ECSTASY

Ecstasy facts at a glance

The signs and symptoms of using ecstasy can include:

  • Increased blood pressure and pulse rate
  • Dilated pupils
  • Raised body temperature
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaw clenching
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Confusion
  • Teeth grinding
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Panic
  • Visual distortions

The consequences of using ecstasy may include:

  • Chronic sleep problems
  • Cracked teeth through grinding
  • High blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased emotional control
  • Lethargy
  • Severe depression
  • Memory impairment
  • Nerve cell damage
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Death from heart failure
  • Rhabdomyolysis – overheating to the point of organs liquefying

Ecstasy or methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) – printable fact sheet (PDF 83 KB)

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This page was last reviewed in March 2014.