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Will I Have a Seizure if I Take MDMA Without Drinking?

Published: December 19, 2013
Dear Will I Have a Seizure if I Take MDMA Without Drinking?,
in the past i had mixed a very strong upper with alcohol being a downer. I have a seizure from the chemical reaction. i got tested incase and i am NOT epileptic. will i have a seizure if i take MDMA without drinking for a concert i am going to?

Dear Will I Have a Seizure if I Take MDMA Without Drinking?,

For our readers who don’t know, MDMA is short for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. MDMA is an illegal drug that can act like a stimulant and a psychedelic. Common slang terms used for this drug are “Ecstasy,” “E,” and “molly.”

As for your specific question, it is possible to have a seizure from taking MDMA, even if it is not combined with alcohol or any other drugs. Seizures are one of many risks associated with MDMA use. According to NIDA for Teens, risks associated with MDMA use can include the following:

  • MDMA is a synthetic drug, meaning that it’s made of chemicals. It comes in colorful pills, tablets, or capsules that sometimes have cartoon-like images on them. Sometimes each pill, or batch of pills, can have different combinations of substances in the mix and cause unknown consequences.
  • People who use MDMA might feel very alert, or “hyper.” But MDMA can also cause muscle cramping, nausea, blurred vision, increased heart rate and blood pressure – and in rare cases, hyperthermia and even death.
  • Potential side effects of MDMA include feelings of sadness, anxiety, depression, and memory difficulties. These can last for several days to a week (or longer in people who use it regularly).
  • MDMA can be extremely dangerous in high doses (taking one high dose or taking multiple small doses within a short period of time) – increasing the risk of seizures and compromising the heart’s ability to maintain its normal rhythms. A study in animals showed that exposure to high doses of MDMA for 4 days produced brain damage that could still be seen 6-7 years later.
  • MDMA can be addictive for some people.

TeenHealthFX would like to elaborate on the first point made above since this is a critical issue with many different drugs. Keep in mind that there are no quality control measures in terms of guaranteeing the purity of various types of drugs, including MDMA. MDMA is usually made in illegal laboratories, basements and garages – and these tablets can easily be cut or mixed with other psychoactive substances. Substances found mixed with MDMA include heroin, ketamine, and ephedrine (herbal ecstasy). So when you take MDMA, you won’t know everything you’re taking.

TeenHealthFX can give you the general facts about the dangers associated with MDMA use. But what has FX really concerned is that you are considering using this drug (or any kind of drug for that matter) after seeing that your body reacted to drugs in such a serious and potentially dangerous way as having a seizure. FX is concerned why using drugs is so important to you, especially given how you were affected the last time you used. FX thinks it would be very helpful for you to reflect on why it is so important to use drugs knowing the harm that drugs can cause and have already caused, and to consider speaking to your parents, a school counselor, or a private therapist about your drug habits before anything else happens to you.

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.

You and your parents could also review NIDA’s information on Drug Abuse Treatment.