Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to make an appointment?
What is an IV drip?
An IV drip is an intravenous infusion into your vein. Our Doctors will review your past medical history, allergies and take some observations. This is to ensure that it is safe to prescribe and administer a drip to you. They will then administer the drip to you and monitor you throughout.
What is the benefit of IV drip hydration and vitamin infusion?
IV drips introduce fluids and essential elements directly into the body with 100% delivery of benefits straight to the target organs. While IV Infusions are not meant to be a substitute for oral intake, they serve as a supplement or alternative solution to quickly rehydrate and replenish nutrients, restoring the body to peak balance. Drinking large amounts of fluids can result in a sensation of bloating and fullness that does not happen with IV hydration.
Similar to IV hydration, intravenous infusion directly introduces 100% of the vitamins and nutrients into your system. Ingested vitamins and nutrients are subject to the absorption barrier in the gastrointestinal tract. You may need to ingest vitamins and nutrients in larger amounts and more frequently in order to achieve similar concentration as you would via intravenous or intramuscular supplementation. Ingestion of large amounts of vitamins can result in upset stomach, and in certain circumstances and conditions, this absorption can be severely limited resulting in deficiencies that can upset the delicate balance of the body.
What is an IM booster?
An IM booster is a intra-muscular shot (with a needle) of a concentrated vitamin. It is much quicker than an IV drip. Our Doctors will review your past medical history, allergies and take some observations. This is to ensure that it is safe to prescribe and administer an IM booster to you. They will then administer the IM booster to you.
Are Drips and Botox Safe?
Our IV drips and IM Booster Shots were developed by physicians and pharmacists. All of your infusions are administered by a fully trained Doctor after a review of your observations and your medical history. All drugs administered by us have excellent safety profiles. There is a small risk of allergic reaction to any substance. However, our Doctors are trained to recognise and deal with this extremely unlikely occurrence.
Does it hurt?
Everyone varies on their fear of needles and we understand that. Our fully qualified doctors are highly experienced and thoroughly trained. We can on request utilize a topical numbing agent and great care to make any discomfort barely noticeable.
Who administers Drips and Botox?
UK registered Doctors.
Who can receive treatments?
The majority of our patients are eligible. From time to time, we have to turn people away, not because they will not benefit from the therapies, but because they may require additional diagnostic testing or monitoring. We take pride in our professionalism and your safety is our priority.
Are treatments covered by my health insurance?
No. Our therapies are not covered by insurance at this time.
Do you offer concierge calls?
We do offer a concierge outcall service for £100 more.
Why are prices in the monthly clinic cheaper?
This is due to Economies of Scale. Our Doctor is there all day and hence does not need to travel to you and our rooms are reserved exclusively for Effect Doctors.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
“The main things to look for are experience and credentials, in both the medical director of the service and the individual administering the IV. Even with something as simple as an IV, practices can vary significantly from provider to provider based on experience—for example, do they let a metal needle sit in your arm for the duration of the drip or use a soft plastic catheter? Do they use local anesthesia at the IV site? Do they use inexpensive supplies or spring for nicer ones?”
“Another thing to consider is the provider’s ability to handle emergency situations. IVs are certainly low-risk, but they aren’t risk-free. Adding any compound to a sterile drip carries some (very little, but some) risk of severe allergic reaction, and just because a provider is experienced in placing IVs doesn’t mean they have experience troubleshooting side effects or bad outcomes.”
WHAT TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR:
“Before you go, ask about side effects that may take effect in the next day and how to contact them if you feel there is anything wrong (like an infection or clot at the site of the IV). Be aware of signs of dehydration as not all providers are careful about calculating how to dilute or how concentrated the IV solution may be.”
WHAT YOU’RE PAYING FOR:
“Usually the cost of IVs depends on the price of the additives going into the IV and the cost of the particular provider’s time. It’s worth it to pay a bit more for providers who know how to handle bad situations, from emergencies to suboptimal side effects.”