Are IV Drips Safe?

Published On: Mar 08, 2023

Intravenous (IV) nutrition and hydration treatments are becoming increasingly popular for a range of reasons, from improving sports performance to helping people with chronic illnesses. But is it safe? While IV drips can offer therapeutic benefits, there are potential risks involved that you should be aware of before getting this type of treatment. In this blog post, we will explore the safety of IV drips, dive into evidence-based research on effectiveness, look at potential side effects and outcomes associated with these treatments, as well as discuss other considerations such as cost and convenience factors. Ultimately our goal is to provide an unbiased analysis so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue IV therapy. So let’s get started! 

First, let’s look at the safety of IV drips. The most common type of IV therapy is hydration or vitamin-enriched intravenous fluids. These treatments are generally considered safe when administered properly by a medically trained and certified professional, such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, or clinical pharmacist. However, like any medical procedure, there are potential risks to consider. For instance, if not administered correctly there is the potential for infection due to bacteria entering through the needle site. Additionally, certain types of IV therapies may cause allergic reactions in some people. Therefore it’s important that you speak with your healthcare provider beforehand to discuss any existing allergies and/or underlying health issues that could put you at a higher risk of complications while receiving IV therapy. 

Next, let’s look at the effectiveness of IV drips. While evidence-based research on this topic is limited, there have been several studies that have looked at the effectiveness of certain types of IV therapies for treating various medical conditions. For instance, some studies suggest that vitamin C infusions can help reduce fatigue in people with chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Additionally, other research suggests that infusion therapies may be beneficial in reducing symptoms associated with IBS and migraines, as well as improving energy levels in people with cancer or HIV/AIDS. 

Finally, let’s discuss potential side effects and outcomes associated with these treatments. The most commonly reported side effects include swelling at the injection site and a feeling of warmth throughout the body. Additionally, some individuals may experience nausea, headaches, dizziness, and other flu-like symptoms after receiving an IV drip. It is important to note that these side effects are usually temporary and will resolve on their own. More serious complications associated with infusion therapy include infection, blockage of veins, or air bubbles entering the bloodstream which can lead to serious health issues if not treated immediately. 

In addition to safety considerations and potential side effects/outcomes, cost and convenience factors should also be taken into account when deciding whether or not to pursue IV therapy. Typically treatments range from $99 -$200 per session depending on what type of infusion you receive. Furthermore, treatments may need to be regularly repeated in order to achieve desired results. Additionally, patients must often travel to a clinic or doctor’s office for these treatments which can be time-consuming and cost-prohibitive depending on location. 

In conclusion, IV drips are generally safe when administered by medically trained professionals and may offer therapeutic benefits for certain medical conditions. However, it is important to discuss potential risks with your healthcare provider beforehand as well as consider cost and convenience factors prior to pursuing this type of treatment. Ultimately, it is up to you to make an informed decision about whether or not infusion therapies are right for you. At Prosperity Internal Medicine, we offer IV drips to help you obtain all the appropriate vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed to stay healthy. Contact us today!