Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Do drug tolerance go away?

  1. Jan 15, 2006 #1


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    People who consume a lot of drugs, like caffeine or cocaine, eventually build up a kind of tolerance, and they need more and more to get the same effect. This is why many drugs get out of hand, and you suddenly find yourself buying those really big starbucks coffees loaded with enough caffeine to put down a bull elephant. If one were to stop drinking coffee or doing coke or lay off ______ drug, does the tolerance eventually go away?
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 18, 2006 #2


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Eventually, yes. And, if you've used it for a long time and then there's a period of time when you're not using it, something called sensitization can also occur (though there is a lot of debate about long long it lasts and what sort of pattern of usage leads to it). Sensitization means that if you use it again, you'll experience a response much greater than in someone who is a first-time user.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook