Ecstasy (MDMA) - Other Common Names: “E”, “X”, “XTC”
Ecstasy comes in tablet or capsule form. It is a synthetic drug that has stimulant and psychoactive properties. Its chemical make-up is similar to that of methamphetamine.
Ecstasy can cause increased euphoria, energy, and emotional warmth, as well as distortion in time perception and tactile experiences. It also causes nausea, chills, sweating, and muscle cramping. In high doses it can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature, which on rare occasions can lead to death.
Long term use can cause impaired memory and learning, hyperthermia, cardiac and liver toxicity, along with renal failure. It can also lead to malnutrition, skin disorders, ulcers and vitamin deficiencies. Panic, paranoia, hallucinations, and psychotic behavior are also associated with heavy use.