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Cocaine Hangover: Things You Should Know

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    March 7, 2022
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As with hangovers from just about any drug, Cocaine hangovers can bring a lot of uncomfortable feelings and emotions to the surface. Cocaine hangovers can include both mental and physical symptoms and can make the user feel like they never want to use Cocaine again, or they result back to the drug as a way to escape the hangover. But what are Cocaine hangover symptoms and are Cocaine comedowns risky? Here is everything to know about Cocaine hangovers.

Cocaine Hangover Symptoms

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that reacts to the body’s central nervous system. It can cause feelings of euphoria and produce high energy. While these feelings are desirable to many drug users, the symptoms of a Cocaine hangover are not quite as desirable. In fact, they can be incredibly uncomfortable.

Most people use Cocaine in a party scene and in combination with other drugs, specifically alcohol. This will only worsen the symptoms of a Cocaine hangover. Symptoms of a Cocaine hangover can be both physical and mental and can include:

    • Irritability
    • Sweating
    • Increased anxiety or depression
    • Headache
    • Runny nose
    • Body aches and pains 
    • Confusion
    • Lack of energy

It should be clear that a Cocaine hangover differs from Cocaine withdrawal. A Cocaine hangover can occur after a one-time use and typically only lasts a few hours or up to a day, while Cocaine withdrawal can last up to 10 days and is a direct result of chronic drug abuse. That is not to say the experience of a Cocaine hangover is an easy process. It can be incredibly distressing for the individual and cause mental health issues. 

Why is a Cocaine Comedown Risky?

The effects of using Cocaine have many risks as it is highly addictive and can result in fatal outcomes, and the comedown off this drug also has many risks. Cocaine alters the chemicals in the brain to produce feelings of euphoria and excitement, and when someone is experiencing a Cocaine hangover, the feelings will be the opposite of the drug. 

Cocaine comedowns can increase feelings of anxiety and depression and has the potential to lead to suicidal thoughts. Fortunately, Cocaine hangovers only last up to a day and there are ways to help the experience to be less miserable. 

Cocaine Hangover Tips

A Cocaine hangover can be compared to symptoms of the flu, in which case the best solutions to helping ease the uncomfortable feelings are simply to rest, drink plenty of water and fluids, eat a healthy meal, and avoid using more drugs and alcohol. Another useful tip for helping with a Cocaine hangover is to keep the mind distracted. Light exercise, talking with someone, or binge-watching Netflix can help the mind from getting more anxious or depressed. 

While there are ways to make the feeling less bad and replenish the body, the best way to cure a Cocaine hangover, is to not use the drug in the first place. This will prevent any dangerous outcomes such as drug overdose, drug addiction, or experiencing a Cocaine hangover or withdrawal symptoms. 

Physical Effects of a Cocaine Hangover

The physical effects of a Cocaine hangover can feel extremely unpleasant, however, the symptoms are likely to go away after a few hours or up to a day. Physical effects of a Cocaine hangover include: 

  • Excessive sweating
  • Sore face, jaw, or hands 
  • Irregular heartbeat 
  • Tightness in the chest 
  • Nasal dryness, irritation, or pain 

Depending on the route of administration (snorting, injecting, or smoking) the physical effects of a Cocaine hangover may vary. 

Mental and Emotional Effects of Cocaine Hangover

The mental and emotional effects of a Cocaine hangover could arguably be said to be worse than the physical effects. Drugs alter the brain chemicals and can change the way the user thinks and feels about their life. The mental and emotional effects of a Cocaine hangover include: 

  • Depression (including suicidal thoughts or attempts) 
  • Anxiety
  • Brain damage
  • Development of severe mental health disorders such as schizophrenia or paranoia 
  • Hallucinations 

The mental and emotional effects of Cocaine hangovers and Cocaine withdrawal can be life-threatening and should be closely monitored. If you are experiencing the concerning effects of a Cocaine hangover, contact a medical or mental health professional today to help guide to in the right direction. 

How Much Cocaine is Too Much?

There is no easy answer to how much Cocaine is too much Cocaine, other than any amount is too much. Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that can cause devastating and life-threatening outcomes. Each person will react differently to Cocaine depending on their size, if the drug was cut or laced with other substances, the amount of Cocaine used, and the route of administration. Too much Cocaine laced Cocaine, or mixing it with other drugs can lead to an overdose which can result in a coma or death. 

Types of Treatment for Cocaine Hangover or Addiction 

There are several types of treatment options when experiencing a Cocaine hangover or Cocaine addiction. Both inpatient and outpatient programs will provide you with a safe detox environment as well as professional substance abuse therapy. 

If you or someone you know are experiencing a Cocaine hangover or has become addicted to Cocaine, help is available. Contact Lion Recovery today (888-616-3179) to ask about the best treatment options that fit your needs. Seek help before it is too late. 


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