Yes, there are a few conditions that would exclude a person from taking Iboga. For the most part, we follow the Ibogaine Manual written by experts and we have also created a few guidelines of our own through years of experience. We also have a doctor on staff that will give you a physical and is at the center when guests are taking iboga. Our doctor will also look over the screening form and may also request a phone interview for follow up questions.
Here is a list of conditions that would exclude an individual from an Iboga Wellness Program:
Major Sleep Apnea, Major Asthma, COPD, emphysema or any other major respiratory condition. Slight respiratory conditions may be okay, our doctor will determine if you are eligible.
Heart Conditions such as but not limited to: a heart transplant, enlarged heart, past heart attacks, artificial heart valves, pacemaker, prolonged q wave syndrome, arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia). If a person is unsure of the condition of their heart the recommended test is an EKG (aka ECG). An abnormal EKG would exclude a person from taking Iboga. An EKG may be required in certain circumstances such as drug detoxes, history of heart palpitations, heart murmurs, mitral valve prolapse and other conditions. Please ask us for more information.
Past strokes, seizures, epilepsy, severe vertigo, Meneire’s syndrome, chronic dizzy/fainting spells
High and Low Blood Pressure – A person with blood pressure of 170/105 or higher or 80/60 or lower while not taking blood pressure medication
Abnormal Heart Rate – A person with a resting heart rate of 120 beats per minute or higher or 50 beats per minute or less
Impaired Kidney and Liver Function – Any person with an abnormal liver panel test with enzymes over 200% from being normal or a person that is on dialysis for kidney failure. There are circumstances that may require a liver panel blood test and a kidney function blood test in order to be accepted into the program such as hepatitis and chronic alcohol use in the past. All drug detoxes are required to have a liver panel blood test and kidney panel blood test.
Major Gastrointestinal Disorders such as but not limited to: GERD, Crohn’s Disease, ulcers, colitis, IBS. If you have a slight disorder, our doctor will determine eligibility.
Any person requiring medications during treatment. Some hormones may be okay, please ask our Director of Guest Services.
Any person with no thyroid function or that has had their thyroid gland removed (Individuals with a slightly low thyroid function will need to ok’d by our doctor)
Any person with major depression, is currently suicidal, or has major bi-polar disorder. We can do a screening to determine eligibility. Yes, iboga can help a person that has depression but we need to make sure they are stable enough for treatment, safety first.
A person in very poor health should not take iboga, with conditions such as but not limited to: active cancer, complications from HIV/AIDS
A person that has past issues with blood clots/thrombosis and deep vein thrombosis
A person diagnosed as being morbidly obese
Any person with a neurological impairment such as Psychosis, Autism or Dementia that does not have the mental capacity to understand why they are taking Iboga
For safety reasons, we do not detox patients from benzodiazepines and we do not detox physically dependent alcohol patients. Patients that will have shaking, DTs and possible seizures from physical alcohol addiction must be detoxed at a medical facility prior to treatment and refrain from alcohol 5 days prior. If you are physically dependent on benzodiazepines, please ask our director of guest services about the proper safety protocol.
All guests will be required to taper off of all anti-depressants at least 7 days prior to treatment. This is a precautionary measure to avoid any possible serotonin toxicity and other issues that may arise.
Any person interested in being treated at the Iboga Wellness Center will be required to fill out a medical history form as part of the screening process. There may be follow up questions and/or test requirements after the medical form is completed. If you have a question about a physical condition and/or medication, please call our office.
Safety is important to us at the Iboga Wellness Center. Although other centers may have different guidelines, we have established our guidelines from years of experience.