What Is an IV Drip and How Does It Work?

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What Is an IV Drip and How Does It Work?

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IV therapy is growing in popularity. People nationwide are discovering the benefits this treatment provides for all kinds of health concerns. However, before you jump in and try it for yourself, you should know exactly what an IV drip is and what therapy entails so you can find the right provider for you. 

What Is An IV?

IV stands for intravenous, which means treatment is administered into the veins. An IV infuses fluids into the body’s bloodstream from a drip bag. This bag is filled with a saline solution that may also contain vitamins, minerals or medications—the contents can be tailored to your specifications or to address particular health concerns. 

IV treatment is a mainstay in hospitals, where it’s used for everything from chemotherapy to labor and delivery. In recent years, IV therapy has expanded from the hospital setting and is now offered in private clinics and so-called IV lounges. Mobile service makes IV therapy even more convenient by bringing treatments to the home or office. 

What is IV Therapy Used For?

The growing use of IV therapy outside of hospitals focuses on symptom relief. IV fluids rehydrate the body with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes so you feel better and more energized. IV therapy is often used for conditions such as:

  • Dehydration
  • Colds and flu
  • Food poisoning
  • Hangovers
  • Nausea
  • Altitude sickness
  • Morning sickness
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
  • Chronic medical conditions such as migraines, asthma or chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Stress

Other people rely on IV therapy as part of routine health and wellness maintenance. Athletes, for instance, augment their training with IVs for workout recovery. Some even opt for the reported anti-aging benefits (mental and physical) that are associated with NAD+ IV therapy. This substance naturally produced by the body for cellular fuel decreases as we age, but an NAD+ IV can increase those levels for a feeling of rejuvenation. 

There are many options when it comes to the types of IV drips available. This is when it’s crucial to seek treatment with an IV provider that has the expertise to help you find the treatment that will bring you the best results.

IV Therapy Benefits

IV treatment has grown in popularity in recent years because it delivers noticeable, tangible results. Some of the many benefits of IV fluids include: 

  • Vitamin deficiency prevention. You may experience health issues when you lack certain vitamins. IV therapy provides vitamins B (both B12 and B complex), C and D to support your overall health. Replenishing the body’s vitamin supply can promote a strong immune system; healthy muscles, nerves and heart; restorative sleep; good mood and much more.
  • Access to healthy nutrients. Minerals and other supplements boost your well-being and can help alleviate symptoms associated with certain medical conditions. Some common IV ingredients include the minerals zinc and magnesium and the antioxidant glutathione
  • Customized treatment. Working with our medical professionals, you can tailor a drip IV to your needs with a hand-picked selection of ingredients. 
  • Convenient care. Our mobile service delivers relatively quick and painless IV procedures to your doorstep.

What’s in an IV Bag?

The contents of an IV drip bag depend on what you want to get out of treatment. IVs typically start with an electrolyte-rich solution, either Lactated Ringer’s or normal saline (also called 0.9% sodium chloride).

From there, you can add vitamins and minerals to the fluids. If you’re focused on building immune support, for instance, you may choose vitamin C or magnesium. Feeling run down and exhausted from stress or a medical condition? Try adding B vitamins to your drip bag. Some preset IV blends make the choice even easier. The Myers’ Cocktail is perhaps the best-known type of IV. It’s often used to increase energy through a combination of B Complex, B12, vitamin C, magnesium and glutathione.

If you choose an IV such as the Myers’ Cocktail, you can still supplement it with additional vitamins and minerals if you wish. You can also add medications like Benadryl for illnesses and Toradol to help manage pain. Rocky Mountain IV Medics offers a wide-ranging menu of IV packages as well as add-ins for greater customization options. In the end, what’s in an IV drip can be whatever you want. 

How Does An IV Work?

The first step in the process takes place before treatment begins. You need to find a company that uses trained medical professionals, such as paramedics or registered nurses, to administer infusions. They can outline what IV therapy entails and discuss your health needs to pinpoint the correct IV treatment. You’ll make an appointment for treatment, and if you’re working with a mobile IV service, a team will come to the most convenient location for you.

At the beginning of your IV therapy appointment, the provider will check your vital signs, review your health history and discuss any symptoms you’re experiencing. While you sit and relax, the medical professional sanitizes the area on your arm where a needle will be gently inserted into your skin. They will then hook up the needle to the drip line on your IV bag. While the fluids flow down from the bag, you can watch TV, read a book, listen to music and otherwise remain comfortable. 

An IV therapy session usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. Once the treatment ends, the medical professional will remove the needle and place a bandage on your arm. You’ll receive post-treatment instructions and then you can go about the rest of your day.

How Long Does an IV Take?

One of the advantages of mobile IV therapy is that the treatment comes to you. When you contact Rocky Mountain IV Medics for an appointment, we’ll have one of our team members to your location within an hour. We eliminate the long wait times you usually find at a hospital emergency room or urgent care clinic.

The IV therapy session itself usually lasts 30 to 45 minutes, which includes prep time. Plus, there’s no downtime after treatment. You’ll have a bandage placed on the insertion site and receive post-treatment instructions, and then you can resume your normal daily activities. 

How Quickly Can You Feel the Effects of a Drip IV?

These results can vary, depending on the individual and the reason for IV treatment. Some people may feel immediate benefits soon after treatment is complete. Others may feel changes take effect within a few days. In comparison, oral over-the-counter medications and supplements, whether in pill, capsule or liquid form, take some time to activate because they travel through the digestive system first. That means they don’t absorb as quickly or completely as the nutrients in an IV.

How Long Do IV Fluids Stay in the Body?

Again, this will depend on the individual patient. The body needs to process the IV fluids and ingredients, so the IV fluids stay in your system for as long as it takes the body to metabolize them. Once that occurs, you will pass them out through excretion. 

Why You Should Choose IV Therapy

An IV is an effective method for symptom relief and it gets to work quickly. That’s because the vitamins and minerals in the IV fluid go into the bloodstream where they are rapidly absorbed. Some people even feel immediate benefits after treatment is complete. This stands in marked comparison to over-the-counter medications. These oral pills and fluids first travel through the digestive system, so they’re not absorbed as quickly or as completely as those in an IV. 

IV therapy is also a brief procedure with minimal downtime. It’s relatively pain-free and safe, especially when you seek treatment with an experienced company that has an excellent track record for safety and patient-centered care. As with most medical procedures, there are some potential risks and side effects, most of which are rare. You should also talk with your healthcare provider before pursuing IV therapy if you have any underlying medical conditions. 

IV therapy side effects include:

  • Skin irritation at the injection site, causing swelling, pain or redness
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Air embolisms

When you work with Rocky Mountain IV Medics, you’ll receive answers to all your questions about IV therapy so you feel confident in your treatment. Our goal is to give you the best possible IV drip experience.

How Much Does IV Therapy Cost?

We’ve priced all of our IV packages at affordable rates, between $100 and $395, depending on the type of IV. We also offer a VIP program with deals and promotions that net you even more savings. While we do not accept insurance for IV treatments, we offer several types of payment options, such as HSA and FSA, for your convenience. Our customer care representatives are happy to discuss payment details with you.

Book an IV with Rocky Mountain IV Medics

Experience the benefits of mobile IV therapy. We have locations throughout Colorado to best serve our patients. It’s easy to get IV therapy when you need it, without a lengthy wait for a doctor’s appointment. We’ve also priced our IV packages at affordable rates, and we offer a VIP program with deals and promotions that net you even more savings. Schedule an appointment online with us today.

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