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Can You Build Up A Tolerance To Cocaine
When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more
Yes: Most drugs of abuse tend to cause tolerance. The amount you need to take to feel good increases, but the amount that can kill you remains about the same. If you have a drug problem, get help. Don't wait until you are rushed to the er. Take care. ...Read more
Can be VERY: There are thousands of deaths per year secondary to the health effects of Cocaine abuse, and death is generally seen as pretty bad for health. Heart problems, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, psychosis, severe infection, aggression, paranoia and permanent brain damage have all been reported. A cutting agent (levamisole) found in lots of Cocaine mixtures can cause even nastier problems. ...Read more
Extremely difficult: It is a highly addictive drug which ruins countless lives daily. Despite billions of dollars spent on the war on drug, the demand remains high, reason being that the drug is addictive and hard to stop. ...Read more
It can screw you up:
Pretty bad. Cocaine prevents Dopamine in the brain from being recycled. So Dopamine builds up at the synapse (between two neurons). This can cause a person to feel “high”.
Cocaine can ^ heart rate, ^ blood pressure, ^ temperature, v appetite, cause nausea, abdominal pain, nausea & constriction of blood vessels. It can also lead to heart attacks or strokes. ...Read more
See below: Although Cocaine levels can be cleared out of your blood in a few hours, it can be detected in hair for a month. So depending on the organ involved there can be a lasting impact of even a rapidly cleared drug like cocaine. ...Read more
Stop using: Cocaine is generally cleared from the body within a few days of last use. Staying stopped is much harder and usually requires a drug treatment program or support groups like aa or na, both together are usually the best approach. ...Read more
Cocaine: Cocaine has been used as a topical anesthetic on mouth, nose, and throat before medical procedures. It works quickly -- and it also constricts blood vessels. This can decrease bleeding and swelling from procedures like biopsies, stitches, and wound cleaning. Before its addictive qualities became known, it was also used as a mood elevator -- but the addiction produced much greater problems. ...Read more
SIGH: I wonder if people are truly living in a giant bubble with no access to any information from the outside world! Other than heart attack, sudden death, strokes, chronic heart damage, brain damage, permanent psychosis, severe depression, infections from injection (including aids, hep c and many others) and horrible toxic effects from a cutting agent (levamisole), it's perfectly fine. Lots more too. ...Read more
Addiction: Cocaine is a very addictive drug. The only legitimate use is as a nasal anesthetic for some types of surgery. Recreationally it is inhaled as powder or smoked in the form of a rock aka crack. It increases dopamine levels in the brain which can cause paranoia or other psychotic symptoms. Peripherally it is a very powerful vasoconstrictor and can cause very serious heart problems among other things ...Read more
Variable: Depends on what you mean. Cocaine itself is metabolized by enzymes in our blood which break it down into inactive metabolites within minutes. The metabolic by-products, called ecgnonines (mostly benzoylecgonine) can be detected for several days after a single use, depending on how large a dose it was. Another metabolite, cocaethylene, is formed when you drink on cocaine, and that lasts 2-3 days. ...Read more
Change in behavior: You might notice changes in behavior -- could be irritable and agitated when using, rushed, and intense. When coming down (or crashing) he could sleep for long periods, and be very depressed. Unexplained absences from school, slacking off in studies, spending more money than usual, perhaps stealing from you. Drug testing too. Please talk w/your doctor about all this. ...Read more
Risks: Prenatal Cocaine exposure (pce) ^ risk for birth defects, premature delivery, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, fetal respiratory distress, low birth weight & difficulty with language development & behavior. One study showed 6% of the infants exposed prenataly to Cocaine had suffered strokes. There is not a specific syndrome that is related to Cocaine use. For the mother it can lead to ^. ...Read more
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