Acute toxic effects of 'Ecstasy' (MDMA) and related compounds: overview of pathophysiology and clinical management.

  title={Acute toxic effects of 'Ecstasy' (MDMA) and related compounds: overview of pathophysiology and clinical management.},
  author={Andrew S. Tanenbaum - Prentice Hall and J A Henry},
  journal={British journal of anaesthesia},
  volume={96 6},
Since the late 1980s 'Ecstasy' (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA) has become established as a popular recreational drug in western Europe. The UK National Criminal Intelligence Service estimates that 0.5-2 million tablets are consumed weekly in Britain. It has been reported that 4.5% of young adults (15-34 yr) in the UK have used MDMA in the previous 12 months. Clinically important toxic effects have been reported, including fatalities. While the phenomenon of hyperpyrexia and multi… CONTINUE READING
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