Crack cocaine overdose symptoms are quite easy to spot, if medical help is sought within forty-four hours of use. These symptoms usually include but are not limited to, a pounding headache, extreme nausea, sweating, clammy hands, disorientation, lack of coordination, and disturbed sleep. As these symptoms build up over time, so too do feelings of paranoia, anxiety, restlessness, and irritability. Many people also experience feelings of guilt and even shame for seemingly small, insignificant blunders. Although these feelings usually fade after a few days, they may last into the next week. If you or a loved one is using or thinking about using cocaine, please seek immediate help from a drug rehab center.
Cocaine is a Schedule II narcotic, meaning it has all the physical and psychological side effects of other narcotics, but also has the distinct advantage of being smoked, which means more damage to the lungs. In this regard, we must always remember that it is not the cocaine itself that is the problem, but rather the thought and feeling that come with habitual use. General crack cocaine overdose symptoms include the following:
- Changes in vital signs:
- Temperature changes (may increase initially but may decrease if serious complications occur)
- Respiration rate (initially may increase but may decrease if serious complications occur)
- Blood pressure (initially may increase but may decrease if serious complications occur)
- Pulse (initially may increase, but may decrease if serious complications occur)
- Clammy skin.
- Chest pains.
- Heaviness of the chest.
- Paranoid delusions.
Crack cocaine overdose complications can also include heart attack, stroke, convulsions, allergic reactions, and more serious conditions such as liver failure or respiratory failure. Although most symptoms will pass within a day or two, some may linger for several days or even weeks. This is especially true of respiratory complications, which often develop into life-threatening issues that require emergency treatment. If medical help is sought, it is vital to start the emergency treatment process as soon as possible to avoid irreversible damage to the heart and lungs.
Additional symptoms associated with a crack cocaine overdose include:
- Shaking or trembling.
- Irritability or agitation.
- Extreme anxiousness.
- Difficulty urinating.
- Seizures or convulsions.
- Heart attack.