What is MDMA?
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is an empathogen, which means it increases an individual’s feeling of empathy and compassion towards others.

MDMA is commonly known as ecstasy.1 However, some pills sold as ecstasy may only have a small amount of MDMA or none at all. Other drugs and ‘fillers’ are often used instead. This makes it hard to know what reactions to expect after taking MDMA or if negative side effects will be experienced.

Other names

Ecstasy, caps, Eckies, E, XTC, pills, pingers, bikkies, flippers, molly, M&M1.

The effects of MDMA are usually felt about 20 minutes to an hour after it’s taken and last for around 3-4 hours.1, 2 The height of this experience is sometimes known as ‘peaking’.1

You may experience:

feeling energetic and confident
Dilated (enlarged) pupils
jaw clenching and teeth grinding
heightened senses (sight, hearing and touch)
excessive sweating and skin tingles
muscle aches and pains
reduced appetite
fast heartbeat
increased blood pressure
heat stroke
drinking extreme amounts of water

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