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Many people have experienced the following effects soon after taking Ecstasy:
Increased heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure
Jaw clenching, teeth grinding
Feelings of well -being
Feelings of closeness to others(hence the term 'love drug')
Loss of appetite
Distorted perception ('visuals').
These effects usually begin within 20 minutes of taking the drug and may last up to six hours.
No drug is ever 100% safe for all people in all situations, and some people who have taken Ecstasy have died. It is thought that Ecstasy can directly cause death in three ways:
The stimulant effect: resulting in heart attack or brain haemorrhage.
Overheating: the combination of taking Ecstasy and dancing in hot, humid venues such as dance parties increases the risk of death by overheating (hyperthermia).
Drinking too much: it is important not to drink too much water, all at once. Several deaths have occurred from cerebral oedema - where the person's brain swells from the excess fluid intake and goes into a coma.