Safety

In case of emergencies, the center is located about 40 minutes by combination of road and boat from Iquitos. Emergencies are rare or never but we are prepared in the event of one. Please fill out the medical questionnaire carefully when you apply and Lucho will work closely with you to make sure you are safe during your time with us. Take the list below very seriously.

List of Medications to Avoid When Drinking Ayahuasca

  • MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) - stop 4 weeks prior to retreat

  • SSRIs (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) - stop 6 weeks prior to retreat, resume 4 weeks after

  • Antibiotics - stop 4 weeks prior to retreat

  • Appetite suppressants (diet pills) - stop 2 weeks prior to retreat

  • 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) - stop 2 weeks prior to retreat

  • Any drug containing dextromethorphan/ DXM or with DM, DX or Tuss in its name.) - stop 2 weeks prior to retreat

  • CNS (central nervous system) depressants (xanax, ativan etc) - stop 3 weeks prior to retreat

  • Vasodilators - stop 2 weeks prior to retreat

  • Antipsychotics - discuss with shaman prior to reserving a retreat

  • Medicine for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems (may use, but should discuss with shaman)

  • Antihypertensives/high blood pressure medicine  - stop the day before you arrive and resume the day you get home

  • Foods containing  tyramine (aged cheese, cured meats, and pickled foods) - stop 1-2 days prior

Illegal or recreational drugs that are VERY dangerous to combine with MAOIs. You must be honest about any use:

  • Amphetamines, ephedrine, MDMA (Ecstasy), MDA, MDEA, PMA - stop 4 weeks prior to retreat

  • Opiates (heroin, morphine, codeine, kratom and especially opium) - stop 4 weeks prior to retreat

  • Dextromethorphan (DXM) - stop 4 weeks prior to retreat

  • Mescaline (any phenethylamine) - stop 4 weeks prior to retreat

  • Cocaine - stop 4 weeks prior to retreat

  • Barbiturates - stop 4 weeks prior to retreat

  • Kava - stop 4 weeks prior to retreat

 

Cannabis use is not dangerous, but it significantly alters the anticipated effects of ayahuasca and can interfere with the work of the shamans on retreat, especially if you are a heavy user. The shamans thus feel that it is very important for you to stop using 4 weeks prior to the retreat. We respect Cannabis itself as a Master Plant and its use ceremonially in places where it is legal; however, it is illegal in Peru and therefore should also not be brought to Selva Madre.