What is IV Vitamin Infusion?
IV administration of vitamins helps the body to better absorb nutrients (90 percent) as opposed to taking them orally (50 percent). IVs have been used for decades to help treat a variety of medical conditions. Recently, IV vitamin drips have shown benefits including boosting immunity, increasing energy levels, reversing dehydration, and speeding up recovery from trauma or surgery. Several different kinds of vitamins can be given intravenously. Some of the most common include B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, and several antioxidants.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Make sure to discuss all medical conditions with your provider prior to obtaining an IV vitamin infusion. Some conditions including asthma, high blood pressure, heart, kidney, or liver disease should not have infusions unless fully discussed with the clinician. All allergies to medications or vitamins should be thoroughly discussed prior to receiving treatment. Patients who are preparing for or have recently underwent surgery are usually excellent candidates for vitamin drips. Patients who feel that they are coming down with a sickness have benefited from IV therapy to help reduce downtime.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment?
Prior to your treatment, a trained medical provider will do a full medical history and determine if you are a candidate for IV vitamin therapy. Your arm will be cleansed and a small IV catheter will be placed in one of your veins. The infusion itself will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. It is recommended to eat something prior to coming for your appointment as high doses of vitamin C can cause an upset stomach in some patients. The IV solution is hypertonic (meaning high concentration of vitamins and minerals) and can often leave you feeling thirsty immediately after. There is no downtime after receiving treatment, you can resume normal activities that day.
IV Vitamin Therapy for Surgical Patients:
It has been understood that Vitamin C is essential for the body’s production of collagen. Collagen in turn is essential for wound healing and provides the skin with much needed support. When the body undergoes surgery or endures a trauma, nearly 100 times more Vitamin C is required for quick healing. This is rapidly drawn from what your body has been storing and can lead to multiple vitamin deficiencies. The period after surgery is also when you are most vulnerable to becoming sick because most of your energy will be put into tissue repair. IV infusion increases the amount of vitamins your body can absorb and allows it to enter the bloodstream quickly. If you attempted to take this much Vitamin C orally, you would suffer additional side effects such as diarrhea or abdominal discomfort. The addition of IV glutathione (powerful antioxidant) helps to reduce inflammation and encourage tissue healing. Our office is happy to offer Liquivida® IV infusion kits that are specifically tailored to improve your overall recovery period.
Are There any Risks?
With any IV, there is risk of bruising or infection to the injection site on the skin. In patients with high blood pressure, the excess fluid may cause an overload and worsen blood pressure. Patients may experience temporary overall warmness called a “flush” when receiving Niacin infusions. Patients with heart, kidney, or liver disease may not be able to balance the large quantity of vitamin and electrolytes and lead to further organ damage. It is vital to discuss all medical history prior to receiving infusion.