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Cocaine is referred to as the Cadillac of recreational street drugs. The high price also makes it a trendy choice for the "in" crowd of celebrities and business people. The entertainment industry also sensationalizes its use in movies and on TV. As a stimulant, cocaine can make the user feel powerful and strong. That high doesn't come without some serious risks.

Drug testing for Cocaine

We have various methods and drug panels to screen for cocaine use. The different collection methods determine how far back we can trace the drug use. With hair testing we usually have a 90 day window, that drops considerably with urine drug testing to approximately 3-7days.

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Cocaine side effects

Cocaine Drug Test
Common street names for cocaine include blow or nose candy, these come from the most common application. Snorting cocaine in powder form allows ingestion via the nasal passages. From there, it goes directly into the bloodstream and to the central nervous system. It can also be smoked or injected. Cocaine creates a high that is both euphoric and energetic but the high doesn't last long -- on average about 30 minutes, less if smoked or injected.

Symptoms of cocaine use include:
  • Extreme energy
  • Elevated mood
  • Feeling of power
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Dilated pupils
  • Exuberant speech

Is there Difference Between Crack and Cocaine?

Crack is cocaine processed into crystallized form for smoking. The effect is the same as snorting the drug, just faster with a stronger punch. The high lasts a shorter period, too, only a few minutes, requiring addicts to light up more often and binge to sustain it.

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms and risks

Cocaine addicts pay a high price for that short high. Aside from addiction, Long-term cocaine use has some serious side effects. People who abuse the drug in any format can suffer:
  • Heart damage
  • Stroke
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Nosebleeds
  • Loss of smell
  • Sinus and nasal problems
  • Binge patterns can cause long-term psychosis that includes anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations.
Cocaine is a party product and that means users often combine it with other drugs like alcohol. Using cocaine and heroin together, speedballing, is a risky maneuver that often leads to overdose and death. In fact, poly-drug use is the most common way to overdose on cocaine.

Cocaine Withdrawal

Beyond battling the craving for the drug, cocaine withdrawal has few actual side effects. Some addicts report feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts, but few other physical symptoms.

Does cocaine show up in a drug test?

While cocaine may produce a quick high, it’s metabolic byproducts show up in the urine for a surprisingly long time. If use is infrequent, a urine test may show a positive results for 3-5 days, but a regular user may test positive even longer. When in doubt, go with a hair test, which detects cocaine usage for up to approximately 90 days.

Urine Drug Testing

Health Street offers numerous urine drug tests which detect cocaine usage in the recent past.

Hair Drug Tests

Health Street offers a variety of hair follicle drug tests which can detect the usage of cocaine over a longer period of time (90 days).