Cocaine Dependence after Surgery

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that increases levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical associated with pleasure. Cocaine prevents dopamine from being absorbed in the brain, leaving excesses in the brain and causing a sense of euphoria. What is not commonly known is that the professional medical community sometimes uses cocaine to help patients.

Although not used as much as in previous years, cocaine is still used during and after surgeries. It is a vasoconstrictor, which means it narrows the blood vessels and stops blood loss. It is commonly used during eye and nasal surgery. Cocaine is also one of the most potent anesthetics that doctors can use, dulling a person’s sensitivity to pain. Cocaine can also heighten the sense of wellbeing after surgery. It can provide that extra mental and physical boost to help a patient get back into the rhythm of life after surgery. Taking cocaine for these reasons may seem like a harmless action, but it can be very dangerous. Taking cocaine without the supervision of a doctor increases the likelihood of unwanted side effects, drug addiction and overdose.

Cocaine is highly addictive. Even someone who doesn’t mean to become addicted can succumb to the drug’s powerful effects and continue to take it despite the warning signs that an addiction is developing. Side effects of using cocaine include the following:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Decreased appetite, which can lead to malnutrition
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Auditory hallucinations

If you or someone you love is showing these signs, seek professional help immediately. The longer you abuse cocaine, the greater the side effects and the risk of accidental overdose are.

Getting Help for Cocaine Addiction

Perhaps you started taking cocaine to overcome the effects of surgery. Perhaps you have noticed the signs of addiction in a loved one. Whatever the case, we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to one of our addiction recovery specialists who can help you determine the best treatment options for your unique situation. There is no shame in admitting you need help. Call us today and start on the road to freedom and recovery from your cocaine addiction.

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