Medication After Tummy Tuck

While two weeks would seem like a short time to be 'addicted', I see no benefit to continuing to take narcotics if you are having these symptoms. The sooner you return to the use of no medications the better. Take over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen, for here on out for whatever residual pain you have.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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