Death following ingestion of MDMA (ecstasy) and moclobemide

Authors



Professor E. Vuori
Department of Forensic Medicine
University of Helsinki
PO Box 40
FIN-00014
Finland
E-mail: erkki.o.vuori@helsinki.fi

ABSTRACT

Four deaths following the ingestion of moclobemide and MDMA (‘ecstasy’) are described. The probable cause of death in each case was serotonin syndrome as a result of an interaction between the two drugs. As none of the victims had been prescribed moclobemide it seems that each had taken the drug to enhance the effects of MDMA, with fatal consequences. Warnings are needed against misinformed attempts to potentiate the pharmacological effects of illicit drugs.

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