Analysis shows that many pills that are sold as XTC pills are really not
XTC at all. They don't contain MDMA, but for instance speed, MDEA or other
substances with even bigger risks. And also the dose is often very
different. MDEA has a more boosting effect than a hallucinogenic effect,
and has a shorter duration: 3-5 hours and therefore looks more like speed.
A user looking for a hallucinogenic effect is tempted more easily to take
a second or even a third MDEA pill, and thus is taking a great risk. A
person who uses XTC or any other stimulant experiences no fatigue, and can
dance for hours. When it is hot and humid and the user doesn't drink
enough water or soft drinks, the body can get overheated and dehydrate,
resulting in failure of certain muscles and organs such as kidneys.
Overheating is extremely dangerous and difficult to treat; a risk that can
be reduced by enough ventilation and cooling in clubs and discos. XTC
users turn out to be more sensitive to flu, cold and laryngitis; female
users are more susceptible to bladder infection or infections of the
urinary tract. Long-term use can cause depression, fear, panic reactions,
sleeping problems and impotence.
People with asthma, a weak heart, high blood pressure, diabetes or
epilepsy should definitely not use XTC. It can intensify depression, panic
attacks and psychosis. XTC combined with other substances like alcohol and
medicines is very risky. It makes the user overconfident and it can affect
the ability of co-ordination. Therefore, it can be very dangerous in
Last, but not least, XTC is a fairly new product and the long-term risks
are not yet known.