what should I know about the effects/symptoms of cocaine?

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For you to know the effects of cocaine, you must know what cocaine is.

What is cocaine?

Effects of cocaine. Cocaine, also known as coke, is a very strong stimulant frequently used as a recreational drug. cocaine is commonly snorted, inhaled as smoke, or dissolved and injected into the body through the vein. There are many different types of cocaine.

 Mental effects may include loss of contact with reality, an intense feeling of happiness, or agitation leading you to live in a world of “mirage”. Physical symptoms may include a fast heart rate, sweating, large pupils and a lot more. 

High doses can result in very high blood pressure or body temperature. Effects begin within seconds or minutes of use and last between or about five and ninety minutes. Cocaine has a small number of accepted medical uses such as numbing and decreasing bleeding during nasal surgery.

Cocaine symptoms

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant and highly addictive substance known to make users feel energetic, cheerful, talkative and a lot more. Many habitual abusers develop a transient, manic-like condition similar to amphetamine psychosis and schizophrenia, whose symptoms will include aggression, severe paranoia, restlessness, confusion, and tactile hallucinations.

which can include the feeling of something crawling under the skin (formication), also known as “coke bugs“, during binges. Users of cocaine have also reported having thoughts of suicide, unusual weight loss, trouble maintaining relationships, unhealthy, and a pale appearance.

common signs of cocaine use or short term effects of cocaine

  • Dilated pupils: Dilated pupils are pupils that are larger than their normal size. The size of your pupils is controlled by muscles in your iris ie the colored part of your eye and the amount of light reaching your eyes. In bright light, your pupils constrict get smaller to prevent too much light from entering your eyes.
  • loss of appetite: Loss of appetite means you don’t have or cannot eat the same as you used to. Signs of decreased appetite include not wanting to eat, unintentional weight loss, and not feeling hungry. Long-term loss of appetite as some call it anorexia, which can have a medical or psychological cause.
  • Over-excitement: Over-excitement can simply be described as a state of high momentum in the mind. This stated momentum can take any form. Either light natured and dark natured. When it takes the light natured form you feel over-exuberant or ecstatic and when it takes the dark natured form you feel too-anxious or depressed.
  • Mood swings: It’s healthy to experience regular changes in mood. But how much is too much. You will have a period of feeling on top of the world, and then later on the same day, you feel tired, Small mood swings are a part of most people’s lives. However, some people’s mood swings are so extreme, that they interfere with that individual’s functioning in everyday life.
  • depression: Depression is a mood disorder that causes you to feel a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
  • Overconfidence: Overconfidence refers to the phenomenon that people’s confidence in their judgments and knowledge is higher than the accuracy of these judgments.
  • Runny nose: A runny nose is excess nasal drainage. It may be a thin clear fluid, thick mucus or something in between. The drainage may run out of your nose, down the back of your throat or both.
  • Nausea: nausea is a series of a diffuse sensation of unease and discomfort, often known and perceived as an urge to vomit. While not painful, it can be a debilitating symptom if prolonged and has been described as placing discomfort on the chest, upper abdomen, and/or back of the throat.
  • Euphoria: Euphoria is the experience (or affect) of pleasure or excitement and intense feelings of well-being and happiness.
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature:

Long term side effects of cocaine

  • sexual problems: Sexual dysfunction generally is classified into four categories: Desire disorders which is a lack of sexual desire or interest in sex. Arousal disorders are an inability to become physically aroused or excited during sexual activity. Orgasm disorder is a delay or absence of orgasm (climax) Pain disorders or pain during intercourse.
  • Severe tooth decay: Tooth decay is damage to a tooth’s surface or enamel. It happens when bacteria in your mouth make acids that attack the enamel. Tooth decay can lead to cavities which are holes in your teeth
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage: cocaine damages the liver, kidney, and lungs. this is because it contained a lot of acids which is not good for a longer period of time.
  • Bowel decay: Intestinal ischemia(bowel decay) cause by cocaine is a serious condition that can cause pain and make it difficult for your intestines to work properly. In severe cases, loss of blood flow to the intestines can damage intestinal tissue and possibly lead to death.
  • loss of smell/ trouble swallowing: if your method of intake was to snort the drug, then you will face the stated long term effects
  • Convulsion or seizure: A convulsion is a medical condition where body muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in uncontrolled actions of the body. The term convulsion is sometimes used as a synonym for seizure.
  • Heart: Heart disease, heart attack, and stroke will eventually catch up with you in the long run because cocaine has made your organs vulnerable.

When you begin to feel this effect, no matter the type of cocaine(Peruvian cocaine, flake cocaine, pure cocaine, speedball..) you are taking, if you want to stop, you can always look for a cocaine rehab.

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