Sculptology is dedicated to helping you live a fulfilled lifestyle through the enrichment of your body, mind, and soul, and have recently expanded our menu of wellness services to include IV Drip Therapy. We have two beautiful locations in Northern California, and are excited that so many men and women have already taken advantage of the convenience of visiting us to find quick relief from illness and dehydration, or have invested in their well-being with a boost of vitamins and immunity. A common question we get from people curious about IV Drip Therapy is how long do the effects last? Let’s break it down for you.
What Is An IV Drip?
An IV drip is a medical treatment in which fluids and/or medications are slowly infused into the bloodstream through a vein. This is done using a small catheter (a thin tube) that is inserted into the vein, usually in the arm. The catheter is then connected to an infusion bag or bottle, which contains the fluid or medication that is to be given.
There are countless benefits to IV Drips and what IV Drips are used for, as we recently covered. The nutrients are delivered directly to your bloodstream which means the results are faster, and are more absorbed than if you took the nutrients or electrolytes orally.
How Long Do IV Drips Last?
There are a few factors that affect how long an IV Drip will last. That being said, the nutrients and minerals present in the fluids may remain in your body for days, weeks, or even months. In general, we know from our patients that you can experience an elevation in mood, concentration, and energy for three or four days after treatment. Your individual results will significantly depend on your body’s metabolism, needs, and the type of IV infusion you receive.
One factor that determines how long an IV drip will last is the type of fluid being used. For example, slowly dripping a liter of saline over the course of an hour will last longer than rapidly infusing a liter of glucose. This is because the body can only process so much glucose at once, and the excess will be excreted in urine. However, with saline, the body will simply absorb what it needs and eliminate the rest. if you’re receiving a small volume of saline solution, it will be metabolized relatively quickly. However, if you’re receiving a large volume of a glucose-based solution, it will take longer for your body to metabolize it.
In addition to the type of fluid being used, individual factors also play a role in how long an IV drip will last. For example, a 150lb man with 10% body fat will have more water volume than a 150lb woman with 30% body fat. This is because fat tissue contains very little water while muscle tissue contains more water. As a result, the man will have a higher volume of circulating fluid and can therefore tolerate a higher rate of infusion. In general, obese patients or those with a high percentage of body fat will have less circulating fluid than those who are leaner. This means that they may not be able to tolerate as high of an infusion rate and may require a longer infusion time.
Hydration levels can also play a factor in how long the IV liquids will remain in your body. If you are properly hydrated, your body will pass out any additional fluids it doesn’t need quickly. If you’re dehydrated from illness or from a fun night out on the town, your body will hold onto most of the IV liquid for longer.
Additionally, when IV fluids are used to deliver medications or nutrients directly to the bloodstream, the length of time that these substances stay in the body will depend on the half-life of the medication or nutrient. For example, some “broad spectrum” antibiotics have a short half-life and are eliminated from the body quickly while other antibiotics remain in the body for a much longer period of time.
To sum it up, how long an IV drip lasts largely depends on the type of drip being used as well as individual weight, body composition, and hydration levels. It’s important to factor in all these variables in order to maintain proper fluid balance in the body and avoid any complications from too rapid or too slow of an infusion rate.
Northern California’s IV Drip Therapy Specialists
At Scultpology, we can custom blend an IV therapy especially for your needs and your body’s composition so you can feel the effects for long after your drip is done. You deserve to feel your best, so call our team at 925-329-6333 to schedule an appointment to help you feel rejuvenated.