What Is IV Therapy?
IV Therapy is the infusion of specific substances directly into your circulation through the access of a vein close to the surface of your skin. This allows for direct introduction of medicines or substances into your system without requiring absorption of these substances in your gut.
Preparing For Your IV Treatment:
Attire: Please wear a loose-fitting shirt that can roll-up above your elbow to allow access to your arm.
Hydrate Before Every IV: The more hydrated you are, the more comfortable your IV will be. Drink lots of water, herbal tea, or other fluids the day before and day of your treatment to allow easy access to your veins.
Eat Before Every IV: Some vitamins and minerals can temporarily lower blood sugar or blood pressure, which can cause you to feel dizzy, light-headed, nauseous and/or faint during or after your IV. Eating a protein-rich meal prior to your IV will decrease the likelihood of these events happening.
Get Moving: If you are sedentary right before an IV, your vessels may be more difficult to access. Moving around is one of the best things you can do to help ensure a successful treatment.
Avoid Over-the-Counter Medications: Please try to avoid the use of anti-histamine and decongestant drugs for 24-hours prior to your IV treatment. These medications have a constricting action on blood vessels, which can make your IV administration more difficult. The use of Advil or aspirin can increase the likelihood of bruising*.
Allow Yourself Enough Time: Give yourself enough time to arrive so you can get comfortable and relaxed prior to your treatment. This will make your experience more enjoyable and effective.
*If this is your first IV treatment, your doctor will as you about your medication and/or supplements. Please bring a list with the names, strength, and dosages of all prescription, over-the-counter medications and supplements with you.
What To Expect During Your IV Treatment:
The IV treatment will take anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours depending on the type of IV you are receiving. Please plan to be at the clinic for the treatment for a minimum of 45 minutes unless specified otherwise.
During your IV, you may experience coldness, stiffness, and/or a sensation of pressure or tingling from your fingertips, up your arm and into your chest. You may also taste or smell the vitamins; they are often described as having a chalky or metallic quality. These sensations are normal and to be expected—resolving after your IV.
Let one of the staff members or doctor know right away if you experience any discomfort during your treatment including burning, stinging, aching or feelings of nausea or light-headedness. We have ways to address your concerns and make the treatment more comfortable.
The most common IV complication is known as infiltration, which occurs when IV fluid leaks into the surrounding tissues instead of the vein. Infiltration can be caused by dislodgement of the IV needle, most often by patient movement. Although this is a non-serious complication, it is important to keep your arm still during your treatment to prevent discomfort and delay your treatment.
Many people enjoy an immediate feeling of relaxation during their treatment; a warm sensation in the abdomen or pelvis is occasionally experienced and is normal. Your IV treatments are meant to be a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Please let us know how we can modify your treatment to make it a great experience every time.