Problems using Ecstasy
With ecstasy, you never know exactly what you are getting. Some people have died from taking a different drug called PMA being sold as ecstasy. People who take PMA thinking they are taking two ecstasy pills could actually be taking an extremely dangerous dose of PMA.
If you take ecstasy or MDMA in a warm place, like a dance party or club, it’s really easy to get dehydrated, especially if you are drinking alcohol. But it can also be dangerous to drink too much water while you’re on ecstasy because of what it does to your body. If you drink too much water, your body’s salt balance can get thrown off. It’s safest to sip about two glasses of water, or another non-alcoholic drink, for every hour you are on the drug.
Because it’s easy to lose track of time on ecstasy, you might not realize that you are very tired and need to rest, especially if you are dancing at a nightclub or a rave. Your body could heat up to levels that could cause your organs to fail, or breakdown and eventually your heart could stop. This is called hyperthermia.
In the days after taking ecstasy, many people feel a strong hangover type of depression that can last for days. You might feel really tired, antisocial and slow and get upset easily. You might also feel dizzy or lightheaded and have diarrhea or constipation. Many people also don’t feel like eating anything.
The risks of taking ecstasy are worse if you have heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy, liver problems, hypertension, panic attacks or any sort of mental illness.
Over the long-term, you may find it harder to learn new things and to remember. You will also be more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, sleep problems, or even a total loss of touch with reality (psychosis). Taking ecstasy is hard on your body and is likely to cause organ damage long-term. Kidney failure and heart disease can be linked back to using this drug.