Cocaine and methamphetamine (meth) are both powerful stimulants that have similar effects on both the mind and body at a base level.
These two drugs are also both illegal and can generally only be found on the street. This means that consumers are likely to never quite know what they are getting.
Both cocaine and meth can have severe side effects and lead to fatal overdoses on their own, but are even more risky when taken together.
Why Do People Mix Cocaine And Meth?
Cocaine and meth are both known to produce very intense highs, so a person choosing to mix these drugs is likely searching to increase these effects even further.
People oftentimes do not realize how dangerous it is to combine drugs or do not fully understand the risks.
This is why polydrug abuse, or the abuse of two or more drugs at the same time, is so common.
What Happens When You Mix Cocaine And Meth?
Mixing cocaine and meth will create an intense and pleasant rush of energy and alertness, followed by an uncomfortable crash period.
Unfortunately, a person mixing these two illicit drugs may not even get that far because there is a high potential for overdose.
Multiple stimulants are truly never meant to be combined. They only serve to amplify and prolong each other’s effects in very dangerous ways.
When used over time, both cocaine and meth are considered to be very addictive. When used together over time, they also amplify each other’s addictiveness.
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Side Effects Of Using Cocaine And Meth Together
Like all stimulants, cocaine and meth are known to cause a temporary and pleasant increase in alertness and energy. The side effects, however, can be just as unpleasant.
Side effects of cocaine include:
- bloody nose
- trouble breathing
- chest pain
Side effects of meth include:
- erratic behavior
- loss of appetite
- increased heart rate
- increased blood pressure</li.
- panic attacks
Risks Of Mixing Cocaine And Meth
Any time two stimulants are taken together, there are a lot of risks.
This is especially true if the person taking them has any pre-existing conditions or if the drugs are combined with high energy activities that further accelerate their heart rate.
Immediate risks of mixing cocaine and meth include:
- heart attack
- sexual trouble
- erratic behavior
Both cocaine and meth pose a risk of overdose and death every single time they are used — even the very first time.
When used in the long-term these drugs can also pose serious risks to a person’s health, finances, work, and personal relationships.
Long-term risks of mixing cocaine and meth include:
- substance use disorders
- increased risk of stroke
- increased risk of heart attack
- brain damage
- extreme weight loss
- tooth decay
- depressive and anxiety disorders
Cocaine And Meth Abuse Can Lead To Addiction
Cocaine and meth are both highly addictive substances and tend to make each other even more addictive when used together.
Someone addicted to both of these substances is at even greater risk of addiction or other negative effects if any co-occurring mental health disorders are present.
Polydrug use disorders can require specialized treatment, and fortunately many substance abuse treatment centers are now prepared.
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- National Institute on Drug Abuse — What are the immediate (short-term) effects of methamphetamine misuse?
- National Institute on Drug Abuse — What are the long-term effects of cocaine use?
- U.S. National Library of Medicine — Cocaine and amphetamine combined