Frequently Asked Questions about IV Therapy

  • March 06, 2023

IV therapy is relatively new. Therefore, we expect you’ll have many questions about it. Here we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions. If you have a question we didn’t answer, please reach out to us via phone or email, and we’ll be happy to help.

Why Are Fluids Administered Intravenously?

The intravenous administration of vitamins and minerals makes IV therapy so effective. Instead of traveling through the digestive system, all the nutrients can enter directly into your bloodstream where your body can use them. With pills, tablets, and powders, many of the vitamins and minerals never reach your blood because they are not fully absorbed by your body.

What’s in the IV Fluids?

Every IV cocktail is different. What’s included depends on your specific needs and requests. Here are some ingredients your IV cocktail may contain:

  • B vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Antioxidants
  • Saline

Vitamin C is beneficial for everyone, but if you feel a cold coming on, you definitely want to include it. Antioxidants can help your skin and your immune system, whereas calcium and magnesium may be especially important for athletes or people who are deficient in those minerals.

Which Conditions Can IV Therapy Treat?

Providing your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs is important no matter what health conditions you deal with. However, IV therapy has been found helpful in providing relief from hangovers, headaches, and migraines. It also improves cold and flu symptoms and it can even ease some pregnancy ailments. IV therapy provides an overall boost for your immune system, which you may notice in your energy level or how your skin looks.

How Do I Prepare for IV Therapy?

It’s important to hydrate properly before your IV appointment. You also want to eat something beforehand, and you’re welcome to bring a snack to consume while you’re here. Bring a list of any prescriptions, over-the-counter medication, and supplements you currently take. If you have a copy of your recent blood work, that can be helpful, too. We’ll talk to you about your needs and desired outcome during your first visit before we start IV therapy. You may also want to bring something to do, such as a book or crossword puzzle. Or you can take advantage of the break and just rest while the IV replenishes your nutrients.

How Long Does IV Therapy Take?

The vitamin cocktail dilutes essential vitamins and minerals in sterile water and sends it to your bloodstream. This IV drip happens at a controlled rate to allow your body time to absorb the extra fluids. Typical IV therapy sessions can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, but it may take more or less time depending on your specific situation. For your first appointment, you will also need extra time to talk to our staff about your medical history.

Does IV Therapy Hurt?

No, IV therapy isn’t painful. You may feel the prick when we insert the needle and set up the IV. The IV drip itself is barely noticeable. While you will have the IV attached to your arm, you may need to limit your movements. We recommend sitting back and relaxing during the procedure. Sometimes, there may be some minor bruising or swelling at the IV site, but it will disappear on its own within a few days.

How Often Do I Need IV Therapy?

How often you need IV therapy depends on your specific needs. If you’re frequently plagued by colds, you may need more vitamin C than you consume in your diet. If you’re an athlete, you may need extra vitamins and minerals to keep up your performance. We recommend getting your blood work done at your doctor’s office to track your nutrient deficiencies. As we address these, you may need IV therapy less often.

Schedule Your IV Cocktail Today

IV therapy offers many immediate and long-term health benefits. Your body needs essential vitamins and minerals to function optimally. Whether you want to support your immune system or treat specific symptoms, we’re happy to create an IV cocktail that’s right for you. Call us to talk to one of our experts or schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.

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