Intravenous (IV) vitamin infusions are touted by celebrities and promoted by wellness clinics for improving wellbeing, boosting immunity, increasing energy, and treating various conditions including colds, hangovers, migraines, and others (Bonate, J Clin Pharmacol 2023). Unfortunately, there is no good clinical evidence that IV vitamin infusions provide health benefits except in specific therapeutic situations — such as treating vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Furthermore, they can be unsafe and, in some cases, have been linked with death.
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