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Viagra has long been associated with older men who have trouble maintaining an erection, but it is becoming an increasingly popular substance with the younger generation.

Combining Viagra and cocaine is now more common than ever, with many younger men believing that it increases their sexual performance.

However, the risks of combining these two substances include potential life-threatening complications such as heart attacks, strokes and the development of serotonin syndrome.

What is Viagra and what is it used for?

What is Viagra

Viagra is a prescription medication that is used to treat erectile dysfunction as it has the ability to increase the blood flow to the penis.

While Viagra can be effective at treating the physical aspects of erectile dysfunction, it does not treat the underlying causes of this disorder.

This medication can only assist the individual in maintaining an erection and will not increase sexual desire.

They will still need to become aroused through physical or mental stimulation in order to achieve an erection.

Common side effects of Viagra may include:

  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Skin flushing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Muscle aches
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Insomnia, difficulty falling asleep
  • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet

Once you have taken Viagra the effects will generally last for around four hours.

In rare cases, some people will experience priapism, a painful erection that lasts for a long time.

You will need to seek immediate medical help if you have an erection that lasts for more than four hours.

It’s important to note that Viagra does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) or pregnancy, so it is recommended that you continue to practice safe sex.

How does Viagra work?

How does Viagra work

An erection occurs when arousal signals are sent from the brain, increasing the blood flow to the penis.

If this blood flow is not sufficient, it will be more difficult to develop and maintain an erection.

Viagra has the ability to relax the muscles in the blood vessel walls of the penis, allowing a larger and faster blood flow.

When the individual is sexually stimulated either physically or mentally, nitric oxide (NO) is released within the penis.

This causes the levels of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) to rise, which causes the muscles to relax.

This allows more blood to enter the penis, and the resulting pressure can result in a faster and longer-lasting erection.

As a result of these effects, some people experience low blood pressure within the first one or two hours after taking Viagra.

This medication may not be suitable for you if you already have low blood pressure, so make sure to seek advice and guidance from your doctor before taking Viagra.

Some people believe that Viagra has the ability to increase their sex drive, but this is not the case.

Viagra does not interact with the brain at all, so if there is a psychological aspect behind a lack of erection then Viagra is not likely to be helpful.

What is cocaine?

What is cocaine

Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that is commonly used for its confidence-boosting and euphoric effects.

Made from the dried leaves of the South American coca plant, cocaine is often sold as a white powder that is snorted, rubbed on the gums or injected, while crack cocaine is mixed with baking soda and then smoked.

As cocaine is a stimulant, the effects of this substance are felt very quickly.

Some people report feeling energetic, happy and confident, while others notice increased feelings of anxiety and paranoia.

Once cocaine wears off, most people begin to feel extremely depressed and crave more of the substance in order to feel better again.

This can lead to a vicious cycle and a severe psychological addiction.

Taking too much cocaine increases your risk of experiencing a panic attack, stroke or heart attack as it makes your heart beat faster and work much harder.

It can also increase your sex drive, with many people experiencing intense urges to have sex.

This can lead to risky behaviour including having unprotected sex and sleeping with multiple partners.

Cocaine is classified as a Class A illegal substance in the UK, with a potential prison sentence of up to seven years if you are found guilty of using this drug.

Why do people combine Viagra and cocaine?

Cocaine and Viagra

The combination of cocaine and Viagra has gained a reputation as a more intense high, as well as a way to enhance sexual performance.

Viagra is often thought of as a medication used by older men, but younger generations have started to combine this drug with cocaine for purely recreational use.

Users of cocaine often report feeling extremely euphoric and confident, with a boost of energy and increased sensitivity to light, touch and sound.

They may also have an increased sex drive, and taking Viagra can help them to engage in sexual behaviour for longer than they may otherwise be able to.

Combining Viagra with stimulants such as cocaine has become so prevalent that the term ‘sextacy’ has been coined to describe this practice.

What are the physical dangers of mixing Viagra and cocaine?

Physical dangers

While the majority of people are aware of the dangers of using cocaine, the effects of mixing this substance with Viagra are less commonly discussed.

Combining cocaine and Viagra can increase your chances of developing a range of conditions including:

  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Priapism
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes

If you have been prescribed Viagra, you should only take it as directed by your doctor.

It should never be combined with cocaine or any other substances, and should not be used recreationally.

Some of the physical dangers of combining cocaine with Viagra are listed below.

Increased risk of cardiovascular problems

Combining cocaine and Viagra can be extremely dangerous, as both drugs have opposing effects on the body.

Cocaine reduces blood flow and narrows blood vessels, while Viagra works to relax the blood vessels and increase blood flow.

As the body struggles to balance both effects, the resulting consequences may include a heart attack.

This risk is particularly high when Viagra is combined with a type of medication known as nitrates, as this can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure and potentially cause a heart attack or stroke.

Even if you are not taking any medications containing nitrates, it is impossible to know whether the cocaine you are taking is cut with nitrates.

This results in an increased risk every time you use this substance while taking Viagra.

A long-lasting and painful erection

As discussed above, some people who take Viagra experience a painful erection that lasts for more than four hours.

This is known as priapism and is more common in people who combine cocaine with Viagra.

This condition can have severe and long-lasting consequences, as blood becomes trapped in the penis and begins to suffer from a lack of oxygen. This can cause damage to the tissues in the penis.

If left untreated, priapism can result in permanent erectile dysfunction.

Increased risk of developing serotonin syndrome

Serotonin is a natural chemical produced by the body which helps to keep the brain functioning correctly.

It can help you sleep, regulate your moods and even digest your food efficiently.

However, too much serotonin can result in serious illness or even death if not promptly treated.

Cocaine use causes the brain to release large quantities of serotonin.

Combining cocaine and Viagra can increase this serotonin release, increasing your chances of developing serotonin syndrome.

It is possible to develop this condition when solely taking cocaine, but the risks are far worse when Viagra is used as well.

Increased risk of engaging in unsafe sex

Many people who take cocaine report experiencing lower inhibitions as well as an increased sex drive, which can be a dangerous combination when Viagra is included.

While Viagra cannot influence your sex drive, it has the ability to give you a long-lasting erection for up to four hours.

The effects of cocaine combined with Viagra may cause some people to engage in risky practices such as unsafe sex or sex with multiple partners.

This can increase the chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or being placed in a dangerous situation.

What are the psychological dangers of mixing Viagra and cocaine?

Psychological dangers

Like cocaine, Viagra is not physically addictive.

It is unlikely that you will develop intense urges and cravings to use Viagra, but many people who combine Viagra and cocaine begin to believe that they will not be able to perform sexually without using this medication.

This is not a physical affliction, but rather a mental one.

The vast majority of younger men do not require the use of this medication to maintain an erection, but after using it multiple times they may develop a fear of attempting to engage in sexual activity without using Viagra.

Of course, it goes without saying that the risk of developing a psychological addiction to cocaine increases the more this substance is used.

Combining cocaine with Viagra can increase the appeal of this drug and lead to increased use, raising the chances of developing a cocaine addiction.

What is serotonin syndrome?

Serotonin syndrome

As described above, serotonin syndrome refers to an overabundance of serotonin in the body.

While serotonin is crucial to the normal functioning of the body and brain and is produced naturally, too much serotonin can be potentially life-threatening.

Combining cocaine and Viagra can increase the chances of developing serotonin syndrome. 

Common symptoms of serotonin syndrome include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Intense shivering
  • Twitching muscles
  • High blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Increased heart rate

Severe symptoms of serotonin syndrome include the following:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Uncontrollable tremors
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

If you are concerned that you or someone else is suffering from serotonin syndrome, seek medical assistance immediately.

If this condition is not effectively treated it can lead to permanent damage, unconsciousness and death.

Is it safe to mix cocaine with herbal Viagra substitutes?

Herbal Viagra

Herbal supplements and alternatives to Viagra are increasing in popularity, and many people see these as a safer and more natural substance that can be combined with cocaine with no ill effects.

However, these substitutes can be just as dangerous as Viagra when combined with stimulants such as cocaine.

While Viagra specifically targets the penile blood vessels, herbal versions relax the blood vessels throughout the entire body.

This can increase the chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke when these substances are mixed with cocaine.

Combining cocaine with herbal substitutes and other natural alternatives can be just as dangerous as mixing them with Viagra, and it is not advised to engage in this behaviour.

How can I take Viagra safely?

Viagra prescription

Although Viagra can be dangerous and even life-threatening when combined with cocaine, it is generally safe to use when taken correctly.

You should only take Viagra if it has been prescribed to you by your doctor and dispensed from a reputable pharmacy.

Never purchase Viagra over the internet or from anyone who is not a registered medical professional.

You may be prescribed a specific dosage of Viagra depending on your age, weight and other factors.

It is important that you stick to this dosage and do not attempt to increase it without speaking to your doctor.

Viagra is only recommended for men aged over 18, and should not be taken by women or children. 

Other people who should not take Viagra include:

  • Anyone who has previously experienced an allergic reaction to Viagra or similar medication
  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with heart or liver problems
  • Anyone who has experienced a recent stroke or heart attack
  • Anyone who suffers from low blood pressure
  • Anyone who is taking medication for chest pain

If you are taking other medications, supplements or drugs it is important that you inform your doctor of this before you begin taking Viagra.

Certain substances, particularly nitrates, can interact with Viagra in your system and cause dangerous side effects, so it is crucial that you are honest about any other medications or drugs that you are currently taking.

Final thoughts

Treatment

Mixing cocaine with viagra is an incredibly dangerous thing to do.

Just like mixing cocaine with alcohol or heroin, this combination worsens the risks associated with both drugs.

Cocaine itself carries a huge range of health risks, ones that are exacerbated by the effects of Viagra.

Even without developing a physical addiction, it is incredibly easy for frequent use of cocaine and viagra to ruin your physical, mental and sexual health.

If you or a loved one are suffering from the dangerous use of any substance, there is always help to be found. Contact Rehab 4 Addiction today for professional, judgement-free advice.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2387281/

https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/sildenafil-viagra/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3865832/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1716731/

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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.