Does Cocaine Affect Antibiotics?
There are certain substances that may interact with antibiotics, and in some cases, they might make the antibiotic less effective or entirely ineffective. It’s important to be upfront with your physician and let them know if you regularly use other substances, even if they’re illicit. Some interactions can not just be an annoyance but can be dangerous.
So what about cocaine and antibiotics? Does cocaine affect antibiotics? Below is more information about cocaine and antibiotics separate from one another, and also in relation to one another.
It’s classified as a schedule II drug in the U.S., and it is addictive.
When someone takes cocaine, it increases their levels of dopamine in their brain, which is why they feel a euphoric high and a rush of energy. Some of the other short-term side effects of cocaine can include sensory sensitivity, irritability, paranoia and decreased appetite.
There can also be serious side effects and health consequences that come with the use of cocaine, including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, headache, convulsions, damage to the lungs, and mood problems.
Over time as someone continues to use cocaine, it can cause damage throughout their body including to their heart, lungs, and stomach, and it can create ongoing changes to brain chemistry.
Antibiotics are also called antibacterials, and they are medications specifically designed to stop or slow bacteria growth. They tend to be pretty powerful drugs, and they can only treat conditions caused by bacteria, so they’re ineffective against things like colds and the flu.
Antibiotics work by either interfering with how bacteria forms or they stop it from multiplying.
If someone uses an antibiotic incorrectly then the bacteria could become resistant to treatment, so these drugs would no longer work to treat the infection, and this is one of the reasons it’s really important to follow instructions when you’re on an antibiotic.
Some of the general side effects of antibiotics can include diarrhea, feeling sick, and having fungal infections in places like the mouth.
Interactions are also possible with antibiotics, and if you’re prescribed medicine from this class of drugs, you should let your doctor know about any other substances you use, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
So what should you know about cocaine and antibiotics? Does cocaine affect antibiotics?
First, cocaine is an illegal drug, so it’s not regulated and is purchased on the street. This means that any number of substances can be mixed with the cocaine, and that can cause serious risks and side effects, beyond even just the risk of having the cocaine affect your antibiotics. For example, cocaine could have certain toxic chemicals in it that would interact with antibiotics and also just be generally dangerous to you.
If you’re sick and you have symptoms related to your lungs, it’s unwise to use cocaine. Cocaine can affect the heart and lungs so it could make these symptoms worse.
It can also just make it more difficult for your antibiotics to work, so it could take you longer to heal from whatever you’re taking the drugs for.
Cocaine can impact your immune system significantly as well. In fact, it affects basically every part of your body, and if you’re unwell to the point that you need antibiotics and you’re still using cocaine, it can be very problematic. If your immune system isn’t able to function properly because of a substance like cocaine, it’s going to be difficult to overcome the bacterial infection. Cocaine also keeps you from sleeping and eating properly, which can further hinder your ability to fight back against an infection.
Yet one more reason it’s not wise to combine cocaine and antibiotics is because if you’re on mind-altering drugs, you’re less likely to follow instructions for your antibiotic. You might miss a dose or take it incorrectly, and that can lead to antibiotic resistance or a longer healing time.
It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid cocaine altogether, but you shouldn’t combine cocaine and antibiotics. When you’re sick, it’s best to focus on recovering, rather than doing cocaine.
Does cocaine affect antibiotics? Cocaine may alter how your antibiotics work, and it can also change your immune system and overall health in a way that will make it harder for you to get better.
Have more questions about Cocaine abuse?Read the most frequently asked questions
See alsoSee more topics
Seeking addiction treatment can feel overwhelming. We know the struggle, which is why we're uniquely qualified to help.
Your call is confidential, and there's no pressure to commit to treatment until you're ready. As a voluntary facility, we're here to help you heal -- on your terms. Our sole focus is getting you back to the healthy, sober life you deserve, and we are ready and waiting to answer your questions or concerns 24/7.Speak with an Intake Coordination Specialist now.352.771.2700