Prescriptions to Avoid

Drugs / Medications to Avoid

While it is advised that no drugs/medications should be consumed prior to Ayahuasca participation so the body is free of outside chemicals and best able to process the medicine. The following is a list of drugs/medications to avoid taking prior to participation in an Ayahuasca retreat.

NOTE: NEVER STOP ANY MEDICATION WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

Illegal/Recreational Drugs that are very dangerous to combine with Ayahuasca:

  • Cocaine

  • Amphetamines (meth-, dex-, amphetamine), ephedrine, MDMA (Ecstasy), MDA, MDEA, PMA

  • Opiates (heroin, morphine, codeine and especially opium)

  • De

  • xtromethorphan (DXM)

  • Nutmeg (at psycho-active levels)

  • Mescaline (any phenethylamine)

  • Barbiturates

  • Alcohol

  • Kratom

  • Kava

  • 5 MEO-DMT

 

 Common medications that are contraindicated with the MAOI’s found in ayahuasca.

  • other MAOIs

  • SSRI’s (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)

  • antihypertensives (high blood pressure medicine)

  • appetite suppressants (diet pills)

  • medicine for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems; antihistamines, medicines for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, Bromarest-DM or -DX, Dimetane-DX cough syrup, Dristan Cold & Flu, Phenergan with Dextromethorphan, Robitussin-DM, Vicks Formula 44-D, several Tylenol cold, cough, and flu preparations, and many others — any drug containing dextromethorphan/ DXM or with DM, DX or Tuss in its name.)

  • CNS (central nervous system) depressants (xanax, ativan, etc)

  • vasodilators

NEVER STOP ANY MEDICATION WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

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