Intravenous (IV) Therapy
What Is It?
When it comes to needing medication, we often think of pills, injections and patches. However, the rate at which the medications are absorbed into the body from these methods is slow when compared to intravenous (IV) therapy. IV therapy is one of the quickest ways to get medication to where it’s needed in the body, but it also offers other benefits to the patient–and some can be lifesaving.
What It Does/How It Works
Intravenous therapy takes place when medicine is injected directly into the veins and often works more swiftly and successfully than medicine given through the stomach. In the past, a very limited amount of drugs could be administered intravenously, but in today’s health care world the number has been greatly extended with applications for many additional disease treatments.
Especially is cases of pneumonia and diphtheria, the rapid passage of the medicine through the body using intravenous therapy gives it an advantage over the much slower process of ingesting medications orally.
IV Therapy can be beneficial for:
Upper respiratory infections
Acute viral illness
Acute strain or injury
Coronary artery disease (hypertension)
High blood pressure