Adverse effects of cocaine (INFOGRAPHIC)

What are the adverse effects of cocaine? Check out this infographic for a visual story. If you like it, we invite you to print it out as a poster or share it with your friends!

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Adverse effects of Cocaine

Cocaine is a strong-acting, illicit drug with many negative effects. A review of the negative effects of cocaine here, with a section at the end for your questions or comments.

Adverse effects of Cocaine on behavior

Adverse effects of cocaine (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • aggressiveness
  • confused or disoriented behavior
  • losing touch with reality
  • violence

Adverse effects of Cocaine on brain

  • brain matter atrophy
  • decreased glucose metabolism in the frontal and temporal lobes
  • impaired brain functioning
  • prevents reuptake of dopamine, leading to a “crash”

Adverse effects of Cocaine on psychology

  • depression
  • drug craving and compulsion
  • irritability
  • paranoia or fear

Adverse effects of Cocaine on sex and sexuality

  • decreased libido
  • inhibited ejaculation
  • menstrual irregularity
  • problems with fertility or conception
  • risky sexual behaviors for STDS
  • vaginal bleeding

Adverse effects of Cocaine on body response

  • abnormality or impairment of voluntary movement.
  • constriction of peripheral blood vessels
  • dilated pupils
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased body temperature
  • increased heart rate
  • increased light sensitivity
  • itching, picking, or scratching of the skin
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rapid speech

Adverse effects of Cocaine on general health

  • chronic illness or risk of infection
  • danger to the reproductive system
  • dysphoria or general dissatisfaction
  • psychotic episodes

Adverse effects of Cocaine on relationships

  • lack of trust
  • secretive actions
  • stereotyped behaviors
  • unable to control anger

Adverse effects of Cocaine on work

  • increased risk for job loss
  • neglect responsibilities and duties
  • under performance
  • work drug testing failure
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Hi Cowboy. We have created an infographic about how cocaine affect the brain and how addiction gets started. It’s here:

    I like your idea about graphic-izing safe doses…but where to start? Government agencies (From whom we gather data) don’t have any recommended dosing for cocaine. Also, knowing what’s being cut into cocaine changes very quickly. But I like that idea, too.

    I totally agree with you about trying to prevent harm…and invite you to get some info together and email me (info@…) and I’ll see what we can do.


  2. Instead of throwing out over exaggerated claim and worst case scenarios to try and create fear around something, try to be more educational. Talk about the effects of taking it with alcohol and how it becomes more toxic to the body. Talk about what you can expect it to be cut with (which is usually more harmful) and how to watch out for it. Talk about safe doses for the body. Let’s be adults about an adult situation, you make up these info graphics as if we were kids. Everyone knows you won’t stop weekend party goers from taking the drug, so how about helping control intake and the corruption that goes into cutting it with agents such as cow dewormer!

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