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Cocaine Overdose (Overview)

There could be several symptoms from irrititability, drowsiness or twitching.


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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What is the definition or description of: cocaine overdose?

What is the definition or description of: cocaine overdose?

Bad situation: Cocaine at any dose could create significant cardiovascular risk, and a definite death threat. Many celebrities have died secondary to Cocaine abuse. This is not a safe drug if not used under a doctor's attention. Strokes have also occurred. Cocaine is not glamorous or fun in the end, and the risk far out-ways the high. Stay away from this stuff now. ...Read more

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Cocaine Overdose (Overview)

There could be several symptoms from irrititability, drowsiness or twitching.


Dr. Richard Malen
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What happens once you have cocaine overdose?

What happens once you have cocaine overdose?

Cocaine: There really is no safe dosage of Cocaine as adverse effects can happen at any dose. It is a nervous system and cardiovascular stimulant. It can cause seizures, high blood pressure and racing pulse. These effects sometimes cause strokes or heart attack. There are mental changes akin to paranoia or hallucinations. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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How much time will symptoms of a cocaine overdose last?

How much time will symptoms of a cocaine overdose last?

Highly variable: If it proves to be fatal, it essentially lasts forever. Cocaine is a short-acting drug, which is present in the bloodstream and brain for 10-15 minutes after a single dose, which is why people who smoke, snort or inject cocaine may do it 3 or 4 times per hour. However, it has metabolites that can last longer, in particular in people who drink alcohol with it. The ill effects can last many hours. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Naftulin
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What are the tests for cocaine overdose?

What are the tests for cocaine overdose?

Urine or blood tests: If a person presents with symptoms raising concerns of a drug overdose, urine or blood drug testing can be performed. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Docs, could a one time cocaine overdose cause permanent heart problems?

Docs, could a one time cocaine overdose cause permanent heart problems?

Yes, it could if it: Caused a heart attack. Cocaine in high doses (and even low doses in susceptible individuals) can cause spasm of the coronary arteries and result in a heart attack. Most of the time, it can cause heart arrhythmias, which generally do not cause any permanent problems, and will not generally recur if you stay away from cocaine. If you are having cardiac symptoms, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. John Moranville
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Which treatment works the best and fastest for cocaine overdose?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for cocaine overdose?

911: Overdose of cocaine, as with any overdose, requires immediate intervention by trained professionals. Even in moderate doses, Cocaine can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other forms of sudden cardiac death. In higher doses, observation in an emergency room or intensive care unit may be needed. There heart monitors can detect arrhythmias which can be treated with medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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What should I do during cocaine overdose of a friend?

What should I do during cocaine overdose of a friend?

What should be done!: You should have prevented the overdose in the first place, talking some sense into their heads, or suggesting they see an addication specialist. Otherwise, it is basc CPR when the overdose occurs and calling 911. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Malen
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What happens once you have cocaine overdose?

Cocaine: There really is no safe dosage of Cocaine as adverse effects can happen at any dose. It is a nervous system and cardiovascular stimulant. It can cause seizures, high blood pressure and racing pulse. These effects sometimes cause strokes or heart attack. There are mental changes akin to paranoia or hallucinations. ...Read more

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Dr. Carin Van Gelder
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Cocaine overdose-- is there anyway I can get him to feel better soon?

Seek medical help: If he has symptoms related to a Cocaine overdose, this can be life threatening. Chest pain, headache, rapid heart beat, trouble breathing, palpitations, passing out, confusion, seizures, increased temperature, stroke, kidney failure, and more are all possible. Many of these are common. Cocaine can also be laced with something else. Call 911 so he can be treated enroute to the ed also. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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How do you help someone when they think they are having a cocaine overdose?

How do you help someone when they think they are having a cocaine overdose?

ER & mutual support: Take the addict to an emergency room, then take yourself to a mutual support group like al-anon or nar-anon to examine your role in being involved with the addiction of another person. ...Read more

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