What are the symptoms of a cocaine comedown?

My friend and I experimented with cocaine tonight for the first time. We had a great time, but now feel like we’re coming down with flu. Is this normal? What can we do to ease the symptoms?

Coke comedown

It sounds like you have experienced the low after the high. But rest assured, your symptoms are completely normal for a cocaine comedown. The side effects can be similar to the physical symptoms of flu: feeling run down, runny nose, aches, pains, headache, fuzzy head, etc. To read more about comedowns, click here.

You’ve got these flu like symptoms during a coke comedown because cocaine is a stimulant and it works your body really hard. You probably noticed that your energy levels spiked after taking the cocaine; you may have even felt yourself becoming more bold and confident.

This was because it sped up the way your body was working, increasing your heart rate, blood flow, and activity of the brain. It’s only logical that your body needs to recover from all this extra work. If your symptoms persist, contact your GP as there could be something more sinister going on. 

How to help

The best thing that you can do to ease the symptoms of a cocaine comedown is to treat it like the flu — get lots of rest, drink plenty of water, eat healthy, nutritious food and most importantly stop taking cocaine for a while. Even though you might’ve heard of people taking more coke to help them through the come down, it’s a really bad idea.

In fact, it leads to a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, working your body even harder and increasing health risks such as heart attacks. Not to mention long term substance use can lead to drug addiction. This includes going through massive cocaine withdrawal symptoms when you’re not using.


If you find yourself struggling with addiction and want a way out, just know there is always support. From treatment services and treatment programs to medical detox, you can do some research to find out what’s right for your journey. Feel free to contact us on our 24/7 support services for some confidential advice. Otherwise, you can always visit amazing charities such as FRANK or the Amy Winehouse Foundation who are more than happy to provide information and support. 

To find out more about cocaine, read this article. If you’ve had enough of coke – you can always read about addiction; You know, to lighten the mood.

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