A new low for an old high: neutropenia induced by levamisole-adulterated cocaine.

@article{Wieren2010ANL,
  title={A new low for an old high: neutropenia induced by levamisole-adulterated cocaine.},
  author={Andrew Van Wieren and Mahim Kapoor and P. S. Kesava Rao and Rebekah Gardner},
  journal={Medicine and health, Rhode Island},
  year={2010},
  volume={93 10},
  pages={320-1}
}
Recently, both the media and medical literature have directed attention towards neutropenia associated with levamisole-adulterated cocaine. Levamisole, available in South America as an anti-helminthic veterinary agent, was previously used in the United States (US) for treatment of colon cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Due to its well-established adverse effect of reversible neutropenia in approximately 20% of patients exposed, levamisole was voluntarily removed from the US market in 2000… CONTINUE READING