Partied a little too hard last night and regretting it in the harsh light of day? A group of registered nurses now are making house visits with hangover cures that will leave you feeling like you spent a quiet night in rather than drinking yourself silly until closing time.
Justin Bing, a registered nurse with RevIVed Hydration, said a hangover cure is one of six packages offered by RevIVed Hydration, a mobile IV hydration service that launched in West Michigan in August.
“With a hangover infusion, you receive Zofran, which is an anti-nausea medicine, Toradol, an anti-inflammatory pain medication, and Pepcid, which is an antacid,” Bing said.
He said dehydration is the main reason people feel so terrible after a night of drinking, so the infusion acts quickly by replenishing fluids. The additional nausea and headache meds also have a rapid effect.
“By the time you are done with the infusion, your headache and hangover are pretty much gone,” Bing said.
If you are wondering why you can’t just guzzle a bunch of water, pop some pills and experience the same effect, Bing said the difference is in the delivery. IV infusions mean your body is getting 100 percent of the medications and fluids.
“With oral consumption, you only receive 20 to 30 percent of what you are digesting, because of the digestion process. With the IV route, it goes directly into your bloodstream, so you are getting 100 percent,” Bing said, adding, “The fluids are equivalent to drinking two gallons of water.”
RevIVed Hydration also offers a headache infusion as well as two general wellness infusions, an immunity boosting infusion and infusions for athletes to help with pre and postperformance. The infusions are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids and are tailored to a client’s specific needs.
Hydration services are new to West Michigan, and Michigan in general, however, they’ve been gaining prominence in larger cities across the country for several years now, and the first infusion was developed back in the 1970s.
“It started in the ’70s with the Myer’s cocktail, developed by Dr. John Myers,” Bing explained. “He was the first to get into vitamin infusions, and it’s grown from there.”
Bing said there are several hangover clinics that have sprouted up in Las Vegas over the past three to five years, and the idea is spreading across the country to places like California, Colorado, Texas and Florida.
He said the newest trend is general wellness and athletic recovery infusions.
“NFL players get infusions regularly,” he noted, pointing out some even receive the infusions midgame. He also said RevIVed Hydration was on hand at the latest Grand Rapids Mud Run event.
So how does it work? Bing said appointments with RevIVed Hydration can be scheduled online or by phone and can be booked the day of (for those whose nights got a little too rowdy).
A registered nurse will come to your home and first perform a basic health assessment and medical history and risk review. As long as you are in good stead, the nurse will then begin the infusion, which takes about 30 minutes.
“We are typically in your home for 45 minutes to an hour,” Bing said.
RevIVed Hydration also offers its services to businesses and special events. Bing pointed out, “Seventy-seven percent of Americans are dehydrated, which causes fatigue and decreased mental clarity.”
RevIVed Hydration offers its services within a 50-mile radius of Grand Rapids. The packages range from $129 to $159.
Bing said for anyone who is skeptical, it’s important to point out RevIVed Hydration is owned by a local emergency room physician and all infusions are performed by registered nurses.
*Photo courtesy of RevIVed Hydration, (pregnant mother of three receiving an infusion to help boost energy levels with her busy lifestyle)