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Navigating Medical Guidelines: Your Essential Handbook

You should stop using any medication that is not necessary for life support. This includes any pharmaceutical products that work to suppress symptoms. It is best to stop using medications as much as six weeks before and three weeks after taking Ayahuasca. Most of the medications may be an unnecessary mixture into your Ayahuasca experience, which could reduce its healing potential or alter its effects.

It is important to trust that the Aya experience has the potential to cleanse the body, which can include healing that which causes your ailments. Some of the medications could also be dangerous in combination with Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is classified as MAOI (Monoamine oxidase inhibitor), meaning that it has specific interaction with some types of medication. Please check the Drugs to be avoided with Ayahuasca or consult the ceremony personnel and/or your doctor about the interactions MAOIs may have with the medication you are taking. For examples, you should gradually stop taking any antidepressants, SSRIs, and mood stabilizers before an Ayahuasca experience, so that no traces of medication are present in the body at the time of the ceremony.

Important Notes (please read):

Warning: Psychological Safety

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It is also important to take psychological safety into consideration. People with personality disorders or a history of mental disorders (such as borderline, bipolar, schizophrenia etc) are at risk if they use ayahuasca. Soul Quest carries out a screening questionnaire for all potential guests that evaluates the presence of the above-mentioned risk factors. Ensuring a controlled context in which to work with ayahuasca, as well as adequate integration of the experience during and at the end of the workshop, are keys to reduce aya-related risks. Working with highly experienced healers and facilitators to ensure that issues are dealt with in a professional, caring and controlled manner is also a critical factor to reducing risks. We treat the safety of our guests as of utmost importance and ensure that all measures, including 24-hour supervision, are adopted as and where necessary.

Provided the above precautions have been diligently taken, working with aya is safe. Fortunately in seven years and having facilitated healing journeys for over 4000 guests, we have an exemplary track record and no serious issues (physically or psychologically) have ever arisen.

There are certain medications that must be avoided with Aya, which acts as an MAOI, as they can be potentially life-threatening. This includes interaction with pharmaceutical drugs and medications, as well as some over-the-counter drugs and certain herbs. In particular, the combination with other MAOIs and other serotonin agonists or precursors poses a severe risk of causing a life-threatening serotonin syndrome episode.

These include:

Some illegal and recreational drugs are Very dangerous to combine with Aya, including:

There are other illegal or recreational drugs that can be dangerous to combine with Ayahuasca, such as:

Please see our Safety Guidelines for more detailed information about the use of medications with Ayahuasca.

The Ayahuasca Safety Council also notes that some specific pharmaceutical drugs should not be combined with Ayahuasca (some are mild risks, others serious).

Please consult the complete list of drugs that are contraindicated for the use in combination with Ayahuasca if you are interested in participating in a ceremony.

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