IV Therapy: What to Expect
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible for your IV Therapy. Below you will see some specifics on what to expect at your appointment. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!
Preparing For Your IV Treatment
Please wear a shirt that can roll up above your elbows to allow access to your arm.
Hydrate Before Every IV
The more hydrated you are, the more easily accessible your veins are, making for a more comfortable treatment.
Have Something to Eat
Some of the vitamins and minerals can have a temporary blood sugar and blood pressure lowering effect, which can make you feel lightheaded during or after your IV if you have not eaten.
If we are sedentary right before an IV, our vessels may be more difficult to access.
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.
What To Expect During Your IV Treatment
The infusion can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the type of IV drip you are receiving. NAD+ has a four-hour infusion protocol. For all other infusions, please plan to be here a minimum of 1 hour.
Let your staff 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 ways to improve your comfort!
During your IV, you may experience coldness, stiffness, and sensation of pressure or tingling from your fingertips, up 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.
The most common IV complication is known as infiltration, which occurs when IV fluid leaks into surrounding tissues. Infiltration can be caused by dislodgement of the IV catheter, 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 to 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.
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.
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 blood stream that readily cross cell membranes and “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.
Minor bruising of the IV site is common and should resolve within the week. If you experience redness, swelling, or pain in 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 our team.