IV Therapy

IV Infusions offer superior efficacy and possibilities for personalized treatments compared to other forms of drug administration.

Our Approach

Not all forms of drug administration are equally effective when dealing with treatment resistant mood disorders and boosting your Healthspan.

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Oral / Sublingual

Medicine is eaten/swallowed or allowed to disolve under the tongue. Drugs are broken down by the digestive tract and absorbed via the small intestine.

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Subcutaneous

Medicine is administered as an injection using a syringe needle into the subcutis (soft tissue between the skin and underlying muscles). The compounds are then slowly absorbed by the tissue.

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Intramuscular

Medicine is injected into muscles using a syringe needle (typically the shoulder, buttocks, thighs, etc.). The compounds are then slowly absorbed by the body.

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Intravenous

Medication is introduced into the veins using a needle and hydration fluids. The medicine goes directly into your blood stream and absorption through your digestive system (oral administration) or soft tissues (intra-muscular and/or subcutaneous) is bypassed.

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Required Expertise: Self Self/RN/MD Self/RN/MD MD
Location: Home Home/Clinic Home/Clinic Clinic
Treatment Duration: 1-2 minutes 20-30 minutes 20-30 minutes 50-90 minutes

Ketamine

Ketamine has been in use since the Vietnam War era as an anesthetic and painkiller, but it wasn’t until the last 10 years that the drug truly found a role in mental health.

In the early 2000s, medical researchers turned back to Ketamine to study its effect on mental health and found that the drug had an immediate and profound impact on patients suffering from treatment-resistant mental disorders.

Studies have shown that Ketamine works by rapidly increasing levels of Glutamate. Glutamate is the most important neurotransmitter for normal brain function. Additionally, Ketamine is thought to grow new (or repair damaged) neural connections, allowing the brain a chance to heal.

Ketamine has increasingly gained acceptance as a viable and effective treatment of a host of mental health disorders, including but not limited to:

Depression

Anxiety

PTSD

Chronic Pain

OCD

Drug & Alcohol addiction and withdrawals

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“Ketamine infusions are like a vacation for my body and mind. It feels so good to get a break from the heaviness of my depression. Things just feel different now.”

—James T

Ketamine FAQ

Ketamine

Chronic use of benzodiazepines (e.g. Ativan and Xanax) and Lamictal (Lamotrigine) may render ketamine therapy less effective, and we may recommend those medications be stopped or dosages significantly reduced at least 5-14 days before treatment. Patients on MAOi’s should not take ketamine. Consult with your prescribing doctor prior to stopping any medication.

Ketamine developed a reputation as a drug of abuse and is also known as Vitamin K, Special K, Kit Kat or an animal tranquilizer. Addiction has not been described when following the low-dose infusion protocols at CIT Clinics. Ketamine has been used extensively in the hospital setting as an anesthetic agent since being FDA-approved in the mid-1960’s and has a proven track record of safety and good patient tolerance.

During the infusion, some patients report changes in their vision, speech, and thought processes. They often describe feelings of dissociation from their body. It can feel like a sedated or dreamlike state. If unpleasant hallucinations or other sensations occur, we may decrease the infusion rate and/or administer medications to minimize these experiences.

Patients usually recover from the effects of the infusion within 20-30 minutes. There may be residual cloudiness and mild difficulty walking for a few hours. You may also feel fatigued for the remainder of the day. We recommend the patient have a low impact and relaxing remainder of their day following the infusion.

This varies from patient to patient and cannot be predicted. Many of our patients experience relief from their symptoms within the first few treatments. Our rate of success is 85% after the 6 treatments and most patients notice a “shift” after their first infusion.

If you meet the guidelines for Ketamine infusion therapy, you will receive 6 infusion sessions over the course of two weeks. This timeline has been shown to be most effective at treating conditions such as depression, annxiety, PTSD and drugh/alscohol withdrawals. The results typically last for one to two months or more, at which time you return for a single “booster” infusion to keep your symptoms at bay. Some patients don’t require boosters and the determination is made on a case-by-case basis.

The occasional side effects that we see from low dose ketamine treatments usually resolve shortly after treatment. We may use supplemental medications to treat nausea, anxiety, hallucinations, and/or blood pressure changes.

NAD+

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide

NAD+ is a metabolic co-enzyme that structures, repairs, and is an essential component of energy production (mitochondrial function); heavily involved in DNA repair and cell repair; responsible for turning certain genes on and off; and essential for maintaining proper functioning of the brain. NAD+ is found in every single living cell and is required for fundamental biological processes to occur. NAD+ is vital to cellular metabolism, turning nutrients into cellular energy, and it also activates sirtuins, a set of proteins that regulate cellular health. If sirtuins don’t have access to NAD+, they’re not able to function properly.

Research has shown that by the time we reach our 40’s, the supply of NAD+ is no longer able to meet the demand for many important biological processes. Furthermore, chronic stress (physical and mental), sickness, and disease can rapidly deplete our NAD+ levels contributing to fatigue, depression, and anxiety and compromising our body’s ability to overcome the grip of drug and alcohol addiction. Low levels of NAD+ may also contribute to worsening disease states in vital organs such as the heart, liver, and brain.

Anxiety, depression and PTSD

Drug and alcohol addiction

Cravings for drugs and alcohol after detox (PAWS)

Early Parkinson’s disease

Early Alzheimer’s disease

Early dementia

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“It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly NAD does for me because everything feels better - fewer aches and pains, my concentration is better, my mood is more stable and having fun feels more natural. My girlfriend even keeps talking about how much better my skin looks!”

—Greg K

NAD+ FAQ

NAD+

When NAD+ is administered via IV it is mixed with saline solution and slowly drips into your blood stream. Some patients experience discomfort from the NAD+ infusion (eg. GI discomfort, sensations of pressure in the belly and chest) and therefore want to slow the drip rate down. This means the rate of administering NAD+ goes down and the treatment takes longer (sometimes as much as several hours longer). Since CIT Clinics physicians are board certified anesthesiologists, we are able to add Ketamine to the NAD+ infusion making the process much more comfortable and faster.

While NAD supplements are available in some health stores, they are not nearly as effective as receiving NAD intravenously because the compounds are not fully absorbed. The body’s digestive tract and liver break most of the desired compounds down thereby drastically reducing the bioavailability of the NAD (the amount of a drug or supplement that your body can actually use). As a result, oral NAD+ supplements as well as subcutanneous (under the skin) injections of NAD+are much less effective than IV infusions.

Many athletes experience a notable increase in energy, mental focus, and muscular performance (strength, endurance, reaction speed, etc) from NAD+ infusions.  The process of NAD+ infusion lends itself to an athletes mentality as well.  It should be recognized that NAD+ infused alone is not a comfortable experience.  Your CIT Clinic Physician can best describe the experience and the symptoms, but suffice to say that there can be a malaise, chest fullness, belly fullness, and neck fullness during the infusion.  Rest assured, these symptoms are transient, and not harmful.  But it does take an athlete’s mentality, with a focus on the end goal of getting the nutrient in your system that helps the process.

NAD+ stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which is an active form of a coenzyme that plays a significant role in the chemical reactions within your cells. NAD+: 

  • Turns carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into usable energy (Krebs Cycle)
  • Regulates your body’s stress response
  • Repairs and synthesizes DNA
  • Regulates your circadian rhythms
  • Promotes stem cell production
  • As you age, your natural levels of NAD+ begin to decrease. If you add sickness, disease, or addiction to the mix, your NAD+ levels deplete more rapidly.

CIT Clinics are pleased to offer BR+NAD-Brain Restoration Plus, the highest quality NAD+ formulation available from the only manufacturer in the world certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  We are endorsed providers of this pure product that produces the best and most consistent results.  Our board-certified physicians have been trained and certified by the founders of the first clinic to offer NAD+ therapy in the country, Richard Mestayer, M.D. and Paula Norris, M.Ed. of the Springfield Wellness Center.

****Please be careful of other products marketing themselves as NAD****

NAD+, NADH and NR (Nicotinamide Riboside) are not the same. Although NAD+ plays a role in the same pathway as NADH and NR, there are certain NAD+ consuming reactions where only NAD+ can be utilized. In these reactions, NADH and NR are not effective. While NADH and NR are less expensive than NAD+, the positive effects are not nearly as potent as NAD+. BR+NAD and our REAL NAD+ tablets are the purest forms of NAD+ available.

The side effects of treatment are minimal and appear related to the rate at which the NAD+ is administered. At a faster rate, patients may experience slight upper torso pressure, abdominal cramping and lower leg soreness. Flushing, mild nausea and a slight headache may also occur. These side effects typically disappear within just a few minutes of slowing the rate of infusion. Patients are able to pass the time in our relaxing clinic environment by watching TV, reading, and listening to music. You will also have access to high-speed internet and can bring your laptop or tablet.

How much NAD+ your body needs is determined your current health status, your history and the condition your are trying to treat. Depression, anxiety, PTSD and chronic drug/alcohol use are very taxing on the body and result in varying degrees of NAD+ depletion. In some cases only a few hundred mgs are required; in more extreme detox situations several thousand mgs of NAD+ are needed. Together with the CIT Clinics medical team you will determine the appropriate dose and course of treatment.

This is a cutting edge treatment and we are still gathering data, but currently results have indicated anywhere from 1 to as many as 4 treatments in severe cases with occasional boosters over time. For those patients who are ‘responders’ a noticeable shift in their migraine can be felt within hours of the first treatment. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case and more treatments are need to determine responsiveness.

For migraines and headaches, we offer intranasal delivery of these medications and other therapeutic modalities through a specially designed nasal catheter.  This catheter allows for delivery near the Sphenopalatine Ganglion – a prime location to attack and alleviate headache pain.  The procedure is simple, quick, and painless.  Because of the consciousness-altering effects of the Ketamine, you will need to arrange transportation following treatment.

A small IV is inserted into your arm while you sit in a comfortable recliner. The NAD+ is added to a saline hydration bag allowing the NAD+ to slowly drip directly into your blood stream. Depending on the amount of NAD+ being infused as well as your tolerance for the drug, this process can take anywhere between 1 – 4 hours. Adding a small amount of Ketamine to the infusion will greatly reduce the length of time needed for the NAD+ infusion.

If you are clicking on this FAQ, you likely have some interest in “biohacking” yourself.  There are many intricate definitions of this process to include, “the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you so that you have full control over your own biology.”  NAD is present in every cell in your body.  It is how every cell makes ATP – the energy needed for that cell to “do its job.”  Thus, NAD+ stores are important for your muscle cells, and neural cells that control those muscles.  At CIT Clinics, we practice what we preach and take NAD+ infusions ourselves.  There is a notable increase in energy, mental focus, and muscular performance (strength, endurance, reaction speed, etc).    

Glutathione

Our body’s quintessential antioxidant defense is the glutathione system. This includes glutathione itself, along with the enzymes and other proteins that enable glutathione to do its work. Glutathione is actually a very simple molecule — our body makes it from three amino acids — cysteine, glycine and glutamine. It is incredibly versatile and acts as a universal toxin-binder. Glutathione is extremely important for maintaining intracellular health. Levels of glutathione have been shown to diminish substantially with age as well as with chronic illness and poor health. Glutathione deficiencies can occur because of premature aging, infections, chronic stress, injuries, environmental toxins, genetically modified foods, overuse of antibiotics, radiation and artificial sweeteners. Glutathione is the body’s strongest endogenous (meaning created by the body naturally) antioxidant and has been shown to interrupt/prevent damage to important cellular components caused by free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides and heavy metals. Levels of Glutathione have been shown to diminish substantially with age as well as with chronic stress, illness and poor health.

Glutathione protects cells from free radical damage and helps improve cellular function at all levels (immune function, hormone levels, mitochondrial function, etc.) Maintaining adequate Glutathione levels is not only critical for maintaining wellness but also getting well from stress caused by chronic depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction and withdrawals.

We know from studies of patients struggling with serious illnesses such as Parkinson’s that they are almost invariably experiencing Glutathione depletion. While the reasons for this are are still being researched, we do know that Glutathione is extremely important for maintaining intracellular health. When our bodies are dealing with chronic mental stress due to depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD as well as the physical stress from drug and alcohol detox, Glutathione can help provide our system with a firmer foundation from which to address these physical and mental challenges.

Even if you don’t have a medical condition, you can benefit from Glutathione therapy. Glutathione supports your immune health and your energy levels, and can also improve the strength and appearance of your hair, skin, and nails.

Glutathione FAQ

Glutathione

While there is an abundance of over the counter Glutathione oral tabs available at health stores and the Internet, eating Glutathione is much less effective than intravenous therapy for treating chronic illness. Glutathione is not typically effective when ingested orally because the enzymes in your stomach dissolve the bonds between the amino acids before it can be effectively absorbed.

Many athletes experience a notable increase in energy, mental focus, and muscular performance (strength, endurance, reaction speed, etc) from NAD+ infusions.  The process of NAD+ infusion lends itself to an athletes mentality as well.  It should be recognized that NAD+ infused alone is not a comfortable experience.  Your CIT Clinic Physician can best describe the experience and the symptoms, but suffice to say that there can be a malaise, chest fullness, belly fullness, and neck fullness during the infusion.  Rest assured, these symptoms are transient, and not harmful.  But it does take an athlete’s mentality, with a focus on the end goal of getting the nutrient in your system that helps the process.

Typically, our patients elect a regimen of two infusions per month.  One longer NAD+ Infusion, and a separate, faster infusion of IV Nutrients and IV Glutathione.

Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant (composed of 3 amino acids) that prevents the damage that free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals inflict on your cells. It promotes a healthy immune system, improves skin texture, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy levels.  Small studies support its use for skin tone, psoriasis, fatty liver disease, peripheral arterial disease, insulin resistance, athletic performance, and Parkinson’s disease.

Any condition associated with excessive oxidative stress, inflammation and free radical damage (which includes most major conditions) could theoretically be helped by intravenous glutathione. The best-studied uses are for Parkinson’s Disease and side effect reduction associated with conventional cancer treatments. Other potential uses include conditions such as multiple sclerosis, progressive neuropathy, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and hypertension.

Depending on how much hydrating fluid you woul like to combine with your Glutathione, the infusions can take anywhere from 20 – 45 minutes.

This depends on your underlying health status and the condition you are hoping to treat. After a consultation with our medical team, we will determine the most appropriate dose ane frequency of treatments for you.

IV Nutrient Rx

IV Nutrient Rx Infusions are used to deliver vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream, offering superior absorption over oral supplements and subcutaneous injections. We offer several customized solutions to support your wellbeing:

Healthspan and anti-aging

Immune system strengthening

Optimal athletic performance and recovery

Metabolism boost

Hangover and headache relief

Cold and flu symptoms

Chronic fatigue

Brain fog

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“The positive effect of the Myer’s Cocktail is immediate. I feel flush with energy and vitality.”

—Samantha B.

IV Nutrient Rx FAQ

Nutrient Rx

Everybody is different, so depending on your current health you could experience noticeable effects for up to 3-4 days after your treatment. Even if you don’t “feel” effects you are likely still reaping the benefits. Patients experience the most long-lasting benefits when they receive Myer’s Cocktails on a regular basis or clustered around physically challenging events (jet lag, after a really hard work out/race, post surgery, recovery from flu/illness, etc.)

Depending on the amount of hydration fluid you are receiving the infusion can take anywhere from 20 – 60 minutes.

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C Vitamins

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can act as an antioxidant and may protect cells from free-radical damage, absorb iron, create collagen and boost immunity.

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B Vitamins

This mixture is packed with B-complex vitamins, which may help keep skin and blood cells healthy and convert nutrients into energy.

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Amino Blend

Amino acids can help enhance athletic performance, decrease muscle loss, burn fat more quickly and improve metabolism speed.

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Mineral Blend

This essential blend of minerals helps reverse the effects of dehydration, remove toxins and replenish vitamins.

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Biotin

Biotin is one of the B vitamins (B7), which can fortify keratin and may help promote healthy hair, skin and nails.

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Zinc Chloride

Zinc chloride is used to help reduce the duration of illnesses, prevent infection and speed up the body’s healing process.

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Magnesium Chlorid

Magnesium chloride can help improve immunity, decrease risk of developing migraines, and improve relaxation.

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Calcium Gluconate

Calcium gluconate helps promote healthy bones and the normal functioning of muscles, nerves and cells in the body.

Myers’ Cocktail

This IV Nutrient Rx is an IV infusion of vitamins and nutrients designed to reduce the symptoms of a host of medical ailments. It was created by Dr. John Myers who used it to treat symptoms of chronic conditions such as asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and migraines. It is also used as a treatment for short-term ailments, like dehydration, exhaustion and athletic performance/recovery.

  • Active Ingredients [ Per ML ]
  • Magnesium Chloride 9.65mg (helps in the prevention of inflammation. It is also important in supporting a robust immune system. Magnesium chloride is also beneficial in the treatment of asthma, migraines, and high blood pressure.)
  • B Complex Vitamins. (B complex vitamins are crucial for promoting healthy hair and skin, preventing memory loss, and managing stress. Includes: Thiamine HCl (B 1 ) 1.62mg; Riboflavin-5-Phos(B2) 3.23mg; Niacinamide (B3) 1.62mg; Dexpanthenol (B5) 4.07mg; Pyridoxine HCl (B6) 1.63mg; Hydroxocobalamin(B12) 0.1mg)
  • Calcium Gluconate 4.07mg (helps to boost blood calcium, an essential element in building strong bones.)
  • Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C) 64.4mg (antioxidant)

After an infusion, patients typically feel energetic and have an enhanced immune response to fight off infection. Myers’ Cocktails work by increasing the blood concentration of essential vitamins and minerals beyond that which can be achieved when supplementing orally. Given intravenously, these nutrients have been found to reach blood concentrations more than 50 times greater than what can be achieved when given orally.

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Recovery & Performance

Designed to help shorten the time of recovery after an injury and potentially improve athletic ability, This treatment contains compounds that can help promote improved performance and overall wellness.

  • Ascorbic Acid 30ml
  • Vita Complex 30ml
  • Amino blend 30ml
  • Mineral blend 30ml

Inner Beauty

Designed to help bring out radiance and natural glow, this kit includes compounds believed to fortify hair, skin and nails. Fight acne, wrinkles and tired skin from the inside out.

  • Ascorbic acid 500mg/ml 30ml
  • Vita complex 30ml
  • Biotin 10ml
  • Glutathione 1mg

Be Well Immunity

Designed to help your immune system, prevent illnesses and make you feel better faster after getting sick. Boost your immune system and improve your wellbeing quickly.

  • Ascorbic acid 500mg/ml 30ml
  • Vita complex 30ml
  • Zinc chloride 30ml
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