Cocaine Side Effects

What Is Cocaine?
Cocaine, or coke, is one of the worlds most popular drugs, but also one of the worst for your health. Cocaine is typically ingested in powder form by snorting it up the nasal cavity.

Crack vs. Cocaine
Crack cocaine is a form of cocaine with a different chemical compound that is cheaper to make than pure cocaine. Crack cocaine is ingested typically by smoking the vapors when the substance is heated. When crack cocaine is inhaled, the effects are almost immediate, usually around 15 seconds to feel the “high” of the drug. This is extremely fast when compared to the powder form of cocaine that takes up to 15 minutes to feel the effects of the drug.

Cocaine Side Effects
Side effects of cocaine sometimes require medical attention and sometimes need not be reported to health care professionals. Loss of taste or sense of smell, even sneezing, sniffling, or stuffy nose (when cocaine is used in the nose) are just minimal side effects of cocaine use that doesn’t need medical or physician’s advise.

Seizures or convulsion are often results of cocaine overdose. Accidental overdose may be the result of misuse of prescription medicines.

False or distorted sensory experiences that appear to be real perceptions are called hallucination. These impressions are generated by the brain rather than by any external stimuli. Confusion and hallucination are common side effects of cocaine addiction.

Other Cocaine Side Effects

  • agitation, excitability, irritability, nervousness, or restlessness
  • difficulty passing urine or urinary incontinence
  • dilated (enlarged) pupils
  • dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting spells
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • headache
  • increased sweating
  • mood swings or other mental changes
  • nausea, vomiting
  • nervous tics or rapid speech
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or arms
  • stomach pain
  • tremor
  • troubled breathing (hyperventilation)
  • unusual muscle weakness
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