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How does Ecstasy (MDMA) affect my health?

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) can affect your health by causing the following:

  • confusion
  • depression and severe anxiety
  • sleep problems
  • drug craving
  • increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • involuntary teeth clenching
  • nausea
  • blurred vision
  • faintness
  • chills or sweating

In high doses, MDMA can interfere with the body's ability to regulate temperature. Rarely, this can lead to a sharp increase in body temperature, which can result in liver, kidney and cardiovascular system failure or even death.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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