How IV Therapy Improves Your Overall Health

Are you wishing there was a faster way to get back to feeling more like yourself than by taking rounds of pills? When certain medications and fluids are administered intravenously, they can work much faster and help put the pep back in your step.   

At Patrick County Family Practice in Stuart, Virginia, our compassionate team of providers can administer and monitor IV therapies to help you recover from certain conditions or simply improve your overall health. It's a more streamlined way to balance an ill or ailing system, and it can benefit you even if you're just feeling a little under the weather.

The basics of IV therapy

When you’re dehydrated, infected, or in an emergent situation, using an IV to administer a cure can work much faster than oral medications. Our team safely delivers the precise dosage required as an infusion, directly into your system via an intravenous injection. 

An IV push can get meds into your system extremely quickly, while an IV infusion drips fluids or medication mixed with saline into your system slowly for just the right dose at all times. 

Dehydration

Drinking liters of water or a sports drink is an effective way to get fluids back into your system after working out too hard in the heat, but it's slow. An IV can pump fluids directly into your system more quickly than sending everything through your stomach lining. IV rehydration can help stave off organ dysfunction, and deal immediately with feelings of fatigue and dizziness.

Infection

Antibiotics administered via IV start working immediately, and don't irritate your stomach lining. Dosages can be measured exactly, for maximum effect and minimal side effects. If you have a bacterial infection or pneumonia, an IV antibiotic could be the fastest road to recovery. 

Emergencies

A cardiac episode could mean you need medication immediately to save your life. An IV push can get medication into your system in an instant, helping your system to rally and buying you time to get further care. The same goes for an incidence of low blood pressure or low blood sugar, when swift action is needed. 

Other uses for IV therapy

IV therapy can also provide you with the right balance of vitamins if you’re severely deficient, and it can deliver other nutrients to boost your immune system and make you feel great again. 

Are you looking for a family doctor who can provide you with the advantages of IV therapy to keep you feeling your best? Call one of our Patrick County Family Practice locations to schedule an appointment today. You can also send us a message here on our website.

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