Sympathetic nervous system mediated cardiovascular effects of cocaine are primarily due to a peripheral site of action of the drug.

Currently, augmentation of sympathetic nervous system function produced by cocaine is thought to be due primarily to stimulation of sympathetic centers in the brain (central effect) and to inhibition of catecholamine uptake into postganglionic sympathetic nerve terminals (peripheral effect). In this review of our work, we present the following evidence that… (More)