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Ecstasy detox timeline: How long to detox from ecstasy?

Have you grown accustomed to the effects of MDMA? Should you find yourself answering: “Yes”, you may want to consider detoxing your body from the drug toxins found in ecstasy.

More here on what to expect as your body gets rid of ecstacy. We review how long ecstasy detox typically lasts and what can be expected during and after the process. At the end, we invite your questions and comments about ecstasy detox. In fact, we try to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal reply.

Ecstasy detox duration and length

It takes between 2-4 days for the body to get rid of toxins found in ecstasy. MDMA, or 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine is a psychoactive drug of the amphetamine class of drugs and can cause both physical and psychological dependence. However, the time it takes for the withdrawal symptoms to subside is variable.

Withdrawal? From ecstasy?

Technically, anytime that you take ecstasy, the buzz-kill you feel afterward is a kind of withdrawal. The duration of ecstasy withdrawal symptoms will depend upon a number of factors including:

  • the person’s level of use
  • how long s/he has been abusing ecstasy
  • if s/he has been taking other drugs along with ecstasy

If you or someone you know have been taking ecstasy but do not feel like quitting yet, we encourage you to learn more about what MDMA does to your brain and body. Even though ecstasy is usually out of the system within few days, there is a possibility for protracted withdrawal symptoms last for many months after cessation.

Ecstasy detox timeline and schedule

0 – 72 hours of ecstasy detox

Acute ecstasy detox is usually completed within the first 72 hours, making this period a critical one for relapse. During detox, the individual experiences a number of withdrawal symptoms since the body reacts to the absence of the drug. The most common ecstasy detox symptoms that can occur when the drug withdraws from the system are:

  • constipation
  • dehydration
  • diarrhea
  • general fatigue
  • physical exhaustion

Heavy users will experience these symptoms much more intensely and often reach for ecstasy at this point so as to avoid the discomfort. It is of crucial importance to rest and stay hydrated during the first 72 hours.

Weeks 1-2 of ecstasy detox

Once the toxins are out of the system, the physical symptoms are considerably reduced, however the individual may start to have depressive thoughts, hard time to concentrate, lose appetite, feel anxious and confused, lack motivation etc. This especially applies to heavy and long-term users, while occasional ones may not feel any of the above-mentioned.

Some of these symptoms could trigger relapse making it important to stay surrounded with close and sober people and/or seek counseling. Avoiding people who take ecstasy and places where it is being taken is a must.

Weeks 3-4 of ecstasy detox

While the physical symptoms of ecstasy dependence usually subside quickly, it is still important to stay at a safe environment among sober people and avoid situations that could trigger cravings  for ecstasy. A person who has been addicted to the effects of ecstasy may fall into the trap of relapse, especially if they encounter stressful situations.

Counseling is often very helpful for heavy users in easing the process of quitting and modifying their behavior by teaching them techniques to deal with cravings. It is likely that people with addictive personalities reach for other chemical substances or alcohol, making it crucial to stay at a safe environment.

How long to detox from ecstasy?

While physical stability can be reached within a short period of time, it takes longer for the psychological withdrawal symptoms to subside if you find that you’re having problems with MDMA, sometimes persisting for weeks and months after cessation.

One of the most common protracted withdrawal symptoms is the compulsion to use ecstasy again. This can happen when a stressful situation arises or during a party when someone offers a pill, even though the person is being clear for some time. Being more of a mentally than a physically addictive drug, some users may need cognitive-behavioral therapy to help them overcome obsessive thinking about ecstasy.

Ecstasy detox scheduling questions

While many would claim that there is no possibility to develop an addiction to ecstasy, the habit to compulsively use ecstasy can certainly make one dependent on the drug effect. And while symptoms of withdrawal tend to be mild (compared to other narcotics)…they do exist.

Do you have any questions about scheduling an ecstasy detox? Have you perhaps experiences to share about detoxing from ecstasy and would like to add something? Write us in the comment section below and we try will get back to you ASAP. In fact, we try to respond to all legitimate questions or concerns or will refer you to someone who can help.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Persistent Psychosis After a Single Ingestion of “Ecstasy” (MDMA)
NIDA: Ecstasy MDMA Info Fact Sheet
NIDA for Teens: MDMA
NIH: Drugs Facts about MDMA
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Friday, January 20th, 2017

I have a question for one of my best friends she snorted 8 ecstasy pills well she did it with others she said they did lines and that she bought them off of someone on the street and she weigh 364 pounds & her height is 5'7 she wants to know how can she clear her system from this ? & how long does it stay in your system ?
Lydia @ Addiction Blog
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Hi Kayla. Generally, ecstasy can be detected in urine up to 2 days after you take it. But, the detection frame is longer for heavy users. Here's an article on the topic: Moreover, if you or your friend want to learn more about drug testing, I suggest that you download our free e-book:
Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Personally speaking ecstacy withdraw is probably the worst experience I've ever encountered in my entire life, I've used marijuana pretty much since I was 12 and I'm 25 now. About 1 month and 2 weeks ago I was abusing ecstacy pills but little did I know what effects would come along after my body no longer had the drug in my system. I started to notice a discomfort in my left side of my chest along with stiffness in my left arm all together. From there the depressions, fatigue, suicidal tendencies and lack of appetite came. It felt like the worst time of hell on earth. It got to the point even a few puffs of marijuana started to make me really paranoid and my heart palpatations came more often (heart palpatations came after coming off ecstacy in into withdrawal phase). It's hard to tell how long the drug can stay in your system I guess It all depends on how long the persons been using is also how long you'll be facing with these or other symptoms. I went to the ER because my heart felt like it was pounding out my chest and I felt like at any moments I was going to have some sort of heart attack or seizure of some sort along with passing out, again the worst feeling on earth. I was diagnosed by the doctor with heart palpatations which at anytime would come and go, I tried finding way to combat this because it was just the worst feeling to deal with threwout the day and made me feel like I was gonna die. I took fish oil pills to regulate my heart and calm my depressions way down along side drinking warm water with squeezed lemon in it to flush my system out of all toxicity it was enduring. About 3 weeks from went I stopped is when I first started noticing the problems, at first it was my chest and arm and continued for some time then eventually the arm tightness went away but the heart stiffness still remained somewhat until I took the fish oil pills. My recommendation is stay of that garbage forever it's very disturbing drug and has the worst feels to it i ever encountered and if it's your first time and if you think of using DONT! Rather be heathy than suffer like I did and believe me it's one ride you don't want to get on. So if your reading this take it from someone who's gone threw this misery and just find something else to do to have fun. Take care and always be safe not all drugs are what people say they are anymore and more and more are cut with more deadly elements.
Lydia @ Addiction Blog
Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Thank you for sharing, Alfredo. Hope your message will help our readers...
Saturday, July 8th, 2017

The informatiom and tool provided was most definitely helpful! I admit to using for many years (off n on) however in the past several years I've been using more so now than ever, definitely for the past 3-4 years it has gotten worse... I use up the 3 in one day (smh) -- when I'm done with my little stash, I'll take a short break for maybe 24-48hrs then I'm back at it again. I am 35yrs old, I know using recreational drug is wrong on so many levels. I want to quit and I know that I can, it's just harder than I expected. My fiancé and I would like to one day have a baby. We are sexually active w/no contraceptives and I have not gotten pregnant yet... I already have two girls and In the back of my mind I felt strongly that using could possibly be the problem :( and since we both have children from our previous marriages, the question of can we is not even a thought. I am also experiencing other symptoms such as; spinal back pain, my nerves in my arms and legs gives sharp pain, my memory is not as sharp as it once was and most importantly I feel sharp/sudden pain in my chest. It's all bad I know and still I do it, I can admit to being weak however I want to quit! Now basically after writing a book of myself :) It is important for me to now know if I can have a baby since I've been using close to (10)yrs (3) of it me being a heavy user, do you think I'm not fertile and besides quitting is there anything else's that can help me while in the process?!? Please Help!
Lydia @ Addiction Blog
Friday, July 21st, 2017

Hi Rose. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.
Saturday, August 19th, 2017

My son has taken MD and a mix of alcoholic drinks 48hrs ago and has since developed a red itchy urticaria all over his body What do you recommend He is up and functioning, has poor appetite and is thirsty But it's the rash that is different from normal?
Lydia @ Addiction Blog
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Hi Paula. You son may want to consult with a doctor about his rash.
Big dump
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

These drugs are no joke ive been shooting mdma and heroin the past month every day and ive been doing heroin for a pinched nerve for 5 years ive gotten clean for a few months here and there but the pain comes back within a few weeks and im back on the dope. Extasy and mdma is just as bad you may not get as sick when u quit but youll really feal like your dying and you'll want to kill yourself the depression is a bitch get to a detox if u wamt to quit dont try to do it on your own a detox place will make you much more comfortable than u can ever get on your own. After detox they should be able to help you get into a long term counciling program. And thats going to be your best bet to stay off that horrible shit
Big dump
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Ive never heard of a rash from mdma its probably cut with something he may be allergic to try benadryl see if that helps if not maybe its just like a fugus or ring worm type deal. When your on mdma u don't care where u hang out who u sleep with or how dirty the place u are is so make sure its not like an impentego type thing or staff infection find out if hes been iving /shooting up that could even be part of the problem
Sunday, December 31st, 2017

I have recently went to a music festival and went on a 2 day binge and consumed around 2.5-3.5 grams of mdma and a few days later I was laying in bed and I started to get brain zaps and they are very uncomfortable and prevent me of sleeping . The day after I started having minor brain zaps every 10 seconds and my left arm started to twitch a lot throughout the zaps , I was wondering what these electric sensations in my head are and hiw they can be treated ?
Addiction Blog
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Hello Ryan. You may need a medical opinion. Have you consulted with your family doctor about the sensations yet? Full disclosure may be best.