IV Infusion Therapy Washington, D.C.
At West End Plastic Surgery, we are proud to introduce IV Infusion Therapy at our West End Medical Infusion Center. We offer a variety of IV therapies including Myers’ Cocktail and Ketamine.
What Is A Myers’ Cocktail?
Myers’ Cocktail is an intravenous vitamin infusion that enhances the immune system, reduces fatigue, helps with seasonal allergies, reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia and asthma.
The Myers’ Cocktail is named after the late John Myers, M.D., a Maryland physician who used intravenous injections of nutrients to treat many chronic conditions. Conditions found to respond well by this treatment include:
- Acute asthma attacks
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Acute muscle spasm
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Chronic sinusitis
- Seasonal allergies
- Cardiovascular disease
How Does They Myers’ Cocktail Work?
The Myers’ Cocktail works by increasing the blood concentration of several essential vitamins and minerals beyond that which can be achieved when supplementing orally. For example, Vitamin C given intravenously has been found to reach blood concentrations more than 50 times greater than what can be achieved when given orally.
The idea is that many illnesses and conditions are associated with digestive disturbances such as bloating, indigestion and food sensitivities and that people with such conditions may not absorb many of the nutrients needed to return them to good health. Also, many diseases and inflammation cause the body to use nutrients at a faster rate, or to require higher amounts for proper healing. When nutrients are given intravenously, the digestion is bypassed. Additionally, the levels in the bloodstream are temporarily increased so that the nutrients are “coaxed” into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria where they are active. This temporary boost frequently “kick-starts” the cells, so that energy is produced more efficiently in them.
Some patients feel an energy boost lasting days or weeks. In the case of fibromyalgia, decreased pain can be observed. In other chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, because the “leaky” nature of the gut, the infusion helps get necessary nutrients into the cells. Chronic asthma and other lung diseases, congestive heart failure, and chronic allergic problems may respond with more energy and fewer symptoms. Patients who get sick often with infections may find an improved immune response, with less susceptibility to viral illnesses.
Who Can Benefit From A Myers’ Cocktail?
Most patients with fatigue or even chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) will benefit from Myer’s cocktail infusions, often within the first few treatments. Ongoing maintenance infusions every few weeks are usually necessary to maintain good results, but some patients improve enough that further treatments are not necessary. There are a few research studies showing patients with CFS have a magnesium deficiency, either in the bloodstream or only inside the red blood cells despite normal blood levels.
Chronic pain, including that from relapsing injury or fibromyalgia, has been shown to improve with Myer’s cocktails. One study showed 74% of patients improved while 64% only required four or fewer injections. Some practitioners report success using Myer’s cocktail for acute muscle spasms.
Upper respiratory infections caused by viral invaders often respond dramatically with Myer’s cocktail infusions. Within minutes symptoms improve in about 1/3 of patients while about 1/2 of patients note the overall course of illness shortens considerably. People who don’t seem to respond just don’t ever respond, while those who do respond do well with repeated treatments. Even chronic sinusitis has consistent reports of responding to Myer’s infusions.
The typical patient receiving a Myer’s will experience an increase in energy, improved mind clarity, decreased depression and anxiety, improved mood, faster recovery times, and less illness. We have athletes who benefit from a Myer’s before and after strenuous events.
Key Ingredients In The Myer’s Cocktail
The key ingredients for the Myer’s cocktail are vitamin C, numerous B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. The IV infusion is mixed under sterile conditions and given over a period of 15-30 minutes in the comfort of the office. The high levels of vitamins and minerals in the blood will “force” the nutrients into cells that may be depleted. The only common side effect is mild vein irritation during the infusion, which is relieved by simply infusing slower or adjusting the concentration.
Vitamin C has been shown to have an anti-viral effect, but only at higher concentrations, making it especially valuable in treating acute viral respiratory infections. It can also destroy histamine thus its role in treating allergies, asthma, and hives. At the highest doses, vitamin C has been shown to generate the production of hydrogen peroxide, which is toxic to cancer cells while normal cells have the ability to resist harm.
The B vitamins are involved in just about every metabolic pathway in the body and are particularly important for detoxification and cellular energy. Two examples where IV infusion of B vitamins are especially helpful: a common genetic defect involving enzymes that require B12 which can be “over-ridden” with high doses of B12, and adrenal fatigue in which Pantethine, or B5, is crucial to assist adrenal hormone production.
Magnesium will promote the relaxation of smooth muscle around blood vessels and bronchial airways. This makes magnesium helpful in treating asthma attacks. Several double-blind studies have shown IV magnesium treatment for severe asthmatics lowered the hospitalization rate by about 50%. A meta-analysis of seven studies concluded that IV magnesium for severe asthma attacks reduced hospitalization by 90%.
Calcium infusions have a similar effect and the addition of vitamin C and the B vitamins seems to improve and extend the benefits of magnesium alone.
The concentration of magnesium is very high in heart muscle cells and several studies show patients with heart disease have lower levels of magnesium in heart muscle cells. As magnesium plays a key role in energy production it makes sense why it seems to help diseases such as heart failure as well as overall energy and stamina.
Migraine headaches respond well to IV magnesium infusions with several clinical trials showing complete relief in most patients. Even the migraine-associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light resolved.
West End Plastic Surgery Ketamine Clinic
Ketamine was initially developed as an anesthetic; it received FDA approval for this use in 1970. In 2006, a landmark study on the use of Ketamine in treating depression was published by the National Institute of Mental Health. The study revealed that a single intravenous dose of ketamine produced “robust and rapid antidepressant effects” within just a few hours.
Since then, several other studies have shown similar findings. As a result, although Ketamine hasn’t yet been FDA-approved to treat depression, a growing number of physicians and CRNA’s across the country are turning to Ketamine to provide a potentially life-changing solution for people in need of rapid relief from depression and severe anxiety. A May 2017 study found that FDA data support Ketamine as a depression therapy.
How Does Ketamine Work?
Ketamine works differently than standard depression medications (like Prozac, Zoloft, and others) by (non-competitive N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor modulation as a novel mechanism for accelerated improvement in severe and chronic forms of depression.
In addition to Ketamine’s ability to help some depression sufferers when other medications have failed, Ketamine also acts much faster than standard antidepressants. In fact, patients may find significant improvement in depression symptoms within hours of a ketamine dose — versus weeks or months with other antidepressants.
Ketamine IV Therapy
During the treatment, a low dose of Ketamine is administered through an IV by a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist). Each infusion lasts approximately 40 – 60 minutes. A series of six infusions over a two-week period is recommended for optimal results. After the initial series, patients return only as needed for single “booster” infusions.
You should not eat or drink anything starting four to six hours before an infusion. Most people tolerate the treatment well. All medications have potential side effects, and your CRNA will discuss those with you in detail. Some potential side effects include temporary confusion and blurred vision. These side effects generally go away very quickly — usually by the time a single infusion is finished. You will need a ride home and should avoid driving for 24 hours after a ketamine infusion. You will need a referral from your PCP, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or other Healthcare Provider to receive the treatment.
Ketamine for Chronic Pain
Patients who have been diagnosed with various forms of chronic pain (i.e. Fibromyalgia, CRPS, Diabetic or Low Back Pain) are potential candidates for ketamine infusion therapy. For chronic pain, common treatments, like narcotics, may not work for everyone and even have adverse effects.
FAQ’s About Ketamine IV Treatment
Are there risks with ketamine treatment?
A low dosage of Ketamine is used to treat depression, making the treatments very safe. During the treatment, we monitor blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs to ensure your safety.
Will I be awake during treatment?
Yes, you’ll be awake during treatment.
How long does treatment take?
Each infusion takes about 40 – 60 minutes; the entire appointment lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Most patients need six infusions over two – three weeks for optimal results. After that, occasional infusions can be administered as needed.
Will I continue care with my current mental health care provider?
Yes. We require that Ketamine patients continue care with their current psychiatrist, therapist or other mental health care professional.
Is Ketamine addictive?
Ketamine itself, like some other medications prescribed for depression and anxiety, can be addictive. However, studies have shown that ketamine treatment, administered in low doses and in a controlled setting, presents virtually no risk of abuse or addiction.
Can I take Ketamine by mouth or a nasal spray instead of by infusion?
Research is ongoing in this exciting area of medicine. More easily administered means of Ketamine delivery are the subject of ongoing research. At the present time, there are studies indicating that the IV administration of Ketamine may be the most effective way to administer the medication.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in IV infusion therapy at West End Plastic Surgery, contact us today! Call us at 202-785-4187 to schedule your consultation. Our practice serves Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas.