Using cocaine can cause physical and mental harm. It can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack and even death. It can raise your body temperature. You may have nausea, vomiting, and chills. If you smoke cocaine, the fumes can cause breathing problems. If you snort cocaine, it can damage your nasal passages. If you inject cocaine, it can cause an abscess at the injection site or an infection throughout your body. You may become shaky and restless. You also may see or hear things that are not there (hallucinations), or believe things that are not true.
When the doctor treated you, he or she may have:
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
After you call 911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: January 26, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Michael F. Bierer, MD - Internal Medicine,
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