Effects of Cocaine Abuse
There are many short- and long- term effects that go hand-in-hand with cocaine abuse and addiction. Like other chemical substances, repetitive use of cocaine leads to long-term cognitive changes and permanent cognitive decline. People who use cocaine in small amounts tend to feel a rush of euphoria, an increase in mental alertness and increased sociability. The short-term effects of cocaine typically last for between 15 and 30 minutes. Some of the short-term physiological effects of cocaine use include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, a rise in body temperature and constricted blood vessels. Short-term psychological effects can include anxiety, feelings of restlessness and irritability and panic attacks.
If a person overdoses on cocaine, he or she typically experiences a seizure or goes into cardiac arrest. If a person uses cocaine for an extended period of time, he or she is liable to develop a physical tolerance meaning that a greater amount of the drug is necessary in order for the desired effects to be produced. Using a significant amount of cocaine for an extended period of time can result in the development of anxiety disorders, the loss of sense of smell, chronic nosebleeds, tears and ulcerations in the gastrointestinal tract, significant weight loss as a result of decreased appetite, cardiovascular issues and full-blown psychosis.
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