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MDMA Ecstasy: A Current Overview

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 3 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, is the drug of choice within the rave culture and it is a popular option at house parties, clubs, and festivals. It is an illegal drug that is often mixed with other substances, which increases its potentially harmful effects. MDMA is a stimulant that has psychedelic effects; a sense of euphoria and increased energy. However, over the long-term the drug may lead to fatigue and depression. Health clinicians need to be aware of the effects of MDMA use, and they need to be aware that MDMA users tend to use the drug in conjunction with other substances or alcohol. These combinations can heighten the short-term and long-term impact on users. On the other hand, research focused on whether MDMA has therapeutic benefits for certain cognitive disorders has been underway.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.          The History And Evolving Use Of MDM

1.   MDMA: Schedule I Substance

III.        Statistics On MDMA Use

IV.         MDMA Effect On Neurotransmitters

V.           Physical And Cognitive Effects Of MDMA Use

1.   MDMA’s Addictive Properties

2.   MDMA Use: Short-term Effects

3.   MDMA Use: Long-term Effects

4.   MDMA-induced Neurotoxicity

5.   Functional Decision-making and Substance Use

6.   Effects of MDMA on Memory

VI.         Combining MDMA With Other Substances

1.   MDMA Drug Interactions

2.   MDMA and Alcohol

3.   MDMA and Cocaine

4.   MDMA, Cocaine and Alcohol: A Lethal Combination

5.   MDMA and Caffeine

6.   MDMA and Cannabis/Sedatives

VII.      MDMA Toxicity Symptoms

1.   Emergency Room Encounters

VIII.    MDMA Substance Use Disorder Classifications

1.   National Center for Health Statistics

IX.         MDMA Use And Addiction Treatment

1.   Psychosocial Treatment

2.   Inpatient Hospitalization and Residential Treatment

3.   Outpatient Treatment

4.   A Vaccine for Drug Addiction

X.           MDMA’s Potential Use As A Therapeutic Agent

1.   Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

2.   MDMA Assisted Therapy for Autism

3.   Other Studies on MDMA’s Therapeutic Use

4.   MDMA: Federal Restrictions and Penalties

XI.         Summary


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