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Is It Okay to Mix Cocaine and Viagra?

Is It Okay to Mix Cocaine and Viagra? | Just Believe Detox

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Is it okay to use cocaine in combination with Viagra? No. It’s risky in many ways and can result in several mental and physical health complications. Using these two substances together may lead to psychological dependence on one or both drugs. A man may feel as if he’s unable to engage in sexual activities without chemical assistance.

What Is Viagra?

Viagra (sildenafil) is a prescription medication drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. Viagra works to boost blood flow to the genitals by affecting a specific enzyme known as phosphodiesterase in the smooth muscle tissue of the penis.

Research from 2006 reported that 6% of college-age males said they have used Viagra recreationally. These men often combined Viagra with other recreational drugs, such as cocaine.

Viagra should only be used as directed under medical supervision. Viagra interacts with several health issues and medications, and also, men with cardiovascular problems should not take Viagra.

The effects of Viagra usually onset about 30 minutes after ingesting the pill and last between 2-4hours. The prescription insert reports that Viagra is not likely to produce an erection without some type of stimulation.

Some potentially problematic side effects of Viagra include priapism, a painful prolonged erection that can persist for 4 hours unless the man receives medical intervention. Viagra also causes a drop in blood pressure. Individuals have reported migraines, seizures, sudden hearing loss, and vision problems after taking Viagra.

Why Do Men Mix Viagra and Cocaine?

Viagra has often been combined with cocaine or other illegal drugs in the party and club scene. Cocaine use is especially prevalent, as it can increase sexual desire. This cocktail of Viagra and various stimulants has become so common that it’s been described as “sextacy.”

Stimulants like cocaine are known to increase sexual drive and feelings of sexual pleasure. However, cocaine can decrease a man’s ability to maintain an erection. To combat this side effect, some partiers will mix cocaine and the ED drug Viagra. Other ED drugs include Cialis (tadalafil), Levitra (vardenafil), and Stendra (avanafil)

People take this mixture intending to initiate sexual activity while partying. Cocaine increases the pleasure one feels from sex. Since cocaine (and other party drugs like alcohol) can make it challenging to maintain an erection, Viagra is taken to combat this effect.

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Health Risks Linked to Combining Cocaine With Viagra

Health providers caution that mixing cocaine and Viagra can lead to many dangerous health issues, including the following:

Cardiovascular and Heart Problems

Heart attack and acute aortic dissection, a severe condition in which the inner layer of the aorta tears, have been reported after individuals have combined Viagra and cocaine.

Erection Difficulties

Priapism occurs when the penis becomes painfully engorged with blood for an extended period, which may last for several hours. This condition has been reported in men who have combined Viagra and cocaine and is considered a medical emergency. It can lead to anatomical damage to the penis and urological organs such as the bladder in some circumstances.

Viagra and cocaine each may cause priapism as a side effect. When used in conjunction, this risk may increase.

Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition where too much serotonin accumulates in the body that may result from using Viagra and cocaine in conjunction. This syndrome is usually caused by taking too much of a drug (or combination of drugs) that boosts serotonin. It is considered a medical emergency. It may be characterized by symptoms such as confusion, agitation, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, accelerated heart rate, and tremors, among others.

In severe instances, serotonin syndrome can be fatal. Persons are urged to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if they experience high fever, seizures, irregular heartbeat, or fainting.

Psychological Risks

In addition to the possible physical side effects of using cocaine and Viagra together, there are potential psychological risks. For example, as noted, when a man uses Viagra for recreational purposes, he can develop an emotional dependence on the use of Viagra. If he uses both cocaine and Viagra, he may begin to fear that he cannot perform sexually without using these drugs.

Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose

Cocaine overdoses can have a disastrous impact on the heart and cardiovascular system. There are several apparent signs that a cocaine user is verging on an overdose. Some of these signs include the following:

  • Hypertension
  • High body temperature
  • Confusion
  • Agitated movements
  • Teeth grinding
  • Boundless energy

A cocaine overdose can be lethal. Persons who suspect that they or someone they know is experiencing an overdose are urged to call 911 immediately or visit the nearest emergency department.

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As a party/club drug, cocaine overdoses typically occur because the user consumes too much of the drug, consumes the drug in binge-like repetition to maintain their high, or combines it with another substance that results in dangerous interactions.

Therein lies the substances’ actual danger. The high itself rarely lasts for over an hour, so users are inclined to use it incrementally. When users aren’t keeping track of the amount they’ve put into their bodies, this can be a formula for disaster.

Significant factors that can contribute to an overdose are the administration method and the purity of the drug, and the individual’s level of tolerance. The most common route of ingestion is snorting, but cocaine can also be rubbed on the gums and injected.

Injection requires the least amount to induce a lethal reaction at as little as 20 mg. Consuming the drug by mouth is probably the least likely to cause an overdose, while snorting is more dangerous but not as risky as injecting.

What to Do in Case of Overdose

If the medical response is timely, cocaine overdoses can sometimes be reversed, and the affected person saved. After calling 911, preemptive actions should be taken even before medical personnel arrive to give the individual a chance to begin recovering. For example, ice, a cool bath, or wet towels can lower the person’s core body temperature and prevent excessive overheating.

Getting Help for Addiction

Although Viagra is not believed to have the potential for the development of physical dependence, regular cocaine use can induce withdrawal symptoms that can be very unpleasant and result in the following symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Depression/low mood
  • General discomfort/malaise
  • Increased appetite
  • Vivid/unpleasant dreams
  • Slowing of activity
  • Fatigue

For this reason, persons attempting to discontinue cocaine use should seek help in the form of medical detox and long-term addiction treatment. During detox, the person is supervised around the clock by mental and medical health providers and may be administered medicine to reduce or prevent uncomfortable withdrawal effects.

In addition to medical detox services, Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery offer specialized, state-of-the-art treatment programs in partial hospitalization and inpatient formats. We offer a wide variety of curative services and activities, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Individual/family counseling
  • Peer group support
  • Relapse prevention
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Art and music therapy
  • Substance abuse education
  • Health/wellness education
  • Aftercare planning
  • Alumni events and activities
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