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Ecstasy is taken orally as a capsule or tablet. It is man-made and chemically similar to stimulants and hallucinogens.

Taking ecstasy causes chemical changes in the brain that affect your mood, appetite and sleep.

  • Taking ecstasy may cause muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, faintness, chills or sweating, confusion, depression, sleep problems, and severe anxiety for days or weeks after.

  • Ecstasy is linked to long-term damage to neurons that are involved in mood, thinking and judgment. Ecstasy can make it difficult for your body to control its temperature, causing hyperthermia, leading to liver, kidney and heart failure. Although this is a rare event, it is also unpredictable.

  • Common street names: X, E, XTC, beans, adams



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