MDMA is an illegal drug that is both a stimulant and a psychedelic; MDMA produces a feeling of energy and enjoyment and distorts time and perception for a person. This illicit drug is known on the street as ecstasy or more commonly referred to today as “Molly”. MDMA is a tablet, which is typically ingested and once taken the user will begin to feel the effects fairly quickly. The euphoric-like feelings can usually last anywhere from 3 to 6 hours, in some cases it may cause you to take a second dose to continue that euphoric-like feeling. If you or your loved one has used MDMA you should be aware of the health effects it can cause. MDMA can be a very dangerous drug, the effects can be devastating and you or your loved one should seek help, as you are not alone in this.
Some Common Health Effects
Some of the effects of taking MDMA can be minor in nature and some people have little to no effects at all. Each person can be affected differently as with any drug.
- Feeling sick to your stomach
- Lack of an appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Onset of chills throughout your body
- Increased perspiration
- Teeth grinding and jaw clenching without even realizing you are doing it
- Muscle cramps throughout your body
- Sudden onset of blurry vision
Severe Health Effects of MDMA
Some of the effects of taking MDMA can be a bit more severe, even life threatening. Contributing to the effects would be the amount of the drug that is taken and whether or not it has been combined with any another drugs. The majority of these effects can be associated with an MDMA overdose and you should seek medical attention immediately.
- Rise in your body temperature, known as hyperthermia
- Dehydration which can also cause dry mouth
- Spike in blood pressure
- Cardiac arrest and heart failure
- Severe kidney failure
- Irregular heartbeat or arrhythmias
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Monitoring the Future study in 2013, 4 percent of 12th graders had used MDMA in the past year. These statistics have been increasing over time. This drug has become very popular among teens and is better known as a “club drug” due to the energy and happy state MDMA causes once taken. Consistent or repeated use of this drug will take its toll on a person’s body. It is very important that a person who has become addicted to this drug receive counseling and therapy to recover from this addiction. While counseling and therapy are key to the recovery, you may also benefit from a prescribed drug that has the ability to restore the chemical composition in your brain. With the combined therapies you will begin to recover and restore your health prior to the use of MDMA.