What is IV Therapy? Science & Methodology Behind Drip Treatments

How do IV Drips Work?

how does an iv work

Intravenous (IV) fluid drips deliver a combination of saline solution, vitamins, and electrolytes through a small catheter and tubing directly into the bloodstream. The ingredients in individual IV formulas are specifically blended to address a variety of health needs.

During therapy, the nurse inserts an IV line into the patient’s vein. This IV line is attached to a bag of saline solution. The bag is then hung above the patient’s head. IV therapy bags are designed to let gravity, as opposed to a syringe or other forced technique, carry fluid into the veins over time.

The duration of a single treatment varies from person to person, but tends to last between 30 – 45 minutes. Our NAD and NAD+ Boost formulas take 3 – 4 hours to administer.

What’s in an IV Formula?

Micronutrients and supplements

IV formulas contain a combination of ingredients designed to treat specific conditions or health targets. Drip Hydration’s proprietary IV infusion blends contain essential fluids, electrolytes, vitamins, and antioxidants. Each IV therapy treatment is designed to contain the optimal balance of vitamins, antioxidants and medications to provide a wide range of health benefits.

Although the specific ingredients vary from formula to formula, all IV vitamin drips have two basic components:

  • Saline solution: A sterile mixture of sodium chloride and water that hydrates the body and facilitates the delivery of medication and vitamins.
  • Vitamins: Organic nutrients such as vitamins and antioxidants that the body uses to maintain normal function, and which must be obtained from an outside source such as food, drink, or an IV.

In addition to these, some of Drip Hydration’s IV formulas contain medications which are diluted into the saline solution to help improve nausea or relieve pain. Select IV add-ons can also be added to formulas to boost your energy levels, support a healthy metabolism for weight loss, and more.

If you don’t see a formula that’s right for you or you have a specific health target in mind, Drip Hydration can also custom-blend an IV specially for you. Give us a call for a consultation.

Why Choose IV Therapy Over Oral Treatment Options?

IV DripWith over-the-counter supplements and oral rehydration solutions readily available at your local pharmacy, you may be wondering why to choose IV therapy over these options.

Oral supplements and medications have lower bioavailability than IV drips because they must first pass through your digestive system, where they are metabolized before reaching your circulation. In addition to this, age, activity level, illness, malabsorption issues, stress, and previous gastrointestinal surgery can also influence how well your body can absorb supplements and medications.

The ingredients in IV drips, meanwhile, are 100% absorbed by your body because they are administered directly into your bloodstream. Your body uses the maximum amount of what it needs and excretes the rest for maximum effect. Since IV drips are delivered into your bloodstream, the ingredients become immediately available to your cells, greatly decreasing the time it takes for a medication or supplement to take effect.

Because IV treatments are administered directly into your bloodstream, they circumvent the digestive system. IV treatments are ideal for individuals who have difficulty ingesting fluids or medication due to nausea or illness. Similarly, IV therapy can benefit individuals with malabsorption issues, helping ensure that medication, fluids, and vitamins are accessible to cells.

How Safe is IV Therapy?

IV Drip NurseIV therapy is a very safe procedure. In addition, it is generally well-tolerated by most patients, meaning that few people experience side effects during or after treatment.

There is a small risk of infection at the site where the needle enters your skin. Other complications of IV therapy are rare, and more detail on these can be found here.

Drip Hydration is committed to a safe, positive IV therapy experience. Your nurse will stay with you during the entire appointment to monitor your IV infusion and answer any questions you have.

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