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Review: could Oxycodone cause Completed suicide?

We study 25,892 people who have side effects while taking Oxycodone from FDA and social media. Among them, 888 have Completed suicide. Find out below who they are, when they have Completed suicide and more.

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Oxycodone (latest outcomes from 27,245 users) has active ingredients of oxycodone hydrochloride. It is often used in pain.

Completed suicide

Completed suicide (act of taking one's own life) (latest reports from 111,005 patients) has been reported by people with depression, suicide attempt, ill-defined disorder, pain, quit smoking.

On Oct, 13, 2014: 25,892 people reported to have side effects when taking Oxycodone. Among them, 888 people (3.43%) have Completed Suicide.

Trend of Completed suicide in Oxycodone reports

Time on Oxycodone when people have Completed suicide * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Completed suicide88.24%0.00%0.00%11.76%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Completed suicide when taking Oxycodone * :

Completed suicide38.70%61.30%

Age of people who have Completed suicide when taking Oxycodone * :

Completed suicide0.00%0.00%3.19%15.29%18.92%24.75%18.48%19.36%

Severity of Completed suicide when taking Oxycodone ** :


How people recovered from Completed suicide ** :


Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (26 people, 2.93%)
  2. Depression (25 people, 2.82%)
  3. Ill-defined disorder (19 people, 2.14%)
  4. Completed suicide (8 people, 0.90%)
  5. Suicide attempt (7 people, 0.79%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Oxycodone hcl (888 people, 100.00%)
  2. Acetaminophen (163 people, 18.36%)
  3. Alprazolam (141 people, 15.88%)
  4. Diazepam (92 people, 10.36%)
  5. Carisoprodol (83 people, 9.35%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Phil Bundy on Apr, 28, 2011:

    Useless! It dose not give any information at all on the amounts taken.


    Jamie on Jul, 13, 2012:

    My sister committed suicide 6 months ago. Her motives remain very unclear, but she had been taking a combination of Oxycontin, Percocet and other opioids over the past 5+ years. Although she denied abusing the drugs, and we have no proof of that, it does seem possible. Toxicology reports showed levels of the drug consistent with her prescription at the time of death. Do you have any insight as to how the drugs may have played a role? Is suicide risk greater when someone has cut back their use? Thank you for any info you have.


    barkeep on Oct, 12, 2012:

    drugs had everything to do with her suicide. 5 year addiction is next to impossible to quit, it cant be done alone. death is welcome when the addict realizes they are no longer feeling good from the drug but have to take it to stay well. opiod sickness from not having it is the worst sickness you can get, and can kill you by itself. when it comes down to not being able to afford the drugs your body needs and facing withdrawl, death seems to be the easier way out. it's sad but true, one needs not be depressed or irrational, it's a decision an addict makes when they convince themselves that life is not worth the pain and horror that withdrawal wrecks the body with. they see that their life is worthless and they screwed up big time with no other way out. it's a trap that good people get caught in all the time. I blame the medical / pharmacutical industry in this country.


    Missouri Gal on Nov, 10, 2012:

    I'm thinking about suicide since I've screwed up my life and those of the ones around me. I'm wanting to take Klonopin, Percocet, Seroquel, and OxyContin. I want to be talked out of it but at this point I see no other option. I'm depressed, my family says they love me, but I don't see it. What can I do? I think this is a cry for help, but I'm not sure.


    Missouriborn on Nov, 10, 2012:

    That is never the answer. Believe you family when they say they care. My mother in law took her life Oct.19th....its a loss that no one can understand and you never get over. I dont know you but I care wha happens to you!!!! I will always talk and help you if you need it!


    phil on Nov, 11, 2012:

    Hey Missouri Gal Iv been where you are. I not sure if I can help cuss I'm still vary depressed and not seeing the same world others see. You don't know what be right around the corner and you will miss it by one day. Also this helps me sometimes, "It's not like we live forever, It will be over someday, we will die" Call me or something I would love to hear your story


    Alabama guy on Nov, 18, 2012:

    Hey Missouri Gal I'm praying for you, Jesus loves you and he is here for you even when you think he's not. We love you. Seriously.


    MissouriGal on Nov, 19, 2012:

    I did call the Suicide Prevention Helpline.
    They helped a lot, & I stopped thinking about
    Killing myself, At least for the time being.
    I now found a lump in my right breast and go for
    A mammogram next week. The doctor is
    mildly concerned but we won't know anything
    until the results come back. Maybe I won't
    have to take my life, the cancer will do it
    for me. I've always told my parents if I do
    Ever get cancer, I'll do surgery but no chemo
    Therapy or radiation. That is how I still feel.
    Just keep me comfortable as much as possible
    and let me die at home.


    Chris on Dec, 9, 2012:

    My wife and mother of our 2 children committed suicide with the walgreens equivalent of benadryl 2 days before her 42nd birthday on Sept 9th of 2012. They don't know exactly how much she took but the death certificate cites "toxic effects of diphenhydramine" as the cause of death. I found her the next morning and from the look on her face it didn't look like a "peaceful" way to go. A lot of this over the counter stuff is poison in small doses. Look to homeopathic treatments folks.


    ldean on Dec, 21, 2012:

    I've been where you are, and I've discovered 2 suicide victims. Death by drug overdose does not entail going to sleep as most people have been led to believe by TV, etc. You will choke to death on your own vomit by enhaling it into your lungs. You will die slowly and struggle for breathe while vomiting. Your bowels and bladder will collapse and be excreted and you will die in a pool of your own body fluids with vomit coming out of your mouth. I understand and have a point of reference for your suicidal thoughts/plans. Go to a phone book, look up "mental health" or google... Mental Health AND insert your home town, state here"... Call the number and just say, "I need help." They'll take over from there. If you are too paralyzed with depression to move and you have a friend/ family member - call them, approach them, look in their eyes and tell them to find help for you and drive you there. OR... the easier and quickest way - if you want to die, then its an emergency - Please! call 911, and tell them "I need help. I think I'm going to commit suicide." They will come to you and take you for help. You can ride this wave of depression and you CAN RECOVER, although you need help to do it. I've hit 4 major sunamis (sp) over a 40 year period. It takes less work to get well and feel better than it takes to struggle with the endless argument going on in your head. Please let me know you are going to be okay.


  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • sonya on Jun, 22, 2012:

    my mom, 75, with copd has been homebound on purpose for the past 5 years - she is taking hydrocodone, trazodone, ativan, clonazepam - she's been falling, has gotten shorter, doesn't hold her head up - from what i can tell this is a horrible combination of meds and one doctor is giving her all this - can you tell me the symptoms and side effects of this combination please??? asap!!! thank you, sonya


    JT on Jul, 2, 2012:

    Hi Sonya.

    This combinations of meds is much too sedating and could cause respiratory depression.Also, why would your Mom be on 2 benzodiazepines i.e. clonazepan and ativan.Ativan can sometimes be used to help with sleeping but it seems your Mom is taking Trazodone for that.The Hydrocodone is a pain killer but can sedate also.Further, it is addictive but if she needs ? Why not Advil.Like you, I would also be concerned with falling at her age
    i.e. broken hip etc.which could lead to her being bed ridden if she manges to get through the operation.You need another Dr.This combination is seldom prescribed for someone her age.Warmest, JT


    Leena on Oct, 20, 2012:

    I used to take klonopin, ativan, and hydrocodone. The ativan was only for emergencies (i.e. extreme panic attacks). I found that mixing klonopin and hydrocodone drastically changed my personality to the point where they suspected I had a severe mood or personality disorder. When I stopped this combo my personality returned to normal. I have seen the same thing happen in 100% of cases where these drugs are mixed (n=3). The symptoms it produces can resemble borderline personality disorder &/or bipolar. Basically mood swings that are disproportionate to the situation. Common sense seems to disappear. People also seemed to think I was being disingenuous but in reality I was too confused to remain consistent. I have never taken trazadone but my sister took it mixed with klonopin and it would knock her out for a long time, sometimes an entire day. Hope that helps a little. All the best to you and your mother.


    Ms67GTO on Nov, 21, 2012:

    Leena, I have taken Klonopin (Clonazepam) in combination with hydrocodone for a number of years with absolutely no side effects. Both are extremely beneficial to my conditions. I'm truly sorry you suffered nasty effects from this combo. Each person's metabolism and chemical make-up are very different. What may work for some, doesn't work for others. After hearing someone's success story using particular drugs, others want to copy their regimen in hopes of the same relief. It may have worked for them, but you may suffer dire consequences.


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