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Cocaine, a stimulant, might harm an individual and is very addictive, and overdosing on this drug might kill an individual.1,2
An individual might snort powder, smoke crack (known as “freebase cocaine”, “cocaine base”, and “crack cocaine” as well), inject powder that’s been dissolved, or use cocaine via a different way.1,3 Compared to snorting cocaine, smoking or injecting it can yield a more powerful, faster, and more brief high.1
If an individual smokes it, it might trigger a high that endures for less than 10 minutes; if an individual snorts it, it might trigger a high that continues for half an hour.1
Frequently, cocaine-using individuals use the stimulant via using it multiple times, using bigger and bigger amounts, in a brief period, which is known as a “binge”.1
An individual could experience a “rush” – a powerful, quickly-occurring euphoria.3 An individual might become anxious, paranoid, restless, alert, irritable, and/or energetic.1,3,4
Cocaine is able to be utilized medically in America, but this is uncommon.1,3
Cocaine might impact an individual in various ways, possibly including:1,2,4,5,6,7
An individual who uses cocaine might have seizures, suffer a heart attack, go into a coma, suffer a stroke, and/or even die.2,4
An individual who smokes cocaine might become short of breath, might develop a cough, and/or might have other respiratory issues.1,6 An individual might get an infection like pneumonia (the risk can be elevated).1
An individual who snorts cocaine might have a nose that runs often, be less able to smell things, have swallowing issues, and/or have nosebleeds.1
An individual who takes cocaine orally might have serious decay of the individual’s bowels.1
An individual who injects cocaine might develop scars, get a skin infection, have veins collapse, and/or have soft tissue become infected.1
An individual who uses cocaine, even if the individual does not use it via a needle, might get HIV.1 Cocaine is able to worsen judgment, and shared needles and/or sexual activity that is risky might result in an individual catching hepatitis C and/or HIV.1,8
Using cocaine over and over is able to bring about alterations in brain systems, and it might result in addiction.1
Indications that someone might have overdosed on cocaine include:1,2
An individual might die.1,2
Immediately phone 911 if an individual has any indication of overdose.2
Someone experiencing withdrawal might experience things including being tired, feeling anxious, having trouble sleeping, being disoriented, feeling depressed, cravings, thinking less quickly, and/or being paranoid.1,6
An individual might become suicidal.9,10 Call 911 or a suicide hotline immediately if you or someone else is suicidal.
An individual might overdose.9 Immediately phone 911 if you or another individual has any indication of overdose.2
Treatment might help someone stop using for sufficient time for symptoms of withdrawal to go away.10
An individual with an addiction to cocaine might engage in behavioral therapy.1
Consult a healthcare provider if you possibly have an addiction to a drug.11
Someone with co-occurring problems ought to receive treatment for everything simultaneously.11