Three Major Symptoms of Cocaine Use
Cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug that can be inhaled through the nose or dissolved in water and injected. The high abuse, high dependency stimulant can cause a number of symptoms depending on the method of ingestion.
1) Physical Symptoms
A person who has used cocaine will have an increased body temperature, often resulting in excessive sweating and chills. Cocaine users may also experience a persistent runny nose without a cold, bloodshot eyes and tremors. In addition to these symptoms, cocaine users suffer from a distinctive weight loss after a long period of use.
Users who smoke cocaine are especially susceptible to lung damage. Those who snort cocaine are at risk of nosebleeds.
Regular or even one time use of cocaine can result in death.
2) Emotional Symptoms
Consistent use of cocaine can lead to a number of “highs” experienced by the users including energetic periods, carelessness and a lapse in judgment. When a user goes through withdrawal they may experience a number of “lows” like anxiety, paranoia, depression and confusion.
Users suffering from withdrawal may feel easily agitated and emotional when confronted, and may express ideas of suicide as an out.
3) Behavioral Symptoms
When a person becomes a cocaine user, their behavior can change rapidly. A person may change their group of friends, become disinterested in old hobbies and put minimal effort into school and work.
Cocaine users may also begin stealing from others to financially support their habit and suffer from financial strain or debt.
A person who previously cared and took care of their physical appearance may become lazy or neglectful. Loved ones may find noticeable white powder on a user’s face or clothing.
When a person has used cocaine consistently over a long period of time they will suffer a number of symptoms including increased tolerance to its effects, “crashes” involving depressed moods and feelings of distress.