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is there any prescription drugs that can give a false positve for cocaine use?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Cocaine: Some are Lidocaine & procainamide. Also some energy drinks might.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between cocaine and methylphenidate?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Very little: Cocaine and methylphenidate are very much alike. They both go to the same receptor site in the brain and can cause the same symptoms when taken the same way. They are so much alike that they are used interchangeably in medical research.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How do you treat rapid heartbeat from cocaine or ecstasy?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Depends: That would depend on the exact heart rhythm. But the most important answer is to stop using dangerous drugs which can kill you.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you build up a tolerance to cocaine?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Yes: Narcotics give "tolerance". That means that sooner or later to experience the same effect the dosis required is going to be higher.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Could using cocaine burst my heart?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
NO--BUT: It will weaken your heart and cause a host of other problems. I had a 20y/o whose heart was damaged to about 1/4 of normal measured by echo. He was left with severe shortness of breath and lack of exercise tolerance. He was very miserable. With special nutrient therapies we managed to get him back to 1/2 normal --better to leave it alone.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How does cocaine actually effect the brain?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Cocaine on the Brain: This is a complex answer to address here, but in summary it works on specific receptors in certain areas of the brain responsible for pleasure. As a result, this highly addictive sensation is then craved psychologically while at the same time your body will physically depend on the substance being present to feel "normal" when in fact you're in a heightened sense of stimulation and arousal.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Cocaine affects dopamine (neurotransmitter) in the brain; prolonged use depletes and affects brain's ability to make it. Cocaine can also cause stroke
Dec 31, 2011

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