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Signs and Symptoms of Ecstasy Addiction & Side Effects of Molly/MDMA

In addition to the desired Ecstasy effects of euphoria, disinhibition, increased energy and altered perceptions of light and sound, many negative side effects of Molly can occur. They typically last three to six hours, although residual effects can linger for a week or longer. Many users take a second dose as the effects of the first dose begin to fade. Some people take MDMA in combination with other drugs such as alcohol or marijuana, which may in part be responsible for some of the symptoms. Following moderate use of the drug, a person may experience a wide array of symptoms over the course of one week.1,2,3

Signs of Ecstasy Use

  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Impulsiveness
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Hyperthermia (rise in body temperature)
  • Involuntary teeth-clenching
  • Sleep disruption
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle aches or cramping
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Arrhythmia
  • Lack of or decreased appetite
  • Severe dehydration
  • Cognitive, memory and attention impairment
  • False feelings of affection or love
  • Decreased interest in and pleasure from sex1,2,3

Long-Term Side Effects

  • Brain damage affecting the thought process
  • Memory loss
  • Damage to parts of the brain regulating learning, sleep and emotion
  • Degenerated nerve branches and nerve endings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Liver, kidney and heart failure
  • Convulsions
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Death1,2,3

Ecstasy Overdose Signs

  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling faint or fainting
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness2

Dangers of Ecstasy Impurities

Ecstasy is usually taken as a capsule or tablet, although some people swallow it in liquid form or snort the powder. Hundreds of new designer drugs have emerged in recent years, some of which mimic the effects of Ecstasy. Many manufacturers use adulterants to save money without any concern for the consequences. In fact, some tablets, powders and liquids contain little to no MDMA, but instead are made with a mixture of highly dangerous substances. Liquid Ecstasy is often created from GHB, a nervous system depressant and substance found in drain cleaners, floor strippers and degreasing solvents.1,2,3 Because of these dangers, it’s important to seek treatment for ecstasy addiction right away. Other common adulterants include:

  • Cocaine
  • Bath salts
  • Rat poison
  • DXM
  • Atropine
  • PCP
  • 2-C(x)
  • Heroine
  • Methamphetamine
  • 4-MEC
  • Butylone
  • Methylone
  • MDPV3

Behavioral Signs of Ecstasy Abuse

  • Neglecting work, school or family responsibilities as a result of partying and using the drug
  • Taking more of the drug than intended
  • Spending increasingly more time trying to obtain the drug
  • Needing increasingly more time to recover from the drug’s side effects
  • Neglecting friendships in favor of developing new friendships with other users
  • Lying, cheating and stealing in connection with taking the drug or concealing use2
  1. MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly). National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Updated October 2016. Accessed January 12, 2017.
  2. Molly Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Molly Addiction. The Fix website. Published January 21, 2015. Accessed January 12, 2017.
  3. What is Ecstasy? Drug Free World website. Accessed January 12, 2017.
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