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Answered - how long does ecstasy stay in your system?

Discussion in 'Drug testing Questions' started by sidebrake, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. sidebrake

    sidebrake Newbie

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    swim's girl is not sure if she should drop because of a future drug test, so the question is how long does X stay in your system?
     
  2. RaverHippie

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    Re: how long does ecstasy stay in your system

    Mostly gone within 24 hours completely gone within 5 days. Will test positive for amphetamines or methamphetamines even if not tested directly for MDMA.
     
  3. moda00

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    Re: how long does ecstasy stay in your system

    I've wondered about this and heard mixed results. MDMA is not amphetamine or methamphetamine, but does have the chemical structure as a part of it via substitution or whatnot ie. "methylenedioxymethamphetamine" righty (not a chemist)? So would it only come up in this manner if the MDMA pill or powder was cut with something else (like an actual amp/methamp, which would clearly show up as such) or is this just one of the chemical products that results and is detectable in the body even if one only ingests pure mdma??
     
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    Re: how long does ecstasy stay in your system

    I checked erowid for the information and they states that urine tests don't check for MDMA directly but some hair tests do include MDMA as one of the options. This is taken from here


    Though MDMA is not specifically tested for in the standard 'NIDA-5" drug tests, it is chemically closely enough related to amphetamines that recent MDMA users will test positive in both amphetamines (a common test) and methamphetamines (a somewhat newer and less common test). Because of this, the detection periods for MDMA are going to be very similar to those for amphetamines. Another important point is that many tablets of street ecstasy are not pure MDMA and frequently includes amphetamines (and may also contain DXM, caffeine, MDA, MDE, ephedrine etc).


    The argument you made for the impurity of E tablets also extended the timeframe I posted earlier since MDMA gets out of the body faster than amphetamines, and since meth is a pretty common adulterant. So yeah, pure MDMA would come up as amp/methamp.
     
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    Re: how long does ecstasy stay in your system

    Depends on who is testing. NHS (U.K. National Health Service) drug-tests routinely report MDxx & it's cousins when found, although until a couple of years ago MDxx showed as amphetamine unless a test for MDxx was specifically requested.
     
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    Re: how long does ecstasy stay in your system

    So in this case, the question is: How long does amphetamine stay in your system?
     
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    Re: how long does ecstasy stay in your system

    assuming the test being taken is a urine test, then yes. Other tests would be able to cater toward MDMA specifically.
     
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    I don't mean to be dense.. but could someone explain exactly how this works and why? For example, in a urine test, what chemical substances or metabolites are tested for in order to come up for amphetamines? Along those lines, if they weren't specifically trying to distinguish MDxx use, any MDxx would show some characteristic chemical or metabolite that an amphetamine such as say amphetamine sulfate like in Europe, or ADHD meds in the US like Dexedrine (d-amps) would also have? What is this chemical marker that they share, specifically tested for and identifiable in urine?

    And if they were to then do a specific test for MDxx, what would be the different way of telling this apart, and would say someone who ingested pure MDxx (not cut with amps or any other drugs) then test positive for both MDxx AND amphetamines? Also, I thought they could distinguish between amps and methamp- am I totally off base on that? Because wouldn't methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) be more likely to show up as methamphetamine than amphetamine-- obviously it is not classified as either.. but I'm guessing it's something to do with that structure/skeleton being a part of the overall compound- is any MDxx excreted intact in urine, or is it broken down into other compounds?

    Again, I don't know much about this, and forgive me if this is off topic, but I am just wondering so that I can best understand the question being posed and how to answer it. Thanks.
     
  9. Nnizzle

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    Re: how long does ecstasy stay in your system

    There is a good Q/A on this from Erowid (http://www.erowid.org/ask/ask.php?ID=2871):
    Assuming a dose of 150 mg MDMA, according to this only .0015g would be left in the system. However, urine tests test for metabolites as well as the original drug, so it is important to note
    Math confuses me, but the half life formula is pretty simple.
    where

    • N0 is the initial quantity of the thing that will decay (this quantity may be measured in grams, moles, number of atoms, etc.),
    • Nt is the quantity that still remains and has not yet decayed after a time t,
    • t1 / 2 is the half-life of the decaying quantity
    So, e.g. for MDMA's major metabolite, MDA, you would have to know how much MDMA is metabolized to MDA (which I don't), which I will assume is 10% for the sake of facility:
    Originally 150 mg MDMA x .01 = 15 mg MDA
    Let us say it has been 24 hours since ingestion
    Nt= 15mg x (1/2)^(24hrs/37hrs)
    Nt= 9.56mg (63%%)

    For comparison, after 5 days (120 hours):
    Nt= 15mg x (1/2)^(120hrs/37hrs)
    Nt= 1.58mg (10%)

    After 10 days (240 hours):
    Nt= 15mg x (1/2)^(240hrs/37hrs)
    Nt= .167mg (1%)


    Here is a good article about MDMA metabolites: http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56756&highlight=mdma+metabolites

    It lists:
    three of its main metabolites, 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), 4-hydroxy-3-methoxyamphetamine (HMA), and 4-hydroxy-3-methoxymethamphetamine (HMMA)

    Basically, because a lot of commonly abused drugs have specific metabolites, most urine tests test for their presence and the presence of the original drug. There is a cutoff concentration of I believe 1000 nanograms/l. If tests just tested for the chemical in question then no one would ever get caught. The longer the half lives of a drug's main metabolites, the longer the metabolites stay in the system. That is why some drugs can be detected only a few hours after, and some a few weeks.

    From what I understand, most urine tests work like this:
    The urine is separated into two portions. On the first portion, an immunoassay is done. Since biologically speaking, all drugs are foreign bodies, our bodies produce antibodies for them (and correspondingly their metabolites, I believe only if they are active?) the first time we ingest them. I believe the immunoassay introduces antibodies for e.g. opioids/ metabolites, amphetamines/metabolites, etc. to the urine. Concentrations can then be detected using a variety of techniques. If the test is positive, GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrum, a more advanced, accurate, and expensive technique for determining the presence and structure of molecules) is performed on the other portion of urine to confirm the results of the immunoassay.

    I believe that the fact that e.g. MDMA and amphetamine are similar in structure means that so are their metabolites, so the antibodies introduced in the immunoassay react with the metabolites of both drugs or because their structure is similar, a lot of drugs share common metabolites.

    As far as meth vs amphetamine, methamphetamine's main metabolite is amphetamine, and therefore once it is metabolized to amphetamine it will break down the same way that amphetamine does and they will both test positive.

    Structure is important in metabolism. Similar molecules will be metabolized similarly. I believe that MDxx chemicals, and for that matter many structurally-related opioids, etc. have similar if not some of the exact same metabolites, hence why urine tests usually test for classes of drugs rather than MDMA vs MDEA.

    The most common test, the 5-panel or something like that tests for major classes. I imagine there are specific tests that can be done to differentiate among substances in a class if the tester is so inclined.

    Anyway, I would say a general guideline for MDMA detection is about 3 days, give or take. MDMA is water soluble so exercise, overhydration, etc. can speed up excretion. There are a ton of factors which affect metabolism so no one can really say exactly how long a drug will every stay in the system.
     
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    Re: how long does ecstasy stay in your system

    2-3 days max for MDMA
    3-4 max for amps
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    Re: how long does ecstasy stay in your system

    It is difficult to detect metabolites of speed using standard (e.g. NIDA-5) blood or urine tests after approximately 48 hours.
    Amphetamines have a plasma life of 4 to 6 hours, meaning that it stays in the blood for about that long. After that, the body starts to purge it. The half life of Amphetamines is about 4 hours, so after 48 hours only 0,02% of the original dose is left in the body. Only larger doses will take 72 hours to be below detectable concentrations.
     
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    MDMA is detected as MDMA and MDA in urine. MDMA and MDA are detectable for 1-5 days in urine at typical detection limits (50-500 ng/mL).