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Does IV Therapy Work for Hangovers?

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Hangovers are often the miserable aftermath of a night out. With headaches, nausea, and fatigue, it’s a common wish to spend the next day inside resting while the hangover fades. But this isn’t always an option—sometimes our responsibilities the next day won’t let us rest. This has led to many questions about whether or not there are cures for hangovers—like IV therapy. 

While IV therapy can’t completely cure a hangover, it can help rehydrate the body and replenish electrolytes. IV therapy helps restore a person’s natural balance of vitamins and minerals to promote a swifter recovery, potentially leading to reduced symptoms.

Before considering medical treatment for hangovers, it’s important to consult with an experienced professional.

What Is a Hangover?

A hangover is a collection of physical and psychological symptoms caused by excessive drinking. This typically occurs as a person’s blood-alcohol content approaches 0 and is the body’s natural response to the toxic byproducts your metabolism produces.

The severity of the hangover a person experiences can vary but is mostly dependent on:

  • The amount of alcohol consumed
  • The type of alcohol consumed 
  • Hydration level
  • Individual tolerance
  • Overall health

Symptoms of a Hangover

Hangover symptoms can vary from person to person but typically include 1 or more of the following:

  • Headaches caused by blood vessels expanding
  • Fatigue and weakness, as intoxication often causes a person to fall asleep faster
  • Nausea and vomiting caused by irritation and inflammation in the stomach lining
  • Light sensitivity or overstimulation
  • Slower brain function or cognitive impairment, causing memory and concentration problems
  • Irritability

Dehydration & Electrolyte Imbalance

However, 2 factors can contribute significantly to hangover symptoms: dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

Alcohol is a natural diuretic, meaning it increases urine production and can cause a person to retain less water. This can lead to a wider range of hangover symptoms, like:

  • Dry mouth
  • Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Increased headaches

Excessive alcohol consumption can disrupt a person’s natural balance of electrolytes. This can lead to:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
A man receiving vitamin therapy through an IV drip infusion from a female nurse.

Can IV Therapy Cure a Hangover?

IV therapy involves the administration of fluids and electrolytes directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous line. Unfortunately, it can’t completely cure a hangover—the best remedy for feeling better after a night out is simply rest and time. However, this doesn’t mean IV therapy can’t help. 

IV therapy can offer significant relief by replenishing your body’s natural fluids and electrolytes. Since it’s administered intravenously, it bypasses the digestive system, delivering nutrients directly to your bloodstream and cells. This can provide faster recovery when compared to other forms.

Many formulas used in IV therapy often include vitamins depleted by alcohol consumption. It’s believed that replenishing these vitamins can help with energy restoration and help promote a swifter recovery from a hangover.

This means that IV therapy may relieve a hangover by reducing how severely the symptoms affect a person.

The Benefits of IV Therapy for Hangovers

IV therapy provides several benefits that can help reduce the severity of a hangover. Some advantages offered may include:

  • Quick rehydration: this treatment delivers fluids directly into the bloodstream and bypasses the digestive system. This allows for more efficient absorption and quicker rehydration when compared to oral rehydration. This can alleviate many symptoms like dry mouth or thirst.
  • Restored electrolytes: excessive alcohol consumption can lead to an imbalance of your natural electrolytes—particularly with minerals like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. 
  • Replenished nutrients: IV therapy can deliver essential nutrients directly into the bloodstream, which may help improve symptoms like fatigue or cognitive problems.
  • Convenience and quick effects: IV therapy is often offered at specialized clinics in convenient locations. This can make it easy to find relief, as IV fluids and nutrients can be administered relatively quickly. 

However, it’s important to note that results may vary from person to person. While IV therapy can be beneficial, it’s important to consult a medical professional before considering any treatment. One of the best ways to avoid developing hangovers is to drink responsibly and maintain proper hydration levels.

Get Help for Your Hangover

At Zulu Medical Cosmetics, we understand that in today’s fast-paced world, everybody needs a little boost now and then to help promote recovery. Hangovers can be detrimental to your productivity, and our Ultraviv package may be the thing you need to find relief.To speak with an educated and caring professional today about the potential benefits of IV therapy for a hangover, schedule an appointment or contact us today!


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  • Written by Dr. Jeane Lombard

    Dr. Lombard was born and raised in South Africa. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Pretoria with her medical degree. She worked as a physician in London, England from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Lombard made the decision to move to Canada. She became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada that same year, allowing her to practice medicine in Saskatoon, Canmore, and Calgary.

    Dr. Lombard has been working as a medical professional for over 21 years, and in that time, she has discovered a deep passion for the cosmetic side of medicine. Today, she specializes in cosmetic procedures, boasting 13 years in the industry.
    With deep compassion for her patients and a professional commitment to exemplary care, Dr. Lombard prioritizes health and safety over all else. When she isn’t hard at work, Dr. Lombard likes to spend time with friends in the mountains, enjoying good food and fine wine.

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