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how long does it take to develop purpura with cocaine use?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Levamisole: Most of the time the cause of the purple discoloration of skin due to bleeding under the skin (called purpura) after Cocaine use is because of a chemotherapy and antiparasite drug called levamisole that is intentionally added by importers of Cocaine as a cutting agent to reduce expense & increase bulk of their product. It is often described as 'sudden onset' retiform purpura so shortly after use.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can alcohol and cocaine/speed abuse lead to nephritis?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Yes: The combination of alcohol and Cocaine (cocaethylene) is very cardiotoxic may lead to coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure, this can cause nephritis from poor vascular supply and also embolic phenomena arising from Cocaine
A 33-year-old member asked:

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant delivering euphoric feelings, but how addictive is cocaine?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Very addictive: Cocaine is extremly reinforcing, meaning in one sitting of drug use and if the drug is available many people will tend to use that whole amount until the supply is gone. This is because the drug acts quick, esp with smoking or IV use and wears off quick and users want more. Cravings then can be very strong after the drug wears off.
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What are the dangers of cocaine? Is the effect different for women?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Death: Cocaine is a vasopressors causing vasoconstriction of the coronary arteries which may lead to heart attacks, serious arrhythmias and death.Episodic Cocaine use leads to short-lived states of autonomic arousal. Chronic use can lead to scarring of heart tissue and myocardial hypertrophy, with increased myocardial calcium content resulting in an increased risk for lethal arrhythmias and sudden death.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

Can drugs such as cocaine have any effects on sperm count or quality of sperm?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Cocaine use has been found to lower sperm counts, reduce the sperms' motility and increase the number of abnormal sperm. Using Cocaine just before conceiving has also been linked to birth defects in children. Marijuana, cigarette smoking and alcohol can also negatively affect your fertility.
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Can cocaine use cause swollen lymph nodes in the neck?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
No: I would consider other causes. See your doctor.

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