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MDAMDA is currently Schedule I in the United States. This means it is illegal to manufacture, buy, possess, or distribute without a DEA license. Not available by prescription.

Addictive Potential: Low (MDA is not considered physically addictive, yet it may be psychologically addictive)

Emergency Room Visits Yearly: Unknown

Mandatory Minimum Sentence: Unknown

Mechanism of Action: 5-HT(2A) receptor agonist and monoamine releaser via monoamine plasmalemmal transporters


MDA is also referred to as 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine and tenamfetamine. It is a phenethylamine with subjective effects similar to those of MDMAShulgin (2001) reported that the dosage of MDA ranges from 80 mg to 160 mg, and the effects usually last for 4 to 6 hours. The positive effects of MDA are characterized by euphoria, increased energy, increased appreciation of music, and feelings of love and empathy toward others.

Substance Identification:

     Concentrated Sulfuric Acid  Simon’s Reagent  Marquis Reagent 
MDA hcl Violet No color change Dark purple/black

(Info provided by UNODC, 2009; Erowid, 2014)

Side Effects & Adverse Reactions:

According to Erowid (2012), some of the potential negative effects of MDA include:

  • jaw clenching, tongue/cheek chewing, and teeth grinding
  • difficulty concentrating  and problems with activities requiring linear focus
  • short-term memory loss and confusion
  • muscle tension
  • erectile disfunction and difficulty reaching orgasm
  • increase in body temperature, hyperthermia, dehydration
  • hyponatremia
  • nausea and vomiting
  • headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, and vertigo
  • post-trip crash
  • hangover the next day, lasting days to weeks
  • depression and fatigue for up to a week
  • psychological crisis requiring hospitalization
  • liver toxicity
  • neurotoxicity
  • small risk of death

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