IV Vitamin Therapy: What to Expect
Preparing for your IV Treatment
Please wear a shirt that can roll up above your elbow to allow access to your arm.
If we are sedentary right before an IV, our vessels may be more difficult to access.
HYDRATE BEFORE EVERY IV
The more hydrated you are, the more easily accessible your veins are, making for a more
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.
HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT
Some of the vitamins and minerals can have temporary blood sugar, and a blood pressure-lowering effect, which can make you feel lightheaded during or after your IV if you haven’t eaten.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR IV TREATMENT
The IV can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 1⁄2 hours depending on the type of IV drip you’re receiving. Please plan to be here for a minimum of 1 hour.
During your IV, you may experience coldness, stiffness, and sensation of pressure or tingle from your fingertips, up to your arm, and into your chest. You may also taste or smell the vitamins; often they are described as having a metallic quality. These sensations are normal and to be expected. They will resolve immediately following your IV.
Let your IV Therapist know right away if you experience any discomfort during your treatment including burning, stinging, aching, or feelings of nausea or light-headedness. We have many solutions to improve your comfort!
The most common IV complication is known as infiltration, which occurs when IV fluid leaks into surrounding tissues. Infiltration can be caused by dislodgment 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. Your IV should be an experience you enjoy every time, so please let us know what we can do to make your experience the most comfortable!
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR IV TREATMENT
Many people experience an increase in energy, mental alertness, and overall sense of wellbeing
immediately following their IV treatment. These effects may be subtle or may not be noticed until the next day or days following treatment. You may require several IV treatments before you begin to experience a benefit.
Chronic stress, illness, lack of sleep, and poor eating habits, can all contribute to nutrient depletion. Without adequate nutrition, metabolism inside our cells becomes sluggish, leading to a buildup of waste products inside the cell. IV therapy delivers high doses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream that readily cross cell membranes to ‘kick-start’ cellular metabolism. It is therefore normal to experience mild fatigue, headache, nausea or light- headedness following your IV treatment. This is especially common after your first few IV treatments, as your body works to clear any stored metabolic waste products.
You may continue with your daily activities, including exercise following your IV treatment. It
is important to continue to stay hydrated and eat regular meals.
Minor bruising of the IV site is common and should resolve within the week. If you experience redness, swelling or pain of your arm or at your injection site, please contact us right away.
If you have any questions or concerns following your IV treatment, please contact our office to speak with one of our IV Therapist