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What to Expect Before and After IV Therapy Q&A

What to Expect Before and After IV Therapy Q&A

Your energy and sense of well-being can be greatly restored with IV treatment. Dr. Nasser Nasseri, MD, and his staff at the Jean Walter Infusion Center are happy to provide IV treatment to their Maryland patients. Contact us today and let our team of professionals help keep your health and wellness in check! You can also book an appointment online now! We have convenient locations to serve you in Catonsville MD, Rosedale MD, Baltimore MD, Columbia MD, Glen Burnie MD, Edgewater MD, and North Baltimore MD.

What to Expect Before and After IV Therapy | Jean Walter Infusion Center Near Me in Catonsville MD, Rosedale MD, Baltimore MD, Columbia MD, Glen Burnie MD, Edgewater MD, and North Baltimore MD
What to Expect Before and After IV Therapy | Jean Walter Infusion Center Near Me in Catonsville MD, Rosedale MD, Baltimore MD, Columbia MD, Glen Burnie MD, Edgewater MD, and North Baltimore MD

Table of Contents:

What not to do before an IV infusion?
What to do after an IV infusion?
How long does it take to feel better after an IV infusion?
Should you rest after an infusion?
What should I expect at my first infusion?

What not to do before an IV infusion?


There are minimal steps an individual has to take to prepare for an IV infusion, but there are certain precautions that should be considered before such a treatment at the Jean Walter Infusion Center.

Patients are advised to avoid over-the-counter medications like antihistamines and decongestants ahead of their appointment, as these can constrict blood vessels and make the treatment more challenging.

Additionally, it’s important to stay hydrated, even if the purpose of the IV is hydration itself because dehydration causes veins to constrict, complicating the infusion process. Eating before the appointment is also important to maintain blood sugar levels, as certain vitamins and minerals in the IV can lower blood sugar and blood pressure, potentially causing lightheadedness.

Engaging in mild activity such as walking before the treatment can improve circulation and enhance the effectiveness of the IV infusion, making the overall appointment smoother and more effective.

What to do after an IV infusion?


After an IV infusion at the Jean Walter Infusion Center, patients should follow simple but important steps to ensure a smooth recovery and to mitigate any potential side effects. It’s important to keep the bandage on the infusion site for at least 30 minutes post-treatment and to replace it if there is any bleeding.

If bruising or swelling occurs, a cold pack can be applied over a thin cloth to the affected area. Patients should be monitored for any persistent pain or nausea and should contact their healthcare provider if these symptoms do not subside.

Keeping the infusion site dry and clean for at least an hour after the treatment is essential, thereafter, patients can resume showering and other normal activities, though they should be careful to avoid strenuous activities that could disturb the infusion site.

How long does it take to feel better after an IV infusion?


The timeframe for feeling better after an IV infusion at the Jean Walter Infusion Center varies depending on the reason for the infusion and the type of treatment administered.

Generally, many of the benefits of an IV infusion are fast-acting, as the direct intravenous method allows for a more potent and immediate effect compared to oral supplements or medications.

Patients may begin to notice improvements such as increased hydration, energy boosts, and mood boosts within a few hours after the treatment. However, for more significant health issues like immune deficiencies or chronic inflammation, it might take a longer period, possibly weeks or months, to fully experience the benefits.

Should you rest after an infusion?


The need for rest after an infusion can vary based on the type of treatment and the patient’s specific health concerns. It is generally advisable for patients to consider some level of rest. Infusions, though often accompanied by minimal side effects, can lead to fatigue or a feeling of lightheadedness.

Most patients can continue with their day with minimal interruption, but avoiding strenuous physical activities that could interfere with the injection site is recommended.

Additionally, staying hydrated post-infusion can help maximize the benefits of the therapy. Depending on the complexity of the infusion therapy, especially those intended to treat more severe medical conditions, more rest might be necessary to recover from longer treatment durations and the resultant fatigue.

What should I expect at my first infusion?


The initial infusion might take slightly longer than subsequent sessions to carefully determine the appropriate treatment and monitor for any adverse reactions. Providers may administer pre-treatment medications to prevent nausea or allergic reactions.

Patients need to come prepared, wearing comfortable clothing and bringing any necessary documents like identification and insurance information. During the infusion, a small needle will be inserted into the vein, a process that is carefully monitored by healthcare professionals to ensure correct placement. The total time spent in treatment can vary, from less than an hour to several hours, depending on the type of infusion.

Patients can also bring any items that might help them pass the time, such as books or music, to ensure a comfortable experience. Following the procedure, providers at the Jean Walter Infusion Center will coordinate any necessary follow-up treatments.

IV infusion is available at the Jean Walter Infusion Center. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Maryland. We serve patients from Catonsville MD, Rosedale MD, Baltimore MD, Columbia MD, Glen Burnie MD, Edgewater MD, North Baltimore MD, Parkville MD, Middle River MD, Dundalk MD, Halethrope MD, Ellicott City MD, Laurel MD, Hebbville MD, Woodlawn MD, and the surrounding areas.

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Locations of Jean Walter Infusion Center

Catonsville, MD

  • 700 W Geipe Rd, Suite 200A, Catonsville, MD 21228
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Glen Burnie, MD

  • 203 Hospital Dr, Suite 300A, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
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Columbia, MD

  • 5500 Knoll North Dr, Suite 250A, Columbia, MD 21045
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North Baltimore, MD

  • 3333 N. Calvert St, Suite 570A, Baltimore, MD 21218
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Rosedale, MD

  • 9110 Philadelphia Rd, Suite 200A, Rosedale, MD 21237
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Baltimore, MD

  • 724 Maiden Choice Lane, Suite 204A, Baltimore, MD 21228
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Edgewater, MD

  • 3168 Braverton St., Suite 330A, Edgewater, MD 21037
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