Adverse effects of cocaine on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Adverse effects of Cocaine on the brain

Cocaine is known to be one of the strongest central nervous system stimulants. When cocaine enters the brain, it blocks dopamine transporters, flooding the neural synapse with dopamine. What other effects does cocaine have on the brain? More here.

Severe effects of cocaine on the brain

Adverse effects of cocaine on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • addiction
  • cerebral gray matter atrophy
  • extreme paranoia
  • inability to feel pleasure
  • psychosis
  • severe depression
  • violent behavior

Negative effects of cocaine on the brain

  • anger
  • cravings
  • emotional instability
  • exhaustion
  • extreme anxiety
  • impaired thinking
  • inability to concentrate
  • insomnia

Additional effects of cocaine on the brain

  • chronic stimulation of postsynaptic dopamine receptors
  • disorientation
  • drowsiness after use
  • fatigue after use
  • interferes with the uptake of norepinephrine and serotonin
  • irritability
  • restlessness
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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