Desired Effects:PMA / PMMA effects are similar to MDMA and can be sold as ecstasy. Feelings of being alert and full of energy; also has some anti-depressant qualities due to it's interaction with serotonin.
Side Effects:PMA is a stronger chemical than ecstasy and takes longer to take effect, some people have overdosed due to taking more tablets believing they have taken a weak ecstasy tablet. Anyone with a heart condition, blood pressure problems, epilepsy or asthma can have serious reactions to the drug as even in small doses it can significantly increases blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rates. Can cause paranoia and depression, muscle spasms, labored breathing, nausea & vomiting.
Long term risks:Long term risks are not yet fully known.
Short term risks:PMA is a strong psychedelic which may cause dangerous overheating of the body & high levels of toxicity. PMA has been sold as ecstasy tablets, and has lead to life-threatening or fatal hyperthermia in some users. Overdose is a real risk especially if mixed with other stimulant drugs such as cocaine or MDMA or if mixed with alcohol, leading to convulsions, coma & death. PMMA is reportedly weaker than PMA, more "ecstasy-like", but can still produce nausea and hyperthermia.
PMMA - Empathogenic Stimulant; more "ecstasy-like" with euphoric effects.
Parents & other relatives
Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.