Safety & Exclusions
Ibogaine treatment causes wear and tear on the body similar to surgery with anesthesia. The recovery rate is similar, and rebuilding strength and stability in recuperation is gradual. At times several days in bed are required before being comfortable. It is necessary to be sure your body will be strong enough to endure the treatment. Requested medical reports are to be completed in advance for a proper outline of health. Abnormal, irregular, or falsified tests pose serious threats to the outcome of Ibogaine treatment. EKG and Blood Work/liver Panel are mandatory prior to arrival in Mexico. A physical evaluation by our doctor is the determining factor; any question to the stability of your health may cause us to postpone or cancel the treatment. A compromised cardiovascular system, pulmonary thrombosis, high blood pressure, varicose or damaged veins, skin abscesses. or other blood clotting problems increase the risk of blood clots moving to your heart in an Ibogaine treatment. Documented side effects of bradycardia, (lowering of the blood pressure and pulse), must be monitored. Please be informed that these conditions directly affect your health and increase the risk of possible death or injury. People over the age of 50 require a stress test in cardio-vascular stability.
Prior to treatment you will need to fill out an application providing a detailed medical history and mental health assessment. We ask you to return the application form as soon as possible so that we will have sufficient time to pass on any important information to you to help you prepare for your treatment. For example, if you are taking an anti-depressant like Prozac, you will need to taper off it in the days preceding your treatment. We will give you detailed instructions on how to do this. Similarly, if you have any heart or liver conditions, we will need to accurately assess your situation in order help to prepare you for a safe treatment.
It is important that we accurately know your mental health history. We do not exclude those with pre-existing psychological disorders; however, those with psychotic and schizophrenic disorders need to be evaluated, and we must be informed of any medications you are currently taking.
After you arrive our MD will do a full physical evaluation, and one of our primary facilitators will complete the intake process. We will review your application and make sure you have followed the pre-treatment protocol. If we have any concerns regarding your physical or mental conditions at this time we will update your tests at the local hospital. Your health is our primary concern.
We will not treat anyone with the following conditions:
- Active infections including ulcers, pneumonia, or skin abscesses
- History of blood clots or coagulation abnormalities
- Cerebellar dysfunction
- Chronic fainting
- Uncontrolled Diabetes
- Crohn’s Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Gastric Ulcer
- Heart disease, heart murmurs, or heart arrhythmias
- Unmedicated high blood pressure
- Kidney Disease
- Liver disease including hepatitis with liver enzymes over four times normal
- Serious psychiatric disorders