Adderall and cocaine are stimulant drugs which work to speed up the central nervous system (CNS). There are many similarities between the two drugs, but several differences that, when combined, can result in damaging side effects.
Cocaine is a street drug that is abused in a number of ways. Cocaine can be snorted, smoked, injected, or inhaled, in a process referred to as freebasing. Almost all cocaine is cut with different substances, and the person using cocaine has no idea what it is cut with. Sometimes, cocaine is cut with other stimulant drugs, like Adderall.
Adderall is a commonly prescribed stimulant medication designed to treat ADHD. College students and professionals abuse Adderall to increase performance, concentration, and output. People abuse Adderall by taking pills not prescribed to them, or snorting the contents of the capsule.
Millions of people misuse stimulant medications each year. Hospital visits involving cocaine and misuse of Adderall continues to grow each year. Adult misuse of Adderall rose over 67 percent from 2006 to 2011.
Almost two million people reported abusing cocaine within the past 30 days, according to the 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment. Approximately 968,000 people started using cocaine in 2015.
With the number of people misusing both cocaine and Adderall, it would not be unheard-of for people to abuse both drugs. Having cocaine and Adderall in their system at the same time can be dangerous, addictive and unpredictable.
Effects Of Mixing Cocaine And Adderall
When a person mixes Adderall and cocaine, it can cause extreme cardiovascular effects. When the heart or the rest of the system is overworked, the consequences can be dangerous and even fatal, in some cases.
Short-Term Effects Of Cocaine and Adderall
- chest pain
- trouble sleeping
- muscle twitches
- pounding heart
- increased blood pressure
- heart attack
Stimulant drugs, like Adderall and cocaine, constrict blood vessels, increase heart rate and blood pressure. The cardiovascular complications from stimulant use can decrease oxygen levels in the blood, which may lead to chest pain and blood clots, and in serious cases, heart attack and stroke.
Adderall has additional side effects like numbness and pain in fingers and toes, which is likely to be the result of poor circulation.
Cardiovascular side effects of stimulant drugs should not be ignored. A person experiencing chest pains who has used cocaine, Adderall or both should seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
Long-Term Effects Of Both Adderall And Cocaine
- brain damage (sometimes irreversible)
- extreme weight loss
- respiratory distress
- heart attack
The short term side effects of cocaine and Adderall are risks that can occur every time a person abuses either drug. Mixing Adderall and cocaine increases the potential that a person will experience these side effects.
Continued use of cocaine and Adderall puts continuous strain on the heart and the rest of the cardiovascular system, increasing the possibility that permanent damage will occur.
Avoiding illegal drugs, like cocaine, is one way to avoid these dangerous side effects. Additionally, if a person is prescribed Adderall, taking it only as prescribed can help decrease the likelihood of negative side effects.
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Combining two stimulant medications, like Adderall and cocaine can lead to addiction, health problems and overdose. The risk associated with taking these drugs at the same time are extremely high.
Using cocaine and Adderall at the same time often significantly affects the mental health of the person, with symptoms emerging such as paranoia, anxiety, panic and psychosis.
Mixing cocaine and Adderall is never a good idea. It is dangerous and unsafe, and can result in dire side effects with permanent consequences.
To learn more about what to do if you or someone you love is mixing Adderall and cocaine, or any other substances, contract our specialists today.