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Ecstasy and MDMA

What is the difference between Ecstasy and MDMA?


Ecstasy is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine and is commonly considered the street name for the drug MDMA. Most people believe that ecstasy is pure MDMA, but it is not; in fact MDMA is only one of the ingredient that is found in the tablets of ecstasy. Most ecstasy tablets sold contain a combination of ingredients that are PCP, amphetamines, MDMA, methamphetamines or ketamine. Apart from the aforementioned  ingredients, ecstasy tablets may also
contain chalk and glucose. Ecstasy is a very popular recreational drug among teens, young adults and people associated with the club scene.  Apart from taking Ecstasy orally, it can also be inhaled and injected. This drug is potent and dangerous, so those taking it should seek help from a drug rehab immediately.


MDMA is white crystalline in appearance and is an extremely potent psychoactive drug which when taken produces feelings of intimacy, euphoria, peacefulness and self confidence. MDMA is also an important ingredient in ecstasy tablets, however the amount of MDMA in these tablets vary from very high to very low.

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 What are the Warning Signs of Addiction?

Ecstasy is an extremely addictive drug that can cause serious health concerns for the user. The various warning signs of addiction include:

  • Feeling of depression and dysphoria
  • Higher tolerance to the drug – which means that users do not get the same high from the drug as before and feel the need to increase the dosage
  • Patient gets strong cravings for the drug which means they are likely to spend exorbitant amount of money to keep up with their addiction
  • Patient also suffer from feelings of phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Apart from physical dependence the drug also causes strong psychological dependence
  • Increased sweating, dehydration and muscle cramps

How Rehab will help your Ecstasy Addiction

Severe addiction of ecstasy can cause a lot of psychological and physical problems for the user. In fact a lot of serious patients have been reported to suffer from kidney or liver disease, muscle failure as well as cardiovascular failure. Apart from all this the patient also suffers from severe withdrawal symptoms when he stops taking the drug abruptly. That is why it is important that the patient enter a proper rehab program to deal with these withdrawal symptoms so that he does not go back to his old habits.

These rehab programs help the patient deal with the symptoms by helping him/her to wean off the drug in a controlled environment. They also guide the patient to a healthy lifestyle through guidance programs and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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