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What are the health consequences of cocaine abuse?

The health consequences of cocaine abuse are:

  • irregular heartbeat, heart attack and heart failure
  • strokes and seizures
  • fluid in the lungs and other lung disorders
  • paranoia, depression, anxiety disorders and delusions
  • aggressive, violent behavior
  • an increased risk of hepatitis and HIV for users who inject the drug intravenously
  • increased and indiscriminate sexual activity often accompanies use and addiction, further increasing risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted disease (STD) infection.

Pregnant women who use cocaine have a higher risk of miscarriage and premature labor. Its use has also been associated with low birth-weight babies and developmental problems.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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