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Questions You Might Have Before Your First At-Home IV Treatment

If you need to have IV medications administered routinely, your doctor may set you up with an at-home IV service. This way, instead of always going to the hospital or doctor's office, a practitioner will bring your treatment to you. This saves you the driving time, and it tends to be easier on you if you're struggling with poor health. Here are some basic questions you might have before an in-home IV appointment.

Will the treatment hurt?

No, the treatment should not truly hurt. You will feel an initial prick when the nurse or practitioner inserts the IV needle into your skin, but after that, all you're likely to feel is a slight heaviness in your arm as the IV fluids drip into your veins. 

Where should you have the IV treatment?

Most practitioners will administer the treatment wherever you feel the most comfortable. If that's resting on your living room couch, then you can have the treatment there. If you're more comfortable on your bed or at the dining room table, those locations are fine, too. Keep in mind that most people do like to lie back or recline while getting an IV. However, those who are prone to being light-headed during treatment may do better sitting up in a comfortable chair, such as a living room chair.

Can you watch TV or read during the treatment?

In most cases, you may entertain yourself however you wish while receiving the IV. You will, however, need to remain relatively immobile. It's common for people to watch TV or read a book. Some people play games on their phones.

Does insurance cover at-home IV treatments?

The answer to this question depends on your health insurance company. Many policies do cover at-home IV treatment as long as the medications you're receiving are medically necessary. Your doctor may, however, have to file an appeal to get mobile care covered. If you're not sure whether your insurance covers at-home IV treatment, check before your first session so you have time to make the necessary calls and have your doctor make the necessary calls.

Hopefully, the answers to these questions have helped make you a bit more comfortable with the idea of at-home IV treatments. This is a convenient way to receive chemotherapy infusions, hydration treatments, osteoporosis medications, and more. Talk to your doctor or an IV practitioner if you have any more specific concerns.