What to Know Before Doing an IV Therapy Treatment
You’re ready for your IV therapy treatment. You’ve searched “IV therapy near me” and chosen a facility in your area. You’ve talked with a professional about your treatment plan. Your appointment is scheduled and you’ve cleared your calendar. You’re good to go!
But wait just one minute… you’ll want to make the most out of your treatment experience. Read on for some must-have tips on what you need to know before your treatment begins.
Hydrate and Eat
It sounds counterintuitive because IV therapy is often used to help hydrate your body and provide nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. You want to make sure your body is hydrated and that you’ve eaten at least a snack before your appointment.
Drinking water before your appointment ensures your body will be more responsive to IV therapy. Also, a lack of hydration can make it more difficult to find a vein in your arm. When eating a snack, try to find something with protein in it to keep you full. Some of the vitamins and minerals in the IV bag can cause you to feel nauseous if your stomach is empty.
Avoid Vasoconstriction Drugs
On the morning of your appointment, avoid taking any over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants if possible. Over-the-counter drugs that contain vasoconstriction can cause your blood vessels to contract which makes it difficult to get an IV injection. In some cases, you may not be able to avoid taking a medication with vasoconstriction, such as those found in blood pressure medication. In this case, you may still be able to get your IV treatment, just make sure to tell the professional about your medications beforehand and be extra hydrated before your appointment.
Your IV therapy appointment takes about 30–45 minutes and you’ll be sitting for the entirety of it, so you want to be as comfortable as possible. You want this experience to be a relaxing one, so aim for something that you feel comfortable in. No one will judge you whatever you decide is best for you.
Since you’ll be getting an IV, try wearing a t-shirt or a top with sleeves that roll up easily. Consider layering or bringing a blanket to help you stay warm. Also, if you need to use the bathroom during your appointment, you’ll have to do it with just one hand, so try to wear pants that are easy to take on and off one-handed.
Bring Along Some Entertainment
While most IV treatments are an average of 30–45 minutes, some treatments can take up to 2 hours. Either way, you’ll want some form of entertainment to keep you company. Think of something you’ll be able to do quietly while sitting down.
Here are a few ideas of how you can stay entertained:
- Listen to music, an audiobook, or a podcast
- Watch a movie or a TV show
- Download a new book to your phone or e-reader
- Bring a magazine or book
- Puzzles (crosswords, sudoku, etc)
This time is yours to relax. If you can, avoid bringing work and just do something for pure enjoyment. It will make the experience that much more beneficial.
Receiving an IV injection can be a bit stressful, especially if you’re a first-timer or aren’t a fan of the initial injection. There are many ways you can put your mind at ease before your appointment.
Put together a list of questions you have for the professional administering your treatment. Have them answer your questions prior to your appointment so you know exactly what you’re getting into. On the day of your appointment, try to keep stress to a minimum. Keep your workload light. Avoid too much caffeine. Meditate in the morning if that’s useful.
Then, when it’s time for your appointment, sit back and relax. Get comfortable in your chair before the injection. Take deep breaths in and out as you need to before and after the injection. A great method is to breathe in slowly and deeply for 5 counts, then exhale comfortably for 5 counts. Repeat as needed to release any built-up tension.
You will love the benefits you receive from your IV therapy treatment. With these tips, not only will you be able to enjoy the benefits of what’s supplied in your IV bag, but your body will be ready to take it all in and feel more relaxed than ever during and after this wonderful experience.
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