Feeling tired? Energy levels low? Maybe you drank a bit too much last night?  Why not try one of the latest celebrity health fads? Intravenous IV vitamin therapy. More and more celebrities talk about IV therapy and the boost it gives them.

Some of its celebrity proponents? Madonna, Simon Cowell, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Jane Fonda, Kelly Osbourne, and Cindy Crawford.  A few weeks ago Rihanna even Tweeted a picture of herself getting an IV drip of what she called the“party-girl drip.”  And they’re not alone.  Athletes, musicians, actors, and more have been flocking to get an IV vitamin drip. While the exact reason each one uses IV vitamin therapy may be different, the underlying cause is the same: they want to tap into the extraordinary health benefits it offers.

So, what’s in the Myers Cocktail drip?

It’s a solution of vitamins and minerals called a Myers’ Cocktail, invented over 30 years ago by Baltimore physician John Myers. It contains magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12) and vitamin C. This is one of the most popular iv vitamin therapy concoctions.

Other vitamins or ingredients may be added to the Myers’ Cocktail protocol, “customizing” it to the patient’s diagnosis and overall health as well as the condition being treated.  The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes per session. Many devotees attend sessions on a weekly or twice monthly basis depending on their goals.

The vitamins are typically given in larger doses than are present in vitamin pills.  And, because the vitamins are delivered directly to the bloodstream, they are more totally absorbed. When vitamins are taken orally, as much as 90% of the productivity of the oral supplement is broken down in the stomach.  Many times, the body only absorbs a small fraction of the benefit of an oral vitamin. Because the vitamins are absorbed in higher quantities much more quickly, patients often notice a quick change in the way they feel.

There are claims that IV vitamin therapy is useful in treating many different conditions, including:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with or without Epstein-Barr virus
  • Chronic depression
  • Acute or chronic muscle spasm
  • Fibromyalgia (see below)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Narcotic withdrawal
  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Respiratory problems
  • Acute or chronic asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Ischemic vascular disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Athletes who need quick recovery for athletic events
  • Acute viral illness/colds
  • Acute infections

What are the possible side effects or complications of IV vitamin infusions?

Certain medication interactions can jeopardize the benefits of vitamin infusions.  It’s always important to discuss your decision to have  IV Therapy with a medical provider who is skilled in infusion therapy and will evaluate your medical history.

Ongoing Research
There are currently 274 clinical research trials employing intravenous micronutrient therapy. About half of these concern treatment or prevention of cancer.  The remainder cover a wide range of medical and health conditions.