Cocaine-induced Cardiomyopathy

Kearston A. S. Barnes, PharmD; Esther O. Fasanmi, PharmD; Ogechi P. Iwuorie, PharmD; Patrick S. Simon, PharmD; Ericka V. Hylick, PharmD


US Pharmacist. 2015;40(2):HS11-HS15. 

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Pharmacist's Role

The role of the pharmacist is to recognize patient-specific presentations and ensure that pharmacologic treatment has been properly identified and implemented. The primary goal of therapy is to resolve the symptoms caused by the onset of cocaine use. BZDs, nitrates, CCBs, and several other agents play a role in the management of CIC. BBs should be avoided in the acute management of CIC. To prevent further cardiac deterioration, it is advisable that the pharmacist counsel patients on the importance of abstinence from cocaine use, as well as consult with all members of the patient's healthcare team.[27]