Questions You May Have Before An IV Vitamin Infusion Session

If an IV infusion center recently opened in your town, you might be thinking of going in for a session. IV hydration and vitamin infusions can help you recover from a demanding athletic event. They may also help you get over a cold or the flu, and they can even help energize you, particularly if you have an underlying vitamin deficiency that the infusion helps correct. However, as IV infusions are a new experience for most people, you might have a few questions you'd like answered before you go in for treatment.

What will the IV contain?

This depends on the exact treatment you receive, but most IV vitamin infusions mainly contain water, electrolytes, and some key vitamins and minerals. You'll almost always find sodium, potassium, and magnesium in the solution as these are key electrolytes your body needs to maintain hydration and fluid balance. Vitamin C and various B vitamins are also common; these are easy to incorporate into the solution because they are water-soluble, and if you get a little more than your body needs, it will just pass out in your urine. Ask your IV infusion practitioner to tell you what's in the specific solution you're getting. They should also be able to tell you what each ingredient does and why it has been included.

How long will the treatment take?

An IV infusion usually takes roughly a half hour to complete. If you are very dehydrated, you may need a slightly larger volume of fluid, which means your session might take a bit longer. Keep in mind that if this is your first time getting an infusion at a particular center, you'll be asked to fill out paperwork and provide a medical history first, which means your appointment will take a little longer.

Are there any side effects to worry about?

Some people get some bruising or a sore arm after an IV infusion, but this is pretty minor and goes away within a few days. Serious side effects are very rare. After all, the ingredients in a hydration IV are all pretty common, and they are selected to be included largely because they are safe and beneficial. 

Many people feel better within hours of receiving one of these treatments, and you can expect the same level of gentle healing. Reach out to a professional IV Infusion center in your area for more information about this topic.