EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — It’s that time of year when many people tend to overindulge, not only in food but also drink. A new business in Evansville is offering a solution to your holiday hangover, as well as other common ailments, using IV therapy treatment.
At IV Therapy Solutions in Evansville, the idea is simple. Offer patients the same IV fluids they could get at a local hospital, but without the hefty cost.
“At first it was pretty slow and then once the word got out it’s been pretty good. Last week we had a lot of people coming in for getting over the flu. People coming in for energy, hangovers, migraine relief, recovery from working out or a marathon,” said Todd Veeck with IV Therapy Solutions Media Relations.
IV therapy dates back to 1970, with doctors using IV bags to deliver minerals and vitamins directly into the bloodstream.
“IV hydration can be very helpful. In our society, we often don’t drink and consume enough fluids and often our diets are not rich with vitamins,” said Evansville Family Physician Dr. David Schultz.
While it isn’t new, Dr. Schultz says patients should do their research before going to a business to jump in on the new trend.
“Individuals with diabetes, congestive heart failure and kidney disease may have potential risk factors when undergoing such therapy. A second possible negative consequence could be missing a condition that really should be evaluated by the primary care office,” said Schultz.
At IV Therapy Solutions, there is a doctor and a paramedic on staff that monitor a patient’s liver, heart and kidney levels while undergoing treatment. Vitamin shots start at $25 with IV bags ranging from $60-125 depending on the vitamins chosen by the patient. The Evansville location does not currently allow for insurance to cover payments.
“Some people have said within 10-15 minutes they start feeling something,” said Veeck.
The business plans to add a space for larger groups to hangout and get treatments done simultaneously. A trailer has also been purchased to take the business on the road with a traveling paramedic.
Dr. Schultz says there are other ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle such as seeking a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest and reducing stress.
Veeck says the business has limited hours while it is getting up and running, but patients can contact the business at any time to arrange an off-hours visit with the paramedic.