The Post-Cocktail Cocktail
There are a lot of people out there who enjoy indulging in wine, beer, cocktails, etc here and there. However, sometimes these occasional dalliances can get *slightly* out of hand! In these cases, they will wake up the next morning with the dreaded hangover - they feel tired and groggy; have a pounding headache; feel nauseous to the point that the sight/smell of food makes their stomach churn; their mouth is dry and pasty; and exposure to light is like driving a stake through the brain!
But it’s Monday morning and they have no choice but to drag themselves out of the safe cocoon of bed and into work -- AND to top it off, they have to be functional! So, what can they do to make them feel better asap? Drop by the Adelaide Health Clinic of course. They simply stop by for an IV before heading into work to help clear the cobwebs, headache and nausea, and to just feel better overall.
KS came into work on Monday morning feeling *slightly* hungover from the previous night’s celebratory social event. She had tried all of the standard “hangover cures” by drinking lots of water, Gatorade and even taking Advil -- all without any relief. Despite being apprehensive about getting a needle, she agreed to try a Myers Cocktail in order to feel better because desperate times called for desperate measures!
KS was experiencing a headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, light-headedness, and she found it extremely difficult to concentrate while at work.
I mixed an IV cocktail consisting of the following: B Complex, dexpanthenol (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), methylcobalamin (vitamin B12), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium carbonate, magnesium citrate, and a bit of L-glutathione.
The Myers Cocktail is a blanket term that describes any combination and dosing of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals that are administered intravenously. When it comes to treating a hangover, the following nutrients are added in higher quantities for best effect:
- dexpanthenol (vitamin B5) => to support the digestive system and the adrenal glands;
- pyridoxine (vitamin B6) => to tame the nausea;
- methylcobalamin (vitamin B12) => to boost energy in order to combat the fatigue;
- ascorbic acid (vitamin C) => to flush the kidneys;
- magnesium => to alleviate the headache;
- glutathione => to flush and support the liver.
Within approximately 10 minutes, KS perked up and declared in shock that her hangover was gone and that she felt normal again! She was no longer experiencing the headache and nausea, and her dizziness and light-headedness had also disappeared. She found that she got an energy boost from the IV and she was confident that she would be able to get back to her job and tackle the tasks at hand.
Who Can Get an IV?
Almost anyone can receive a Myers cocktail because there are minimal negative side effects that will occur and all of the nutrients injected are water-soluble and are easily eliminated from the body if there is excess. However, each patient will be screened for allergies in order to avoid an allergic reaction of any severity.
How Long Will the IV Take?
A typical Myers Cocktail takes an average of 30 minutes to administer. However, depending on the patient’s veins, tolerance level and the specific formulation, it can range anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes.
The Naturopathic Doctor in me needs to re-iterate the fact that although a Myers cocktail can effectively take away the symptoms of a hangover, the most important take-home message is to try to NOT drink too much at once in order to preserve the function of your liver and avoid getting a hangover in the first place. Drink plenty of water and enjoy your alcohol with a side of food!
By: Dr. Moira Kwok, Naturopath | Adelaide Health Clinic