IV Therapy Part 3: How to Get Started & The Process
This is part three of a three–part series talking about IV Therapy. In part one I talked about what it is and how it works. Part two, which was a lot of information, talked about each individual option and how we can tailor make that to you as an individual.
Today, in part three, I’m going to walk you through how to get started with the program and what the process is like!
By Dr. Lovett, Director of YWC
Step 1: Fill out the Consultation Form
The first step in the process is to fill out our initial consultation form. Make sure to put down that you’re interested in IV Therapy. If you know exactly what you may be interested in, that information is helpful. Definitely be sure to check out our IV Therapy page for more information.
It’s helpful to review all of the information for yourself before you even come in. That way when we sit down, you have questions, and we can really answer those in more depth for you.
Once you submit the initial consultation form, we will call you back within 24 to 48 hours (within normal business hours) and set up an appointment. That first meeting will be a consultation to address any concerns. Then, following that, will be some much-needed bloodwork.
Step 2: The Initial Consultation
When you come in here, you’ll sit down with either myself or my nurse practitioner, Judy, and we’ll sit down and say, “Okay, what are the symptoms you’re having that you think that IV Therapy can help with?”
With some of these, you may be an athlete and know that you want a specific cocktail—one to boost your performance and recovery time. You may be a cancer patient and we know that you’re coming to us because you want high–dose vitamin C therapy. As we mentioned in Part 2 of this series, there may also be other things that we can add in to help. This could be some of the B vitamins and other amino acid type complexes to help support you. We’ll talk about that in consult, we’ll make sure that everything that we’re going to do for you is perfect.
Step 3: The Blood Work & Contraindications
We will then have you get some very specific blood work done, looking at a lot of the electrolytes you have within your body. Your sodium, your potassium, your calcium levels—all those kind of things.
A level that’s really important to us is an enzyme called G6PD. This is an enzyme that helps metabolize vitamin C and we want to make sure you’re not deficient in it. When working with such high doses of vitamin c, we have to make sure it’s safe to give you an amount your body can actually handle/metabolize. Most patients can safely get much more vitamin C than we even have in our cocktails because they’re very safe, but we always want to be sure. That’s why the bloodwork is so important.
After the bloodwork, we’ll discuss any contraindications with you. In truth, the only contraindications would be if you have a G6PD deficiency from your blood test. All that means is that we wouldn’t be able to give you high doses of vitamin C. With that said, however, we could still give you some lower doses of vitamin C.
Luckily there aren’t many contraindications in giving you things your body already makes/needs/uses. We’re just raising the levels in your body to be much higher or where they should be.
Step 4: Schedule Your Treatment
After the initial consultation and blood work are done, we can go ahead and get you scheduled for your first treatment! Many of the IV Therapies should occur weekly in the beginning, for about 4 to 8 weeks, and then we can go biweekly after that. The best part about all of this is that we can tailor it based on you and your needs.
It’s not uncommon that we have patients that will come in weekly starting in late fall through early spring to support their immune system. These are the months where they feel that they might get ill most often—our immunity blend can help to combat that. Then we’ll go back down to that every two to four weeks during the rest of the year. These are the kinds of things that we can do. We tailor make them to you.
This is the end of part three in our IV Therapy series! I’d encourage you to go back and check out Parts One and Two if you have not done so already. If you have any questions, please call us at (513) 791-9474 or again, fill out the initial consultation form here to get started.