Cocaine: use with other drugs
If cocaine is taken with a depressant such as alcohol, the body is put under a lot of stress as it tries to deal with the competing effects.
Using other stimulants such as ecstasy with cocaine can increase the risk of overdose.
Using alcohol or other drugs such as benzodiazepines to help with the symptoms of the 'comedown' after cocaine use can lead to a cycle of dependence on both drugs.
For more information, please click on the Australian Drug Foundation's DrugInfo Clearinghouse web site link below.
Last Reviewed: 29/01/2013
Australian Drug Foundation
Australian Drug Foundation. Cocaine facts. Last updated 29 Jan 2013. http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/drug-facts/cocaine (accessed May 2013)
Cocaine: tolerance and dependence
After prolonged use, cocaine is highly addictive and with regular use, larger amounts of cocaine are needed to get the same effect.
Ecstasy: effects on the body
The effects of ecstasy may start to be felt within 20 minutes to one hour after a pill has been taken, and may last for 6 hours.
Cocaine: what are the effects?
Read about the various effects of taking cocaine from the immediate effects of the rush to the crash that can follow afterwards and the long-term effects of cocaine use.
Ecstasy use in Australia, a world high
Australia has highest ecstasy use in world with 3% of the population taking the drug at least once per year, compared with 1% of Brits and Americans.
Benzodiazepines: what are the effects?
How benzodiazepines affect a person depends on many things, but there is no safe level of benzodiazepine use.