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Neurological and Psychopathological Sequelae Associated With a Lifetime Intake of 40,000 Ecstasy Tablets

Psychosomatics , Volume 47 (1): 86 – Feb 1, 2006

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Acad Psychosom Med
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Copyright © 2006 Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. All rights reserved.
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0033-3182
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10.1176/appi.psy.47.1.86
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Neurological and Psychopathological Sequelae Associated With a Lifetime Intake of 40,000 Ecstasy Tablets

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TO THE EDITOR: The medical and psychopathological consequences of both acute and chronic "ecstasy" (MDMA, MDA, and derivatives) consumption have been extensively described, but little is known with respect to the relationship between both severity and persistence of these disturbances and lifetime number of ecstasy tablets ingested. At-risk MDMA intake seems to be related to long-term functional dysregulation in 5-HT2 pathways, resulting in altered regulation of mood, impulse control, and memory.1,2 Ecstasy consumption has spread since the late ‘80s, and the reduction in price observed over the last few years has possibly increased access to the drug. Clinicians are now meeting with a generation of patients who have been exposed to the drug for more than a decade. In this report, we describe both the transient and persisting sequelae associated with an unusual amount of ecstasy consumption. Case Report Mr. A, 37 years old, used ecstasy between the ages of 21 and 30. For the first 2 years, he took 5 tablets every weekend, escalating to an average daily use of 3.5 tablets for the next 3 years, and further escalation to an average of 25 tablets daily over the next 4 years. An estimate of lifetime consumption
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