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How Often Should You Do IV Vitamin Therapy?

How Often Should You Do IV Vitamin Therapy?

Depending on your lifestyle, dietary habits, overall wellness, or other factors, you may experience head and body aches, low moods, and other kinds of discomfort, which haven’t been easy to treat. People who are dehydrated or need a quick energy boost often turn to IV vitamin therapy.

What Is IV Vitamin Therapy?

Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy is a process where you receive a liquid, hydrating solution through a catheter placed into your vein. To place the catheter, a small needle is inserted into a vein in your arm or hand, and the vitamins and nutrients are then dispensed via gravity or by a mechanical pump. IV vitamin therapy should only be performed in a healthcare provider’s office, medical facility, or IV clinic by trained medical professionals. Vitamins and other nutrients like vitamin C, B12, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and others are typically added to a saline or electrolyte-based solution. This creates a nutritional IV vitamin therapy that helps many people recover from symptoms of dehydration, headaches or migraines, or the effects of anxiety and low moods.

The process could take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours but is generally fast-acting and effective with few adverse side effects. Unlike vitamins and nutrients, which make it into your system through a gradual digestive process, IV vitamin therapy has the benefit of going directly into your bloodstream, where the nutrients are absorbed more thoroughly and delivered to your body as needed with near-instant benefit.

IV vitamin therapy was pioneered by Baltimore, Maryland, physician John Myers, who began experimenting with liquid vitamin infusions in the late 1950s and continued perfecting his “Myers’ cocktail” until his death in the 1980s. Like all healthcare professionals, Myers had a simple goal – to improve the physical and mental wellness of his patients.

IV Vitamin Therapy Frequency

How often you receive IV vitamin therapy is often a personal choice, one rooted in opinion, overall mental and physical wellness, and other factors. IV therapy has many benefits, but how often should you do IV vitamin therapy? Should you only go for therapy x-number of times? The answer primarily depends on your needs, goals, and reasons for getting IV therapy. If your lifestyle and diet are such that you’re not getting as many vitamins and other nutrients as recommended, then this kind of therapy may offer specific nutrients or blends of nutrients that you can’t get quickly enough through food or healthy living.

For someone considering the benefits of IV vitamin therapy who’s interested in promoting overall wellness, one infusion every few weeks may be both ideal and satisfactory for most people because nutrient levels remain elevated for two weeks after an infusion. But this is a question that your healthcare provider may also have an answer for – or at least a strong opinion based on your health and medical history. People with certain health conditions or who see a medical professional regularly may benefit from specialized therapy each week. In this case, your healthcare professional will likely offer specific instructions and reasons for more frequent IV vitamin therapy sessions.

The primary consideration is undergoing a therapy that offers the most benefit, is least intrusive of daily obligations, and meets or exceeds your expectations. Each of these factors has varying importance to different people, but none should be easily dismissed. Any kind of supplemental healthcare is a personal decision. Still, you owe it to yourself to become educated about the reason you’re seeking IV vitamin therapy and its risks and benefits. 

Does It Have Any Bad Side Effects?

Like many kinds of healthcare treatment,  may result in uncomfortable, but temporary, side effects for certain people. This kind of therapy is safe when performed in a licensed facility by trained professionals. Still, some people report discomfort and bruising where the needle was inserted, skin discoloration, and other side effects, including:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea from too much vitamin C.
  • Headaches, fatigue, and weakness from too much vitamin B12.
  • Weak bones and possible kidney stones from too much calcium.
  • Too much magnesium may cause nausea, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea.
  • High doses of zinc may cause nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and headaches in certain people.

Final Thoughts

IV vitamin therapy is a growing health trend worth considering based on your personal situation. Still, there are other options to reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, headaches, body aches, and other conditions, such as dieting and ketamine therapy.

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