Frequently Asked Questions
We have tried to answer the most common questions our clients ask about IV drips, infusions, pushes and vitamin therapy. If you have a question we haven’t answered here, simply complete the form on our contact page and our team will respond within 24 hours.
What are your medical qualifications?
The IV La Vie team comprises Integrative Medical Healthcare professionals, including registered doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, registered nurses, paramedics, and our affiliates with multi-disciplinary teams. Our team offers more than 100 years of medical experience in the health sector.
We are regulated for IV vitamin therapy treatment and diagnosis by the national organisation responsible for implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia – the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). We use products combined under the strict guidance of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which is part of the Australian Government’s Department of Health and responsible for regulating therapeutic goods, including vitamins and minerals.
Is this always safe?
Safety is paramount to what we do. Our Integrative Medical Healthcare team of professionals mean that we can uphold our commitment to provide high quality services while adhering to all health standards and regulations.
All of our products meet the guidelines as set by the Australian Government’s TGA for use and distribution with Certificates to ensure the quality of products. All IV La Vie team members that administer our IV drips, pushes, boosters, and IMs are healthcare professionals, including registered doctors, and AHPRA registered nurses. Non-medical staff do not administer our IV drips, pushes, boosters or IMs.
All of our valued clients complete a comprehensive medical questionnaire (including complete medical history) before commencing an IV drip, push, boost, IM or cut vitamin therapy treatment with IV La Vie. Our products will not be offered to anyone that may have contra-indications to our nationally regulated ingredients. Our professional medical team adhere to pre- and post-medical observations on our clients and will refuse to administer, if observations are not within a safe range. If, in the unusual event, a client is not within the safe range, we refer our clients to their GP to seek medical advice and will provide medical health assessments and pathology reports for comprehensive analysis.
Our IV vitamin therapy doses are set within TGA guidelines, so as not to cause toxicity. The IV La Vie team have strict limits on the number of IV drips, pushes, boosts or IMs a client can undertake during a time period to prevent any potential damage to veins. Our team of medical health professionals ensure our equipment quality is of the highest standards; we maintain sterile aseptic techniques from the beginning to the end of your vitamin therapy treatments.
Can I have a drip whilst pregnant/breastfeeding?
If you are breastfeeding, we recommend the Basic Hydration IV Drip, Multivitamin IV Drip and Vitamin D, B Complex, and Vitamin B12 Booster Shots. We do not administer any other vitamin therapy treatments to women who are breastfeeding.
The IV La Vie team will not administer IV drips or booster shots to pregnant women. We do not encourage breastfeeding parents to have vitamin therapy infusions unless it is referred by your medical practitioners. However, we can offer iron infusions, during or after your pregnancy at one of our affiliate locations across Australia in Sydney, regional NSW, Queensland, Melbourne and Tasmania.
We do not administer Drips or Booster Shots to pregnant women. We do not encourage great feeding parents to have infusions unless it is referred by your medical practitioners. We do however offer iron infusions in our affiliate locations should you need one during your pregnancy or after.
How much fluid is in each drip? Is it safe to have a litre of fluid?
Our IV drips range from 100 ml to 1 litre, with the majority of our IV drips containing 1 litre of fluid. This is a third of your recommended daily intake of fluid, and dependent on your medical history and observations, 1 litre of fluid delivered in your IV drip vitamin therapy treatment is deemed safe. Before commencing our IV drip vitamin therapy treatment our medical professional will check your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and oxygen saturations to ensure it is safe to begin. We will consider any pre-existing medical conditions, as outlined in your medical questionnaire, such as heart or kidney issues, before we decide it is safe to proceed with the vitamin therapy treatment.
How much does it cost?
Our IV drips start from $179, Booster Shots start from $50, and our IMs start from $45.
How long does IV drip therapy take?
IV La Vie’s IV Therapy appointments vary depending on the treatment you have booked in for. A ‘push’ will take between 5 to 15 minutes while an infusion can run from 30 to 60 minutes. Intravenous Booster Shots and Intramuscular shots (IM’s) take less than 5 minutes to administer (we can administer in clinic or you can purchase as a take home pack). IV drips with high dose vitamin C and NAD infusions can take more than 90 minutes up to 2.5 hours.
Are there any negative side effects?
The IV La Vie team have administered more than 1000 IV drips vitamin therapy treatments from November 2019 with no serious events. We have strict protocols in place as a contingency plan.
What is the difference between a drip, booster shot and an IM?
An IV drip is an intravenous drip which is administered by inserting a cannula into a vein in your arm. The IV drip is attached for approximately 40 minutes, while the vitamin therapy treatment is administered directly into your bloodstream. A Booster Shot generally takes less than 5 minutes and is an injection of a single nutrient into the muscle in the arm. An intramuscular (IM) shot is a technique used to deliver your vitamin therapy treatment deep into the muscles in just seconds. This allows the nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. You may have received an IM injection with your GP if you got a B12 or Vitamin D shot.
Do I need to have a blood test before having a drip/booster/IM?
A blood test is not required before a IV vitamin therapy treatment. However, you will require a script from us, so you can order your vitamins. We do suggest that you undertake a telehealth consultation and bloodwork, that we can pass on to our registered doctors who will interpret results to advise what nutrients you may benefit from.
Why should you get IV nutritional therapy if you are having surgery?
Before going into surgery can be an incredibly stressful time. There is a lot to consider and you want to make sure that you are in the best condition possible before undergoing an operation.
We know that vitamin deficiency can impair wound healing and leaves surgical patients more susceptible to post-operative complications.
The vitamin therapy treatments delivered by our IV drips, pushes, boosters and IMs can provide optimal IV nutritional supplementation pre- and post-surgery. This can positively influence your surgical outcome. The risk of complications also increases from other medical conditions during a surgery and hospital stay, which make vitamin therapy treatments a great support to increase the importance of optimal perioperative nutrition.
Patients that are vitamin deficient, morbidly obese, or have diabetes or other health problems are more likely to suffer surgery-related complications, including wound infection and poor healing.
Perioperative IV supplementation can positively influence your surgical outcome by affecting four primary systems: reduction of oxidation generated by surgery and anaesthetic agents; enhancement of immunity; reduction of bruising, swelling, and inflammation; and promotion of wound healing.
Our IV vitamin therapy treatments include beneficial antioxidants, which can deactivate unstable free radicals that are a result of trauma or surgery. Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, such as carotenoids, vitamin A and C, selenium, bioflavonoids and glutathione act as antioxidants. These vitamin infusions can assist in preventing further damage.
There are specific amino acids that are needed for tissue building and other vitamins assist in increasing healing. Specific nutrients stimulate anabolic or building hormones and reduce catabolic or breaking down hormones. Zinc, selenium, vitamin B6 & vitamin D and other nutrients mobilise and improve immune function while decreasing inflammation. Talk to our medical healthcare team today to consult on the best vitamin therapy treatment to promote your health and wellbeing pre- and post-surgery.
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