IV Therapy Specialist

Patrick County Family Practice

Family Physicians & Aesthetics Specialists located in Stuart, VA

Medications and fluids administered intravenously can get to work right away to fight infection, heal illness, and restore balance. At Patrick County Family Practice, the team of providers offers IV treatments to help you get back to a state of wellness quickly and efficiently. Their convenient location in Stuart, Virginia, allows you to take advantage of IV therapy when you need it. Call Patrick County Family Practice or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

IV Therapy Q & A

What is IV therapy?

Medications, fluids, and antibiotics can be administered intravenously as an infusion. A needle or tube sends the healing compounds directly into your vein. This allows medications and antibiotics to bypass your stomach, where digestion can slow absorption and reduce effectiveness.

If you’re severely dehydrated, IV fluids deliver immediate hydration to your blood and organs. This can quickly resolve symptoms of dehydration such as organ dysfunction, fatigue, low energy, and illness.

When would I need IV therapy?

In urgent care situations, such as a heart attack, you need the benefits of medication as quickly as possible. Intravenous administration of medications gets the healing quality of these drugs to your bloodstream immediately so you get the optimal benefits.

In some cases, a person may be too weak or ill to tolerate oral medications. An IV allows for easy administration of fluids and medication in these cases.

Antibiotics administered via IV can get to work right away on healing bacterial infections. For example, IV antibiotics are exceptionally helpful in acute cases of pneumonia to prevent complications. You respond to the antibiotics and heal more quickly, plus you avoid the potential stomach upset that can occur while taking oral antibiotics.

Some drugs are best administered via IV because it helps your provider control the dosage. You receive the medication over time, so your body can effectively absorb and adapt to it.

What’s the difference between an IV “push” and IV “infusion?”

You may be given an IV push when you need a rapid injection of medication. If you have an existing IV line, your provider inserts a syringe with the medication into your IV catheter. This gives you a one-time dose of a drug quickly.

Conversely, an infusion refers to a slower administration of medication over time. A pump may be attached to your IV line to send medication and other fluids into your bloodstream at a slow and steady rate. A drip infusion involves a simple IV bag that contains both medication and solution that drips slowly due to gravity.

What drugs are commonly administered intravenously?

Many types of medications are available through intravenously. At Patrick County Family Practice, these include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antifungal drugs
  • Pain medications
  • Drugs for low blood pressure

Before administering an IV, your provider thoroughly explains what you’re receiving and how it will benefit you.

If you need an IV medication, call Patrick County Family Practice or schedule an appointment online today.