Injectable Nutrient Therapies

Intravenous vitamin therapy involves giving large dosages of the nutrients to patients either through a drip or injection. 


Injectable Nutrient Therapies at Professional Integrative Medicine are tailored to suit the diagnosed medical needs of individual patients.


Injectable Nutrient Therapies are of particular value for patients with significant nutrient deficiencies requiring rapid correction, and those who have impaired nutrient absorption.


While injectable nutrients are not a replacement for a balanced diet, deficiency states can exist in certain disease processes despite adequate dietary intake, due to multi factors including poor absorption, or increased metabolic demand. 


Injectable Nutrient Therapy (including intravenous vitamins and minerals) may be a supportive therapeutic strategy in select patients, as determined following a careful review of their medical history, medications, allergies, test results, and following discussion on various treatment options.


The vitamins and minerals are introduced into the bloodstream, bypassing the stomach and intestines, ensuring much higher blood concentrations than can be achieved orally.
Vitamin C infusions are generally safe and well-tolerated, even at high doses. Monitoring is achieved through a combination of blood tests and clinical reviews, as appropriate for individual patient needs.

 

Side effects may include pain, bruising or swelling at the needle site, thirst and diuresis.

 

Some patients experience benefits after a few doses, whereas others may require longer courses, eg weekly.


Most Injectable Nutrient Therapy treatments take 1-2 hours, depending on the dose given and other factors.


Our clinic provides a supporting and comforting environment for patients with all types of medical conditions.


Patients are encouraged to call our clinic if they have any questions about how injectable nutrients may benefit their ongoing health.

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Why Choose PIM?

Professional Integrative Medicine includes Adelaide’s longest continuously running injectable nutrients clinic. 

Unlike some ‘lifestyle’ or ‘cosmetic’ clinics, at PIM your treatment is determined by a doctor based on your individual medical needs.

 

We do not offer a ‘cocktail menu’ of treatments with fancy names for you to choose from – that is not how responsible medical practice works!

Our trained practitioners are familiar with all aspects of injectable nutrient therapy and are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Our therapeutic programs are tailored to suit each individual according to their specific needs, which may change over time.

We welcome patient feedback to provide the best possible care.

Patients are fully informed of the doses of any nutrients they receive, which vary according to individual needs. 

All our injectable nutrients are manufactured in Australia under “GMP” (Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines) to ensure batch stability and auditing capability, are TGA approved for injectable use, and meet the strictest safety requirements in Australia. This is not the case with all IV nutrient providers – if a patient does have a problem following treatment with non-GMP-certified nutrients, they may not be covered by the practitioner’s indemnity.
 

NAD+

NAD Injections now available

NAD+ (NADH) is available as intravenous and intramuscular injections

What is NAD+?

•    Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) is a cell co-enzyme recognised for its                 regenerative effects on mitochondria (the engines that drive energy in our cells                     and bodies), and its use in medicine is currently considered experimental
•    Its purpose is to fuel metabolic reactions, by increasing ATP (cellular energy), similar to       petrol in your car. 
•    Without NAD+, your cells can’t metabolise carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. 
•    Supplementation with NAD+ may support the removal of dysfunctional mitochondria             whose presence has been implicated in a wide range of conditions, including fatigue             syndromes, and in aging
•    NAD+ levels decline with age and this is thought to play a role in the increased risk for         chronic diseases.

NAD+ may be supportive in:

•    Post-viral / Post infective fatigue and chronic fatigue disorders
•    Neurological and cognitive diseases
•    Traumatic brain injury and concussion
•    Stress and to improve mental clarity
•    Sports and training

Dosing and Administration:

•    PIM provides intravenous infusions of 500mg NAD+, delivered in saline through a ‘drip’
•    A ‘loading’ dose protocol of 4 infusions over 2-3 weeks is recommended, followed by a         maintenance dose every 6-8 weeks
•    NAD+ may be used in conjunction with other injectable nutrients (B complex, minerals).


NAD++ intramuscular injection with B complex and taurine

•    The 100mg NAD+ intramuscular formula may represent a more convenient option to              support NAD+ pathways 
•    The intramuscular injection is faster to administer than IV therapy
•    B complex (B1,2,3,5) are added to the formula to act as enzyme cofactors, and further         support energy and neurotransmitters
•    Taurine issupportive for cardiovascular and neurological health, and may assist with             improving stamina and exercising function
•    It may be given weekly following other IV nutrient therapy
•    Note that this intramuscular formula contains 100mg NAD+ compared to the 500mg IV         protocol


Risks and Side effects

•    The NAD+ infusion procedure is very safe, however some patients experience                     sensations of warmth or aching during the procedure. 
•    These are only temporary, and resolve when the infusion is slowed down. 
•    Patients are encouraged to use distractions (reading, listening to music, watching a             video on a device) if required
•    To our knowledge, no long-term adverse events or hospitalisations have been reported          in relation to NAD+ administration (as of Jun 2022).
•    This means that for some patients, the infusion needs to be given over a longer period         of time - up to 3 hours. 
•    We therefore advise patients to allocate at least 3 hours for the intravenousinfusion
•    Intramuscular injection with NAD+ may cause some transient discomfort or swelling at         the injection site.
•    NAD+ is currently not recommended during pregnancy

Intravenous Iron

Iron – an essential nutrient


Our bodies use iron to make haemoglobin, a compound in our red blood cells that transports oxygen to our cells. Iron helps with muscle strength, liver enzyme function, mental function, and overall energy levels.


Iron cannot be produced by the body and must be obtained from our food.


If your iron level gets too low, you may feel fatigue and struggle to achieve normal tasks. 


Iron deficiency occurs when iron levels drop to the point that normal bodily functions cannot be maintained.

 


Who needs injectable iron?


For many patients experiencing iron deficiency, an oral iron supplement in tablet or liquid form is sufficient. 


For some patients, oral supplementation is not effective. In these cases iron may be delivered intravenously. 


Intravenous iron may be prescribed if the patient is unable to take the tablet or liquid or are unable to absorb the iron in this way. Patients with chronic kidney disease or chronic heart failure may also require IV iron. Other cases where IV iron can be beneficial include patients who need a rapid increase in iron levels, such as those about to undergo surgery, or to avoid a blood transfusion.


Intravenous iron is not suitable for some patients. Examples of patients who should not receive IV iron at Professional Integrative Medicine include the following categories:


•    Pregnancy
•    Aged under 14
•    Have a known allergy or sensitivity to ferric carboxymaltose
•    Undergoing dialysis
•    Have high iron levels or haemochromatosis
•    Have anaemia that is not iron-deficiency related
•    Have a fever or sepsis

 


Before you have intravenous iron therapy you should tell us if you fit into the above categories, as well as the following:


•    You are trying to get pregnant or if there is a possibility you may be pregnant
•    You have a history of eczema, asthma or allergies
•    Have had a reaction to any type of iron infusion in the past
•    Have any history of liver problems
•    Are on any other medications – this includes over-the-counter and natural remedies
•    Are currently suffering from an infection of any kind
•    Have recently been unwell

 

 

How much iron do you need?


The amount of iron needed varies from patient to patient. The dose is calculated to return your iron levels to optimal, based upon a variety of factors including patient weight and the degree of deficiency.


In some cases, a single infusion is given that is sufficient to restore iron levels in one treatment. 

Receiving intravenous iron therapy


Prior to any treatment, you will undergo a consultation with our clinical staff. Your medical history and current condition will be discussed, and if appropriate a prescription for intravenous iron may be given. The risks and benefits of the procedure will be covered, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.


The infusion itself will be given over the course of 15-30 minutes by one of the clinic’s nurses. You must give consent for the procedure and will be monitored during the infusion and for some time afterwards.

Risks, benefits and side effects


Before any treatment commences, we will discuss the risks and benefits of intravenous iron therapy for you. Intravenous iron will be prescribed if the benefits outweigh the risks in your case.


The most significant risk of this treatment is an allergic reaction. This is uncommon, and in very rare instances can be life-threatening. For this reason, patients are advised to remain at the clinic for observation for 30 minutes following the infusion.


In rare case, skin staining may occur around the site of the injection, caused by leakage of the iron into surrounding tissues. This staining may last a long time or even be permanent.


Side effects from IV iron are generally mild and temporary. They include headache, nausea/vomiting, muscle or joint pain, a metallic taste on the tongue and changes in blood pressure or pulse.


Minor side effects may be noticed a day or so after the treatment. These generally settle by themselves after a day or two. You should contact us if they persist or restrict your daily life.

 

If you experience breathing difficulties, chest pain, dizziness, or swelling around the neck or mouth, you should seek urgent medical attention. Dial 000 to call an ambulance.