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Paramethoxyamphetamine (para-meth-oxy-am-fet-a-meen) also known as PMA, Pink McDonalds, Yellow Rockstar and Green Rolex is similar to MDMA (the active ingredient in ecstasy) although much stronger. Increasingly PMA is being found in tablets marketed as ecstasy and a number of people have been hospitalised in the UK after taking this drug.
The substance PMMA is closely related.
PMA is a strong psychedelic (trippy) stimulant (upper) drug which can make users feel alert, alive and full of energy. It also increases your heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. People using it can experience visual hallucinations and a feeling of closeness to others as well as muscle spasms, nausea and vomiting and a dangerous increase in body temperature.
It comes as a white, beige, pink or yellow powder but more recently is being found in pressed pills which are swallowed. These tablets are reported to be thicker than typical ecstasy tablets and are often referred to as ‘double stacked’. A typical dose for PMA is much smaller than for MDMA and the effects can hit you twice as hard. These doses should not be taken as recommendations.
What you Need to Know
If you choose to use PMA:
- Start with a quarter of a pill first and wait at least 2 hours before re-dosing. PMA is often sold as ecstasy but it is much stronger and effects take longer to come on. Users who think they are taking ecstasy may be tempted to re-dose sooner which can increase the risk of overdose
- PMA can cause dangerous overheating and dehydration. Take regular breaks from dancing to cool down and replace fluids by sipping water regularly (no more than 1 pint an hour). If you feel your temperature soaring seek help immediately
- Avoid mixing PMA with other drugs especially alcohol as users are more likely to experience dangerous negative effects
- Frequent or prolonged use of PMA can cause paranoia and depression
Class A drug. Penalties for possession are up to 7 years in prison and/or unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to life in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
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