What are the Symptoms of Cocaine Intoxication?

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There are a number of different cocaine intoxication symptoms including enlarged pupils, chest pain, nausea, agitation, hyperactivity, and confusion. While every person reacts differently to the drug, signs and symptoms of cocaine intoxication are usually present immediately following usage.

Some people become enraged after using cocaine, which is why it is best to avoid anyone who has recently used this drug. Typically, the use of cocaine does not allow a person to perform everyday tasks. People who use this drug tend to have a hard time communicating with others, following everyday work-related instructions, and keeping appointments. Some people also have difficulty focusing on one task after using cocaine.

While an irregular heartbeat is not uncommon following cocaine usage, it is important for anyone who experiences a rapid heartbeat in conjunction with trouble breathing to seek medical attention right away. A fast rise in blood pressure and heart rate can lead to a heart attack. If a person has collapsed due to a cocaine overdose, it is important to call for medical help immediately.


Cocaine usage can also cause a person to experience a stroke. While medical researchers are not certain as to why the drug can cause a stroke, it has been discovered that it directly impacts a person's coronary arteries. When these arteries become restricted, in any manner, a stroke often ensues. As with a person who has suffered a heart attack as a result of cocaine usage, anyone who experiences stroke symptoms, difficulty speaking or talking, should seek medical attention right away.

Cocaine intoxication may also cause some people to hallucinate. Hallucinations of this manner vary from person to person, though this psychological state is frequently linked with paranoia. It is not uncommon for a person who has recently used cocaine to become increasingly paranoid. More often than not, paranoid delusions are a large part of cocaine usage.

If cocaine intoxication is suspected, intervention may be needed. Intervention tactics and techniques can be obtained by contacting a mental health specialist. In addition, drug clinics frequently have specially trained therapists on staff. In most instances, people who use cocaine frequently can stop using this drug with help from a drug-addiction specialist.

Generally, cocaine intoxication is not difficult to spot. Since repeated use of this drug can lead to serious health and mental problems, it should be avoided at all costs. Cocaine usage is illegal in most countries, though some countries allow people to use cocaine as a form of medication.


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