PMA

PMA/PMMA

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    Paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA) and paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA) are stimulants with hallucinogenic effects similar to MDMA, which is the main ingredient in ecstasy. In fact most people who take PMA or PMMA think they are taking ecstasy. However, drugs sold as ecstasy may not contain any MDMA. They can be a mix of amphetamines, PMA, PMMA, ketamine, NBOMe, methylone or other substances. This is potentially harmful as PMA and PMMA have more toxic effects (and are less euphoric) than MDMA. It also takes longer to feel these effects, so people may take another pill in the mistaken belief that the first has not worked, sometimes resulting in overdose.

  • Common Names

    Death

    Dr Death

    Pink Ecstasy

    Red Mitsubishi

    Killer

    Chicken Powder

    Chicken

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    How is it used?

    PMA and PMMA are usually swallowed and can be snorted or injected.

    PMA and PMMA have been around since the 1970s and have been associated with a number of deaths over the years worldwide.

Side Effects of PMA/PMMA

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    PMA & PMMA affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • A person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The strength of the drug (which can vary from batch to batch)

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    PMA & PMMA affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • A person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The strength of the drug (which can vary from batch to batch)

  • Effects may include:

    Feeling alert and excited

    Seeing colours and shapes

    Heightened senses (sight, hearing and touch)

    Dry mouth

    Teeth grinding

    Increased sweating

    Increased heart beat and blood pressure

    Difficulty breathing

    Irregular eye movements

    Muscle spasms

    Nausea

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    Effects may include:

    Feeling alert and excited

    Seeing colours and shapes

    Heightened senses (sight, hearing and touch)

    Dry mouth

    Teeth grinding

    Increased sweating

    Increased heart beat and blood pressure

    Difficulty breathing

    Irregular eye movements

    Muscle spasms

    Nausea

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    Long-term effects:

    The long-term effects of PMA and PMMA have not yet been established but health professionals believe they may have similar long-term effects to ecstasy.

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    Long-term effects:

    The long-term effects of PMA and PMMA have not yet been established but health professionals believe they may have similar long-term effects to ecstasy.

Taking PMA or PMMA with other drugs such as alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, cannabis and some prescription medications such as anti-depressants (SSRIs and MAOIs) can be potentially fatal.