What is a “Myers’ Cocktail”?
John Myers was a physician from Baltimore, Maryland who developed the use of intravenous (IV) vitamins for treatment of a variety of medical problems. Common problems treated by the Myers cocktail include:
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Muscle spasms
- Upper respiratory tract infections
Why get an IV infusion?
Administration of vitamins through an IV increases the concentration of nutrients delivered to the body that are not obtainable by oral or intramuscular route. Many people with digestive disturbances may not absorb many of the nutrients they need to return them to good health, so an IV infusion can bypass the gastrointestinal system to increase response from these nutrients.
What are the most common side effects?
Some people experience a sensation of heat that begins in the chest and may move to other parts of the body. Most patients do not have excessive discomfort, but overbearing heat or lightheadedness should be reported. Some patients also report a taste of vitamins soon after the infusion is started. In addition, the following side effects have been reported:
- Lowered blood pressure
- Mild to severe local irritation
- Feeling of swelling of the entire body
- Abdominal cramps
Who can get an IV infusion?
If you are interested in an infusion you will be evaluated by a medical provider to see if you are an eligible candidate. Children, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or individuals with medical contraindications (for example: bleeding disorders, Congestive Heart Failure, Pulmonary Edema (fluid in the lungs), abnormal renal (kidney) function, etc.) should not receive an IV infusion.
How is the infusion given?
A small catheter is inserted into a vein through a needle and the infusion is given slowly over 20-30 minutes. You can get an infusion up to 2 times per week. Most people notice symptom improvement after one infusion, but it may require multiple infusions.