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02 June 2010

Cocaine use leads to rotting flesh

Cocaine abusers, already at risk for an abnormal heartbeat, blood pressure problems, hallucinations, convulsions and stroke, can add another potential health complication to the list: rotting flesh.

Cocaine abusers - already at risk for an abnormal heartbeat, blood pressure problems, hallucinations, convulsions and stroke - can add another potential health complication to the list: rotting flesh.

Their profiles were typical of toxicity with levamisole, the doctors reported. The medication is a veterinary anti-worming agent, approved for use in cattle, sheep and pigs. It was once used to treat cancer, autoimmune diseases and kidney problems in humans, Dumyati said. It's no longer approved for use in people in the United States, she said, because of adverse side effects.

 

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