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IV Hydration FAQs

Intravenous therapy is a medical technique that delivers fluids, medications and nutrition directly into a person’s vein. The IV route of administration is commonly used for rapid rehydration or to provide better absorption of nutrient s for those who cannot consume food or water by mouth or have oral absorption deficiency. Some nutrients such as Vitamin C cannot be absorbed in high doses orally and can only be tolerated intravenously.
IV therapy in Alexandria is most often and commonly used for nutrition supplementation, boosted immune function, pain management, detoxification and recovery from athletic sports or surgery.
IV sessions vary depending on what IV you choose. The infusion itself can last anywhere between 30-45 minutes.
All of our services are administered by either a license Physician Associate or by a Registered Nurse with licenses in the state of Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. All medical professional performing IV placement operate under strict and safe protocols approved by our medical director (licensed medical doctor).
There are not many downsides to retrieving IV therapy, however we would recommend no more than 3 IVs per week.
Northern VA and D.C. – there are options to travel further however this is on a case by case basis and will have an additional charge.
We are able to treat patients 18 and up. When booking an appointment, patient will complete a medical history form which will be reviewed by the physician or physician associate at which time you will be advised if certain medical conditions may or may not be appropriate for treatment.
Major side effects to IV treatment are rare, however, any time there is a needle physically entering the skin, there is a small risk of infection, bleeding, bruising, and slight pain. Our team of medical professionals will take all medical precautions to avoid these common side effects by including proper training, proper preparation, and smallest needle size to help reduce pain. Occasionally, our clients might report cooling of their arm or a warm sensation as nutrients enter their bloodstream. These are normal non-medically concerning sensations.
Prior to IV treatment, we recommend consuming plenty of water and having a bite to eat for best results.
Absolutely! Our goal is to help renew energy levels and optimize health. You can resume your day-to-day activities with even better performance following an IV drip.
Unfortunately, we do not accept health insurance. We strive to provide our mobile IV and IM services at a reasonable price that ensures the highest level of quality and care. Drip Docx’ treatments are typically comparable or more than often less expensive than competitors. We offer services at a fraction of the cost compared to emergency rooms and urgent care facilities.
Drip Docx accept payments via Venmo @IVDripDocx and Cash App $IVDripDocx. Cash, Venmo, Cash App, Zelle are all preferred payments; if using a card via Square there will be an additional 3% charge. Patients located over 30 min from home base Arlington/Alexandria will incur a $15 travel fee.

Medical Aesthetics FAQs

There are so many different types of filler products available, each with its own duration of action. Generally, temporary fillers last between 3 months and 1 year depending on the specific product. We can discuss this further at your consult appointment.
Neurotoxin is very well tolerated and safe when used for non-invasive cosmetic treatments. There have been reports of problems after neurotoxin treatment, but these have been cases where large doses of neurotoxin were used. (The amount of neurotoxin used for cosmetic purposes is very small). While neurotoxin does “paralyze” the muscles in the face, the effects are temporary and do not cause permanent problems.

Neurotoxin is not recommended for pregnant patients, as studies have not been performed to assess the possible adverse effects.
While injectable treatment carries some risk, most fillers are very well tolerated and safe when used for cosmetic enhancement.

Two high-risk areas are the glabellar region as well as the nose. Drip Docx does not use fillers in this area, as the risk of blindness is too high.  Other risks associated with fillers include vascular occlusions, which can lead to tissue necrosis (death of tissue), as well as pain, and granulomas (bumps). Safety is the highest priority at Drip Docx and we take all the necessary precautions to minimize risks. We have an emergency protocol in place which includes, Epinephrine, Aspirin, and hyaluronidase (Hylenex) used to dissolve fillers. We can discuss this further during your assessment.
Botox/Dysport can be used to treat any wrinkle in the face caused by the muscle actions under the skin. The most common places targeted include the forehead, glabella, around the eyes, and lip lines.
  • Can be used to correct gummy smile and lift the upper lip, known colloquially as a “lip flip.”
  • It can also be used to raise the eyebrows, raise the corners of the month (to make it look like you have more of a smile instead of a frown), and soften the “bands” in your neck.
Neurotoxins are also great for bunny lines, the chin, excessive sweating, migraines, and TMJ
Both shallow and deep wrinkles can be treated with cosmetic filler products. Filler products are also used extensively to add volume to the face, including the cheeks and lips to give you a more youthful appearance. 

There are also two FDA approved fillers approved for hand rejuvenation, as off label use in the buttocks and hips, and neck (Drip Docx does not offer these services yet).
When injectable products are approved to be used in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists specific uses for those products.

Most injectable products have been “approved” to treat specific areas of the face, and list these approved treatment areas on the product label. However, the principal effects of the product may be the same if used elsewhere on the face.

When a product is used on an area of the face not specifically listed on the FDA package insert label, the use of the product is considered “off-label”. For example, Botox Cosmetic® may only be FDA approved to treat the wrinkles in the glabella area (“elevens”), resulting in the elimination or softening of those wrinkles and improved facial appearance. However, injection of Botox Cosmetic® around the eyes may achieve the same cosmetic effect but has not been officially approved but the FDA for that purpose.

It is acceptable for medical professionals to use the products in an off-label manner in the United States, but you need to be informed and aware that the products are being used in this way.

Vitamin/Mineral NameIngredient Benefits
Amino BlendA blend of essential amino acids that can help enhance athletic performance, decrease muscle loss, burn fat more quickly and improve metabolism speed. 
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)Vitamin C also known as Ascorbic Acid, provides protection against immune system deficiencies. It plays a role in oxidation/reduction reactions by eliminating toxic “free radicals” from the body.
B Complex VitaminsThese vitamins boost energy and enhance the immune and nervous system, as well as decrease stress and anxiety. These vitamins play an important role in keeping our bodies running like well-oiled machines. These essential nutrients help convert our food into fuel, allowing us to stay energized. 
BIOTINOne of the B vitamins (Vitamin B7), which can fortify keratin infrastructure which may promote healthy hair, skin and nails.
CALCIUM GLUCONATEUsed to prevent or to treat calcium deficiencies, which is necessary for bone formation and maintenance.
cholinePromotes healthy nerve cells, cuts muscle recovery time, and aids in weight loss by helping convert fat to energy.
CyanocobalaminPromotes healthy nerve cells and aids in weight loss by helping convert fat to energy.
DexpanthenolAlso known as Vitamin B-5, and is essential for a healthy diet, skin and hair. It is a skin protectant with anti-inflammatory properties and can help improve skin’s hydration, elasticity, and smooth appearance. It also helps with wound healing as well as eczema.
InositolAids in weight loss by converting food to energy.
 L-CarnitineBuilding blocks for proteins. Helps body burn fat as fuel.
 Magnesium ChlorideRegulates blood sugar and blood pressure as well as muscle and nerve function. It also helps with the production of proteins, bone mineral and DNA.
MethionineAids in weight loss by helping break down sugars and carbohydrates and converts to energy.
Mineral blendEssential blend of minerals that can help reverse the effects of dehydration, remove toxins and replenish vitamins.
NiacinamineAlso known as a form of Vitamin B3 and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with acne and osteoarthritis. Shown to be effective at reducing the risk of developing skin cancers and decrease pigmentation and some studies suggest that it is effective in preventing and treating insulin-dependent diabetes in the prediabetic and early stages of the disease. It can improve joint flexibility.
OndansetroN “ZOFRAN” Ondansetron is a fast acting, powerful anti-nausea medication.
PyridoxinePromotes red blood cell production and converts food to energy.
RiboflavinIncreases metabolism and suppresses appetite.
ThiamineImproves immune system and aids in weight loss by helping convert fat and carbohydrates into energy.
KETOROLAC “TOradolToradol is a non-opioid, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAD) that is indicated for the short-term management of moderately to severe acute pain.
Vita ComplexMixture packed with B-complex vitamins, which may help keep skin and blood cells healthy and convert nutrients into energy.
Zinc ChlorideUsed to help reduce the duration of illnesses, prevent infection and speed up the body’s healing process. 
Vitamin/Mineral Ingredients Table

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