Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to be a patient to get IV therapy?
Yes. To become eligible for IV therapy, you must be a patient of the clinic and have an active file. If you are an existing or new patient of one of our Naturopathic Doctor you will required to book an initial IV consult for about 30-40 minutes in length.
Can anyone receive intravenous therapy?
Generally, IV is indicated for patients who are 18 years of age and older. Furthermore, before any IV treatment, tour Naturopathic doctor will go over your health history (which will include past health issues, hospitalizations, surgeries, diet/digestion, allergies/reactions, medications currently being used etc. with additional detailed questions) before deciding whether IV therapy is the most suitable route for you to consider at the time in question.
How often do I need to get IV treatments?
This is case specific. In general, if a nutritional IV Treatment is recommended, our Naturopathic doctor may decide to do 1 infusion per week for 6 weeks as an initial assessment. After this window of treatment, a decision will be made as to how frequent the sessions will continue thereafter and for what duration. In the case of patients experiencing chronic conditions vitamin infusions frequency will depend on the results of your diagnostic tests outcome your, present condition and symptoms of illness.
If I get IV treatments, does that mean I can go off my supplements??
No. IV treatments do not replace healthy lifestyle and dietary practices which also include your high quality supplements. You should stay on the recommended supplements. IV therapy is meant to support your health towards a more optimal level of well being.
Are there any blood tests that need to be done before considering IV therapy?
If you are going to have high dose vitamin C treatment, we will require current blood tests for G6PD, kidney function, CBC and liver enzymes. G6PD is a test for an enzyme. If you are deficient in this enzyme, you will not be able to get Vitamin C doses greater than 15 grams. If your kidney function is compromised, this will also prevent you from getting IV treatments.
Are there any side effects for IV therapy?
Generally, IV therapy is a safe treatment. Most side effects are limited to possible bruising at site of needle insertion (although not common) and in rare cases may feel dizziness. Patients are encouraged to eat before coming in for IV treatments to avoid light headedness due to low blood sugar.