A vitamin drip is a highly concentrated form of vitamins and minerals that a person gets through an IV access. Vitamin drips have gained popularity in the past few years, and we’ve had several of our patients at JW Family Health Fulshear, Texas, ask us about them and their value.
At JW Family Health, we’re well aware of the benefits, applications, and potential side effects of vitamin drip. These drips should only be received in-office and under medical supervision. Since we’ve received many questions about them, we decided to explain the most important points about vitamin drips.
The first vitamin drip infusion was done in the 1970s, but vitamin drips have gained popularity since then. It’ll take between 20 to 60 minutes for a person to get a full vitamin infusion. These infusions need to take place in-office and under supervision by a doctor to guarantee that no side effects occur and for urgent management if they do.
When you take vitamins orally through food or vitamin pills, they get broken down in the stomach. You get much higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals through an IV access. These vitamin drips seem to be useful for a variety of conditions, including asthma, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, pain, allergies, fibromyalgia, and respiratory tract infections. Sometimes they can be used to rehydrate athletes after an intense workout or to cure hangovers.
The side effects of vitamin drips are mostly related to getting a transfusion and not because of the vitamins themselves. By getting an IV transfusion, there’s a risk of infection through the needle. There’s also the risk of air embolisms and clots, which is a real possibility with any injection or infusion.
Another potential side effect is because it’s not always a good idea to get vitamins in excess. Vitamins A, D, E, and K can accumulate in the body and have side effects. Plus, the alteration of the body’s electrolytes can be damaging to the heart. People with heart, kidney, and liver disease are more vulnerable to developing these side effects.