People use coca leaves to relieve hunger and fatigue, to enhance physical performance, and for asthma, altitude sickness, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using coca can also be unsafe.
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The cocaine contained in coca leaves is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth for medicinal uses and UNSAFE when taken by mouth for recreational uses. Cocaine is illegal and can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, excitement, migraine headaches, seizures, strokes, heart attacks, aneurysms, high blood pressure, and liver and kidney failure. As little as 1/4 of a teaspoon of cocaine can be deadly. Cocaine is highly addictive.
When inhaled: The cocaine contained in coca leaves is UNSAFE when inhaled for recreational uses. Cocaine is illegal and can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, excitement, migraine headaches, seizures, strokes, heart attacks, aneurysms, high blood pressure, and liver and kidney failure. As little as 1/4 of a teaspoon of cocaine can be deadly. Cocaine is highly addictive.
Special Precautions and Warnings
It's also UNSAFE to inhale coca or take it by mouth if you are breast-feeding. The cocaine in coca is excreted into breast milk, and harmful effects can occur in infants breast-fed by mothers who were recently exposed to cocaine.
Asthma: The cocaine in coca can make asthma worse. Don't use it.
Heart disease: The cocaine in coca can make heart disease worse. Don't use it.
Diabetes: Coca or the cocaine found in coca might increase blood sugar levels in some people. Coca might affect blood sugar control in people with diabetes.
High blood pressure (hypertension): Coca or the cocaine found in coca might increase blood pressure in some people. People prone to high blood pressure should avoid using coca.
History of stroke or at risk for stroke: If you have a history of stroke or are at high risk for having a stroke, do not use coca. The cocaine in coca increases the chance of dying from a broken blood vessel in the brain.
A condition called plasma pseudocholinesterase deficiency (PPD): People with PPD are more likely than others to have seizures and/or die after using coca.
Alcohol (Ethanol) interacts with COCA
Coca contains cocaine. Cocaine can affect your thinking. Alcohol can also affect your thinking. Do not take coca if you have been drinking alcohol.
Nifedipine (Procardia) interacts with COCA
Coca contains cocaine. Taking cocaine with nifedipine increases the risk of serious side effects such as seizure.
Do not take this combination
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with COCA
Coca might increase blood sugar. Diabetes medications are used to lower blood sugar. By increasing blood sugar, coca might decrease the effectiveness of diabetes medications. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with COCA
Coca might increase blood pressure. Antihypertensive medications are used to lower blood pressure. By increasing blood pressure, coca might decrease the effectiveness of antihypertensive medications. Monitor your blood pressure closely.
Some antihypertensive medications include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDIURIL), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.
Be cautious with this combination
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