The Benefits of IV Therapy
IV Therapy: An Overview
When those in the medical community refer to IV therapy for drug dependence treatment, they’re explicitly referencing nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (or NAD) IV therapy. NAD is an enzyme which occurs naturally in the human body and helps produce energy, repair cells, and keep our bodily systems moving and functioning normally.
IV therapy refers to the process of administering lab-produced NAD to patients by way of intravenous injection. Because consuming alcohol and drugs naturally amounts the levels of NAD in our bodies, restoring the enzyme to normal levels makes for a natural and effective way to kickstart the physical healing process.
IV Therapy vs. Oral Administration
IV therapy involves NAD being placed in an IV before being dripped into the bloodstream. The process allows the substance to be delivered directly to the brain rather than traveling through the stomach (which delays the onset of relief and may impact the effectiveness of the NAD).
Orally-administered medications may be in pill or liquid form. Patients will consume a medication through their mouth, that medication will travel to the stomach, and it’ll begin to break down before producing its intended effects. Most medication are taken orally; this is because oral administration is one of the easiest ways to ensure medication can enter into the general circulation of fluids throughout our bodies.
What is bioavailability?
Bioavailability is a term which refers to the proportion of a substance (in this case a drug or medication) that enters circulation once it’s introduced to the body. It’s a way to measure how effective various routes of administration may be for any given drug.
The difference in bioavailability between oral and IV medications
It’s important to recognize that the route of administration isn’t the only factor which influence’s a medication’s bioavailability. Some medications, such as insulin, naturally have a low oral bioavailability and need to be injected, while others may just work marginally better one way or the other.
Medications taken orally have to pass through the intestinal wall and liver. Because these medications are often metabolized to some extent before achieving systemic circulation, it’s not uncommon for them to have low bioavailability. Medications which are slowly-absorbed, in particular, tend to present issues. Our GI tracts don’t often allow ample time for absorption to occur before beginning to move things along.
Drugs which are administered intravenously have a much greater bioavailability than those taken orally. This is because the process of injection introduces the medication directly to the bloodstream. Not only is this a more direct path to relief, but it removes the wait for metabolization to occur and effects to begin appearing.
Administering medication via IV allows a much greater percentage of the drugs in question to actually enter and circulate within our systems. Because these medications don’t need to be specially formulated to ensure safety as they travel through the digestive tract, they’re also typically stronger than their oral counterparts to begin with.
Rate of Absorption
IV therapy places medication directly into the bloodstream– and that means a rapid rate of absorption. Because the drug is administered directly into the vascular space, it’s a quick means of achieving effective medication concentrations.
Pills, on the other hand, need to travel all the way through the digestive system and take considerable time to begin producing noticeable effects. For somebody suffering from the negative effects of drug withdrawal, each second that passes before relief is achieved is precious– waiting minutes or even hours for oral medication to take effect is undesirable.
IV administration allows medical professionals to deliver larger and more potent doses of medication at one time. That means that regardless of whether a patient needs stronger medication or just more of it, it’s easy to ensure that they have what they need for relief. Medication dosages will always vary based on the patient and medication in question, but the option for IV administration means there’s no need to worry about specialized needs.
By contrast, oral routes of administration can only deliver so much medication per unit. Each pill or capsule is pre-measured, and the regulations that dictate safe medication levels don’t allow for much leeway here. Because taking medication orally directly impacts the digestive system, dosage caps tend to be low.
Oral medications often come along with a sizable list of side effects. That’s because they’re in our bodies for longer than medication that’s administered via IV– and they have to travel through our digestive systems, which is often the cause of stomach discomfort and struggles with absorption rate.
This positions IV administration as an ideal alternative to taking medication orally. Aside from the prick of a needle, the process is often entirely painless. The only side effects of IV medication are directly linked to the drugs being administered. Unlike oral administration, the process itself isn’t directly harmful or stressful for our bodies.
IV Therapy: The Optimal Option
There are numerous aspects of IV therapy which position it as the optimal option for those seeking relief from the symptoms of withdrawal. Not only are medical professionals able to more accurately provide greater levels of medication at once, but they have improved control over administration and can easily tailor treatment to meet patients’ needs.
Improved bioavailability and a quicker rate of absorption than oral medication also mean that you’ll feel better faster. If you’ve lost months or years of your life to addiction and illness, every moment of your recovery is crucial– nobody will be left wondering why you’d seek a treatment method designed to help you feel like yourself again as soon as possible.
IV Therapy with BrainSpart Health
At BrainSpark Health, we’re committed to providing patients with the treatment they need to achieve happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Our IV therapy services are a quicker, more effective path towards improved quality of life and well-managed symptoms of drug withdrawal.
Interested in learning more? Inquire about BrainSpark’s IV therapy today. A friendly, knowledgeable member of our staff will be glad to address your comments and concerns before beginning to help you build a path to recovery. Together, we’ll battle addiction and manage symptoms of withdrawal in order to work towards creating a healthier, happier you.