Electrolytes and Vitamins
Important Safety Information
Electrolytes are electrically charged particles in your body that help balance your body’s water and fluid levels, mobilize nutrients and waste throughout your body’s cells, and ensure proper function of your heart, brain, muscles, and nerves. Examples of electrolytes include sodium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, and phosphate. You can get these electrolytes naturally from your diet, but dramatic changes in your body’s water content (such as overhydration or dehydration) may require special treatment to restore proper electrolyte balance.
Similarly to electrolytes, vitamins help ensure the proper growth and development of your body. The 13 vitamins considered essential for the body are:
- Vitamin A (retinol)
- B Vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Pantothenic acid, B6, Biotin, B12, Folic acid)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
You should be able to get all of these essential vitamins in a properly balanced diet, but special dietary restrictions or needs may call for supplementation or special treatment plans.
What is the most important information I should know about Electrolyte and Vitamin Infusion?
Infusion of electrolytes and vitamins into the body works by delivering hydration and essential nutrients directly into the bloodstream. Since it bypasses the digestive system, patients feel the effect of electrolytes and vitamins faster and receive a significantly higher absorption rate.
Treatment for Pregnant Women
Electrolyte and vitamin infusion can be an effective treatment for the dehydration many women experience due to morning sickness. Since nausea and vomiting can negatively impact one’s appetite and digestive equilibrium, IV electrolytes and vitamins can also treat nutrient-deficiency brought on by these symptoms.
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.
Treatment for Cancer Patients
Cancer and cancer treatments (such as chemotherapy) can often lead to bodily imbalances, nausea, and vomiting. Patients who are experiencing these symptoms may benefit from electrolyte and vitamin infusion therapy to help restore proper hydration and nutrient levels to the body.
Side Effects of Electrolyte and Vitamin Infusion
While electrolytes and vitamins are a natural part of healthy nutrition levels, in rare cases some patients may experience mild side effects from the infusion therapy itself. Some of these side effects include:
- Bruising and soreness around the injection area
- Cooling sensation down the arm
- A 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.
All of our infusion therapies are offered through provider referral only. If you are interested in electrolyte or vitamin infusion therapy, reach out to your healthcare provider to request an appointment with us.