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The drug “ecstacy” alters skin bloodflow.
Photograph of a rabbit’s ears show surface temperature, proportional to blood flow. When MDMA (ecstacy) is given, the ear becomes cooler, revealing reduced blood flow. A similar mechanism may be a cause of the dangerous hyperthermia experienced by some human ecstacy users. The drug, clozapine, reverses the effects of ecstacy, suggesting that it may represent a future therapeutic strategy in extreme cases of human hyperthermia.
Source: Bill Blessing and colleagues, Flinders University.