MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly)

What is it?
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What is MDMA?

MDMA is a type of stimulant that can change the way things seem to look, sound, feel or smell. MDMA is sold as a street drug under a number of names, most commonly ecstasy and more recently, molly.

Ecstasy is usually a tablet that contains MDMA, often with other ingredients mixed in. These ingredients are usually other stimulants or hallucinogens, such as methamphetamine or MDA (methylendioxyamphetamine). There is no way to be sure what is in ecstasy.

Molly is usually a powder or crystals. It is widely believed to be pure MDMA, but there is no way to be sure. It may be a similar drug and there may be other drugs mixed in.

What are the symptoms of using MDMA?

Someone who takes MDMA may have more energy, self-confidence or desire for touch. Negative effects can include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Teeth-clenching
  • Fast heartbeat
  • High body temperature (can be severe)
  • Uncontrolled body movements
  • Hallucinations (seeing things that are not there)
  • Damage to the brain, muscles or kidneys
  • Seizures or a heart attack

Some of these symptoms can be life-threatening.

Long-term use of MDMA may change the way the brain works and make it difficult to feel pleasure or remember things.

Someone who stops taking MDMA may have withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

This can happen the next day after just one use, or it can be a longer-term problem with repeated use.

What should I do if someone has used MDMA?

If someone has taken MDMA, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511. We can also answer other questions you have about MDMA.

If someone has passed out or is not breathing, call 911 right away.

Last Updated: Monday May 16th 2016