NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Feeling jet lagged after a flight, simply tired and rundown or even hungover aren’t reasons you would typically call a doctor—until now.
“I fly a lot and I work a lot and I play a lot,” Justin Ross Lee said.
That’s why Lee says he frequently feels lousy, CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported.
“I like to drink on planes,” he said. “I get off a 14-hour flight, I’m facing jet lag, it feels terrible.”
As the busy owner of his own company, Lee says he doesn’t have time to feel sick—which is why he calls for an at-home IV drip.
“They show up in my apartment, I get a proper dose of fluid and I feel great within an hour,” he said.
“The IV Doctor” is the brainchild of Dr. Adam Nadelson, who says his service has a team of physicians and nurses on standby–ready whenever a patient like Lee calls–to create a special cocktail of fluids tailored to each patient.
“This is for a time when you’ve had too hard of a night or you’re just feeling ill,” Dr. Nadelson said.
The starting price for a bag of the special cocktail? $200.
“We come to you within 30 minutes,” Dr. Nadelson said. “We provide electrolytes, we can add in vitamins or medications for symptomatic relief.”
The relief can be from dehydration, food poisoning or a bad hangover, CBS 2 reported.
“Our clients range from the financial world, all the way to actors, actresses, even princesses,” Dr. Nadelson said.
CBS 2 first told you about the IV craze last year when it became popular in spa-like settings in our area and across the country.
Doctors say IV treatments work faster than taking oral medication because it has a higher absorption rate.
“It actually works at the cellular level,” Dr. Marcia Harris said.
But critics argue IVs are not “cure-alls” and warn of potential risks, which according to Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, can range from as simple as inflammation to the vein to more complex complications like an infection.
Dr. Nadelson said his doctors won’t administer an IV without first doing a full medical exam.
“Then we weigh risks and the benefits of the treatment,” he said.
The benefits are priceless, say patients like Lee.
“This allows me to save time, which in my business, saves money,” he said.
Some people see their primary care physicians for IV treatments as well, CBS 2 reported.
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