Kristin Swanson-Mace: Short- and Long-Term Effects of Ecstasy

Kristin Swanson-Mace is the president of the Law Offices of Kristin Swanson-Mace in Orlando, Florida, where she focuses on cases involving workers’ compensation. She is also committed to educating youth about the dangers of doing drugs, especially ecstasy.

Ecstasy is a stimulant and synthetic drug that comes in tablet form and is often branded with familiar logos. Like all drugs, ecstasy has some severely damaging side effects. Short-term effects include involuntary teeth clenching, blurred vision, nausea, chills, sweating, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. Many users take the pill for boosts in energy so they can dance at raves in hot and crowded conditions, which can lead to muscle breakdown, dehydration, or cardiovascular failure. After the drug’s influence has worn off, users may experience depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.

Less is known about the long-term effects of ecstasy but research suggests that continuous usage can affect memory. Additionally, many repeat users may damage the cells that produce serotonin, the chemical that regulates mood, appetite, and pain.