A synthetic, psychoactive drug that has similarities to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen
mescaline. MDMA is an abbreviation of the scientific name 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. For more
information, see the
MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse Research
Common Ways Taken
Adam, Clarity, Eve,
No commercial uses
Colorful tablets with
Lover's Speed, Peace,
capsules, powder, liquid
Possible Health Effects
Lowered inhibition; enhanced sensory perception; increased heart rate and blood pressure;
muscle tension; nausea; faintness; chills or sweating; sharp rise in body temperature leading
to kidney failure or death.
Long-lasting confusion, depression, problems with attention, memory, and sleep; increased
anxiety, impulsiveness; less interest in sex.
In Combination with
MDMA decreases some of alcohol’s effects. Alcohol can increase plasma concentrations of
MDMA, which may increase the risk of neurotoxic effects.
Fatigue, loss of appetite, depression, trouble concentrating.
There is conflicting evidence about whether MDMA is addictive. There are no FDA-approved
medications to treat MDMA addiction.
More research is needed to find out if behavioral therapies can be used to treat MDMA
National Institute on Drug Abuse
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