Are There Medical Complications Caused by Using Cocaine?

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Created On: Saturday, 12, October 2019
Modified On: Friday, 18, October 2019

Yes, there are various medical problems, both mild and severe; that will occur with the use of cocaine. The most serious of these problems are respiratory failure, heart-attack and stroke, which will lead to death. Most people when they use cocaine for the first time are not thinking about what the drug will do to them physically and mentally, but rather how it is going to solve their current problems in life. The medical problems created with frequent cocaine use will stem from physical issues to mental disturbances. For example, some of the complications caused by using cocaine include:

  • Tremors
  • Paranoia
  • Vertigo
  • Muscle twitches
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • An increased heart rate
  • An increase in body temperature
  • Increased blood pressure

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These health complications can lead to a heart attack or a stroke, and the mental damage has the potential to cause a severe psychosis or lasting psychological problems. The way a person is using cocaine will contribute to how quickly these problems occur. People who are smoking crack cocaine will suffer from respiratory issues and severe mental-health problems such as paranoia, anxiety, and psychosis. Injecting cocaine has the risk of causing blood borne diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis, when using dirty needles. There is also the risk of developing various infections, and overdosing quicker. Much of these problems can be reversed or treated, but the addict must seek out help right away, and attend the proper type of drug treatment and rehabilitation program.