Signs of Cocaine Overdose
Cocaine is a stimulant that offers users an intense euphoric high with feelings of extreme confidence. Cocaine users may pursue this high by snorting, smoking, or injecting the drug. Though intense, these highs are short lived, typically lasting just 30 minutes. As a result, addicts do not realize how much of the drug is already in their system before taking more to chase the quickly fading feelings of euphoria. This puts users at a risk of overdose.
Although the symptoms of cocaine withdrawal are largely psychological, this drug affects every part of the user’s body and mind. Therefore, the dangers of overdose include intense physical risks in addition to the psychological effects and can be fatal.
Psychological signs of cocaine overdose may include high energy levels, restlessness, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, irritability, extreme mood swings between depression and exhilaration, aggressive behavior, paranoia, and panic attacks.
Physical symptoms of cocaine overdose are a result of stimulation in extremes. As the drug causes an increase in heart rate and body temperature, organ systems can fail, the body and brain can shut down, and death can occur.
Physical signs of overdose include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, increased heart rate, blood pressure, extremely high body temperatures, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, headaches, twitches or tremors, convulsions, and uncontrollable movement. Sufferers of overdose may ultimately experience seizures, coma, heart attack, heart failure, lung collapse, blood clots or stroke, any of which may be fatal.
Cocaine users may experience these extremely uncomfortable symptoms of overdose and find themselves unable to even call out for help as exhausted muscles seize up. Those who are fortunate enough to survive overdose may experience lasting effects on the mind and body.
Overdose can cause harm to the central nervous system and major organs including the heart, liver, lungs, brain, kidneys, intestines, and reproductive systems. The intense experience of surviving overdose may also cause ongoing psychosis, paranoia, panic attacks, and psychological trauma.
The point of use that sparks overdose will vary based on the individual. Pairing cocaine use with other drugs can increase the likelihood of overdose. Pre existing conditions affecting heart rate or blood pressure can also increase the likelihood of heart failure during overdose.
Cocaine overdose requires immediate medical attention. While some users may respond well to medical intervention, other survivors may face lasting mental and physical trauma.
If you or someone you know is using cocaine, do not wait for overdose before seeking help. Contact us for help in overcoming addiction to avoid the dangers of overdose.