Short-Term Side Effects of Cocaine

Short-Term Side Effects of Cocaine

Short-Term Side Effects of Cocaine

As one of the most addictive drugs, it’s no wonder users quickly find it hard to control their cocaine addiction. Unfortunately, the wonderful high users feel is a dangerous one that can easily lead to death. Be aware of these short-term side effects of cocaine.

Short-Term Side Effects of Cocaine

Cocaine targets the brain’s dopamine receptors. It releases large amounts of dopamine into the central nervous system, which is why the high is so great. Effects appear almost immediately after a person uses the drug, and can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. The intensity of the high and how long it lasts depends on how fast the cocaine is absorbed into the body: the faster it’s absorbed, the more intense the high, but the shorter the duration.

For example, if the person were to snort the cocaine, the high would last about 15 to 30 minutes due a slower absorption. If they were to smoke it, the high would only last for 5 to 10 minutes. This is because cocaine absorbs into the body much faster through smoking.

Side Effects

  • Euphoric
  • Energetic
  • Talkative
  • Mentally Alert
  • Hypersensitive to sight, sound and touch
  • Temporary decrease in need for food and sleep

Some people say that the cocaine high helps them perform simple physical and intellectual tasks. Others, however, have said it has the opposite effect and they are unable to perform simple tasks.

  • Physiological Effects
    • Constricted blood vessels
    • Dilated Pupils
    • Increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure

Larger amounts of cocaine can make the high more intense. As individuals use it more, they start to binge and take higher doses. This can lead to more intense bizarre, erratic and violent behavior, restlessness, irritability, anxiety, panic, paranoia, tremors, vertigo, and muscle spasms.

Cocaine abuse can also cause severe medical complications:

  • Cardiovascular
    • Disturbances in the heart’s rhythm
    • Heart attacks
  • Neurological
    • Headaches
    • Seizures
    • Strokes
    • Coma
  • Gastrointestinal
    • Abdominal Pain
    • Nausea

Although rare, sudden death can occur immediately after, or shortly after an individual uses cocaine for the first time. Cause of death is usually cardiac arrest or seizures due to the dose being too high.

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