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Can one time moderate use of cocaine lead to permanent brain damage, memory problems or cognitive impairment?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Death = permanent
In some, the first use of Cocaine causes death, which would be permanent brain damage or impairment.
Not to mention heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, or seizures. In the brain alone, Cocaine is a very strong CNS stimulant that stops Dopamine from being recycled -- making it build up and disrupt normal neuronal communication. If you're dead, the long-term brain changes don't matter.

In brief: Death = permanent
In some, the first use of Cocaine causes death, which would be permanent brain damage or impairment.
Not to mention heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, or seizures. In the brain alone, Cocaine is a very strong CNS stimulant that stops Dopamine from being recycled -- making it build up and disrupt normal neuronal communication. If you're dead, the long-term brain changes don't matter.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Least ofyour worries
Although all the things you mention could occur with one time use of cocaine, however, these are nothing when one time use can cause death!

In brief: Least ofyour worries
Although all the things you mention could occur with one time use of cocaine, however, these are nothing when one time use can cause death!
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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