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Cocaine Effects
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Cocaine Effects
The following effects are a generalisation. It should be remembered that the effects of a substance vary between individuals and are influenced by a number of factors only some of which relate to the drug itself.

Short-term effects of cocaine include one or more of the following:
  • Increased energy levels
  • More alert
  • Euphoria
  • Exhilaration
  • Pain relief
  • Excitement
  • Increased confidence, superiority
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased heart rate and temperature
  • Anxiety, panic and irritability
  • Headache
  • Paranoia
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Trembling
  • Heart attack
  • Muscle twitches

Some people also report longer term effects such as sleep disturbance, weight loss, reduced libido, muscle twitching, headaches and chest pain.

There are a range of other effects related to the method of taking the drug including the risk of significant harm due to injecting cocaine.
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