Adverse effects of cocaine (INFOGRAPHIC)

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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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