Can Ibogaine Be Used To Fight Suboxone Addiction?

People are asking if Ibogaine, a controversial psychedelic drug that’s not legal in the United States works for longer acting opiates like Suboxone and Subutex.  Suboxone and Subutex is a brand name of the opioid buprenorphine.

Ibogaine Compared To Methadone and Suboxone

Ibogaine for Suboxone AddictionIbogaine is said to be quite successful for taper therapy in opiate users, but Ibogaine is more commonly used for a permanent replacement for opiates of short active life. This is much the same way as methadone is used, but Ibogaine does not have addictive properties of its own. Many ex-heroin addicts simply become dependent on methadone and use it for life.  Ibogaine is a temporary treatment that’s provided in a clinic setting in other parts of the world than the USA and is said to take addiction completely away.

Suboxone is also sometimes used for pain management, although this is not done as frequently. Suboxone comes in pills and sublingual strips, for ease of use.

Some of the adverse reactions associated with buprenorphine show similarities to those of other types of opioids. They include decreased libido, hypotension, dizziness, dry mouth, sweating, itching, memory loss, headache, urinary retention, drowsiness, neural and cognitive inhibition, nausea and vomiting.

Suboxone and Subutex Withdrawal

Successful Ibogaine therapy for Suboxone and/or Subutex is somewhat complicated. Patients at Ibogaine treatment centers have experienced the long half-life of buprenorphine, which is about 37 hours.

In many cases, it stays in the system for over two months. People who have abused opiates and who have quit using buprenorphine “cold turkey” have agreed that this is a longer and more difficult withdraw than a short-acting, non-synthetic opiate such as heroin.

Ibogaine Suboxone Treatment

Detox processes involving Ibogaine opiates begin when the user shows early withdrawal signs. Ibogaine does not effectively reach the broadest receptor base, because of the long half-life of Suboxone. Due to this fact, Ibogaine treatment centers are switching to the use of short-acting opiates for a specified time before the Ibogaine suboxone treatment begins. Some typical short acting opiates used include heroin, morphine, and OxyContin.

Now don’t just quit your Suboxone treatment because you want to try Ibogaine. Ibogaine is illegal in the United States. If you are interested in trying an Ibogaine treatment be sure to do your research. There are different clinics in Mexico that offer this treatment, but be sure to check reviews on these places. Ibogaine is a serious drug and it requires professional supervision..

There are numerous cases of people dying when they try Ibogaine alone, which is why the United States has banned it. The centers in Mexico have better statistics but they too have experienced deaths from Ibogaine. No matter what Ibogaine has peeked many peoples interest because anyone that has had the disease of addiction knows how desperate they are to come off of these drugs.

It’s strange to suggest someone should switch back to a short-acting opiate from Suboxone but it’s happened before, just for regular withdraw. If you don’t choose to go with Ibogaine but want off of Suboxone be sure to follow your doctor’s orders exactly for weaning / tapering off. The slower the better, otherwise you will likely relapse and nobody wants that.

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5 thoughts on “Can Ibogaine Be Used To Fight Suboxone Addiction?

  1. I own an alternative care center in rosarito, Baja California México. I can definitely assure you Ibogaine can treat any and all Addiction. Its definitely effective for Suboxone and methadone, but under the correct preparation protocol. If you would like more information feel free to contact me.

    • Luis,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Ibogaine. As someone who owns an Ibogaine clinic, I’m not surprised that you are a proponent of it. I’d like to hear more about your clinic and how you deliver Ibogaine to your patients. Ibogaine is illegal in the United States and to be honest, I have many personal concerns about the drug. However, I do try to keep an open mind when it comes to any and all treatments. My primary problem with Ibogaine however, is the amount of spammers that peddle “Iboga Roots” and use our community as a promotional playground. If Ibogaine was so effective, why would so many spammers give Ibogaine such a bad name by plastering bogus and illegal ads all over our free heroin discussion forum on an almost daily basis? Frankly, these scammers and spammers have turned me so off and against Ibogaine that it’s difficult for me to believe there’s any real benefit to the stuff.

      So I’d love to hear your thoughts on the above Ibogaine related and important topics.

      Best wishes,

      William – Publisher of this Community

  2. Great article, I enjoyed reading your post on ibogaine. As a recovering addict, I know how helpful the drug can be, however, I do know that there are some people who are against it as it can be dangerous. I’ve been doing research on ibogaine addiction treatments and the pros and cons of this type of treatment.

    Should anyone else be interested to see how this would help others here’s the page I looked at (removed)

    Hopefully, this information can assist someone (friends and families) in choosing the best recovery treatments.

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