Unexpected Side Effects of Cocaine Use

Every substance has a side effect, and some side effects are almost universal across addictive substances. One of these drugs is cocaine. Cocaine is an addictive drug that is found in the form of a white powdery substance that can be snorted or melted down and injected with a needle. Cocaine is one of the most used and abused drugs in the world, and this use has many side effects. However, some side effects can be unexpected.

Well-Known Effects

The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates that approximately 1.5 million people abuse cocaine annually. According to NIH, cocaine is one of the top five most heavily abused drugs in the world. Of the most recognized side effects, the most popular include lung damage, kidney failure, or heart trouble. These may be the most visible side effects, but there are others that may appear.

Unexpected Side Effects

Cocaine is a widely used drug, and because of this, there have been other side effects that have presented themselves that can be unexpected to some users. Of these, the following side effects may be unexpected:

  • Constricted arteries
  • Decreased blood flow
  • Stroke
  • Collapsed nasal passages

These signs and symptoms must be taken seriously, as they can ultimately lead to death. They are not the most common side effects, but they are very serious.

Addiction Help

Cocaine is a very dangerous drug. It has many side effects, some expected and some unexpected. Whether you know about the side-effects or not, it should be understood that taking the drug could lead to a very dangerous addiction, and could lead to death.

If you or someone you know is dealing with an addiction to cocaine, you are not alone. Please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator that can help connect you to the treatment options that are best for you and your situation. Please call for help today.

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