What is “Normal Saline” and How is it Used in IV Therapy

Let’s discuss what a standard saline solution contains, how it compares to other IV treatments, and how to know if a person should get pure saline or a vitamin IV. We will also explain the types of vitamins used in vitamin IV therapy and how they are beneficial to your body.

What Does a Standard Saline Solution Contain?

Normal saline is a crystalloid fluid (a substance that can crystalize but can be spread through membranes when it is dissolved in a liquid). It is administered through an intravenous (IV) drip. Normal saline can be used for both adults and children.

Its purpose is most commonly to hydrate the body and provide electrolytes (sodium and chloride ions). It can also treat hypovolemia, hemorrhage, sepsis, metabolic alkalosis, and mild sodium depletion. It is also used before hemodialysis treatments and before and after blood transfusions. Normal saline is also often used in combination with other IV drugs. It is available in several different concentrations, but two of the most common are 0.9% and 0.45%.

Normal saline can only be administered through an IV. The concentration and dosage you are given depend on several factors, including your weight, age, health conditions, and lab test results.

You may not be eligible for normal saline treatment if you have kidney problems such as kidney injury or kidney disease. Normal saline should only be used in minimal doses and under strict supervision if you have congestive heart failure. If you experience fluid overload because of a saline IV, it can cause life-threatening pulmonary edema (fluid buildup in your lungs). It can also make diastolic or systolic heart failure worse, and this can lead to end-stage organ damage or even death.

How Does a Saline IV Treatment Compare to Other IV Treatments?

While the most common reason to administer a normal saline IV drip is to hydrate cells and deliver electrolytes, vitamin IV treatments have other purposes. The purpose of a vitamin IV varies depending on the type you choose. For example, if you choose our Recovery vitamin IV treatment, your IV drip will contain B complex vitamins, vitamin B12, vitamin C, magnesium, lipostat plus, and a glutathione push.

How do I Know if I Should Get Pure Saline or a Vitamin IV?

As stated above, you should not use or be given pure saline if you have heart or kidney problems. This is because the salt in this IV solution can cause fluid retention or fluid overload that can worsen heart failure and lead to organ failure.

At Drip Hydration, we offer several IV treatments that hydrate and provide electrolytes, just as normal saline does, but without the saline. This is a safer option for people with congestive heart failure and kidney problems such as kidney injury or kidney disease.

What Types of Vitamins are Used in Vitamin IV Therapy?

All of our IV treatments (except our Dehydration IV) include some combination of the following vitamins: B-complex vitamins, vitamin B12, biotin (a B vitamin), and/or vitamin C.

B-complex vitamins have been shown to reduce stress and fatigue, boost mood, improve cognitive function, and reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression. A study of 215 healthy men found that taking a high-dose B-complex and mineral supplement each day for 33 days led to better mental health, less anxiety, and improved performance in cognitive tests. A study done with young adults found that taking a multivitamin with a high dose of B-complex vitamins each day for 90 days lessened stress and mental fatigue.

Vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) is a vitamin that your body needs in order to function, but your body cannot produce vitamin B12. Therefore, you must get vitamin B12 from animal products, foods with vitamin B12 added to them, or an oral or IV supplement. Your body uses vitamin B12 to support nerve cell function, form red blood cells (thereby preventing anemia), and synthesize your DNA. Vitamin B12 may also prevent major birth defects. Studies have indicated that it also may improve the health of your bones and prevent osteoporosis. It could also reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration. Like other B vitamins, vitamin B12 may also reduce symptoms of depression and boost energy. Finally, vitamin B12 can prevent the loss of brain neurons.

Biotin (also known as vitamin B7) helps your body break down food and turn it into energy. It is found in some foods but can also be taken as an oral or IV supplement. It helps promote the health of your nervous system, liver, eyes, hair, and skin.

Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) protects your immune system and decreases your risk for cardiovascular disease, prenatal health issues, eye diseases and prevents the wrinkling of your skin.

Contact us at Drip Hydration today if you would like to schedule an IV treatment.

In-Home IV Treatments With Drip Hydration

Drip Hydration offers mobile IV treatments in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.

You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment or learn more, contact us today!