MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). MDMA was initially a common nightlife drug, but it affects a broader range of people.
MDMA increases the activity of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin- three neurotransmitters that play a role in increasing energy, activating the reward centre in your brain, increasing blood pressure and heart rate and triggering hormones that affect arousal and trust.
There are several risks associated with taking MDMA. In a recent article, Professor Nicola Lee from the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University outlines the potential adverse effects of taking MDMA.
Most of the risk factors don’t result in death if they are treated early, but it is essential that people seek help if they are in any way concerned about unusual or unwanted symptoms.