IV therapy is becoming more popular. Patients are discovering the benefits of IV therapy for a variety of health issues. However, before you try it for yourself, you should know what an IV drip is and what IV therapy entails.
What Is An IV?
IV stands for Intravenous, which means treatment is given through the veins. It can be used to administer fluids directly into the blood stream. Fluid can be injected into the veins through a tube or bottle, as well as other infusion devices such as pumps and the roller. These solutions can be tailored to meet individual needs or to address certain health issues.
Medical treatments have grown in popularity in recent years as they are provided in more places and have increased convenience. Today, mobile services bring medical treatments to your home or office.
What is intravenous therapy used for?
In 2013, the use of IV therapy grew as the focus shifted away from hospital settings to patient’s homes. Patients are now able to receive IV therapy, while staying at home, to help improve their symptoms and overall wellness.
● Colds and flu
● Food poisoning
● Altitude sickness
● Morning sickness
● Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
● Chronic medical conditions such as migraines, asthma or chronic fatigue syndrome
Other people use IVs as part of routine maintenance. People like athletes use them to help recover from workouts. Some people opt for the claimed anti-aging benefits of NAD+ IV therapy. These substances naturally produced by the body to fuel cellular energy levels decrease with age, but an NAD+ IV can increase those levels to give a feeling of rejuvenation.
There are many options when it comes to the types of IV drips available. This is when it’s important to seek treatment with an IV provider that has the expertise to help you find the type of drip that will bring you the best results.
IV Therapy Benefits
IV treatments have grown in popularity in recent years because they deliver noticeable, tangible results. They include:
● Vitamin deficiency prevention. You may experience health issues when you lack certain vitamins. IV therapy provides vitamins B (both B12 and B complex), C and D to support your overall health. Replenishing the body’s vitamin supply can promote a strong immune system; healthy muscles, nerves and heart; restorative sleep; good mood and much more.
● Access to healthy nutrients. Minerals and other supplements boost your well-being and can help alleviate symptoms associated with certain medical conditions. Some common IV ingredients include the minerals zinc and magnesium and the antioxidant glutathione.
● Customized treatment. Working with our medical professionals, you can tailor a drip IV to your needs with a hand-picked selection of ingredients.
● Convenient care. Our mobile service delivers relatively quick and painless IV procedures to your doorstep.
What's in an IV bag?
The contents of an IV depends on what you want to get out of the treatment. Typically, IVs begin with an electrolyte-rich solution, such as Lactated Ringer’s or normal saline (0.9% sodium chloride).
From there, you can supplement fluids with nutrients. If you are focused on building immune support, for example, you may choose vitamin C or magnesium. Feeling run down and exhausted from stress or a medical condition? Try adding B vitamins to your drip bag. Some preset IV blends make the choice easier. The Myers’ Cocktail is perhaps the best-known type of IV. It’s often used to increase energy through a combination of B Complex, B12, vitamin C, magnesium and glutathione.
Elevate Hydration has a variety of IV packages to choose from and offers add-ins for greater customization options. In the end, what’s in an IV is up to you.
What does an IV mean?
Once you decide on an infusion service, you’ll need to make an appointment. A team will arrive at the most convenient location for you.
At the start of your IV therapy appointment, your nurse will assess your vital signs and review your health history. Then, she will clean the area on your arm where the needle will be inserted into your skin. Next, the needle will be connected to the drip line on the bag containing the fluid that you will receive. You can watch TV, read a book, listen to music, and otherwise remain comfortable while you wait.
An intravenous therapy session usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, and then the medical professional will remove the needle from your arm. You’ll be given post-treatment instructions and then you can go about the rest of your day.
How long does it take to give someone an IV?
An advantage of using mobile IV therapy is that the treatment can come to you. When you contact Elevate Hydration for an appointment, we’ll have a member of our team to your location. This eliminates the long waits you usually find at a hospital emergency room or urgent care clinic.
During the IV therapy session, there’s usually 30 to 45 minutes of prep time, and afterward you’ll have a bandage placed on the insertion site and receive post-treatment instructions, after which you can resume your normal daily activities.
How quickly can you feel the effects of an IV drip?
An intravenous infusion, when used correctly, can produce similar or even greater health benefits compared to over-the-counter drugs. However, it takes some time to activate. It won’t affect blood levels of medication until they are in the bloodstream. Oral pills or capsules must first go through the digestive system. That means they aren’t absorbed as quickly or completely as IVs.
What happens when IV fluids stay in the body?
Each individual patient will differ based on their current health status. Your body needs to process the intravenous fluid and ingredients, so it stays in your system for as long as it takes your body to metabolize them. Once that occurs, you will pass the fluid and ingredients out of your body through urination or defecation.
Why you should choose intravenous therapy
There is no way around it. Even if you swallow a pill, your body won’t absorb the medicine until it passes through the stomach and intestines. The time that it takes for these items to get to your bloodstream can vary, but the only reliable way to speed things up is by putting the medication in an IV. It goes straight to your blood supply and is absorbed much more quickly. The good news is that an IV can also treat symptoms much faster than oral medications.
IV therapy is a simple procedure with minimal downtime and little pain. It’s also fairly painless and safe when done right. Moreover, when you get it from a reputable company, there are no risks or side effects. Furthermore, you should discuss the pros and cons of IV therapy with your doctor before pursuing it.
IV therapy side effects include:
● Skin irritation at the injection site, causing swelling, pain or redness
● Blood clots
● Air embolisms
At Elevate hydration, our goal is to make sure that you feel comfortable with IV therapy. That way, you’ll receive the best possible IV drip experience.