Navigation Links
Ecstasy Users at Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea
Date:12/2/2009

The longer the drug used, the greater the sleep disturbances, study finds

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The widely used club drug ecstasy appears to increase the risk of sleep apnea, say U.S. researchers.

"People who use ecstasy need to know that this drug damages the brain and can cause immediate and dangerous problems such as sleep apnea," study author Dr. Una McCann, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a news release.

McCann and colleagues conducted sleep tests on 71 people who'd used ecstasy (MDMA) and 62 people who'd never used the illegal drug. Ecstasy users had a more than eight-fold increased risk of sleep apnea compared to non-users. Mild sleep apnea rates were similar in both groups (21 percent of ecstasy users and 27 percent of non-users), but only ecstasy users had moderate (13 percent) or severe (1 percent) sleep apnea.

The longer a person used ecstasy, the more sleep apnea episodes they experienced, said the researchers. They also found that ecstasy use was a greater risk factor for sleep apnea than obesity.

"Our findings may be explained by how ecstasy damages neurons related to serotonin, a chemical in the brain that is involved in sleep regulation and breathing, among other important functions," McCann said. "Sleep apnea in itself is dangerous, but it can also contribute to thinking problems in people who use ecstasy because chronic sleep disruption is known to have a negative effect on how a person functions during the daytime."

The study is published in the Dec. 2 online issue of the journal Neurology.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about ecstasy.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, news release, Dec. 2, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Ecstasy could help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder
2. HCV and HBV spreading more slowly among injection drug users in San Francisco
3. New Study of Aspartame Research Reaffirms Safety, Even Among Heaviest Users
4. Slowed Brain-Activity in Frequent Mobile Phone Users
5. Genes Might Predispose Antidepressant Users to Suicidal Thoughts
6. Defib Wire Warning Shouldnt Worry Most Users: Experts
7. National Magazine Ranks Highmark 62nd Among Nations 500 Most Innovative Users of Information Technology
8. IMG Announces an Affordable Full Screen Software Magnifier for Home and Business Users
9. National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund Introduces New Tool to Outsmart Abusers and Stalkers in Todays High-Tech World
10. Former substance abusers rarely relapse after organ transplantation
11. One Million PLAYSTATION(R)3 Users Participate in Folding@home Research Project
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... related services to families and business owners across eastern Michigan, is connecting with ... families struggling with financial difficulties. , The Oxford/Orion FISH Food Pantry works to ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Northridge ... now offering treatments for sleep apnea and TMJ at their office. TMJ, or ... , specifically the obstructive type, is increasingly being treated at dental offices with ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Gastro Health (“GH”) ... prep patients for colonoscopy at the HyGIeaCare® Center that is to be located ... , The HyGIeaCare® Prep, cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... “End Time GPS”: ... salient events will interrelate. “End Time GPS” is the creation of published author, ... expert while working on military munitions and space-vehicle projects. Now, at age ninety-one, he ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... In 2016 the ... estimates that there could be four million Zika-related cases in the Americas within the ... numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to an estimated 329,000. Yet, Zika, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... YORK , March 24, 2017   ... leading organization within medical affairs in the pharmaceutical ... as the chair of a newly formed scientific ... board members to form the first ever medical ... For more information about the ACMA, please ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... their offering. ... pipeline is very strong with a total of 97 drug candidates. Pharma ... Sanofi are involved in the development of the IPF therapeutics. The IPF ... III stage, 15 are in Phase II stage, 12 are in Phase ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Today Stock-Callers.com have issued research reports ... Inc. (NASDAQ: NVCN), Hologic Inc. (NASDAQ: HOLX), Edwards Lifesciences Corp. ... ). These companies are part of the Healthcare sector, which ... 23 rd , 2017, with the NYSE Health Care Index ... companies in the S&P 500 were down about 0.4% as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: