Treatment of stroke secondary to cocaine may be complicated by the need to treat the stroke, other disorders that may occur from the use of cocaine, and the need to treat any symptoms of
The person may be in a
All use of cocaine must be stopped. Since most cocaine addicts are also addicted to other drugs (such as alcohol or heroin), symptoms of withdrawal from these drugs should also be looked for and treated as appropriate. Patients on methadone maintenance for heroin addiction should continue to receive their regular dose.
Other conditions should be treated as appropriate.
The person should be continually observed for signs of cocaine withdrawal.
The outcome depends on the severity of the stroke, any other conditions that may be present, and withdrawal symptoms. The outcome is often poor, especially if the cocaine has been excessively used for a long time. Death caused by collapse of multiple body systems can occur.
Calling your health care provider
Go to the emergency room or call 911 if you have any symptoms of stroke.