Frequently Asked Questions
What is (IV) intravenous therapy, who administers and who is an ideal candidate?
Intravenous (IV) therapy is the infusion of fluid directly into a vein. It is often combined with additives such as electrolytes and micronutrients to correct imbalances, deliver medications and provide nutrients.
IV vitamin therapy is administered by board-certified physicians and/or licensed registered nurses.
Many people get IV therapy. Our IV therapy is designed with a solution for you in mind.
How does an IV work and is it safe?
"IV" stands for intravenous which means “within vein." A tiny plastic catheter is inserted into your vein and fluid acts as a carrier to deliver electrolytes, vitamins and nutrients directly into your venous system.
IV therapy is safe. The ingredients are supplied by reputable and accredited suppliers and pharmacies. Notify your medical provider of all allergic reactions and your medical history.
How long does an infusion take, how fast will I feel the benefits and how long do the results last?
We do a quick intake evaluation followed by IV placement. The infusions range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. How quickly you feel the results will vary and depend upon the service selected.
Booster shots take just minutes to complete.
IV hydration therapy results are variable but the duration can range from several days to weeks depending on the service received and the health status of the client.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. Appointments are preferred and in some cases may be accommodated the same day. We also have weekend walk-in hours.
Do you place an actual IV for this therapy and does it hurt?
For intravenous therapy, you will need an IV placed. We will use the IV to deliver the vitamins and nutrients directly into your system.
We use small intravenous catheters to administer the infusions. You will feel a small prick sensation and then it is done.
Are IV's safe?
Yes, we are trained in IV catheter placement and can quickly determine a poorly functioning IV.
Uncommonly, a temporary minor bruise after IV placement may occur, particularly if you are on medications like aspirin. Rarely, IV placement includes risk of infection, irritation to the vein and infiltration into surrounding tissues. We minimize these risks with proper attention to sterility, technique and evaluation.
What happens if an IV can't be administered?
The majority of IV placements are uneventful. Even professionals are human and veins don't always cooperate. We will attempt twice and if you request a third attempt we will use our judgement.
If you have a history of difficult IV placement, please notify us during the phone interview so we can recommend an early appointment and adequate hydration.
What are the benefits of wellness infusions?
IV infusions deliver quality vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly into your system for 100% absorption. The nutrients can increase energy, protect the immune system, help regulate sleep and much more.
Taking oral supplements and oral hydration is the recommended approach in healthy individuals able to do so. The problem is less than 50% of oral supplements are absorbed and even less available for use by the body once digested.
Taking the amount of supplements by mouth to reach the same levels from an IV can cause very discomforting abdominal distress. IV therapy allows the body to receive 100% of the nutrients and fluids.
How often can I have IV therapy infusions?
Frequency depends on hydration needs and your choice of therapy. Our doctors will discuss which time frame is best: weekly, biweekly or monthly. We can create a wellness plan for you.
Can I eat and drink the day of my infusion?
Yes, we recommend it. There are no food, drink or medication limitations for wellness infusions. Please advise us of what medications you have taken that day during check-in.
Are results guaranteed and are there any side effects?
Results vary on an individual basis.
Side effects are rare. Some people may experience minor bruising, a metallic taste in the mouth, brief skin flushing and a cool sensation in the arm.
Very rare is the risk of infection and an allergic reaction. All sides effects are treatable.
Does insurance cover IV therapy?
Some insurance plans may cover hydration therapy; however, we do not bill your insurance. We can supply you with billing codes if you wish to pursue reimbursement with your insurance company.
Do I need a medical referral for IV therapy?
No, a referral is not needed.
Do I need lab testing done prior to my IV therapy?
Most patients do not require testing or lab work. Patients are screened and evaluated on an individual basis. If after initial consultation your service warrants testing, we will notify you prior to your visit.
Are there restrictions that would prevent me from doing IV therapy?
Wellness infusions are generally for healthy adults aged 18 years old and older. We offer free phone consultations when in doubt. You can also email us at . Please include your name, date of birth and phone number in the email.