An important question when considering Ibogaine treatment is, how safe is Ibogaine treatment? And although heroin addiction and other addictions can be extremely dangerous, this does not, however, justify dangerous treatment options for those addictions.
In the past, especially when Ibogaine was new to drug treatment, there were some fatalities. This is how doctors and clinics in the 1990’s discovered things like Ibogaine and Suboxone/Methadone do not mix, that a certain health level is necessary for Ibogaine treatment, and that Ibogaine must be medically monitored.
Now, with a majority of Ibogaine clinics operating with a medical staff and proper screening, fatalities have been limited to a few, if any, per year.
From 1990 to 2008 Iceers, a major ethnobotanical research center, conducted a study on the Ibogaine fatalities that occurred. Of the 14 deaths on record during those 18 years, 2 had self administered Ibogaine without medical supervision. Of the other 12 who had died at a treatment clinic Iceers said they “didn’t find anyone who was perfectly healthy, used hydrochloride, and didn’t use drugs during treatment” that had died from treatment.
This was before prescreening. The entire scientific world was unaware of the effects of Ibogaine, especially on the heart (Ibogaine acts as a stimulant). All of these cases could, and would, have been prevented if proper prescreening and control measures would have been taken. Beyond the preexisting conditions, certain drugs do not mix with Ibogaine and can cause death. We are well aware of this fact.
The Importance of Prescreening and Drug Testing
This is why we put such a heavy emphasis on prescreening and drug testing. Guests at Experience Ibogaine under go two prescreening stages and a drug test phase.
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The first prescreening stage is done before coming down to the clinic for treatment. This includes the application for treatment and the 1 on 1 phone call with your treatment coordinator.
Stage two happens when guests arrive at the clinic (see our “what to expect” section). They have a 1 on 1 meeting with their treatment physician where they go through another series of medical questions. Patients are then given an EKG test and have bloodwork done to check liver enzyme levels and other contributing factors. These two stages of pretreatment reduce the risk of complication from Ibogaine treatment significantly.
Lastly, guests are given a thorough drug test to make sure there are no complicating drugs in their system. Certain drugs must be cleared from the individual’s system in order for Ibogaine to be effective and not create health risks. All guests undergo both stages of prescreening and drug testing before they are cleared for treatment.
Ibogaine Hydrochloride not Iboga
There is a reason Ibogaine clinics use around 99 percent pure Ibogaine hydrochloride for their treatments. Ibogaine is just one of many alkaloids that are found in the iboga root. The foreign alkaloids in iboga can cause their own series of complications that have not been studied. By using Ibogaine hydrochloride in the Ibogaine treatment process the risks are reduced even more. This is a significant factor and why attending shamanic, pure iboga root ceremonies can be much more dangerous.
The most important factor in reducing Ibogaine complications is having a medical staff on hand to prescreen patients and be present during every Ibogaine treatment, from beginning to end. Having an experienced staff of ER trained medical doctors saves lives.
By having a medical team, prescreening process, nurses on staff, drugs testing, and using Ibogaine hydrochloride, the risk associated with Ibogaine treatment are extremely minimal. At Experience Ibogaine we are proud to say we take all of these factors very seriously and we do not treat anyone that could be at risk for complications. Because of this, we are able to say we have had no fatalities from our Ibogaine treatment process, and we work hard every day to keep it that way.