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Cocaine Use (Overview)

Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with potent cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) side effects. Signs of intoxication typically begin with enlarged pupils, a feeling of being "high" (euphoria), agitation, and increased heart rate and blood pressure.


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What is the general effects of cocaine use?

What is the general effects of cocaine use?

Cocaine: Crack is stimulant, so hyper arousal ; agitation, changes in pupil size with increased metabolism are common. ...Read more

Cocaine Use (Overview)

Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with potent cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) side effects. Signs of intoxication typically begin with enlarged pupils, a feeling of being "high" (euphoria), agitation, and increased heart rate and blood pressure.


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What are the medical complications associated with cocaine use?

What are the medical complications associated with cocaine use?

Many: Cardiovascular, pulmonary, gasrtrointestinal, neurological , psychiatric , obstetric . Can cause mi, hypertension, hemoptsis, pneumomediastinum and pneumothorax, cerebrovascular accidents, in regards to obstetrics beside babies going into withdrawal yhey can be small for gestational age . To summarize not a good thing to use or abuse ...Read more

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What are internal, damaging side effects of cocaine use?

Many harmful effects: Besides being highly addictive, Cocaine can do harm in many ways. It is a powerful vasoconstrictor, & can cause a shortage of bloodflow & permanent damage to any organ/body part. Anxiety, agitation, paranoia, tremors, inability to sleep and mania or grandiosity are most common effects. Heart attack and stroke are deadliest. Fetuses, infants, children and teens can get brain damage w/ or w/o stroke. ...Read more

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Can your nose change shape from cocaine use?

Yes: Cocaine use can result in death of of tissue (septal necrosis) with consequent undesirable change in nasal appearance. Some mechanisms might include reduced blood flow and/or unchecked infection. Cocaine use is associated with a variety of undesirable general medical and psychological adverse effects. ...Read more

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Cocaine use visible in nasal passages for how long?

Cocaine use visible in nasal passages for how long?

Immediately absorbed: However, long-term use can lead to the eating away of the mucous membrane and the cartilage of your nasal septum, the wall that separates the two chambers of your nose. That then lasts a very long time unless corrected. ...Read more

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Does past cocaine use lead to irreversible nose damage?

Does past cocaine use lead to irreversible nose damage?

Damage Is Possible: Cocaine users often snort powdered Cocaine up their nostrils so that the drug can be quickly absorbed by fine capillaries which line the nasal passages. Cocaine is toxic to the tissue, but it also acts as an anesthetic agent so the user does not feel the tissue damage. Chronic use can destroy the mucosa as well as erode the nasal septum. The mucosa can regenerate but not the nasal cartilage. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more