IV VITAMIN THERAPY FAQ

 

Why do I need Hydration?

75% of American a dehydrated.  Mild dehydration can start to affect your ability to think clearly.  More moderate to severe dehydration can affect sleep, your mood, and your overall performance.

What is an IV Hydration?

IV (or Intravenous) hydration is a way to get fluids, vitamins, minerals, and medication directly into your body, with a 100% absorption rate, bypassing the digestive tract.  A small catheter is placed directly into a vein in your arm or hand and fluid coupled   with vitamins and minerals are administered directly into the vein. With IV hydration your body’s fluid volume increases within a short time making you feel better, much faster.  All IV infusions are prepared by a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. 

How long does IV Therapy Last?

After an IV therapy session, vitamins and mineral levels stay elevated for 2-3 weeks.

Who administers IV Therapy?

IV treatments are administered by Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Physicians.

 

How often should I get an IV treatment?

The frequency of IV Drip therapy is determined on a client by clien. We take a customized approach to suit your individual needs. For preventative health and wellness, we recommend two IV drips per month to help balance out any vitamin deficiencies.

In some cases, with people who suffer from advanced stages of autoimmune diseases or cancer, continued IV therapy may be necessary for nutritional support. Some patients get progressively better and after a series of treatments they no longer require ongoing weekly IV therapy, only monthly treatments to maintain balance. Other patients need regular vitamin injections in order to help alleviate symptoms of their chronic or common medical conditions.

How old do you have to be to get an IV infusion?

Clients must be 18 years old or older.  Although, we feel that everyone can benefit from IV hydration we do not treat minors at this time. 

 

Does getting an IV hurt?

Everyone has a different pain tolerance to needles.  However, we use the smallest needle possible.  We also provide a relaxing environment with tea, water, heating pads, reclining chairs, warm blankets, noise canceling headphones, calming music, and an essential oil diffuser. 

Do we take insurance?

We do not take private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. The services we provide are typically less expensive than the co-pay you would pay at an emergency room or urgent care.  We do except FSA and HAS accounts.

Will I see a Nurse Practitioner?

Yes, we always have a nurse practitioner on site.  The nurse practitioner (NP) in our clinic will do an assessment prior to mixing your hydration bag.  Every hydration bag will be designed based on your needs and your assessment from the NP.  Our goal is to provide high quality care.

Should I see my medical doctor prior to having an IV infusion?

It is not necessary to see a medical doctor prior to treatment. We have nurse practitioners on site that will do a medical history and assessment prior to any IV infusions. We want to make sure you receive safe and quality care at our clinic. 

How long does an IV infusion take?

Typically an IV infusion takes about 30-45 minutes.  We provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, so you may want it to take longer.

SIDE EFFECTS

What are some of the possible side effects?

Occasionally, you may have some bruising and soreness from the IV site.  Typically, this will go away fairly fast. 

Some rare side effects include possible risk of infection and allergic reactions.

We have medical staff that is trained and very prepared for any negative side effects that may arise.  There is always a Nurse Practitioner on site that can take care of any medical needs. 

 

Can I have an allergic reaction?

We always ask about allergy information before providing any treatments. Allergic reactions to IV vitamin therapy are also rare but can occur if a patient has an unknown allergy to one of the nutrients used. All nutrient information about IV hydration is provided upon request. Reactions to the vitamins themselves are unlikely since they are all naturally present in the body.

 

Do IV treatment cause bruising?

Bruising is a known side effect that rarely occurs in a minority of peripheral IVs. Due to the catheter insertion into a vein, the venipuncture itself can lead to bruising for a few reasons: patient’s vein anatomy such as angle, size, venous wall fragility, and previous scarring. We minimize this at Drip Doctors by using highly skilled medical professionals with ER & ICU experience using advanced IV technique. We also provide standard aftercare instructions for prevention.