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What Is A Hangover Medical Procedure, And What To Expect?

Many of us are well acquainted with waking up after a night of overindulgence and revelry with feelings of a dreaded hangover. A hangover is an uncomfortable collection of symptoms, including headaches, nausea, fatigue, and dehydration, often after drinking too much alcohol.

This cluster of symptoms is the body’s way of signaling its struggle to cope with the alcohol’s effects.

Hangover medical procedures have emerged in recent years as a potential way to alleviate these unpleasant symptoms. These procedures, which can range from intravenous (IV) hydration therapy to oxygen therapy, are usually performed by healthcare professionals in a clinic or, in some cases, in your home.

Let’s look at the different hangover medical procedures and how they might be a valuable tool to incorporate before you partake in alcohol beyond moderation.

Types of Hangover Medical Procedures

Precisely why do hangovers happen? When you drink alcohol, it causes your body to produce more urine, leading to dehydration. Alcohol can also trigger an inflammatory response from your immune system and cause your blood vessels to expand, both of which can lead to hangover symptoms.

While several hangover remedies are readily available, some work better than others.

Hydration Therapy

IV hydration therapy is one of the most common hangover medical procedures. This treatment works by directly infusing fluids into your bloodstream via an IV. These fluids frequently contain a combination of electrolytes, vitamins, and medications to help combat the effects of dehydration and restore your body’s natural balance. The advantages of hydration therapy can be significant. It can help relieve dehydration symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, and headaches faster than drinking water alone.1

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Furthermore, because the treatment is delivered directly into your bloodstream, it bypasses the digestive system, resulting in faster and more efficient absorption that causes less stomach discomfort. However, IV hydration therapy, like any medical procedure, has the potential for side effects. Bruising at the injection site, infection, or, in rare cases, an allergic reaction to the solution used are all possibilities.

IV hydration therapy is available at specialized clinics in many major cities. Some companies even provide mobile services, bringing the treatment to your home or hotel room.

IV with Anti-Nausea Medication

For those experiencing nausea or vomiting due to a hangover, IV therapy combined with anti-nausea medication can be a game changer. Medications such as ondansetron (Zofran) or metoclopramide can be added to the IV solution to help soothe the stomach.

IV treatments may provide immediate relief from nausea and vomiting, allowing the individual to better hydrate and nourish their body.

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IV Pain-Relief Medication

Similarly, IV therapy can be combined with pain relievers to help relieve headaches or body aches caused by a hangover. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen may help provide quick relief.

However, these drugs, like all medications, may have side effects.

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NSAIDs can cause stomach problems and, in rare cases, increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Before beginning treatment, always discuss these risks with your healthcare provider.

Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy is another hangover treatment option. This treatment involves breathing in pure oxygen, usually through a mask or nasal cannula. Increased oxygen levels may assist your body in metabolizing alcohol more quickly, potentially reducing hangover symptoms.

Oxygen therapy can provide various benefits, including increased energy, reduced stress, and better sleep. It is also a relatively safe procedure with few side effects, though some may experience a dry or bloody nose, fatigue, or mild headaches.

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Some medical spas, wellness centers, and specialized clinics offer oxygen therapy.

Potential Side Effects

While hangover medical procedures can provide immediate relief, they are not without risks. It’s important to remember that these treatments involve medical interventions like IV insertion, which can lead to infection, bleeding, or an allergic reaction.

Some people may also experience minor pain or bruising at the injection site. These risks, however, are typically minimal when administered by trained professionals in a clean environment. Many of these risks can be relieved by putting your care in the hands of a trusted medical provider with experience.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation

Regardless of your method of receiving them, vitamin and mineral supplementation must be balanced. Because of the diuretic effect of alcohol, your body can become depleted of essential vitamins and minerals during a hangover. These nutrients can be replenished with supplements, potentially alleviating hangover symptoms and promoting recovery.

B vitamins, which can boost energy levels and support liver function, and magnesium, which can help reduce headaches and improve sleep, are two supplements that are commonly recommended for hangovers. Potassium and sodium, two electrolytes frequently depleted during a hangover, can also be helpful. 2 3


While supplements are generally safe, remember that they can have adverse effects, especially if taken in large quantities. Speak with a healthcare professional if you have any additional concerns.

How to Prepare for a Hangover Medical Procedure

There are things you can do before having a hangover medical procedure to help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Consult a healthcare professional first. They can advise whether your chosen treatment is safe for you and what to expect during and after it. Decide if you want to visit a clinic or opt for in-home treatment.
  • Second, keep yourself hydrated. While hydration therapy can help restore fluid levels, drinking water before and after treatment can aid your recovery. The more hydrated you are before your treatment, the greater the added benefit.
  • Third, consume a nutritious meal. Food can help your blood sugar levels stabilize and give your body the vital nutrients required to recover. While this is a good practice, specific medical hangover treatments will require you to have eaten prior.

Finally, get enough sleep. After a night of drinking, sleep can help your body heal and restore its natural balance. Before your treatment, prioritizing rest will put you in the correct physical and mental space to maximize the effects of your treatment.

The Cost of Hangover Medical Procedures

The cost of hangover medical procedures varies greatly depending on the type of treatment, the clinic’s location, and whether or not any additional services (such as medications or vitamins) are included.

While some insurance plans may cover these treatments, many do not, mainly if they are classified as “elective” or “non-essential.” Check with your insurance provider to see what, if any, coverage you have.

The cost of hangover medical procedures can range from $100 to several hundred dollars out of pocket. When deciding whether these treatments are right for you, consider these costs.

Alternatives to Hangover Medical Procedures

While medical procedures for hangovers can provide immediate relief, they are not the only way to treat hangover symptoms. Drinking water, eating a balanced diet, and resting are adequate home remedies.

Prevention strategies such as limiting your alcohol consumption and drinking water in between alcoholic beverages can help minimize or prevent hangovers from occurring.
Over-the-counter medications, such as NSAIDs for headaches and antacids for stomach upset, can also alleviate mild to moderate hangover symptoms.

Final Thoughts

Medical procedures for hangovers may provide near-immediate relief for those suffering from the unpleasant aftereffects of a celebratory night out. However, it is critical to understand what these treatments entail, their potential benefits and risks, and other available alternatives.

Remember that while these treatments can help with hangover symptoms, drinking responsibly and caring for your body is the best way to avoid one. Always consult a healthcare professional if you have concerns about your drinking habits or health.

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Hangover IV - Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in our hangover IV?

Our Hangover IV treatment contains a blend of IV fluids, electrolytes, vitamins and medication to restore the vitamins in your body and help your body battle with the unwanted hangover symptoms. Among the main ingredients are B-Complex vitamins, Vitamin B12, Toradol and Anti-Nausea medication. 

Why is hangover IV much more effective than hangover drinks?

Hangover IV is more effective than hangover drinks because the IV solution is introduced directly into your blood without having to go through the digestive system which is already overloaded. This means you will feel the effects much faster and feel much better very quickly. 

How long does it take for our Hangover IV to start working?

It usually takes between 30-60 minutes for you to feel the benefits of our Hangover IV drip.

What are the levels of hangover severity?

IV therapy in general is FDA approved. Our nurses are overseen by our Medical Director, Abe Malkin, and every nurse is registered and certified per state standards.

Read more: Hangover IV FAQ


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[2] WebMD Editorial Contributors - Health Benefits of B Complex;

[3] Amy McGorry, Fox News - Hangover cure: Can electrolytes really relieve symptoms the morning after drinking alcohol?;