Ecstasy Use: Diagnosis

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Ecstasy Use: Diagnosis
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Ecstasy use: evaluation

In order to clarify the use of ecstasy, physical examinations are carried out in addition to a conversation. The doctor informs himself about possible symptoms of addiction and asks questions about the use of other psychotropic substances or addictive substances as well as the family and social situation and much more. Mental illnesses and various concomitant illnesses are also taken into account. It is also relevant whether medical advice and withdrawal treatments have already taken place.


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Which examinations are carried out?

Laboratory tests (urine, blood) can be carried out to clarify whether you have used ecstasy (MDMA). For more information, see, for example, MDMA / Urine. Screening for other drugs (e.g. cannabis, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, etc.) can also be carried out. Various laboratory values ​​(such as blood and liver values, blood clotting) are also collected. Depending on the patient, further examinations (e.g. clarification of hepatitis, HIV serology) can be carried out. Cardiac and pulmonary diagnostics (e.g. EKG, lung function test, x-ray examinations and corresponding laboratory parameters, etc.) may be necessary. The examinations are based on the individual situation.Intensive care treatment may also be necessary in connection with ecstasy consumption.

Whom can I ask?

Contact persons are

  • outpatient addiction advice center
  • corresponding outpatient department / department of the hospital
  • General practitioner

Doctors from various disciplines (in particular with addiction medicine expertise such as psychiatry, general medicine) as well as psychotherapists, health psychologists and social workers are involved in the diagnosis and therapy process.

For adolescents, specialists in paediatrics and child and adolescent psychiatry can be contacted.

You can find specialized advice centers and outpatient and inpatient facilities in your area under Addiction Help Compass. Here you can find information on the addiction aid compass in sign language.

How are the costs going to be covered?

The costs for the medical examination to clarify the use of ecstasy or any symptoms of addiction are normally covered by the responsible social security agency.

The first point of contact are often specialized outpatient facilities that have concluded contracts with health insurance providers. The costs for these consultations are usually covered in full.

For information on the respective provisions, please contact your health insurance provider, which you can find on the social security website.

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