Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is IV therapy?

IV therapy is the fastest way to deliver fluid hydration, vitamins, minerals, medications and other supplements. By going directly into the bloodstream via the vein, it allows you maximize the immediate availability of the desired fluids, supplementation and/or medication. Oral absorption of many vitamins and supplements can be reduced by certain medications, particularly those that treat reflux disorders and some people suffer from conditions in which they do not feel their gut is effective at efficiently absorbing nutrients before they quickly pass through the GI tract.

What is an IV and does it hurt?

IV stands for Intravenous, meaning in a vein. After a quick poke from a small needle, a small plastic catheter replaces the needle in the vein and the needle is withdrawn. The process takes less than 30 seconds, and the catheter is fixed in place by a plastic dressing that allows you to comfortably utilize both your arms to scroll on your phone or just simply sit and relax.

Is IV therapy safe?

IV access is known to be a safe modality used to treat ten’s of thousands of people every day across the country. Our IVs are administered in a medical clinic by licensed nurses with training in IV therapy and management. Prior to your first treatment, you will be asked to complete a full medical questionnaire, complete with questions about past medical history, current medications and allergies. Your full medical history will be reviewed by a licensed medical clinician with authority to prescribe the desired nutritional supplementations and fluids.

Conditions which are NOT safe for our IV therapies include:

  • History of Congestive Heart Failure
  • History of Cirrhosis (liver problems)
  • History of Kidney Failure

Any medical condition that is not well controlled, including uncontrolled high blood pressure and uncontrolled diabetes, should not receive our IV therapies.

You will be asked a series of medical questions on our questionnaire. If any of your answers are yes, you may be asked to schedule an additional visit with our physician or nurse practitioner by to IV therapy.

Are there side effects from IV therapy?

Side effects from IV drip therapy and vitamin boosters are very rare and most commonly only include mild discomfort at the injection site and minor bruising. Phlebitis is the presence of inflammation of the vein which may occur at the catheter site. Wellness Now utilizes specialized IV catheters to maximize the comfort of our IV drips and avoid the trauma at the injection site. True allergic reactions to the products provided on our menu are extremely rare. Our medical intake form which is updated prior to all treatments asks a series of questions to determine whether your risk is any higher than normal.

How long does it take?

The whole process will take 30-45 minutes to complete. There are a few forms to complete prior to your infusion as well as a quick medical assessment.

How often should I get an IV?

The frequency of IV therapy is determined on a client-by-client basis. We take a customized approach to suit your individual needs. Most of our therapies are available to clients up to twice weekly.

Do we do lab work?

We do not offer routine lab testing with conventional labs billed through insurance. The vitamins offered in our bags are safe for administration to those people with normal kidney function. If you are uncertain as to whether you have a history of kidney failure, you should talk with your family doctor prior to proceeding with any of our treatments. With the exception of Vitamin D; all of our supplements are water soluble. What that means is that your body will remove any amount of the vitamin which is in excess to what your body can safely utilize. For Vitamin D injections, we do ask that you have a Vitamin D lab obtained, either through your primary physician or our private lab company if you desire Vitamin D injections more than once a month. We do offer a comprehensive micronutrient lab profile through an independent lab, which does not bill insurance. The cost for this lab profile is $420.

What are in the IV bags?

All of our IV bags include:

  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • Vitamin B Complex – Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Niacin (B3) Pyridoxine (B6)

Unique to many of our bags are additional supplements including:

  • Amino Acids including L-Glutamine, L-Ornithine, L-Arginine, L-Lysine, L-Citrulline, L-Carnitine
  • Mineral Blend including magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, selenium
  • B12
  • Biotin
  • Glutathione
  • B5, B6
  • Calcium and Magnesium
What should I bring?

We recommend you bring a small blanket. IV therapy can make people feel cool and this may improve your comfort. Bring your own earbuds for listening to music during your drip, or enjoy your time chatting with our friendly staff.