Vitamins are essential for the healthy growth and development of your body. There are 13 essential ones, each with different jobs to keep you healthy. All of these vitamins are available through a balanced diet, but in some cases — such as pregnancy or chemotherapy — supplementation and treatments such as IV therapy may be necessary.
How IV Vitamin Therapy Works
Intravenous, or IV, infusion of vitamins works by delivering them directly into your bloodstream through what is known as a gravity IV, which ensures a safe and steady infusion of the vitamins into your body. This treatment bypasses digestion, which allows for a faster absorption rate, meaning that you’ll feel the effects quicker than through food or oral supplements.
Vitamin Therapy for Pregnant Women
IV infusion of vitamins has been proven as an effective treatment for pregnant women dealing with morning sickness, treating nutrient deficiency and restoring bodily equilibrium. Whereas vitamins taken orally threaten to aggravate an already unstable digestive system, IV infusion bypasses digestion and goes straight into the bloodstream, delivering fast relief without increasing symptoms of nausea. If you are considering electrolyte and vitamin infusion during your pregnancy, first consult with your OB-GYN or another qualified healthcare provider to request a referral.
Vitamin Therapy for Cancer Patients
Another group that benefits from IV vitamin therapy is cancer patients. While cancer and cancer treatments can lead to nausea, vomiting, and other bodily imbalances, vitamin infusion can remedy those imbalances and help restore equilibrium.
Benefits of IV Vitamin Therapy
Some of the benefits of IV vitamin therapy include:
- Faster delivery into the bloodstream than if taken orally
- Improves mood and energy levels
- Reduces nausea
- Improves hydration levels
- More rapid relief than orally-absorbed vitamins
Vitamins for IV Infusion
- B Vitamins (thiamine folic acid) are essential for healthy metabolism, brain and nervous system function, and hormone production. B12 can be given via an injection.
Vitamin infusions are created based on the specific needs of the patient. All of the essential vitamins can be given intravenously, but the exact makeup of a particular vitamin infusion will differ from treatment to treatment.
What to Expect
The duration of IV vitamin therapy will vary based on the patient’s needs, but in general you can expect it to last somewhere between 60-90 minutes. When you arrive at Infusion Associates, one of our experienced medical professionals will discuss with you all of the details of your therapy and answer any questions you may have. Then our staff will lead you to one of our comfortable treatment rooms, which are stocked with several amenities to make your treatment as pleasant as possible, including free WiFi, blankets, beverages, and more. Throughout the entirety of your treatment, a doctor or nurse will be monitoring the infusion to make sure everything goes safely and smoothly.
Vitamins are a natural part of healthy nutrition and generally carry no risk of side effects. In some rare cases, allergic reactions to vitamins may occur, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you start any treatment.
Some patients may experience mild side effects from the infusion itself, including:
- Bruising and soreness around the injection area
- Cooling sensation down the arm
- Metallic taste in your mouth
Less common side effects include a risk of infection or an allergic reaction to treatment. All side effects are of short duration and treatable.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Visit MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
If Your Doctor Has Recommended IV Vitamin Therapy, Let Infusion Associates Help
At Infusion Associates, we provide medically-prescribed infusion therapy in a welcoming and friendly environment. Our team of healthcare professionals is fully committed to making the experience as comfortable as possible for you or your patients. We always inform patients of any potential side effects and answer all their questions before starting treatment. In addition, we have a registered pharmacist on staff to make the process as seamless as possible.