Although there is no one silver bullet for curing a hangover, intravenous (IV) drips may be the closest thing to it. By replenishing lost fluids and nutrients, IV drips can help your body recover from a night of overindulgence more quickly. 

Keep reading to learn the science behind IV drips and how they can help you overcome a hangover.

What are IV drips and how do they work?

IV drips are a type of hydration therapy that delivers fluids and nutrients directly to the bloodstream. This is done through a small catheter (a thin tube) that is inserted into a vein, usually in the arm. The fluid or nutrient solution is then slowly infused over a period of time (usually 30-60 minutes). 

IV drips work by quickly replenishing the fluids and nutrients that are lost during periods of illness or overindulgence. When you are dehydrated, your body is not able to function at its best. IV fluids help to rehydrate the body and improve blood circulation. IV nutrients can also help to boost energy levels and relieve symptoms of a variety of conditions, including dehydration, hangovers, migraines, and jet lag.

How can IV drips help with hangovers?

IV drips can help with hangovers by replenishing fluids and nutrients that are lost during a night of drinking. Alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, both of which can contribute to the symptoms of a hangover.

The benefits of using an IV drip to cure a hangover include:

-Quickly replenishing fluids and nutrients

-Improving blood circulation

-Boosting energy levels

-Relieving pain and nausea symptoms

At The Wellness Lab, we use a mixture of electrolytes and vitamins to help support your body’s replenishment needs and promote detoxifying from the night before. The IV includes nutrients and two medications to help with your symptoms: ketorolac and ondansetron as well as Vit. B complex, Vit. B12, H20 with Na+ and Cl-. 

Ketorolac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat pain. Ondansetron is a medication that is used to treat nausea and vomiting. When both medications are added to an IV drip solution, they work to quickly relieve the  symptoms of a hangover.

Additionally, B Vitamins aid in hangover relief by helping to metabolize alcohol. The B vitamins are a group of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. These vitamins are essential for many different processes in the body, including: energy production, red blood cell formation, and nervous system function. We add B vitamins to IV drip solutions to help improve energy levels and relieve the symptoms of a hangover.

Are there any side effects associated with using an IV drip to cure a hangover?

It is not common to experience side effects when using an IV drip. Side effects that can occur are typically mild and include:

-Soreness or bruising at the injection site

-Nausea or vomiting

-Headache

-Dizziness or lightheadedness

If you experience any severe side effects, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, be sure to seek medical attention immediately.

Who can administer an IV drip?

IVs can be administered by a variety of healthcare professionals, including:

-Doctors

-Nurses

-Paramedics

-Pharmacists

-Physicians assistants

At The Wellness Lab, we are a team of registered nurses and a medical director with strong clinical backgrounds in emergency medicine, critical care, telemetry, and procedural care. We offer mobile IV services to Florida. View our full service area list HERE

Ready to feel better?

The Wellness Lab generally arrives at our service areas within 1-2 hours. Call us today to request immediate relief or schedule an appointment and make sure you can enjoy your day hangover-free!