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Commonly known as the ‘party drug’, cocaine often gets mixed with other dangerous drugs like heroin and alcohol.

Viagra is a less talked-of drug that is also often mixed with cocaine.

A 2006 research journal reported that Viagra was used recreationally or abused by six per cent of college-age males.

What’s more, these same men admitted to mixing Viagra with recreational drugs, including cocaine.

Mixing Viagra, a prescription drug created to aid erectile dysfunction, drugs like cocaine can bring on unwanted and severe side effects. 

This is particularly true as commercially available cocaine continues to grow stronger.

What is Viagra?

Viagra

Viagra, otherwise known as Sildenafil, is prescribed to aid erectile dysfunction by increasing the blood flow to the penis.

Viagra aids the penis because of its effect on the specific phosphodiesterase (PDE5) in the smooth penile muscle tissue.

Viagra is relatively safe to use as an erectile dysfunction aid as an FDA-approved medication. However, you should always check with your doctor before use, as it can be unsafe for certain patients to use.

Because Viagra interacts dangerously with existing health issues and other medications, it’s recommended only to take Viagra under medical supervision. These conditions include:

  • Heart issues
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Individuals taking blood pressure medications, HIV treatment medications, or Herapin. 

But that’s not the only drug that can cause a problem for users. Even healthy individuals with no prior conditions are at risk of unwanted side effects when mixing Viagra with cocaine. 

Can you mix cocaine and Viagra?

Cocaine and Viagra

Just because cocaine and Viagra shouldn’t be mixed doesn’t mean that people do not. Cocaine is popular due to its euphoric and energetic nature.

The short-term effects of cocaine also extend to increased feelings of sexual pleasure and enhanced drive.

As already mentioned, Viagra can be an effective sexual aid. Therefore, individuals often combine stimulants like cocaine with Viagra for their sexual effects.

Although cocaine increases the pleasure of sex in the short term, it also decreases a man’s ability to obtain and maintain an erection.

Therefore, men will often use Viagra to combat erectile dysfunction caused by cocaine.

Because it’s been the party scene for many years, cocaine is often mixed with other ‘party’ drugs. These can include, amongst others:

  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Ecstasy

How dangerous is it to mix cocaine and Viagra?

Dangerous

There are many reasons why doctors do not recommend mixing cocaine with Viagra.

First, this practice can lead to dangerous health problems. Individuals with cardiovascular issues or heart problems are at particular risk.

It is also illegal to use viagra without a valid prescription.

Alongside this, mixing cocaine and Viagra can lead to a severe psychological dependence on both drugs. This dependence can turn into an addiction and be incredibly challenging to overcome. 

Eventually, many find it impossible to engage in sexual activities without these drugs. 

Health risks of mixing cocaine and Viagra

Health risks

Viagra is effective for erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to different organs, including the penis, and relaxing blood vessels. In contrast, cocaine decreases the flow of blood to the organs. 

Combining these two conflicting drugs has unpredictable effects, even resulting in dire medical emergencies such as:

  • Heart attacks
  • Cardiac arrests
  • Priapism strokes

Physical dangers of mixing cocaine and Viagra

Erection issues and priapism are commonly reported in people who abuse Viagra and cocaine together.

Sporting an erection that won’t go away can even result in anatomical damage to the penis.

What’s more, people who suffer from Cardiovascular and heart issues are among the most at risk of acute aortic dissection (a tear in a major artery) and heart attack from mixing Viagra and cocaine.

Other fatal conditions such as Serotonin syndrome occur from mixing cocaine and Viagra. Serotonin syndrome causes too much serotonin in the body, which can be potentially fatal.

Lastly, individuals who abuse cocaine and Viagra together are often at risk of other dangerous conditions, including;

  • Coma
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Slow pulse (Bradycardia)
  • Tachycardia
  • Liver disease

Psychological risks of mixing cocaine and Viagra 

Of course, mixing cocaine and Viagra also poses many physical and psychological risks.

When men use Viagra without any real medical need, a dangerous psychological dependence usually ensues. 

What starts as a recreational pastime to aid a person’s sex life can soon become a compulsion, with sex becoming impossible without both party drugs.

Although Viagra is not physically addictive, frequent Viagra use without erectile dysfunction can lead to dependence.

This dependence is often due to the worry that individuals cannot perform sexually without Viagra.

Cocaine also has a highly addictive nature, with prolonged use making it challenging to move past the addiction without proper support and treatment at a cocaine rehab facility.

Why younger men are not safe from Viagra’s health risks

Young man

As already mentioned, younger men can have a penchant for abusing cocaine and Viagra together due to its party nature.

This recreational trend is most concerning because these men do not need Viagra. 

Without demonstrating any erectile dysfunction, the purpose of this abuse is to experiment sexually.

Because there is no evidence to suggest that abuse of Viagra has any sexual benefit for those not demonstrating erectile dysfunction, this practice can only lead to bad things.

Why do people find themselves mixing both drugs?

Young man

There are several reasons people find themselves drawn to abusing both cocaine and Viagra. First, both cocaine and Viagra are easy to obtain, have minimal initial side effects and have high success rates.

The myths surrounding the effects of cocaine and Viagra even go as far as to make users believe that they increase sexual desire and performance.

Users often find themselves with powerful erections that last for hours, plus more satisfying sex. 

Viagra, when combined with other stimulants like cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy, work together to create a euphoric sexual state.

In reality, Viagra is only suitable for promoting blood flow to the penis when sexually stimulated, enabling an erection. 

Often, people believe that using Viagra and cocaine together will lead to better sex and increased confidence. These expectations may come to fruition, but only in the short term. 

As people begin to use these drugs more frequently, their tolerance will build and they will find themselves needing higher doses of Viagra and cocaine. 

Their consumption will therefore increase. In contrast, those who do not have any issues with erectile dysfunction are unlikely to find any physical or emotional benefit from consuming both drugs.

Problems with herbal substitutes to Viagra

Herbal Viagra

It is also common for those looking for a sexual aid or cure for erectile dysfunction to look to herbal supplements in this modern world.

These supplements that claim to act similarly to Viagra are often labelled ‘herbal Viagra.’ 

Just because these supplements have herbal in the name does not make them safe, especially when combined with cocaine.

Combining these dangerous drugs was indicated in the case of Lamar Odom’s overdose in 2015, where he was found dead in a brothel.

Those around him admitted he had been consuming large quantities of herbal Viagra and cocaine, demonstrating that even herbal Viagra is not safe. 

Buying and using Viagra the right way

Buying viagra

Of course, if you suffer from erectile dysfunction and feel you would benefit from a Viagra prescription, you should speak to your GP.

Reaching out to your doctor ensures they can prescribe or suggest you use Viagra only if it is safe and appropriate for you to do so. 

In general, you should only ever take prescription drugs under the supervision of your GP, a fact which is vital for taking Viagra.

Even when you’ve been given the all-clear to use Viagra, you must never mix Viagra with other substances, especially illegal drugs like cocaine

If you or a loved one suffer from an addiction to either cocaine or Viagra, you can reach out to our friendly staff at Rehab 4 Addiction. We can help you or your loved ones find the most appropriate individual, professional and general treatment plan.

References

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1054139X05005720

https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/circresaha.107.162511

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5343757/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699643/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3437061/

https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/PUArticles/September2014Drug_InducedPriapism.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6734608/

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/cocaine

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Boris is our editor-in-chief at Rehab 4 Addiction. Boris is an addiction expert with more than 20 years in the field.  His expertise covers a broad of topics relating to addiction, rehab and recovery. Boris is an addiction therapist and assists in the alcohol detox and rehab process. Boris has been featured on a variety of websites, including the BBC, Verywell Mind and Healthline.