Mixing Cocaine and Viagra

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Let’s face it, when the party is “on,” everyone likes to make the most of it. Among certain demographics mixing the stimulating effects that cocaine produces with the staying power of Viagra has earned a mythic reputation for providing a long-lasting, high-intensity experience.

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Combining cocaine and Viagra can result in unpleasant side effects that can dampen “the mood” and, more importantly, lead to serious health issues, including heart attack. Long-term misuse of the combination can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, seizures, and even death.

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Does Viagra Use While Using Cocaine Enhance Effects?

Despite some claims that cocaine enhances the effects of Viagra, the truth is quite the opposite. Taking the two drugs together won’t improve your sexual performance, but it can endanger your health.

Cocaine has anesthetic properties that reduce sensation in certain areas of the body, such as the genitals. This, combined with Viagra’s ability to increase blood flow, can decrease overall sexual sensitivity.

Dangers of Mixing Viagra and Cocaine Together

Both cocaine and Viagra are potent drugs that, when combined, can have severe short-term and long-term side effects. Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that increases alertness and energy levels while suppressing appetite. Viagra, on the other hand, is a prescribed medication used to treat erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to the penis.

When you mix cocaine and Viagra, each substance increases blood pressure differently. The result can be dangerous if you have an existing heart condition or high blood pressure, putting you in danger of heart attack or stroke due to increased strain on your circulatory system.

Mixing cocaine and Viagra can also cause unpleasant physical side effects, including:

  • Nausea.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headaches.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Chest pain.

Long-term use of this combination of drugs can also contribute to serious health issues such as hypertension, arrhythmias, addiction, depression, and anxiety.

Who Should Not Take Viagra

In general, you should not take Viagra if you are under 18 years of age or have any of the following conditions:

  • Heart disease.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Chest pain.
  • History of stroke or congestive heart failure.

Viagra is a prescription medication used exclusively for treating ED, or erectile dysfunction. However, recreational Viagra use has become somewhat popular among members of certain demographics.

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Additional Complications of Mixing Viagra With Cocaine

In addition to physical effects and increased risk of serious health-related complications, mixing Viagra with cocaine can lead to severe psychological issues. You may start to develop the fear that you can’t perform sexually without using these two drugs in combination. Combining cocaine and Viagra can alter your brain chemistry, making you more likely to engage in risky behaviors while having more difficulty feeling pleasure unless you take the drugs.

Men who use the drugs together also report experiencing severe anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, and mood swings.

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Symptoms, Effects, & Possible Risks

Mixing cocaine and Viagra can produce a wide range of physical and mental symptoms. Physically, cocaine use can increase blood pressure and heart rate. It can also cause perspiration, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness.

Cardiovascular Issues

Cocaine is known to increase blood pressure, while Viagra increases blood flow, which can increase the strain on the heart if taken simultaneously. Mixing cocaine and Viagra can lead to a greater risk of stroke or heart attack.

Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin Syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur when cocaine and Viagra are taken together. Serotonin syndrome occurs when two drugs interact to cause an excessive amount of serotonin in the brain, resulting in disorientation, confusion, rapid heart rate, muscle spasms, and eventually unconsciousness.

Priapism

Some men who combine the substances develop priapism — an erection that lasts for hours and is not caused by sexual stimulation. If not treated promptly, priapism can cause tissue damage that can lead to ED.

Nitrate Combination

Nitrates are commonly found in medications used to treat heart conditions such as angina, and cocaine use has been linked to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. When taking cocaine in combination with medications containing nitrates (such as Viagra), the risk for serious side effects increases. Taking cocaine along with these types of drugs can lead to severe hypotension (low blood pressure) or even a heart attack.

In fact, taking cocaine combined with any type of nitrate-containing drug should be avoided at all costs.

Increase in Dependence When Mixing Cocaine & Viagra

Mixing cocaine and Viagra can also increase your risk for substance dependence. Taking cocaine and Viagra amplifies the effects of both substances, leading to an increased sense of euphoria that can lead to abuse. This combination has been found to lead to a greater degree of cocaine-induced addiction than cocaine use alone.

How Can You Tell If You Have a Cocaine Use Disorder?

Having a cocaine use disorder can affect every aspect of your life: your work, your relationships, your health, and more. If you suspect you have a problem with cocaine, ask yourself if you have experienced any of the following behaviors:

  • Changes in sleep patterns.
  • Less concern with personal hygiene.
  • Being secretive and lying.
  • Engaging in risky behavior.
  • Having mood swings or paranoia.
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities.
  • Problems with money.

If the answer is “yes,” it may be time to seek comprehensive professional help like that offered at Guardian Recovery.

Long-Term Health Risks

The long-term health risks of cocaine and Viagra use are still not fully understood. However, due to the potential for cocaine-induced cardiovascular problems and other serious health complications associated with cocaine and Viagra use, it is important to be aware of the potential risks. This combination has been found to increase the risk of:

  1. Hypertension — Also known as high blood pressure.
  2. Stroke — A loss of blood flow to part of the brain that can cause physical, speech, or cognitive disabilities.
  3. Seizures — Temporary, unstoppable surges of electrical activity in your brain that can cause uncontrolled muscle movements, abnormal sensations, and loss of consciousness.
  4. Cardiac arrest — When the heart suddenly stops pumping, and blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.
  5. Coma — A state of deep, prolonged unconsciousness accompanied by decreased brain activity.
  6. Neurological issues — Any malfunction of the nervous system that affects the brain and the nerves throughout the human body and the spinal cord. They can cause weakness, headaches, impaired mental ability, loss of function, and more.
  7. Psychological issues — Any number of conditions that cause distressing, impairing, and/or irregular thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They include depression, anxiety, and paranoia.
  8. Death — Left untreated many of the above conditions can lead to loss of life.

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If you or someone close to you has been using cocaine in combination with a prescription medication like Viagra, seeking some degree of professional help is likely a good idea.  At Guardian Recovery, we provide effective and multi-phased clinical addiction treatment that can be customized to suit your personal needs. Our team of dedicated professionals will provide support and guidance from the moment you enter our doors. We offer a free, no obligation health insurance benefit check for men and women who are currently insured through any major regional or national provider. We work closely with most major insurance providers in order to make our treatment services as accessible as possible. Begin your journey of healing by contacting us today.

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