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Ecstasy MDMA Category: StimulantsPsychedlics

Also called: E, disco biscuits, hug drug, mitsubishi, rolex, dolphins, XTC, yokes, love doves, MDMA, brownies, M and Ms, sweeties, tulips, X.

How it’s used

Ecstasy is a stimulant drug (‘upper’) that also produces mild hallucinogenic effects. Ecstasy tablets come in a variety of colours and shapes and often have a logo or design.

Short-term effects

Long-term effects

Other dangers

If you are pregnant

Do not use ecstasy if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby.


Not physically addictive but there is a risk of psychological addiction, when you feel you can’t enjoy yourself without it. You may build tolerance to it so you might have to keep taking more to get the same effect.


If you use regularly, you may feel tired and depressed when you withdraw from ecstasy.

How long does it stay in your system?

Ecstasy shows up in urine tests for 3-8 days. (The length of time depends on the test used, the amount you take, if you have other medical conditions and your own metabolism. Please use this figure as a guide only)

What help is available?

It is always safer not to use at all, but if you do,follow harm reduction information. See our MDMA campaign

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