Fast Facts:

About: IV therapy is an intravenous treatment designed to replenish, nourish, and hydrate your body from the inside out. By directing various cocktails of vitamin infusions into the bloodstream, patients are instantly provided with a nourishing boost.

Safety: IV therapy is safe as long as it is performed and prepared by a skilled and trained medical professional able to prescribe such intravenous therapy cocktails.

Convenience: One session takes approximately 30 minutes and comes with minimal side effects and zero downtime. IV therapy is convenient for anyone who needs an instant boost.

Cost: The average cost of IV therapy ranges from $150 – $400 per 1 session.

Efficacy: As it allows instant absorption of important nutrients into the bloodstream, IV therapy is known as an effective method to deliver much-needed nutrients and vitamins quickly.

What is IV therapy and how does it work?

IV (intravenous) therapy is a treatment in which customized fluids, medications, and vitamins are administered through an IV drip to deliver vitamins and other nutrients directly into the bloodstream. This allows patients to reap the benefits of the delivered mixture instantly without having to wait for its effects as they would if vitamins were to be ingested.

With numerous variations and IV “cocktails” available, it can address various conditions and deficiencies related to colds, sickness, hangovers, and more.

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Why is IV therapy so popular?

Nutrient deficiencies are common and can often fluctuate depending on one’s lifestyle and metabolism. Unfortunately, oral supplements can take time to process in the gut, making them unreliable, particularly at times when we physically feel the effects of various deficiencies the most, such as hair loss or when we are sick or hungover.

Intravenous therapy is able to deliver these nutrients directly into your bloodstream, without having to first be processed by your digestive system. Aside from being an instant hangover cure, IV therapy is fully customizable and can be beneficial in helping with a number of physical and emotional ailments for one’s overall well-being.

What are the common uses of Intravenous Therapy? What is IV therapy used for?

Some of the most common uses for IV therapy include:

  • Hangover relief: To rehydrate the body and provide it with vitamins to boost energy levels and reduce uncomfortable hangover symptoms such as nausea and headaches.
  • Athletic performance recovery: To provide the body with IV hydration, vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids to repair the muscles and energize.
  • Immune system support: To deliver vitamins and minerals that will boost your immune system and reduce the chances of getting sick.
  • Cold and flu relief: For hydration, vitamins, and minerals to boost the immune system and provide anti-inflammatory medications to reduce symptoms.
  • Pregnancy symptom alleviation: To reduce morning sickness and nourish and hydrate the body.
  • Migraine and headache relief: To provide hydration IV therapy and medications that help reduce inflammation.

Why would I need IV therapy? Who can benefit from it?

IV therapy can benefit any healthy adults who want to restore key vitamins or get an instant vitamin and nutrient boost. It is also a great tool to use for quick relief during sickness or hangovers.

How do I prepare for IV therapy?

IV therapy is minimally invasive and does not require any preparation. You should however consult with a board-certified physician to establish which cocktail is right for you.

What is an IV therapy procedure like?

Consultation: Before your IV treatment, you will consult with Dr. Schwarzburg to determine which IV cocktail will benefit you the most based on your overall goals. Dr. Schwarzburg will have specific formulations prepared to meet your individual needs based on your medical history and to reduce any symptoms of illness you may have.

Procedure: During your procedure, Dr. Schwarzburg will sanitize your forearm and insert a saline lock (small catheter) into your vein to attach you to an IV solution bag for the chosen fluids to enter your bloodstream directly into the venous system. This process takes approximately 30 minutes after which the saline lock is removed and a bandage is applied to the area. Once complete you are free to go home with no restrictions.

How long is an IV therapy procedure?

Depending on your treatment goals and the type of solution you are receiving, the procedure time typically lasts 30 – 45 minutes.

Are there any risks and side effects with IV therapy?

IV therapy simply involves the injection of natural ingredients into your bloodstream. As such, the only reported side effects are individual intolerance and minimal bruising at the IV insertion point

Is there aftercare for IV therapy? Is there downtime?

IV therapy is minimally invasive and involves zero aftercare or downtime. It can be compared to what it’s like to go to and from a doctor’s appointment to get a vaccine or shot.

How much does IV vitamin therapy cost?

The cost of IV vitamin therapy will depend on what you would like to achieve, what ingredients will be included in your personal concoction, and how complex the treatment will be. On average, you can expect to spend anywhere from $200 – $1000 for one IV session.

Types of infusions and IV cocktails:

While some mixtures are more popular than others, all available infusions are isotonic, osmolar, magnetized, and alkaline for the strongest and most effective outcomes.

Some of the most popular intravenous infusions include the following:

  • Myer’s Cocktail: Developed in the 1970s this mix of vitamins and minerals is designed to give your immune system a well-deserved boost.
  • Stress Cocktail: With higher doses than Myer’s cocktail, this mixture contains additional nutrients that aid in stress release and mental clarity.
  • Hydration (or hangover) Cocktail: Including fluids, vitamins, electrolytes, and other nutrients, this concoction delivers immediate relief to people suffering from the side effects of dehydration.
  • Glutathione Cocktail: Glutathione is an antioxidant that serves an important purpose in detoxification of the body and is often combined with vitamins for an overall detoxifying outcome.
  • Mood boost cocktail: The combination of vitamin B, minerals, and amino acids is thought to reduce stress and improve one’s overall mood and emotional wellbeing.
  • Weight loss and IV nutrition cocktail: During weight loss and dieting, we often miss out on important nutrients. This combination contains various B-vitamins, minerals, alpha-lipoic acid, and metabolism-boosting nutrients to nourish the body and aid in weight loss.
  • Cold and Flu cocktail: With a high dose of vitamin C, D, and Zinc, this cocktail will help you get past a lingering cold quickly and efficiently.
  • B12 cocktail: B12 vitamin deficiency is common and often makes patients feel tired and gain weight. This infusion will give you the B12 your body is missing.
  • Anti-aging cocktail: Filled with antioxidants that will help protect you from UV damage and dryness, this combination contains glutathione and other antioxidants to slow down the aging process.
  • Vitamin C cocktail: Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins that must be consumed on a daily basis. However, many of us do not always get as much of it as we need.
  • Iron cocktail: This cocktail is particularly popular in women and patients with anemia, amongst others who will benefit from an Iron boost.
  • Folic Acid cocktail: Folic acid is vital for women who are planning on getting pregnant or who already are pregnant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I combine IV therapy with other treatments?

Yes! IV therapy can be combined with virtually any treatment as long as it is approved by your provider. At Skinly Aesthetics we offer a variety of minimally invasive procedures to rejuvenate and contour the face and body. From injectables such as Botox or dermal fillers like Juvederm, to Fraxel laser skin tightening or Sculptra Butt lift body contouring, IV therapy can be used in conjunction with anything.

What Fluids and Vitamins Are in an IV Bag?

The ingredients inside an IV bag depend on the type of therapy you are undergoing. However, the most common components within an IV fluid bag include:

  • Saline
  • Dextrose
  • Lactated Ringer’s
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Glutathione
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Antioxidants
  • Antibiotics

How many IV therapy sessions do I need?

You will benefit from only one IV session. Depending on the therapy program established with Dr. Schwarzburg, you may receive weekly, biweekly, or monthly sessions as well.

Does IV therapy hurt?

No. Aside from the quick prick that you may experience during the insertion of the intravenous cannula, IV therapy is painless. In fact, many patients bring along a book or work to pass time during their session.

How quickly will you feel the effects of the IV drip?

Depending on the type of transfusion you get, you will begin to feel the effects immediately, with an even bigger boost within several hours. Since the results only last for a week, it is recommended that you come back for more IV vitamin therapy so you can get more benefits. You should notice clearer and smoother skin, increased energy levels, a better mood, deeper sleep, a calmer attitude, hydration, and better immunity.

What will my IV therapy before and after results look like?

Your results are dependent on the type of IV drip you are getting. In some cases, your results will not be externally visible, but you will physically feel better, while in other cases you may notice a more vibrant and healthy-looking appearance once your body has been provided with the nutrients it needs.

How long does it last?

If the supercharged IV vitamin therapy is administered on a regular basis you will experience long lasting results such as increased energy levels, boosted immunity, elevated mood, and radiant and silky skin.

Is it covered by insurance?

While medically necessary IV therapy and medical services are covered by insurance, supplemental IV therapy drips are not.

Is IV therapy safe?

IV therapy is completely safe as long as the solution is prepared and administered by medical professionals. You may have a small bruise at the point of injection, which will subside within 2 – 3 days.

What are the pros and cons of IV therapy?


  • Minimally invasive
  • No side effects or downtime
  • Quick and efficient


  • Results are not always instant
  • Results are not permanent
  • May require several sessions for the desired result


IV therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the infusion of a custom IV drip solution directly into the bloodstream to hydrate and nourish the body. It can be used for a variety of symptoms and ailments from curing a hangover or a cold to improving one’s overall health and emotional wellbeing.

How can I get started with my IV therapy?

If you are looking to get an instant vitamin boost and hydrate your body with an IV drip near me, Skinly Aesthetics offers a relaxing environment at a convenient location and a variety of IV infusions to meet your individual needs. Dr. Schwarzburg is a board-certified cosmetic physician with extensive knowledge in medicine to find the perfect solution for you using various medical services operating on weekdays and every other Saturday.

To schedule your one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, please call or text us at (212) 774-4264 or email us at