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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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Will cocaine use affect your vision?

Will cocaine use affect your vision?

Yes: It may or may not affect your eyesight, but using cocaine is an indication of impaired vision.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...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 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

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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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Do health consequences result from cocaine use? If so, what are they?

Do health consequences result from cocaine use? If so, what are they?

Increased heart rate: Physical effects include increased blood pressure and heart rate, insomnia, sweating,
euphoria, decreased appetite and increased anxiety. At high doses, psychosis. ...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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If infatuation is chemically a lot like cocaine, how come love can last for life, yet cocaine use never pays off. Could this be explained scientifical?

If infatuation is chemically a lot like cocaine, how come love can last for life, yet cocaine use never pays off. Could this be explained scientifical?

Don't understand?: Infatuation is not the same as love, and some people use cocaine for decades. I am really not sure what you are asking. ...Read more

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Are dioxin poisoning and cocaine use related?

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Are dioxin poisoning and cocaine use related?

Dioxins: Are toxic products mainly coming from inceniration of wastes, affecting the immune system & hormones, causing cancer & infertility. Contamination during illicit substance use likely. ...Read more

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What are the risks of cocaine use before surgery?

Death: Cocaine can cause severe cardiac issues during surgery that could result in serious injury or death. ...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

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How long after cocaine use will I test positive on urine test?

2 to 4 days: The duration of detection will depend of the type of analysis used, the duration could conceivably be longer if you use alcohol with the cocaine. ...Read more

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How lone after cocaine use will I test positive on urine test?

How lone after cocaine use will I test positive on urine test?

See below: The official line is that it is detector 3-4 days after use but I give my patients up to a week before I call them for ongoing use. ...Read more

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Is there any prescription drugs that can give a false positve for cocaine use?

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Is there any prescription drugs that can give a false positve for cocaine use?

Cocaine: Some are Lidocaine & procainamide. Also some energy drinks might. ...Read more

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If a great singer has a hole in her septum from cocaine use can she still sing well? Just wonderin?

If a great singer has a hole in her septum from cocaine use can she still sing well? Just wonderin?

Depends on how she: Sings. The nose is involved in sound production as well as getting air in properly, especially for singers, and a nasal septal perforation, if big enough, is likely to impact that. More importantly than whether she can still sing well is whether she gets help with what is obviously a severe Cocaine problem. She needs treatment, and if you are a loved one, you should consider alanon. ...Read more

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There was a famous comedian who caught fire. He died of MS a few years ago. Were his cocaine use and MS related?

There was a famous comedian who caught fire. He died of MS a few years ago. Were his cocaine use and MS related?

No: No correlation. Prior used to also drink a lot. His habits might have made his MS worse to control but they didn't cause it. ...Read more

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If there was cocaine use periodically thru the first 2 trimesters.... but none in the 3... Will the baby show clean of drugs or positive when born?

If there was cocaine use periodically thru the first 2 trimesters.... but none in the 3... Will the baby show clean of drugs or positive when born?

Yes: If there has not been use of cocaine for weeks prior to delivery then the drug screen in the baby's urine or meconium will be negative. However any such drug use in the first 2 semesters when the baby is developing its organs can be devastating to the baby. ...Read more

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Define long-term cocaine use? With rec use during college & months of nonuse in between what's the liklihood of permanent damage? No use since then.

Unable to say: I have seen people who used Cocaine for years on an episodic basis have a heart attack after using the same amount they have always used. I have also seen deaths from apparent cardiac arrhythmias under the same kind of circumstances. Also depends on route of administration - snorting, injecting or smoking. You also don't know what its cut with - levamisole has caused deaths in the us. ...Read more

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If there was only cocaine use from weeks 18 to 27.Been clean since and the baby is due in November. Will the baby show positive on drug test when born?

If there was only cocaine use from weeks 18 to 27.Been clean since and the baby is due in November. Will the baby show positive on drug test when born?

Redirect attention: Good job on getting clean. That is step in the right direction. Now you must focus on the health of the baby and not on whether or not someone will find out about your past. Tell your doctor what you have done and when you stopped. That way he or she can take care of you most effectively to keep your baby safe. Also you can enroll in a NA program to help you stay clean. ...Read more

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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. ...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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Can cocaine use cause an episode of impotence?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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How does regular cocaine use affect hypothyroidism?

It may worsen it: There is some evidence that heavy Cocaine use may cause a transient overactivity of the thyroid, whereas stopping it can do the opposite and lower thyroid function. Neither of these conditions are usually dramatic or very significant, but if an individual already had thyroid problems, it could complicate things. You list Cocaine under your meds - IT ISN'T. Get help with your drug problem asap. ...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 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. ...Read more

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Hey Dr Levy. Can I save my sperm count/quality from possible defects due to cocaine use? Thanks

He can't see this: Dr. Levy will not likely see this follow up question. If you want to communicate directly with him you should look up his personal page on HealthTap and then, write him a specific message or set up an appointment to see him online through a virtual appointment. In other issues you're asking about-- maybe this is a long shot...but have you ever considered NOT USING cocaine as to save sperm count? ...Read more

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If there has been no cocaine use thru the whole 3 trimester. Will the baby show positive on drug test when born?

If there has been no cocaine use thru the whole 3 trimester. Will the baby show positive on drug test when born?

No.: If you have been abstinent throughout your pregnancy, neither you nor your child will test positive for cocaine at birth. However, if you relapse, keep in mind that cocaine will stay in breast milk for up to 24 hours. Your ability to abstain for this long suggests you have the capacity to remain abstinent indefinitely and I recommend that you do so for both you and your child's sake.. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more