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What do comedowns from MDMA feel like, and how can you feel better?

Most people will experience some sort of comedown from MDMA. It usually starts 6–12 hours after taking it and can last for about 1–4 days. How bad the comedown is will depend on how much you took, whether you re-dosed and if you also took it with alcohol or other drugs.

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Experience a sore jaw or mouth

Have changes in appetite

Feel tired

Feel sweaty, very hot or very cold

Feel irritable or agitated

Lose interest in sex

Have difficulty sleeping

Have sore or blurry eyes

Have stomach-aches

Are easily distracted

Have difficulty concentrating

Have memory loss

Have mood swings

Have intense emotions

Feel nauseous

Feel anxious

Experience low mood

Try these things at home:

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Remember to eat and drink plenty of water.
  • Get moving to release feel-good brain chemicals.
  • Reach out and talk with friends and whānau for support 
  • Relax and do things that you enjoy to take your mind off not feeling well.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and other drugs.
  • Practise mindfulness and deep breathing, and try writing down your thoughts and feelings.

Experience ongoing insomnia

Have severe weakness in your body

Have trouble standing or moving

Feel paranoid

Are dissociating

Have severe nausea


Have tremors

Experience severe aggression or agitation

Experience severe anxiety

Have intense low mood

Have violent thoughts

Have suicidal thoughts

Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)

They can talk you through the next steps.


Have severe tremors

Are unable to control your body movements

Have trouble breathing

Have chest pain

Experience severe dissociation

Experience psychosis

Act violently

Lose consciousness

Attempt suicide

Call 111

These are signs that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.


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