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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.
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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

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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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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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