What is iv therapy?
IV vitamin therapy also known as intravenous micronutrient therapy and hydration therapy is a method of delivering high concentrations of vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream, providing higher doses of vitamins and minerals. Allows a person to absorb them more quickly. These fluids are given through a small tube inserted into a vein.
Infusions usually last from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the amount of cocktail and the size of a person’s veins. Myers Cocktail is a popular prescription among complementary and alternative medicine providers for IV vitamin therapy. The Myers formula consists of high doses of B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals (magnesium and calcium) mixed with sterile water.
Any vitamin or mineral can be injected intravenously, and some doctors administering injections have changed the number of vitamins in Myers’ Cocktail (this is called a modified Myers’ Cocktail). Some doctors set separate doses for the sick, the elderly, and children.
What’s in an IV Vitamin?
Common ingredients found in IV vitamin drips are vitamin C, vitamin B, magnesium, and calcium. IV vitamin drops may also contain amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and antioxidants such as glutathione. Talk to your doctor about any nutrients you may be missing.
What claims are made about intravenous vitamin therapy?
IV vitamin therapy is supposedly best used for people who cannot get enough vitamins and minerals because they cannot eat enough food, or an illness prevents them from absorbing nutrients.However, in contrast, some advocates claim that IV vitamin therapy can enhance wellness even in people who do not have vitamin (or mineral) deficiencies. Clinics and companies offering the Myers’ cocktail and other high-dose IV vitamin formulations claim that these infusions can do the following:
- Treat dehydration after extreme exercise or too much alcohol intake
- Boost the immune system (although what this means or how this could be done is not clear)
- Increase levels of energy and reduce fatigue
- Relieve stress, anxiety, and depression
- Eliminate toxins from the body
- Make skin healthier
- Treat hangovers and headaches
- Treat asthma, allergies, chronic sinusitis, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease, acute muscle spasms, and Parkinson disease
- Treat migraine and tension headaches.
Infusions are better than dietary sources of the vitamins because:
The infusions can be given to people with various food sensitivities. Because large amounts of vitamins and minerals are delivered directly to the bloodstream, they are said to provide a more direct pathway to cells and mitochondria where they have beneficial effects.
What are the side effects of intravenous vitamin therapy?
- Like other intravenous treatments, intravenous vitamin therapy can leave your body susceptible to infections and can cause blood clots and burns at the injection site.
- If the levels of magnesium or potassium in the blood are abnormal (for example, due to kidney disease, diuretic use, or excessive alcohol consumption), injecting magnesium (or, less commonly, potassium) can cause heart problems, etc. problems may occur. Rhythm or change in muscle weakness.
- In people with heart disease and high blood pressure, high-dose vitamin infusions can cause fluid overload, causing temporary but permanent damage to the kidneys, brain, and/or heart.
- Intravenous administration too quickly can lower blood pressure (presumably due to magnesium) and cause lightheadedness and fainting. Infusions of Myers Cocktail or other vitamin and mineral combinations can lead to symptoms of depression, insomnia, and an upset stomach.
- Excessive intake of vitamins and minerals is harmful. For example, large doses of the B vitamin thiamine IV can cause anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Additionally, high doses of vitamin B6 can damage peripheral nerves (peripheral neuropathy).
The safety of her IV vitamin therapy in pregnant and lactating women has not been studied.
Do IV treatments work?
For patients with certain gastrointestinal disorders, IV vitamin therapy can help provide needed nutrients that the stomach cannot absorb. However, most people can get the nutrients they need from food or a multivitamin. These remedies are mostly harmless and actually just cause people to produce expensive urine.
How often should I get a vitamin drip?
In situations where he IV therapy is used to promote general well-being, nutrient levels rise for several weeks after infusion, so for most people he infusions every two weeks are ideally sufficient.