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Can an on-demand IV cure a hangover?

by , 11 June 2015

For if you haven't already heard, in the US there's a company that's just started up known as “The Hangover Club”, who deliver hangover-curing concoctions via an IV line. The company plans to expand outside of the US in the near future.

Providers of the trendy service claim that their remedies can cure not only hangovers, but also athletic exhaustion and even jet lag.

They'll come to your home, office or even hotel room to give infusions, which can include fluid, vitamins, electrolytes and sometimes painkillers and anti-nausea drugs.

But is this safe and does it work? And if so, HOW?! Read on to find out. It's interesting.

Can anyone get an IV infusion?

Might sound a little crazy, but yes. As long as a doctor is in charge, a full medical history is available and registered nurses are administering the drips, anyone can receive an IV infusion.

Can an IV infusion make me feel better? And if so, how?

According to doctors, an IV infusion is harmless, and is more likely to make you feel better than have no effect at all. It works by speeding up your recovery from a bad hangover by pumping you full of fluids and anti-inflammatories.
Doctors note that in a case of bad food poisoning, an infusion can also help restore your fluids and alleviate nausea and vomiting.
However, it’s unlikely that it’s able to turn back the clock on jetlag, they say. 
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Doctors also add that it’s unlikely that an IV infusion can be a guaranteed solution to soothing chronic cases of anxiety or irritable bowel syndrome.

What are the risks involved in getting an IV infusion?

Doctors say that anytime an IV is placed, there’s some risk of bruising, a painful collection of blood at the spot where the needle gets inserted, and (more rarely) a serious infection.
High doses of anti-inflammatory drugs can also lead to tummy troubles like ulcers. So this isn’t something you’d want to rely on regularly. 
Aside from the risks, an IV infusion is pricy (about $20 – over R200) so if it ends up coming to SA, you can be sure you’ll be paying for it!

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