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The immediate effect of ecstasy is a feeling of euphoria. Users get a sense of well-being, invincibility and connection to others with ecstasy. Along with increased stamina, energy and alertness that are effects of most stimulant drugs, ecstasy is best known and used because of the connectivity and general sense of happiness users attribute to this drug.
Attempts at medicinal use of ecstasy are primarily due to enhanced well-being experienced by users. Believed to have possible therapeutic properties, mood enhancement medications are used frequently to treat depression and those with trauma experiences, known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Its negative side effects of ecstasy make it an unlikely candidate for treatment of mood disorders or to enhance a patient’s sense of well-being.
Recreational use of XTC became popular during the advent of dance/musical events called raves. Because of the impact of special lighting and music, E promotes emotional attachment for users to the events. They report a sense of belonging to the music, the lighting, the environment and the people at the event. Users have increased energy, allowing them to participate in raves for hours on end without becoming physically depleted. The drug induces strong sense of community, many times not otherwise present for the mostly young population attending these events.
Side Effects of Ex
Problems occur at raves when the participants become too dehydrated by the physical activity and the increased strain on their hearts and respiratory systems. This increased strain can cause strokes and cardiac arrest.
Dependence on ecstasy is similar to that of other drugs classified as stimulant medications. Users begin to require higher doses to obtain the same effects. This can begin the cycle of addiction for those users who continue to take ecstasy.
Hyperthermia, caused by severe dehydration, can do serious and life-threatening damage to the heart and kidneys of the user. Many users smoke heavily when under the influence of stimulants such as ecstasy. They will, therefore, increase risk for respiratory damage on top of damage from the drug. This includes cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx and lungs. Difficulty in breathing may occur.
Increased body temperature also increases risk for seizures, which have been known to be fatal.
Permanent Effects of Ecstasy
Physical damage done to the kidneys of ecstasy users can be permanent. High risk for heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure may continue to plague users long after they stop taking Ecstasy. Recovering from this damage may not be possible for some who abuse ecstasy even one time.
Permanent damage can be found in the teeth and gums of users. They may suck on their teeth, grind their teeth, or use pacifiers to suck on during ecstasy use. This dries out the tissues of the mouth, causing cavities, broken teeth and gum disease. Many users have the same dental problems seen with other stimulant drug abuse.
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