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Research shows that men and women tend to use drugs for different reasons. Women are seeking to self-medicate bad feelings away, while men are more often looking to have a good time.
Cocaine also affects men and women a bit differently. While, of course, not safe for either gender, cocaine poses a few unique risks to each gender.
Cocaine Long-Term Side Effects
Cocaine can wreak havoc on both the brain and the body. Here are a few of the well-documented side effects of long-term cocaine use.
- A decreased appetite leading to malnourishment and weight loss
- Tears and ulcers caused by a reduced blood flow to the gastrointestinal tract
- An increased risk of stroke
- Damage to the heart
- Movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease
- Cognitive disfunction, including problems with attention span, impulse control, memory, motor tasks and decision making
- An increased risk of contracting infectious diseases
- Problems with the nose and sense of smell
- Adverse psychological effects, including paranoia, anxiety and psychosis
That’s a long list and most of it applies to men and women equally. The one major difference is that research shows women are more susceptible to the negative cardiovascular effects of cocaine, while men are more susceptible to neurological changes.
Symptoms of Cocaine Use in Men
In addition to all of the general symptoms of drug use, cocaine will offer a few specific clues to look for, including the following:
- Leaving and then retuning in a very different mood. Will appear very excited, talkative and confident.
- A decreased appetite and weight loss
- Frequent runny noses and nose bleeds
- After long periods of use, symptoms include agitation, nervousness and an inability to sleep.
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