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Cocaine overdose: How much amount of cocaine to overdose?

What provokes a cocaine overdose? Starting from dosage to overdose complications and signs of overdose, we review signs, symptoms, and prognosis for cocaine overdose. Stay with us and we invite you to ask your personal questions about cocaine overdose or risks of snorting cocaine at the end.

How does unintentional cocaine overdose happen?

Cocaine is a crystalline alkaloid obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. Because cocaine is highly addictive, cocaine is significantly more dangerous compared to other central nervous system stimulants (including the entire class of amphetamine drugs). So, when we talk about overdose, the best way to describe cocaine overdose is using the term “intoxication”, which manifest as immediate effects of too much cocaine in the system.

Cocaine overdose – How much is too much?

Common doses of cocaine vary between 10-120 mg. The estimated minimal lethal dose of cocaine is 1.2 g, but individuals with hypersensitivity to cocaine have died from as little as 30 mg. Still, this is usually not the case with cocaine addicts, who develop a high tolerance to cocaine in the central nervous system. In fact, some cocaine addicts with considerable tolerance have reported that they can tolerate up to 5 g of cocaine daily.

Cocaine overdose complications

The biggest risk with most drug overdose is that people do not take as recommended. But that is not the case with cocaine. In fact, most cocaine deaths are accidental, usually because some of its effects increase risk of pre-existing health conditions, such as the elevated blood pressure. Additionally, repeated doses of cocaine administered to avoid the crash that often follows the initial intense euphoric effects put you at risk of overdose. Cocaine overdose also occurs when used in combination with other drugs such as a cocaine and alcohol mix.

The most common signs of cocaine OD include:

  • abdominal pain
  • agitation
  • cerebral hemorrhage
  • chills
  • convulsions
  • death from respiratory failure
  • delirium, unconsciousness
  • enhanced reflexes
  • hallucinations
  • headache
  • heart failure
  • hostility
  • irregular respiration
  • nausea
  • rise in body temperature
  • seizures
  • stroke
  • tachycardia
  • vomiting

Cocaine overdose prognosis

The prognosis of cocaine overdose depends on many factors. Overdose from cocaine can be a very painful experience, among other things. And it takes time for the body to return to its stable condition after you OD. The body requires time to not only metabolize cocaine, but to normalize additional symptoms. For example, depression with suicidal ideation may develop in very heavy users.

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There is no officially approved specific antidote for cocaine overdose. Emergency treatment for cocaine overdose often consists of administering a benzodiazepine sedation agent, such as diazepam (Valium) to decrease the elevated heart rate and blood pressure. In order to treat hyperthermia the physical cooling method (ice, cold blankets, etc…) may be used. There are specific treatments developed for any further complications.

Cocaine overdose death rate

High doses of cocaine due to the effects on sodium channels can cause cardiac attack.

Unlike other drugs, cocaine has certain qualities that make it cross the blood-brain barrier quickly, which can lead to brain shutdown.

Statistics indicate that 100 people day per die from drug overdoses each day in USA. After marijuana, cocaine is the second most used illicit drug in USA and causes three times more death rates than any other illicit drug. In fact, nearly 500,000 cocaine users visit the ED due to cocaine overdose annually; over 7,000 of them are fatalities.

Cocaine overdose amount questions

Do you still have questions about cocaine OD? Please feel free to post your questionsin the comments section below. We will be happy to provide you with a personal and prompt response as soon as possible.

Reference Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Unintentional Drug Poisoning in the US
National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration: Cocaine
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:The DAWN report

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48 Responses to “Cocaine overdose: How much amount of cocaine to overdose?
Wesley Copp
7:26 pm February 4th, 2014

I know a lot of people think that really bad things could never happen to them, particularly a lethal accidental overdose. I lost my closest friend to an accidental overdose and I assure you, if it could happen to them, it could happen to you. My friend was young (26), fit (we went to the gym regularly) and as I later learned, a regular user of powder cocaine.
Members of my friend’s family, as well as myself, were unaware of the frequency of use that was occurring – people are very good at hiding these often secretive activities.
But on one seemingly normal Sunday afternoon my friend went into a violent seizure and slowly died in my arms, as family members called the Ambulance. Despite the efforts of medics who arrived a short time later, my friend had died from a cerebral hemorrhage caused by cocaine use, according to the Neurologist and the Coroner.
It is unbearable to watch someone close to you in a seizure lasting 15 minutes, with blood flowing out of their mouth and their eyes rolled back in their head while they convulse uncontrollably in your arms, each minute going by seeming longer.
I still have not come to terms with the unexpected and unnecessary death of my closest friend. The grief that follows for so many people that are affected by the loss of such a beautiful, vibrant, otherwise healthy person, is unbearable.
So if you don’t think it can happen to you and aren’t worried about an accidental overdose, think again. Whether you are a regular user or a weekend warrior, consider the impact that an accidental and lethal overdose will have on your family and friends. Could your partner, your mother, your sister or your best friend’s handle the grief they would be forced to endure. Stop using cocaine for them, if not for yourself.
Wes Copp

Justin
6:03 am September 21st, 2014

Im on coke right now. Some good stuff!

danni
11:12 pm September 22nd, 2014

I’m sorry for your loss, that’s horrible. But the thing is I want to die. So I was just curious how much could do it … hopefully it won’t be so paniful, as for my family they’ll be fine one less mouth feed

STEPHEN
6:19 pm September 26th, 2014

Hey Danni,

You don`t know the pain that they will feel and “Life was given to you for a reason“!
God gave you this gift, your body is fearfully and wonderfully made. He wants the best for you Danni, your life is important, OK, and he loves you, so work through this bro. I lost a beautiful girlfriend earlier this year vacationing in Nicaragua and she overdosed on cocaine. WE are bought with a price, our souls belong to God and its up to him to take us home in His time. I`ll be praying for healing and peace during this time. Love you man. Yaweh Bless you.

jess
1:30 am December 10th, 2014

So I dont use coke very often but I got a few extra bucks thanks to my second job and was crazy tired and the opportunity presented itself. I used to do alot of pills about a year ago but never uppers. In the past year ive prob done coke and only coke 5 times. I bought a g last night and did it all between 930 am and 330 today. Then the come down started sucking so I decided to buy another half. Alrhough I feel ok I dont want to od. That would be pretty shitty. So I guess my question is how much can I do before im at risk to od? I saw up in the article a g to 1.2 g. But is that at 1 time or throughout the day. Cause I shouldn’t have a tolerance but ive prob done 1.2 gs since 930 am.

Cody
10:13 am December 18th, 2014

When doing cocaine is there a way to know when you’ve reached your limit? Any tell tale signs physically or mentally that warns you that your body cannot take any more or an overdose will occur?

3:04 pm December 23rd, 2014

Hello Cody. Cocaine is a drug that varies greatly when it comes to purity. People usually decide how much cocaine they want to do and buy grams, and count the lines.

lucy rodgers
11:21 am January 6th, 2015

i am so sorry for your loss. thats the only that keeps me from going over the absolute top is when i think of close friends and family and how unfair it would be to them if i ever left the earth too early. ive been really hitting danger zone a ton on coke recently and i feel fine when i take it and i know the come down. im up to multiple grams within super short periods of time. i dont want to overdose by mistake one time. does anyone know how one can accidntally overdose? i know my limits but i dont want to mess up real bad. i am currently in therapy and working unfortunately slowly on gettin help. prayers out to you and your friend’s family and friends… thank u for sharing

barbarossi
4:29 am January 7th, 2015

It depends on the purity of the drug. Most suppliers have mixed them and often the drug is only 20%-40& pure, however, if you know the dealers you can purchase higher quality cocaine.Though this will still vary rarely be pure as the growers and producers of the drug mix it as soon as it has been produced to increase profits.This happens many times and is eventually given to the end user. You can not guarantee what it has been mixed with but usually it will be mixed with glucose and teething powders that provide a a rush and numbing affect. So to get back to the overdose queries/awnsers it depends is they are talking about 1.2g of pure coke or mixed. I imagine pure as it would be impossible to say 1.2g of mixed as they cannot determine its purity. Therefore, to overdoes on your average street cocaine, 2-3g could cause an overdose. Or there could be a nasty additive that could make you brown bread!! Boom

4:08 pm January 14th, 2015

Hello Lucy. Accidental overdose can occur when you’re mixing substances or when the coke is cut with something unexpected. I wish you continued improvements in therapy! All the best to you, Lucy.

WES COPP
5:32 am February 23rd, 2015

Yes there is no magic number that one can use as a measure of what is too much to cause death. After my friend died the coroner explained that normally the amount of cocaine found in the system of my friend would not cause death. But he advised that the additives in the drugs had recently been known to impact women more severely than men.
Find a meeting or a trusted friend or professional to help you. It’s not worth giving your friends and family the heart ache of having to cope with an accidental overdose death.
WES COPP

lauren
4:43 am April 10th, 2015

Herion, cocaine, crack, ALL drugs are work of the devil. The devil wants us dead. I’m not dead yet so the devil did not win. It won’t win. I’m trying to pray for a better tomorrow because thoughts will consume you and eat you inside. So will heroin. I’m trying my best man. Addiction is no joke. Please don’t mess around with this stuff if you know for a fact you cant handle what it spits back at you. That’s how the devil works..it’ll reward you NOW..but it looks for something in return later. But then again I don’t think anyone can handle what it spits back at you..people die over these drugs man..something that doesn’t have a heart beat people are DYING over. These terrible drugs don’t have a heart beat because they want yours. Im trying my hardest to get outta the web its gotten me in. This stuff will bring a GROWN MAN to his knees. KILL. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM HEROIN AND COCAINE..because the devil is 100% alive

K oh kaine
2:24 pm June 25th, 2015

Fully functioning hard seller and addict altho addict is for the light weights I slam and smoke up to and over 14 grams a day….if there was a way to overdose I would have iwhile taking a thumbnail sisze overflowing blast all the while calling them our death hits….been doing this with my crew and we live life as anyone would and injoy every aspect….of the way we can manipulat the feeling itself and the stages…..been thus rar over 20 years met thousands of people living the same way with families work responsibility family support dance recite blasting in bathrooms in you’re car….I have never known anyone to die or any adverse reaction….it overdose death……text book propaganda. Don’t get me wrong I have destroys lives but never have heard of death no matter the use I’m living proof and hi as fuck on coke you can’t die or I’d shake you’re head…..someone pease debatet me on this been selling and using Dore over 20 years very successful

Legalizepot
8:24 am July 11th, 2015

I hv used cocaine maybe once a year since I was 18-20 and back then I could put some away. I find nothing wrong as long as you don’t shoot that’s way more addictive, but this last Ko hoaine r whatever is crazy I know of two different ppl that od and died on slaming cocaine. Be careful

sweet pea
7:49 am July 22nd, 2015

Im not sure how true that is about ODing but I went 11days non stop snorting cocaine and i didnt OD. I went threw $1250 worth of uncut coke, and Im still here. Maybe my drug tolerance is super high, idk. Maybe sum1 on here can help me understand.

Thanks 4 da help in advance

Jp_pimp
8:57 am August 1st, 2015

ahahaha I love coke and plan on stopping after this 8ball I have such a sad day

lucy
6:30 pm August 1st, 2015

Hi,im not a addict,but i dont understand how i can take a gram in 3 hours and be ok?

wendy
4:17 pm August 3rd, 2015

I used to take huge amounts of cocaine on an almost daily basis, % grams a day was not uncommon, I have often read the snorting cocaine raises the heart rate and blood pressure I have a very good blood pressure monitor and have often tested my self while under the influence, My personal experience was that although my heart rate always increased ( sometimes alarmingly so) my blood pressure never increased one iota, as a matter of fact it frequently went down when I had a particularly high amount or the quality was particularly good, Can anyone explain this? Am I an anomaly or is the information that it increases the blood pressure incorrect?

Lt. Col. MP Chris
8:19 pm September 2nd, 2015

I have been in the military 28 years. And as an Military Policeman I have worked the drug suppression team on a number of those years. One think I have seen is soldiers trying to mainline and miss the vein. This can also lead to a certain death. Just stay away from it. Do what I tell my soldiers. If you must get screwed up because of to much stress. Go get a 6 pack of beer and sit down by the lake and relax. It works for me. and all of my troops.

Best Regards To All.

Alex
4:02 pm September 30th, 2015

Danni I’m exactly where you are. I’ve just found your post by chance. Out of vulnerability I’m feeling you. Maybe we can figure it out together? Hopefully I’m not too late danni. I feel you

Shaggy
2:15 am October 1st, 2015

Yo alex it’s not too late for any of us buddy what’s good?

Rob
12:40 am October 16th, 2015

I am a 62 year old man in good health but i am beginning to experience vertigo symptoms and am inquiring about my cocaine consumption. I started snorting cocaine at age 24 in 1977 and did more and more until 1988 when I stopped for 9 years and then stared again in 1997 at age 44 and did coke for 3 more years and stopped again in 2000. i was clean until 2010 and in the last 5 1/2 years have been doing an eight ball a month. i guesstimate i have snorted (only snorted never smoked or shot) 50 ounces in those 19 years; that equates to 1400 grams.
What are my health risks at this point? i know the obvious ones like a heart attack or stroke but this vertigo has me freaked. Thanks.

Ryan
7:13 am November 27th, 2015

I understand that cocaine is cut in many different ways, but that being said I go to school in Texas and it is hard to find anything over 40-50%. That is just the way it is whether people realize it or not. If someone tells me they have 60%+ most of the time they are lying to your face. Now, my question is this… When buying cocaine through a dealer what can you look for in terms of quality because, if they cut it with something that your body isnt use to can that be the way people OD?

cathy
9:43 pm November 30th, 2015

my daughter over dose from coaine the 31th of last month the hardest thing i ever have been threw i dident even no she did that pray for my family please thank you from cathy

11:18 am December 1st, 2015

Hello Cathy. I’m really sorry for what you and your daughter are going through… I hope everything ends fine…Your family is in my prayers!

T
12:07 pm December 5th, 2015

I’ve done three grams of cocaine within one hour in one sitting, within my first few times of using. didn’t feel the slightest overdosed. more so I felt intense.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:03 am December 10th, 2015

Hi, T. If you get any worse, call 991 ASAP. Or, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk.

Maggie
8:40 pm December 23rd, 2015

How fatal is injecting 2 g of cocaine? Ever heard of anyone who committed suicide using cocaine??

Darrel
10:58 pm January 2nd, 2016

Hi I have a couple more questions for you about cocain overdose/fatalities. How long does it usually take to die from overdose, mins? Hours? Days?
Also how painful is it to die this way?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:21 pm January 10th, 2016

Hi, Darrel. Every person reacts differently to each drug. So, the fatal dosage varies from person to person.

joe
6:02 am February 1st, 2016

I tested 10467 pg/mg and havent done cocaine im 7 months how is this possible?

A
12:03 am February 18th, 2016

I’ve been using coke for the last three months on and off w/o feeling headache or upset stomach or any of the symptoms listed above, however this time I purchased 5g and have been hitting 2-3 lines every hour or so now since 4am this morning and it is now 1:40pm and I started to feel nauseous and a minor headache so I stopped railing lines about 2 hours ago. So I guess my question is am I suffering from a minor OD and if so how could I flush the drugs out of my system faster to prevent it from getting worse?

lili
1:36 am April 4th, 2016

what is the short term exposure of cocaine

Jamie
9:09 am April 17th, 2016

Hey guys. My girlfriend and I have been doing bliw for about 9 months off an on… When were on its an out a quarter ounce a week. So roughly an eight ball every third day. We’re both the same age in our late 30s. We’re in good shape an have good health. How long until serious health issues or damages should arise? Pls serious responses only pls

Josh
3:42 pm May 2nd, 2016

So my cousin just died from what we were told a cocaine overdose he was a heavy user and usually did about 9-14 grams a week of some pretty strong stuff he lived in chicago with his newly wife and addopted son i live in toledo ohio were our family is from he was found oddly here in toledo at a cemetery in his car soaked with a fishing pole no note or goodbye which is kinda odd why the theatrics if it was a suicide especially intentionally trying to overdose could be kinda difficult to plan not knowing how much it will actually take unless you had a mixture with it such as heroin oddly enough a week prior his wife opened a life insurance policy on him police will not release any information to anyone but his newly wife

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:54 pm May 11th, 2016

I’m really sorry for your loss, Josh…

devin
12:56 pm May 15th, 2016

how does cocaine feel when you take a “safe” amount? have you ever took a line of cocaine?

Hombre
8:19 am May 21st, 2016

I am 53 years old and have done cocaine sporadically for many years. Today after having a few drinks I had a rush for cocsine and bought 2 grams… I am about to finish them… I started early yesterday around 8 so in all it has been already 22 hours… I feel dizzy, anxious, and starter shaking a bit… I do not want to throw the .5 gr That I still have… I am waiting to see if I can resist or not…’ I don’t think I am close to OD but really feel super anxious!!!

Nick
2:59 pm June 10th, 2016

if you havent started doing coke, or any other hard drug, then don’t. if you do, expect to do it more then once. withdraw aint no joke, and will start after the first time you use it. i used to think withdraw just made you physically sick. nope it is mostly mental at first, i never knew i could even feel that depressed before. think of it like this: in exchange for a huge emotional boost you have to go through the opposite for a longer period of time; and it just gets worse; plus tolerance goes up fast

Anne
3:23 pm June 28th, 2016

I shared a gram of cocaine with 2 other friends the other night over 3 hous so i must have gotten 0.3 g. It was my first time and we had been drinking. I had some high pulse and heart beating and couldn’t slep a few hours later. Had small chestpains a couple Now i’m anxious that i’ll get a seizure og cerebral hemorrhage. I told my doctor that i did a little with alcohol who checked my pulse and said i was fine. Still worried I will die suddenly though it has been over 3 days. How big is the risk that i’ll die from the cocaine after 3 days?

Wise one
5:58 am July 14th, 2016

I used to do it allot in the old days back when i was a teen I ain’t gonna say don’t do it because I would be a hypocrite not that i condone taking it butif someone is going to do it they will do it just take your time don’t mix with other drugs or alcohol. Make sure you watch each other but it’s expensive and you could get a simaler feeling of happiness if you spent your money at a theme park well hell it would save you the hassle of the comedown the day after. But like I said be carefully and allways stick with friends

Joe
5:05 am July 23rd, 2016

All you people who say you can’t overdose off cocaine are crazy. Either you’ve got bad stuff or Canada has stronger stuff than everyone else but a ball here will kill you if you do it to yourself. I’ve overdosed of two grams before

Steve
2:05 am August 12th, 2016

Addiction is a very real thing. I started using coke about 3 years ago. At first it was just a bump here and there while drinking to keep me alert and not stupid drunk. Then I noticed I couldn’t have a few drinks without having serious cravings, so I started buying .5’s to get me through the night. The .5’s turned into g’s and lately I’ll finish a g long before I want to and usually find some awful stuff at whatever bar I’m at. Now I’ve progressed to using 4-5 times a week. Quantities depend on how much cash I have. My gf works nights so that makes it easy for me to start after she leaves, usually around 7, use until 12 or 1, or whenever it’s gone and try to get a few hours sleep before she gets home. I’m taking allergy pills constantly so I’m not stuffy around her because I don’t want her to ask questions. I’ve become accustomed to going on 2-3 hours sleep each night and still functioning at work (3 jobs). No one has any clue. It’s getting bad though. Last night I ran out and didn’t have the high I wanted. I always use the same plate to sniff off so it had built up some residue. I spent an hour scraping that plate with a razor just to scrounge up a mediocre line. It was 1:30am and I was trying to figure out any way to find some but I had been drinking so no driving and I’m also broke as hell because I spent all my money on blow. Today, after 2 hours sleep last night I worked my normal 9-6 and then did a cash job (I’m a tradesperson) so I could get a g for tonight even though I swore all day that I wouldn’t do any tonight so I could get some sleep. Now I’m high and reading a bunch of articles on how to get to sleep after this g. I’m an addict and I’m 32. I’m a bit overweight and my blood pressure is high-normal, at least that’s what my doc said 2 months ago. My gf has big dreams for us that I share with her but I’m going to snort myself to death before we realize any of those dreams. I start college in 3 weeks for my final block of school and I’m terrified of cutting back to part time because I won’t be able to afford blow. I owe $15k in taxes because they found out about my side jobs but I haven’t paid them a cent. I’m in some big trouble, but, to hell with my problems, I’m high. It’s so effing stupid. I’ve never told anyone this. No one. So I guess I’m just using this message board to vent. If you’re reading this and have never done coke and you’re thinking about trying it DON’T. Some people can just do a bit and stop, but there are many others like me. Oh, and don’t forget about the comedown. I’ve had such severe depression and anxiety I have sat in the tub with a knife to my wrist on multiple occasions. The only reason I didn’t go through with it is because I love my gf more than I love myself. She’s bipolar and is coping well with me as support. If I were to ever go ahead with “it” I know she’d be right behind me. Thank you for your time.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:57 pm August 12th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Steve. There’s always a way to get your life back on track…

sandy
9:07 am August 20th, 2016

I need help i do coke even after i feel like i going to die. i had a overdose or near overdose were i was about to die , felt sad in pain anxiety and paranoid for couple hours more side effects but i made it so i thought it was just a bad come down after. my point is after that i started doing coke with more care. saving some lines for the end so when its all over i can do half a line or even less to keep to come down after coke to beat me to hard. I have some pain meds from my cancer days 4mg hydromorphone pills little yellow buggers dont do much but will that help with my come down and slow my heart down?

also plz if anyone can tell me the difference between good coke and bad coke that would be really helpfull…. i started coke when i was younger for fun then got cancer so got healty and kicked cancers butt. i know im stupid… but i got back into drugs after doing heroine { black tar} and well after a while i had to quit it cause i didn’t get any were i was going. so i thought coke might help with the withdraws / Barly but its keeping me from laying down and crying like a you know what in pain from them. im on coke now so thats why i might not make much sence or smell very good but any body want to help me anything right now would help me from doing more coke…..i dont know how good of a idea it is to replace one drug with another to quit that first drug but i saw the coke withdraws are nothing if you put them up with Black tar PHEEM {heroine } so IF anyone even gets to this point in my stupid mini essay any help plz would be lovely.

i would also like to say i quit drugs before i know i can do it again. before i quit black tar H i went to hell for a month locked in my basement , well the first 2-3 weeks were hell after that it got better day by day…I just putting this out there so ill know that theres some hope in me… i have no one else to talk to about this. so i guess mostly im trying to tell myself by typing this that i can do it but any way with help you know of plz let me know>>>..im scared to go to the doctor to get anything for withdrawls.

patty
4:35 pm August 24th, 2016

My husband died of cocaine intoxication. It was actually the metabolite of cocaine
The amt was 300 mg/ml. Was that alot? Thanks

Gerald
9:59 pm August 30th, 2016

Ive been up all night snorting cocain in small incumbents ( dont judge me ) buy my heart rate is boosted i have a minkr hesd ache and my voice is very weak. Just to say hello takes a lot i mean my voice is very soft. Are these symptoms of me staying up for over 23 hrs or am i having a cocain overdose?

vivian
7:11 pm September 22nd, 2016

what is the effect of cocaine and Percocet and methadone could they be used at the same time

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