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Doctor insights on: Cocain And Crack

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What are the health risks involved with mixing Xanax (alprazolam) and crack cocain?

What are the health risks involved with mixing Xanax (alprazolam) and crack cocain?

Xanax/crack: Cardiac arrest, seizures, loss of effectiveness of xanax, (alprazolam) and more respiratory distress, to mention a few.

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What's the difference between crack and free-base cocaine?

What's the difference between crack and free-base cocaine?

Cocaine: People abuse 2 forms of cocaine: the water-soluble hydrochloride salt that is injected or snorted, and the water-insoluble Cocaine base (or freebase) that is smoked. Free-base Cocaine has been processed with ammonia or baking soda and water, and then heated to remove the hydrochloride. The term “crack, ” is the street name given to freebase Cocaine -- it makes "crackle" sounds when smoked.

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How long can crack cocaine recovery take?

How long can crack cocaine recovery take?

Lifelong: Crack Cocaine is particularly addictive. Recovery involves changing behaviors, getting support from those who care about you and taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. An addictions specialist can be very helpful.

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How can I stop relapsing on crack cocaine?

How can I stop relapsing on crack cocaine?

Active recovery: Relapse is part of recovery. Actively participating in any recovery program makes it significantly less likely you will use again. I strongly recommend multiple treatment approaches, the more invested you are in the recovery process the less likely for relapse. Participating in inpatient therapy provides time away from temptations, na, outpatient tx, avoiding old people, places, triggers.

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How long does crack cocaine stay in your system?

How long does crack cocaine stay in your system?

48-72 hours: Typically 48-72 hours. If use is extremely heavy and chronic, maybe up to 96 hours.

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How would you know if someone takes crack cocaine?

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How would you know if someone takes crack cocaine?

Cocaine: Observe. She would have dilated pupils, her energy is elevated, her speech excited & exuberant.

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I think my girlfrend is using crack cocaine how can I tell for sure?

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Cocaine: Observe. She would have dilated pupils, her energy is elevated, her speech excited & exuberant.

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How much time does crack cocaine stay in my system I am a heavy user?

How much time does crack cocaine stay in my system I am a heavy user?

A contradiction: There seems to be a paradox in your query. It sounds suspiciously like a question one would ask when one is trying to beat a drug test. But how could a heavy user hope to beat a drug test consistently? That would entail NOT being a heavy user pretty often. I guess I don't follow the logic of your question.

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What are the negative consequences of crack cocaine vs. Plain cocaine?

What are the negative consequences of crack cocaine vs. Plain cocaine?

Both very addicting: Since "crack" Cocaine is smoked, it gets into the system faster than snorting the powder. The faster it gets into brain, the more intense the high. The speed of smoking crack is about equal to speed of IV injection -- lung vasculature is vast. Also the intensity of crack's high passes more quickly than snorting -- leading to more and more doses to maintain the high. Huge addictiveness with each.

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If I did 1 gram of crack cocaine how quick can I get it out of my system?

It depends.: You can test positive for Cocaine in your urine for up to 3 days, but sometimes benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, can be detected in your urine for up to 3 wks, depending on how much and how frequently you use it. It is better to stay away from it, get into a drug tx program and attend 12 step mtgs. Help yourself by reducing the amount used and quit.

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What are the first stages of appearance of someone that uses crack cocaine?

What are the first stages of appearance of someone that uses crack cocaine?

Acute vs chronic: The immediate effects of Cocaine are often euphoria and hyperactivity, followed by a period of dysphoria or irritability. Chronic use can lead to depression, mania, or psychosis. There is usually a personality change consistent with drug-seeking behavior. Physical changes can occur, such as weight loss and neglect of personal appearance.

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How many ways can crack cocaine get in your system even if you do not smoke it?

Cocaine: Cocaine can enter your system by smoking it, ingesting it, snorting it, injecting it, and touching it.

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I touch crack and cocaine daily and I'm always entering "crack" houses while vapor is heavy in the air. I test the substance in my car most of the tim

High Risk job: You don't ask a? but this sounds like a risky life style. There are so many dangers involved that even a lucky person needs to think about alternatives before luck runs out!

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What does crack cocaine smell like?

Have never smelled: crack cocaine. It is reported to have mild odor, if any which dissipates quickly. From what I have read it can smell like burned plastic.

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How is cocaine or crack addiction treated?

How is cocaine or crack addiction treated?

Same as other drugs.: Withdrawal from these drugs is usually not life threatening and so in patient detox is not approved by medical insurance companies. These drugs are highly addicting and relapse risk is high. We have no drug treatments specifically for these stimulant drug addictions. A 30 day rehab or residential treatment maybe your best bet followed by intensive out patient care.

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What are the symptoms of crack cocaine use?

Cocaine: Crack is stimulant, so hyperarousal & agitation & changes in pupil size with increased metabolism are common.