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Ecstasy overuse medically unsafe

Ecstasy, or MDMA is a recreational drug used to achieve a sense of euphoria, wellbeing and decreased inhibitions, however studies are showing that regular use can depress the immune system, allowing an increased risk of infection. Ophthalmic shingles and meningitis are some of the rare diseases that generally plaque the immunocompromised and have been linked to ecstasy use. Other reported side effects of the drug include increases in blood pressure and heart rate, which can cause heart rhythm irregularities, kidney failure, fits and hemorrhages in the brain; and hyperthermia and anxiety attacks. Mental effects from ecstasy use are increased risk of developing impulsive behaviour, depression and anxiety.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Star

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About: Ecstasy overuse medically unsafe

Date: 14 September 2005

Source: The Star

URL: http://thestar.com.my/health/story.asp?file=/2005/9/14/health/12022999&sec=health

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