About Your Treatment

At Iboga Quest we are providers of Ibogaine, the setting in which to take it, and answers to questions regarding it. It is the spirit medicine of the Ibogaine which provides therapy.

We administer Ibogaine obtained from a reputable source assayed and certified 98% pure and in doses highly effective.

The Iboga Quest setting consists of an exclusive designated area. Each person has a private room and bathroom. It is not a “clinic”. It is a comfortable, protected container in a spacious flowering setting.

Medical Support

Iboga Quest is a medically equipped provider; including monitoring, hydration and emergency support equipment. Under the supervision of our experienced local doctor sessions are monitored around the clock by our dedicated group along with a trained Registered Nurse.As back-up medical support we have available:

  • 24-hour First Aid Station, in town and within minutes of our facility
  • 24-hour ambulance service
  • Full world-class hospitals in Cuernavaca, 10 miles away

We feel most comfortable assisting with:

  • Addiction interruption
  • Eating disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Depression
  • Encouraging fundamental insight and personal growth

What to expect during Treatment:

Addictions and patterns develop on multiple levels … physical, social, spiritual and psychological. Ibogaine seems quite effective in allowing you to experience these addictive patterns of the mind with a different and largely unexpected view. For your own sake, make sure that your health conditions meet the requirements for an Ibogaine treatment. Ibogaine itself is non-toxic, but requires a cardiovascular system that is in good health. That is why, in case you are not 100% sure of your physical condition, we require that you get an EKG prior to your scheduled treatment.

Dehydration could happen very easily during an Ibogaine treatment.

  • Don’t drink coffee or dehydrating or stimulating beverage for a day prior to treatment.
  • Hydrate your body well for at least 24 hours prior to treatment. We suggest you eat lightly and drink a lot of water and/or Gatorade, juice, Pedialite, or other hydrating and nourishing drink.
  • Before you ingest the Ibogaine capsules you need to first refresh your kidneys with about 2 glasses of water.

We allow 36 hours +/- for treatment, broken down as follows:

  • The first 12 hours are in a deep session, where you will be lying down and not moving much at all.
  • You will not be eating, and it is encouraged to eat lightly the day before treatment.
  • You will be aware of your surroundings and able to talk to others, but you will not be able to move your body.
  • During treatment you will not be disturbed, other than occasional checks by us to make sure you are well.
  • The following 24 +/- hours are a time for connecting back into the world, for reflection, and to regain bodily strength.
  • During this time we will be available to assist you in any way needed. You will begin eating again. You probably won’t sleep much and will be in a sort of quasi-dream state.
SCREENINGREQUIREMENTS FOR TREATMENTMEDICAL HISTORYMENTAL HEALTHINTAKE

Iboga Quest, after 6+ years and 350+ treatments, has never had occasion to need hospital intervention. Our first line of defense is Screening. By assessing your mental and physical health through, in part, medical tests (principally electrocardiogram) and interview, we establish a high probability for safety and effectiveness prior to acceptance.

Iboga Quest is a medically equipped provider; including monitoring, hydration and emergency support equipment.

Under the supervision of our experienced local doctor, sessions are monitored around the clock by our dedicated group along with a trained Registered Nurse.

When considering treatment, you must first go through a screening process. You will need to:

The recuperation is gradual. A day or two in bed may be required before gaining strength and full mobility. Be sure your body will be strong enough to tolerate 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 with the Ibogaine. If needed, EKG, blood work and liver panel have to be done prior to arrival in Mexico.

A compromised cardiovascular system, pulmonary thrombosis, untreated high blood pressure, varicose or damaged veins, skin abscesses, or other blood clotting problems increase the risk of blood clots moving to your heart with Ibogaine. Documented side effects of bradycardia (lowering of the blood pressure and pulse) will be monitored. Be informed that these conditions directly affect your health and well-being.

Prior to treatment we require that you fill out our application providing a medical history and mental health assessment. Return the application form quickly so that we will have sufficient time for assessment and to let you know if another provider would be better suited or if you are ill advised for Ibogaine treatment.

Please answer all questions as candidly as possible, paying special attention to medical and substance use profiles. Keep in mind that most, if not all, of the Ibogaine related complications or deaths have occurred because of heart problems, inaccurate reporting of dosages, and/or use of opiates during or immediately after treatment.

We need to 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 we will want to get to know you and discuss in more depth your intentions and to establish with you a schedule and protocol. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer (see link above) and we will check your weight, pulse and blood pressure. We will establish your food and session timing. Your well being is our primary concern.

Exclusions


We count on you to be candid about your condition. Though you will be asked to sign a disclaimer, our precaution is really about your well being. We will not treat anyone with the following conditions:

  • Active infections including ulcers, pneumonia, or skin abscesses
  • History of blood clots or coagulation abnormalities
  • Cancer
  • Cerebella dysfunction
  • Chronic fainting
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Emphysema
  • Epilepsy
  • Crohn’s Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Heart disease, heart murmurs, or heart arrhythmias
  • Obesity
  • Un-medicated high blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease, including hepatitis with liver enzymes over four times normal
  • Pregnancy
  • Serious psychiatric disorders
  • Stroke

Drug Interactions to Consider
Common prescription drugs and drugs of abuse which pose major complications, or for which treatment is frequently sought, are listed in the following chapters:

Chapter 3: Opioids
Chapter 4: Benzodiazepines
Chapter 5: Alcohol
Chapter 6: Stimulants
Chapter 7: Antidepressants
Chapter 8: Steroids
Chapter 9: Other Medications

Here are listed broad classifications of other medications and their considerations:

QT prolonging medications, foods and supplements
Ibogaine causes bradycardia, hypotension, and prolongation of the QT interval. Each of these symptoms may be in conjunction with or independent of the others. Other QT prolonging drugs exacerbate these effects, which can put a patient at greater risk for lethal cardiac arrhythmias. All other medications that prolong the QT interval should be assessed.1

Diuretics
Can lower potassium and sodium levels. It is important that serum electrolyte levels are checked after discontinuing diuretics.

CYP2D6 Metabolism Interactions
This enzyme is the channel by which ibogaine is metabolized in the liver. Other drugs in the body that are metabolized by this enzyme2 could interfere with a patient’s ability to efficiently metabolize Ibogaine.

Centrally Acting Drugs
All centrally acting drugs should be avoided or managed with extreme vigilance. Interactions with ibogaine are not well understood. This classification includes blood pressure medications, benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics (i.e. Z class drugs), barbiturates, muscle relaxants, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants and general anesthetics.

Serotonin Increasing-Medications
Examples of medications that increase the level of serotonin in the body include: SSRIs, SNRIs, NRIs, MAOIs, buspirone (anxiety tx), trazodone (depression & insomnia tx), certain migraine medications, certain pain medications (fentanyl, meperidine, pentazocine and tramadol), dextromethorphan (cough suppressant), certain anti-nausea medications (granisetron, metoclopramide, ondansetron), cocaine, and some dietary supplements like St. John’s Wort.

Ibogaine also causes an increase in serotonin, and extreme levels can cause serotonin syndrome with symptoms of acute confusional state (see Ch 7 for Antidepressants).

Calcium Channel Blockers or Beta Blockers
Calcium Channel Blockers are prescribed for high blood pressure and for arrhythmias. Beta Blockers (see Ch. 9) are primarily prescribed for high blood pressure and tachycardia. Carefully consider these underlying conditions, and whether the medications are necessary. These medications can lower blood pressure and heart rate dramatically, and alter electrical conduction through the heart.

Anti-Arrhythmic Medications
Patients with arrhythmias that require medication should be considered poor candidates.

Birth Control
Some forms of female birth control are slightly higher risk for blood clots. This should be noted wherever other clot risks are present.

A Note About the Calculation of Half-Lives
Throughout the rest of this document, when calculating the period of time to recommend that people stop taking certain medications prior to treatment, calculate from at least four to seven times the listed half-life of the medication. This is variable depending on the drug and how critical it is. In some cases more specific considerations will be noted.

1. List of QT prolonging drugs: http://crediblemeds.org/everyone/composite-list-all-qtdrugs/

2. List of drugs that effect CYP2D6 metabolism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CYP2D6

Information courtesy of GITA

PRE-TREATMENT PROTOCOLSAFTER YOUR TREATMENT

1. All medications that you are taking must be listed on the application so that we can help you taper off any that are contra-indicated with Ibogaine. There are some cross contradictions with certain psychiatric and QT prolonging medications. Common medications like anti-depressants will need to be tapered down a week prior, with no dosages for two days prior to treatment. Clients can resume their normal prescribed medication 48 hours after treatment.

2. In the days leading up to your treatment it is a good idea to modify your diet. Whenever possible avoid fried, fatty, salty, or overly processed foods, especially pork or refined sugars and carbohydrates. Instead eat lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, and chicken. For five to seven days before your treatment it is advisable to take one each of B-12 capsule, 3000 mg of Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and calcium supplements daily. Avoid grapefruit and tonic water (it contains quinine.) These have an effect on QT prolongation, an abnormal heart beat, which has caused problems during Ibogaine treatments.

3. Hydrate the day before. Drink lots of juice or an electrolyte drink such as Gatorade. You will want to reduce your ingestion of liquids as we approach the treatment time (approx. 4 hours before) because it will be difficult to get up and use the bathroom during the initial phases of the session.

4. On the day of your treatment, eat lightly in the morning or not at all. Your stomach must be empty for the medicine to work most effectively. Before we begin it is good to eat a bit of papaya to aid in the absorption of the medicine.

5. Set a clear intention, and try to sit with it the day of the treatment. This shouldn’t be thought of as a roadmap or something to hang expectations on, but as a way to get centered or primed for the Ibogaine.

6. We recommend a warm shower or bath before you begin. You will want to be clean in preparation for your hours in bed.

As you begin to connect back into your body and with the world you are free to relax, explore town, go for walks, or do whatever feels best to you.

Iboga Quest now offers an extended aftercare experience. We often find that it is in the best interest of our guests to extend their time here, after their treatment. This gives more time to assimilate the experience, receive other integrative therapies, and take some time to allow the resetting work to take hold.

Payment


In order to schedule and reserve your space, you will need to send a 20% deposit to our account in a US bank. Balance of your payment needs to be received when you arrive here in cash and in full before starting treatment.

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