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Vitamin Infusions
Key Points:
  • This procedure must be performed by a doctor, nurse, or physician assistant
  • Vitamins can be harmful in excess
  • Make sure you are in a clean and safe environment

What is it?

Vitamin infusions are a method of administering vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. Intravenous (IV) nutrients are used in hospitals for patients who are too sick to eat or in the treatment of a severe nutrient deficiency involving a particular nutrient.

Who can perform it?
Any injection into your bloodstream MUST be performed by a doctor, or a registered nurse (RN) or physician’s assistant (PA) under the supervision of a doctor. Additionally, you should be assessed prior to the injection, including blood tests.

Vitamins and minerals can be harmful in excess; thus, the amount given needs to be carefully assessed and monitored by use of appropriate blood tests. People using IV vitamin therapy could be unknowingly receiving excess nutrients which could have health implications, particularly if someone were to have these IV nutrient injections on a regular basis. Injecting anything into the blood stream also comes with risks such as ‘air bubbles’ in the syringe that can transfer to the bloodstream, allergic reactions, and bloodstream infections, which are more likely to occur if the person administering the injection is not properly qualified.

Furthermore, any injectable should be administered in an appropriate setting using sterile instruments. While these infusions are often offered at malls and private homes, these are not medical environments and may be unsanitary, leaving you vulnerable to infections.



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