MDMA, also known as ecstasy or Molly, is a psychoactive drug. There are
no acceptable medical uses of MDMA. The drug first came into widespread
use at nightclubs and raves in the U.S. Individuals would use this drug
to heighten their emotional response to music and dancing. However, MDMA
can cause serious harm to those who use it. Users run the risk of life-threatening
complications. Although addiction recovery is never easy, MDMA users can
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MDMA affects the
balance of chemicals in the brain
. Initially, users experience the pleasurable feeling of euphoria. They
may feel a surge of empathy toward other people, decreased feelings of
anxiety, and a general sense of well-being. These initial effects may
last about three to six hours. For about one week after MDMA use (or for
some users, even longer), the initial pleasurable feelings are replaced
by anxiety, irritability, sadness, and restlessness. Users may also report
impulsiveness and even aggressiveness. Additionally, their mental acuity
can significantly decline.
MDMA abuse has a number of ill health effects, including short-term and
long-term problems. Some of the potential short-term effects of MDMA abuse
include nausea, chills, sweating, blurry vision, and muscle cramping.
Users may involuntarily clench the jaw and engage in teeth grinding. It’s
not uncommon for MDMA users to suffer from sleep disturbances, rapid heartbeat,
There are a number of life-threatening complications that can occur as
a result of MDMA abuse. Users run the risk of developing heart arrhythmias,
which refer to abnormal heart rhythms. Over time, they may suffer from
heart failure, in which the heart is no longer able to pump enough blood.
Kidney failure can occur, which leads to the need for dialysis to preserve
life. On a short-term basis, one common life-threatening complication
is hyperthermia or heatstroke. Another possible complication is hyponatremia,
which refers to electrolyte imbalances that can become deadly.
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