Does IV Vitamin Therapy Work?


I recently completed my first IV vitamin therapy injection – the Myers Cocktail, plus some add-ons for good measure – here in the Bay Area. I hadn’t felt great since around the first of the year.

Abnormally annoying fatigue doubled with seasonal allergies, as well as an ongoing concern about Coronavirus (Is my cough Covid-19? What about my irritability – that definitely has to be Covid-19, right?) brought me to the medical offices of Infuze in the suburbs of San Francisco. A very pleasant (qualified) nurse administered the IV infusion while I tried to zone out and relax. As I swiped my credit card at the end of the visit, I hoped to feel like the colloquial “million bucks” very soon.

It turns out that I still don’t know what feeling like a “million bucks” entails, but the most noticeable difference was/is my levels of fatigue. I am not by any means a morning person, and my sleep app/alarm almost always begrudgingly woke me in the morning. But in the last month since the infusion, I have woken up before the alarm goes off most mornings. I certainly don’t pop out of bed, but it is really nice to be conscious for a few minutes prior to the start of my morning routine.

Together with health.com, we launched a deep dive into intravenous vitamin therapy, its pros and cons and its longevity. Was my experience typical? And what are experts saying about it?

To set the context, Americans have been taking vitamin supplements since the 1940s, and today more than one-third of us take some form of vitamin or mineral dietary supplement, according to the National Institutes of Health. But in recent years, people have been getting their vitamin fix by another means. If you think IV vitamin drips are a passing fad, think again. 

In the celebrity world, hooking yourself up to a drip for an infusion of health-boosting vitamins and minerals has become as standard as throwing back a green juice. Vitamin drips may not be backed up by rigorous scientific evidence, but that hasn’t stopped Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Chrissy Teigen, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and various other stars sharing pictures of themselves getting IV vitamin treatment on their social media pages. And it’s by no means a new fad—Rhi Rhi was doing it back in 2012. </