The effects

What cocaine does to you depends on:

  • How much you take.
  • The type of cocaine you take.
  • Your height and weight.
  • Your general health.
  • Your mood.
  • Your past experience with cocaine.
  • Whether you use cocaine on its own or with other drugs.
  • Whether you use alone or with others at home or at a party, etc.

Immediate effects:

The effect of a small amount of cocaine can last from a few minutes to a few hours.

  • Feel good and confident.
  • Be excited or upset.
  • Take more risks than usual.
  • Be less hungry.
  • Feel alert and energetic.
  • Feel aggressive.
  • Want to have sex.

Effects on your body may include:

  • Your heart beats faster.
  • Your body temperature rises.
  • The pupils in your eyes get bigger.
  • You move more quickly than usual.

If you take a large amount you might:

  • Feel dizzy.
  • Get headaches.
  • Feel restless.
  • Become violent or aggressive.
  • Find it hard to concentrate.
  • Lose interest in sex.
  • Not feel like doing anything.
  • Have chest pain.
  • Have a heart attack.
  • Have convulsions.
  • Overdose
  • Have psychosis – a serious psychological problem when you hear voices, imagine things, get frightened that others want to hurt you.

Long term effects:

If you use cocaine often and for a long time you may:

  • Become dependent.
  • Become aggressive, violent or have more arguments than usual.
  • Have relationship, work, money, legal or housing problems.
  • Snorting cocaine can lead to nosebleeds, sinus problems and damage inside the nose.
  • Injecting cocaine with used needles or other equipment makes you more likely to get infected with HIV, hepatitis B or C, Blood poisoning and skin abscesses.
  • Smoking freebase cocaine (crack) can cause breathing difficulties, a long-term cough, chest pain and lung damage.