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Overdose and Toxicity of Cocaine

Cocaine and the Dangers of Overdose

In rare instances, sudden death can occur in one’s first encounter with cocaine  or unexpectedly thereafter. The harsh reality is that cocaine is one of the most dangerous drugs in the world because even a first-time user of the drug can overdose. An individual who snorts, smokes, or injects too much cocaine can fall victim to an overdose. Cocaine-related deaths are generally a result of cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest. An overdose on cocaine can have significant effects on its user, especially for those who use the drug heavily. The symptoms of a cocaine addiction and overdose are generally easy to recognize, especially if the person witnessing the occurrence has knowledge of the overdose victims drug use. The symptoms associated with a cocaine overdose are generally more severe than the effects of cocaine abuse.

Physical Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose

  The physical symptoms of a cocaine overdose are generally the easiest to recognize and can include the following symptoms and more:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Irregular breathing
  • Increased temperature
  • Increased heart rate
  • Chest pains
  • Seizures
  • Nosebleed
  • Copious Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling sensation in the arms and legs
  Some of the psychological symptoms which indicate a cocaine overdose includes:
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Panic
  • Hallucinating
  • Delirium

The Aftermath of Cocaine Overdose

After the initial symptoms onset, the user may begin to vomit or choke and may also begin coughing and breathing rapidly. Severe shortness of breath can also occur. A cocaine overdose can massively affect the heart and the brain. When a drug overdose occurs the heart can go into a state of crisis causing it to ultimately result in a heart attack or stroke and one’s blood pressure and heart rate could spike so high it causes heart failure. Seizures and convulsions are common during cocaine overdoses and these occurrences specifically damage the brain. The blood vessels in the brain can rupture resulting in an aneurysm, and in addition the nerve cells cannot communicate with each other effectively causing uncontrollable muscle movements. A cocaine overdose requires immediate medical attention and supervision because the occurrence can be deadly. Avoiding cocaine overdose completely is only possible with getting cocaine addiction treatment before the onset of cocaine abuse transmutes into a case of chronic addiction. Getting control over the addiction of cocaine abuse early can mean the difference between life, death, and avoiding permanent physical and psychological damage for the rest of your life. If you believe you or a loved one have a cocaine use problem are at risk for a cocaine overdose, you should seek professional help immediately. Don't wait for a cocaine overdose to occur before you reach out for help.  Although cocaine overdoses can be treated, they are very dangerous and can end deadly. Don’t fall victim to a drug overdose, get started on your path of recovery from a cocaine use problem. Take full advantage of your opportunity to recover from a cocaine use problem, call us today! [get-help]  

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