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Review: could Oxycontin cause Completed suicide?

Summary: Completed suicide is found among people who take Oxycontin, especially for people who are male, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, also take medication Neurontin, and have Pain.

We study 41,157 people who have side effects while taking Oxycontin from FDA and social media. Among them, 484 have Completed suicide. Find out below who they are, when they have Completed suicide and more.

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Oxycontin has active ingredients of oxycodone hydrochloride. It is often used in pain. (latest outcomes from Oxycontin 42,284 users)

Completed suicide

Completed suicide (act of taking one's own life) has been reported by people with depression, suicide attempt, ill-defined disorder, pain, quit smoking.(latest reports from Completed suicide 36,355 patients)

On Dec, 13, 2014: 41,157 people reported to have side effects when taking Oxycontin. Among them, 484 people (1.18%) have Completed Suicide.

Trend of Completed suicide in Oxycontin reports

Time on Oxycontin when people have Completed suicide * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Completed suicide21.88%7.81%7.81%31.25%25.00%4.69%1.56%

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

Completed suicide29.39%70.61%

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

Completed suicide0.00%0.00%5.97%17.14%15.32%30.13%13.51%17.92%

Severity of Completed suicide when taking Oxycontin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Completed suicide0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%

How people recovered from Completed suicide ** :


Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (140 people, 28.93%)
  2. Back pain (25 people, 5.17%)
  3. Depression (20 people, 4.13%)
  4. Osteoarthritis (9 people, 1.86%)
  5. Drug abuse (9 people, 1.86%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Neurontin (66 people, 13.64%)
  2. Xanax (41 people, 8.47%)
  3. Alprazolam (35 people, 7.23%)
  4. Paxil (29 people, 5.99%)
  5. Hydrocodone bitartrate (27 people, 5.58%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

ldean (2 years ago):

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.
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Chris (2 years ago):

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.
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MissouriGal (2 years ago):

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.
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Alabama guy (2 years ago):

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.
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phil (2 years ago):

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
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Missouriborn (2 years ago):

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!
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Missouri Gal (2 years ago):

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.
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barkeep (2 years ago):

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.
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Jamie (2 years ago):

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.
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Phil Bundy (4 years ago):

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