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What are the different types of IV therapy?

At IV Wellness, we embrace a holistic approach that goes beyond a standardized menu. Here, you’re not just another customer selecting from a list of options – instead, a skilled Registered Nurse guides you through a thoughtful consultation to craft a unique cocktail of vitamins and nutrients right before your eyes. With a mission to enhance well-being, we’re transforming the traditional notion of intravenous therapy, offering a bespoke experience designed exclusively for you. In this blog, we’ll explore our diverse range of IV therapies available. Discover how personalized IV therapy can elevate your immunity, recovery, and overall vitality, leaving you feeling revitalized and ready to take on anything.

It’s important to note that the specific composition of IV therapy can vary depending on the individual’s needs, medical condition, and the expertise of the healthcare provider administering the treatment. While the above list summarizes some of the main types of IV therapy discussed in the blog, we also offer additional options available beyond those mentioned.

Types of IV Therapies:

1. Immunity Boosting IV: 

This type of IV therapy focuses on strengthening the immune system and can be beneficial for various illnesses, including strep throat, COVID-19, flu, and the common cold. Immune-boosting IV treatments typically include a combination of vitamins such as vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and glutathione, which are known for their immune-enhancing properties. These nutrients can help strengthen the immune response, reduce the severity and duration of illness, and support overall immune function. IV therapy delivers these nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system for faster absorption and maximum effectiveness. It does not require a specific diagnosis or testing, as we treat all illnesses with the same approach (note: the dose of Vitamin C is based on your weight).

2. Food Poisoning: 

IV therapy can help with food poisoning by replenishing fluids, electrolytes, and essential nutrients that may have been lost due to vomiting and diarrhea. This rehydration and nutrient restoration aids in recovery and can help alleviate or decrease symptoms within 10-15 minutes…significantly faster than most other methods!  For nausea and/or headache/pain, our Nurses can add IV Zofran and/or Toradol as needed.

3. Overindulgence: 

 

This refers to IV therapy for individuals who may have indulged in excessive alcohol, quickly helping to rehydrate and replenish nutrients. IV therapy helps restore hydration, electrolyte balance, and essential nutrients, providing relief from hangover symptoms. Electrolyte-rich fluids, B vitamins, and antioxidants like glutathione are commonly used in these treatments. For nausea and/or pain, our Nurses can also add IV Zofran or Toradol.  Be proactive… IVs can also be taken to prevent dehydration before a night of fun or weekend getaway.

4. Exercise and Sports Performance: 

IV therapy is commonly used by athletes, runners, and individuals seeking to optimize their physical condition and performance. It typically includes a combination of hydration fluids, electrolytes, amino acids, and vitamins such as B complex, Glutathione and Magnesium. These nutrients support energy production and muscle recovery, and reduce oxidative stress caused by intense physical activity, helping athletes and fitness enthusiasts perform at their best and shorten recovery times.  Unlike most oral supplements, IV treatments are pharmaceutical-grade, FDA approved and contain zero ingredients on the banned substances list for athletes.

5. Pregnancy-related Nausea: 

IV therapy can assist pregnant women who experience nausea and vomiting, commonly known as morning sickness. By replenishing fluids and electrolytes, IV therapy helps alleviate dehydration and provides safe essential nutrients to support the health of both the mother and the baby. IV fluids, electrolytes, and selected vitamins and minerals can be administered to replenish fluids, restore electrolyte balance, and provide essential nutrients. While B vitamins are generally avoided due to concerns about excessive stimulation, other nutrients like magnesium, glutathione, Vitamin C and Zofran can be included to help alleviate symptoms of morning sickness, especially the most extreme cases. IV Wellness suggests the patient reach out to their OB/GYN or Midwife to get approval for any vitamins that are desired to add to the IV fluids.

6. Migraines: 

IV therapy can be an effective option for managing migraines. It often involves a combination of fluids, electrolytes, and/or Toradol, specifically targeting migraine relief. Magnesium sulfate, in particular, has been shown to have a beneficial effect on reducing the frequency and severity of migraines. The treatment helps hydrate the body, balance electrolytes, and deliver magnesium sulfate directly into the bloodstream, providing rapid relief and potentially preventing/decreasing future migraine episodes.

7. Cancer Support (excluding chemotherapy): 

IV therapy may be used as an adjunctive therapy for individuals with cancer. It aims to boost the immune system and provide supportive nutrients to promote overall well-being. It typically includes a combination of immune-boosting nutrients such as HIGH-dose vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin D . High-dose vitamin C therapy has been proven safe and effective for cancer patients, however, is not recommended “during” chemotherapy, as it may interfere with immune suppression efforts.  Therefore, it is important to consult with your oncologist or healthcare provider to ensure that IV therapy with high-dose Vitamin C does not interfere with your specific cancer treatments.

8. Jetlag: 

 

IV therapy has been shown to help combat fatigue and exhaustion associated with jetlag. 
Bvitamins, especially vitamin B12, play a crucial role in energy production and can help reduce the lethargy and exhaustion associated with jetlag. By rehydrating the body and providing essential nutrients, IV therapy can expedite the adjustment to a new time zone and help individuals feel more alert and energized.

 

 

Customized IV Therapies

Along with these individual therapies, patients can also request a more personalized IV experience. IV Wellness tailors each IV therapy to the individual patient’s needs, customizing the cocktail based on their specific situation. Our Registered Nurses help determine the necessary components by asking questions and considering the patient’s responses. The process involves preparing the custom IV right in front of the patient, before starting with the IV fluid administration.

 

The cocktail may consist of various vitamins and drugs, depending on the patient’s condition. For example, if the patient is sick, vitamin C, Zinc and D are typically included. The dosage of vitamin C is determined based on the patient’s weight with a known calculation.  Additionally, B vitamins and zinc may be added, but the nurse ensures the patient has eaten to avoid potential nausea from these supplements on an empty stomach.

 

In the case of a hangover or food poisoning, where dehydration is a primary concern, additional fluid administration may be recommended. Headache relief can be addressed with the prescription painkiller Toradol, which belongs to the same class as non-prescription NSAIDs like ibuprofen. If the patient is experiencing nausea, Zofran may be provided.  Glutathione, a potent detoxifying antioxidant, is particularly helpful in these cases because it helps “flush” toxins from the liver and GI tract (unless desired, high-dose vitamin C, Zinc  and vitamin D are typically not necessary for these conditions, therefore reducing the price of a hangover/food poisoning IV).

 

The customization of the IV cocktail based on the patient’s specific needs helps optimize the effectiveness of IV therapy while considering cost and minimizing any potential adverse effects. 

 

At IV Wellness, we believe in the power of personalized IV therapy to unlock your body’s full potential and optimize your well-being. Experience the difference that a customized, nutrient-rich IV treatment can make in your life. Whether you’re seeking immune support, recovery from a night of indulgence, relief from migraines, or a boost in athletic performance, our dedicated team is here to guide you every step of the way. Embrace the opportunity to revitalize your body and embark on a transformative wellness journey. 

 

Contact IV Wellness today to schedule your personalized IV therapy session and take the first step toward a healthier, more vibrant you.

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