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27 Jan 2003

Ecstasy tablets & libido
My husband recently took an ecstasy tablet for the first time, when we tried to make love he could not maintain an erection, he said that although ecstasy gives you all wonderful thoughts & feelings it does prevent one from performing properly - is this true?

Would appreciate any advice
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01 Jan 0001

Ecstasy (N-methyl-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine or MDMA), a hallucinogenic amphetamine, is a recreational drug that's widely used in many countries. Limited research exists about the nature of effects, with nothing about "violent illness" for first-time use. First-time heroin use, however, often produces acute sickness, and perhaps your "urban legend" evolved from there. This does not mean that sickness cannot result from initial use of Ecstasy or any other drug. Dosage, preexisting health conditions, and drug combinations (including alcohol and prescription drugs) can all adversely impact one's drug experiences. FYI, the effects of one dose of "X" (usually taken in pill form) lasts for four to six hours.

Ecstasy is popular as a companion at parties and nightclubs because it produces a combination of heightened arousal, mellowing effects, and enhanced self- and group-consciousness. The drug, illegal and considered to have no legitimate use by the government since 1985, when some users' problems with X made headlines, has been most associated with a rise in body temperature -- usually resulting in acute dehydration. This is important since dancing for hours without enough breaks and water is pretty common while on X.

Studies have shown that ecstasy uses serotonin, a chemical in your brain that affects your moods, so that after the initial high, you may feel tired, depressed, or moody. Your body will eventually produce more serotonin, but it may take some time to get it back to normal levels. So, after a weekend of heavy partying, you may have trouble getting it up and keeping it up, or going to work, and, once there, you may be irritable. (True for many non-Xers, too.)

Heavy use has been linked to speed-like symptoms of paranoia, and in some cases, liver damage and heart attacks. Although research has not yielded evidence of Ecstasy-induced brain damage in humans, heavy administration of the drug has produced neurological damage in rats and monkeys.
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