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Drugs sold as MDMA (ecstasy) may not contain any methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA); they can be a mix of amphetamine, paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA), ketamine, NBOMe, synthetic cathinones or other substances.
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is an an empathogen, which means it increases an individual’s feeling of empathy and compassion towards others.
MDMA is commonly called and known as ecstasy. However, some pills sold as ecstasy may only have a small amount of MDMA or none at all. Other drugs and ‘fillers’ are often used instead. This makes it hard to know what reactions to expect after taking MDMA or if negative side effects will be experienced.
Ecstasy, Eckies, E, XTC, pills, pingers, bikkies, flippers, molly1
MDMA usually comes in a tablet form and is swallowed. The pills come in different colours and sizes and are often imprinted with a picture or symbol.1 It can also come as capsules, powder or crystal.
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug.
MDMA affects everyone differently, based on:
The effects of MDMA are usually felt about 20 minutes to an hour after it’s taken and last for around 6 hours.1
You may experience:
If you take a large amount or have a strong batch of MDMA, you may also experience:
In the days after MDMA use, you may experience:
Regular use of MDMA may cause:
The effects of taking MDMA with other drugs − including over-the-counter or prescribed medications − can be unpredictable and dangerous, and could cause:
MDMA + alcohol: increased risk of dehydration and consequently drinking too much water.4
MDMA + antidepressants: Drowsiness, clumsiness, restlessness and feeling drunk and dizzy.6
Giving up MDMA after using it for a long time is challenging because the body has to get used to functioning without it. Withdrawal symptoms should settle down after a week and will mostly disappear after a month. Symptoms include:
feeling connected, confidence, dehydration, dilated pupils, drinking extreme amounts of water, fast heart rate, feeling energetic, feeling happy, heat stroke, heightened senses, jaw clenching, nausea, pleasure rush, reduced appetite, teeth grinding.