Substance Abuse: Medical and Slang Terminology

Humera Hamid, BA; Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD; Keith Vandeveir, CADC

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):350-362. 

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MDMA (MDA, MDE, MMDA)

Slang terms

Love drug, ecstasy, XTC, adam, "E," doves, disco biscuits, echoes, hug drug, eccies, burgers, fantasy

Active ingredient

Various methoxylated amphetamines

Source

Synthetic

Pharmacological classification

Amphetamine-based hallucinogen

Medical use

Briefly used to augment psychotherapy

Abuse form

Tablets or capsules

Usage method

Taken orally

Effects sought

Same as LSD

Adverse effects

Neurotoxic, particularly to serotoninergic neurons

Detectable in urine

Yes

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