What is included in patient education about MDMA toxicity?

Updated: Dec 20, 2017
  • Author: In-Hei Hahn, MD, FACEP, FACMT; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Patient education is essential in communicating the short- and long-term risks of MDMA use. MDMA long has been misperceived as a safe drug with few adverse effects and a long duration of action. However, tolerance develops quickly, and users who respond by taking larger doses place themselves further at risk for complications of sympathetic hyperactivity leading to possible cardiac arrhythmias, hyperthermia, and hemodynamic instability.

Patients must also be informed of long-term psychiatric implications associated with regular use. Depression, anxiety, paranoia, and insomnia have been reported to last for years after cessation of MDMA use. In addition, studies have demonstrated impairment in concentration and memory associated with MDMA use.

For patient education information, see the First Aid and Injuries Center and Mental Health Center, as well as Club Drugs, Drug Dependence & Abuse, Substance Abuse, Poisoning, and Activated Charcoal.


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