MDMA (Ecstasy)

Signs and Symptoms of MDMA (Ecstasy)


Street Names: Molly, Club drug, Disco biscuits, E, Eve, Hug drug, Love drug, Lover’s speed, X, STP, XTC

Method of Use: Swallowed (capsule or tablet))

Inhaling a substance through nose or mouth (sometimes using a substance soaked rag, breathing fumes out of a bag or balloon containing the preferred substance, or inhaling directly from the can)

Symptoms/Effects of Use

  • Nausea
  • Chills, sweating
  • Teeth clenching
  • Muscle cramping
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased physical energy
  • Confusion
  • Heightened senses, mental stimulation
  • Emotional warmth (desire to be close to or touching others)
  • Enhanced sensory perception
  • Decrease in body’s ability to regulate temperature (can be deadly)
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Severe anxiety
  • Chronic use can lead to…
    • Liver damage
    • Learning disorders
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Memory impairment

What to Look For

  • Trance-like states
  • Intense focus on lights and sounds
  • Rapid eye movements
  • Chills/sweating
  • Severe anxiety/paranoia
  • Unusual displays of affection
  • Evidence of drug paraphernalia:
    • Pacifiers/lollipops (to guard against clenching teeth)
    • Candy necklaces/bags of small candy (used to hide pills)
    • Items such as: glow sticks, glowing jewelry, mentholated rub (used to over stimulate senses)

Withdrawals Symptoms (not clearly established)

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depressed feelings
  • Trouble concentrating

Note: Each person may experience different symptoms/effects. This list is not inclusive. For more information, visit