frequently asked questions

What is IV therapy?

Intravenous Therapy is a safe and efficient way to deliver essential fluids and nutrients directly into the bloodstream bypassing the digestive system, meaning you get all of the fluids and nutrients you need.

What are the Benefits of IV Therapy?

Increased energy, glowing skin, muscle recovery, strengthened immune system, flushed out toxins, jet lag relief, reduced stress. 

I’m pregnant can I receive a treatment?

Although some vitamins are safe during pregnancy, we are currently not treating pregnant or breastfeeding clients.

What is the difference between IV and IM?

IV (Intravenous) means the fluids and vitamins are given directly into the bloodstream through an infusion, and takes about 30-45 minutes.  IM (Intramuscular) vitamins are given into the muscle and takes approximately 5 minutes from start to finish.  

Who should not receive IV therapy?

Anyone with a history of heart disease, congestive heart failure, liver or kidney disease should not receive IV infusions.  Clients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (favism) should not receive high dose vitamin C.

Where do your vitamins come from?

We work with a pharmacy In New York that makes custom sterile compounded vitamins, minerals and amino acids for our infusions.  Together with our medical director and pharmacist we have created infusion cocktails that offer safe dosing and sterile, high quality products.

Who will be giving my infusions?

Vita Hydration is overseen by our medical director.  A registered nurse specially trained in IV therapy or one of our nurse practitioners will administer your infusion after taking your health history and vital signs.  

I’m afraid of needles. Will this hurt?

You’ll feel a quick pinch but our nurses are all specially trained in IV insertions so you’re in good hands.  Our staff has worked on IV teams, Emergency rooms and Intensive Care Units throughout Boston’s top hospitals.  Making our clients feel comfortable and safe is our number one priority. 

What is the difference between normal saline and lactated ringers?

We use sterile bags of normal saline for our infusions.  Normal saline consists of sodium chloride 0.9% (salt) and water.  It is called normal saline because the osmolarity is almost the same as blood.  Lactated Ringers is a sterile solution with additional additives including calcium, potassium, lactate, sodium and chloride.  Our healthcare professional will help you choose the appropriate bag for your infusion.

Are there any side effects?

Although rare, side effects may include pain and bruising at insertion site, allergic reaction and risk for infection. During your infusion you will be monitored by a healthcare professional trained in identifying and managing potential side effects should they occur.   We will also check in on you within 24 hours after your infusion.