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Cocaine Abuse, Ambulatory Care

Cocaine abuse

develops when you need more cocaine to get the same feelings of happiness you got from lower amounts. You may have cocaine withdrawal if you have used cocaine for a long time and you suddenly use less or stop using it.

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Use of more cocaine than you first wanted to use
  • No ability to decrease or control your use of cocaine
  • Spending much of your time using cocaine, or dealing with a hangover after you use cocaine
  • Less time spent around others, at work, or doing activities that you enjoy
  • Continued cocaine use, even when it causes physical or mental problems

Signs and symptoms of cocaine withdrawal:

  • Seizure
  • Sweating, shaking, or a fast heartbeat
  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not really there
  • Unpleasant dreams that seem real
  • Severe sadness or fatigue
  • Restlessness, nervousness, or anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping or difficulty waking up
  • Nausea or vomiting

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain, sweating, or shortness of breath
  • Weakness on one side of your body
  • Seizure
  • Severe headache, confusion, or feeling very nervous
  • Fever over 101°F (38.3°C) after you use cocaine
  • Coughing or spitting up blood
  • Feeling like hurting yourself or someone else
  • Severe abdominal pain

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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