IV Therapy

Intravenous therapy or IV therapy is the infusion of liquid substances and medicines directly into the veins of the patience via a tube or a needle. This treatment has been used in hospitals extensively for years to treat a wide range of issue ranging from dehydration disorders involving nutrient absorption to emergency cases like heart attacks, poisoning or even strokes.

What IV therapy is used for

There seems to be a new trend where independent clinics and house-call services seem to be giving the IV therapy to help people and also unclog crowded emergency departments.

  • Such treatments have gathered a lot of buzz as a cure for hangover, especially in party cities like Vegas, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
  • IV therapy seems to work well on patients with migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
  • It is also a proven a way to infuse fluids into people requiring energy, beauty, nutritional, athletic or immunity boost.

How it works

The contents of the drip differ as per the need of the patient but most of them contain vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and some Vitamin B too. The delivery of high concentration of minerals and vitamins directly into the bloodstream enables the body to recuperate faster and reap the goodness of the ingredients quickly.

 

Drugs that are mostly given via IV

  • Chemotherapy drugs like cisplain, vincristine, doxorubicin, and paclitaxel
  • Antifungal drugs like amphotericin and micafungin
  • Pain medicines such as morphine and hydromorphone
  • Meropenem, vancomycin, and gentamicin and other antibiotics
  • IVIG (immunoglobulin medications)
  • Dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dobutamine for low blood pressure

The dangers of taking an IV

This form of treatment isn’t suitable for everyone. Someone with congestive heart failure cannot take a lot of fluid since that may cause strain on his body and worsen his health condition. Additionally, someone already taking other prescribed medicines or having allergies must also consult a doctor before using this therapy.

By puncturing your skin, you are risking the chance of an infection in the area. So one must make sure the needle that is administered is sterile (i.e. germ free).Otherwise infections such as fever, redness, chills, swelling or pain may happen at the injection site. A poorly placed or delivered needle can also cause complications such as, air embolism (when air bubble enters the veins- this can be fatal), hematoma (when blood enters the tissues) and infiltration (when fluids enter the tissues).

The question of whether or not you should use such a treatment depends on you medical condition, if you suffer from any of the above mentioned conditions please do not use an IV drip without consulting you regular physician. If it is an emergency situation and a medicine or a fluid needs to be immediately injected into yours bloodstream, then please let the doctor do so.

On the other hand, if the reason is not medical and is either to boost your system or enhance you beauty or athletic ability please make sure speak to one of our licensed pharmacists.

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