Ecstasy and HIV meds
Nov 25, 2013
I recently started meds and was told by a friend not to take any MDMA because the drug can cause an overdose by stopping the metabolic process for MDMA. Is there any truth to this?
Response from Dr. Fawcett
Thanks for writing. Because certain HIV drugs, especially protease inhibitors, are metabolized by the same pathways as ecstasy, taking them simultaneously can result in elevated levels of ecstasy in the blood. This combination has resulted in at least one reported death.
I'd recommend speaking frankly with your physician about combining these drugs and be aware of mollies, which are reputed to be pure MDMA. Lab tests across the country are finding that they are often not ecstasy at all, but rather methamphetamine or mephedrone, the infamous "bath salts" we heard so much about last year.
Thanks for writing and be safe,
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