Ibogaine is an extremely effective detox tool and technique for addiction interruption. It also offers profound insight and introspection that can be utilized to heal deep psychological and emotional wounds. Before doing Ibogaine though, it is absolute necessary that the individual abstain from certain substances and chemicals both for safety and for efficacy of the medication.
Ibogaine amplifies the action of some substances whereas it may not work as effectively if other chemicals are present. Allowing your body proper time to metabolize what has already been taken is the first step physically in preparing for your treatment.
Here are the minimum guidelines that must be followed:
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Suboxone/Subutex – Buprenorphine, the opiate agonist in ‘Subs’ needs such a prolonged time before treatment for, as anyone knows who has or is taking it, it has a very long half-life. So it is critical that we allow the buprenorphine to leave the system because it also has an extremely high binding affinity, meaning it hugs your opiate receptors and won’t let go, and those are the very same receptors that Ibogaine needs access to in order to repair the damage.
Methadone – is placed in a similar category because while it also has a very long half-life, it doesn’t block Ibogaine but they can cause health complications with may result in dangerous outcomes.
Do not fear though, you don’t need to be sick for that 1-3 week period, in fact we advise that you replace your Suboxone/Subutex or Methadone with a short-acting opiate and the Treatment Coordinator will advise and explain to family members the importance of this.
All QT prolonging substances should be discontinued prior to therapy with Ibogaine. To allow these drugs to get out of the system one must allow for at least four half-lives of that substance to pass before initiating Ibogaine therapy. A half-life is the time it takes for one-half of the original dose of a medication to leave the body. For example, omeprazol (Losec, Prilosec), anti-fungal medications (Diflucan), Clarityne, and macrolide type antibiotics (Azithromycin, Zithromax).