Long Term Effects of Using Ecstasy

Ecstasy is a drug that is commonly taken at parties in pill form because it promotes relaxation and a euphoric mood. Initially, people started taking the drug for weight loss purposes, since Ecstasy (also called MDMA) suppresses the appetite. MDMA users report that the drug makes them feel closer to others and helps them to live in the moment. Ecstasy usually wears off in two or three hours, so many people don’t think that it has long term, harmful effects on the body. However, there are several reasons why taking ecstasy is a bad idea—particularly in the long run.

Many studies suggest that one of the long term symptoms of ecstasy use could be brain damage. This is due to the fact that the neurotransmitters the emit serotonin into the body are damaged by ecstasy. Serotonin is a chemical that facilitates relaxation and pleasure. Once the transmitters in the brain the produce this chemical are damaged, ecstasy users are more likely to develop anxiety disorders and depression, especially after long-term use. This may also occur in individuals who used MDMA for long periods of time, and have been off the drugs for months or years.

Ecstasy users are also more likely to become addicted to cigarettes. The dangers of becoming a smoker have been obvious for some years now, and include an increased risk of lung, liver and throat cancer. When those who use ecstasy are coming down from their high, they are likely to clench their jaws repeatedly and forcefully. In order to avoid muscle and joint discomfort in the jaw and to combat this side effect, many ecstasy users will turn to smoking.

Liver and kidney failure is also a possible result of using ecstasy for an extended period of time. The drug will compromise your immune system, and changes the way that your body functions and circulates blood. This means that your internal organs may not always get the nutrients necessary to fulfill their role in your health. A high fever, extreme fatigue and blurry vision could be symptoms of these conditions. An extremely slow or rapid heart rate could be a sign that these internal organs are failing as well—medical attention is needed right away in these instances.

If you know someone who is using ecstasy, or if you want to know how you can safely detox from the drug, visit your local drug treatment center. Stop a local clinic or hospital to discuss treatment options with a health care professional. Home drug testing kits are often a discreet and confidential way to confirm or refute that drug abuse is occurring.


One Response to “Long Term Effects of Using Ecstasy”

  1. Dmitriy | July 13, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    @toomaszobel i agree whenever i have taken ecsacty the only reason i want to take it again is cause i want to feel that way. not because my body needs it to feel good. its because my mind wants it, not because if i dont do it to feel good im going to throw up and get the cold sweats and be depressed etc. etc., like something addicitive would do. the feds are just trying to save us from ourselves, but they are to stupid to realize that they dont know whats good for our country let alone its peopl

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