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Can you reverse brain damage caused by cocaine use in teenagers?

Can you reverse brain damage caused by cocaine use in teenagers?

No: You cannot reverse damage but there is a fascinating data from the book "the winners brain" by jeff brown. Even if we damage brain the procedural brain remains intact meaning by repitive learning we can learn skills. I felt comforted about raising my kids- I tell my kids I do not need to worry about their education - they can always learn a trade any age in their lifetime.

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Could you tell me if drugs like cocaine/mephedrone cause brain damage?

Could you tell me if drugs like cocaine/mephedrone cause brain damage?

They can and do: There are rare cases of people who suffer serious consequences, particularly with mephedrone and other "bath salt" products, on their very first use with long-lasting and perhaps permanent damages. Others suffer those consequences (psychosis, depression, organic brain syndrome) after long-acting and/or heavy use. Bath salts in particular are a total crap shoot -- you don't know what you get.

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How can long term cocaine use effect the brain?

How can long term cocaine use effect the brain?

Not well: Wouldn't do it. Interesting article in neurochem res - april 2013 (http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/23585124) - control of Dopamine 2 receptors in the brain appears to be altered. "this upregulation may contribute to behavioral changes in response to repeated exposure to cocaine." check out www. Pubmed. Gov for more citations.

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How long after stopping cocaine use is the brain not affected?

How long after stopping cocaine use is the brain not affected?

That depends: Your brain will need time to heal. This will vary with the amount drugs used and duration of the use. It can take up to two years abstinence for a complete withdrawal. In addition, there are behavioral changes that will need to be made.

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Can one time moderate use of cocaine lead to permanent brain damage, memory problems or cognitive impairment?

Can one time moderate use of cocaine lead to permanent brain damage, memory problems or cognitive impairment?

Death = permanent: In some, the first use of Cocaine causes death, which would be permanent brain damage or impairment. Not to mention heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, or seizures. In the brain alone, Cocaine is a very strong CNS stimulant that stops Dopamine from being recycled -- making it build up and disrupt normal neuronal communication. If you're dead, the long-term brain changes don't matter.

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What evidene exists on short-term cocaine use on the cardiovasulature, heart, brain blood supply, or the central nervous system? Is damage reversible?

What evidene exists on short-term cocaine use on the cardiovasulature, heart, brain blood supply, or the central nervous system? Is damage reversible?

Vasoconstriction: Cocaine causes blood vessels to shrink down (vasoconstrict). This increases blood pressure and decreases blood flow to vital organs. This can cause strokes, kidney failure, heart attacks, etc. The constriction is temporary, but the damage can be permanent.

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Does drinking a small amout (4-6 drops) of another person's urine cause brain damage to a teen boy???

Does drinking a small amout (4-6 drops) of another person's urine cause brain damage to a teen boy???

Uh, no...but...why?: Notwithstanding the close to impossible likelihood the urine was highly concentrated with a neurotoxin (in which case the donor would probably be dead) a couple of drops won't do anything. Interestingly, a gazillion years ago, doctors used to taste urine to see if it was sweet. If it was, it had glucose in it, which was suggestive of diabetes mellitus. Thank goodness for urine dipsticks...

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How much alcohol must an adolescent have to consume to cause permanent brain damage or developmental problems?

How much alcohol must an adolescent have to consume to cause permanent brain damage or developmental problems?

Individual Levels: There is no one answer to this, since each individual is different. However, teenagers should not drink alcohol for a very good reason: their brains are still developing. If you add toxins (e.g., alcohol, nicotine from cigarettes, etc.) to a growing brain, you're only doing it harm.

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Can cocaine use cause ovarian cancer?

Can cocaine use cause ovarian cancer?

No: There is no evidence that Cocaine causes ovarian cancer. Cocaine is bad for your health for many reasons, but not this one!

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Can past cocaine use cause present cardiac problems and increase cardiac arrest?

Can past cocaine use cause present cardiac problems and increase cardiac arrest?

Yes: Cocaine is a known cause of heart attacks due to coronary vasospasm. Sometimes those heart attacks, when happen, can be confused with the Cocaine effect and go unnoticed. After a heart attack, by definition, a part of your heart it's not conducting electricity and not working well. The consequences depend on how large it was and how fast it healed.

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Can cocaine use cause an episode of impotence?

Can cocaine use cause an episode of impotence?

Cocaine use can: Cause an episode of just about anything, including sudden death...

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Can past cocaine use cause your heart to enlargen?

Can past cocaine use cause your heart to enlargen?

Yes: Cocaine is bad for the heart. Cocaine increases heart rate and blood pressure while constricting the arteries supplying blood. The result can be a heart attack, even in young people without heart disease. Cocaine can also trigger a deadly abnormal heart rhythm called arrhythmia.Cardiac hypertrophy, enlargement, may affect as many as 47 percent of chronic Cocaine users with normal pressure.

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Can cocaine use cause swollen lymph nodes in the neck?

No: Cocaine or other drugs (even sniffed) would not do this. If you have a sore throat, that's probably the cause and both this and the enlarged nodes should clear pretty soon on their own. If not, and especially possible enlarged nodes persist more than 1-2 weeks, see a doctor and get it checked out.

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Can cocaine use cause swollen lymph nodes in the neck?

Can cocaine use cause swollen lymph nodes in the neck?

Depends: It is unlikely that the cocaine in and of itself would cause lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy); however, whatever other substances are within the administered drug could very well do so. Use of cocaine is incredibly dangerous, not only for the well known effects and addiction issues, but also because of the co-administered materials "cut" with this drug of abuse.

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Can cocaine use cause systemic infection of the ENT? Could this lead to further infection in the reproductive system?

Can cocaine use cause systemic infection of the ENT? Could this lead to further infection in the reproductive system?

Yes: Snorting of Cocaine has been reported to cause endocarditits and other distant infections from the nasal area. The Cocaine constricts the blood vessels in the nasal passages and can cause open ulcers that allow bacteria into the blood stream. Once bacteria are in the blood stream then they can travel to any organ in the body. (including the reproductive organs).

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Which brain damage can solvents cause?

Which brain damage can solvents cause?

Many: It depends on the solvent but, neurons can be easily injured by potent chemicals. Sense of smell, touch, balance and sight might become altered.

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Can comas cause brain damage?

Brain injury: It is not the coma that causes brain damage, it is the cause of the coma that results in the brain injury.

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