NEW ORLEANS -- If there's one thing New Orleanians know how to do, it's have a good time. And with so much to do, that leaves little time to nurse a hangover, which is why more people are now turning to IV therapy.
“They are usually feeling better within 15 or 20 minutes, and my goal is to have them feeling better or back to their normal self by the time they leave,” said Dr. Mignonne Mary, an internalist.
IV drips are something you would expect to see in a hospital. But now Dr. Mignonne Mary's new walk-in clinic, the Remedy Room, is offering the 45-minute treatment in the convenience of a relaxing spa setting
“First and foremost it’s about dehydration and some of the other things we add are antioxidants and things to help them clear the toxins faster,” said Dr. Mary.
For $150 you can get an energy boost, or treat a variety of common ailments from hangovers to the stomach bug.
Donald Nalty says he heard about it and decided to check it out when he got sick, and after one treatment he was hooked.
“Later that day I was feeling a lot better, the next day I was 100 percent fine,” Nalty said “I have been a believer ever since. I come twice a month.”
While it's a first of its kind in the metro area, walk-in clinics like the Remedy Room are popping up all over the country. But the question is, can it really cure a hangover?
“A hangover is a constellation of symptoms usually someone may be dehydrated, have a headache plus or minus nausea and vomiting,” said Dr. Granville Morse, medical director of MHM Urgent Care. “We have cures of those things, individually, that can make a person feel better, but there is no such thing as a hangover cure.”
Dr. Mary says it's not about curing them, it's about getting people back on their feet.
“It’s an opportunity in this fast paced world to get their day back and to not have to suffer through the time period it would normally take them to recover,” Dr. Mary said.
Dr. Mary says with an IV drip, patients absorb eight times more fluids and nutrients than they would by mouth.
While Dr. Morse agrees with the benefits, he says there's not a lot of scientific studies that support the treatment for hangovers.
“With mild to moderate intoxication, IV fluids have shown no benefit. As you get further along that spectrum, there has been a benefit of IV fluids for the patient, but it does not affect the rate of metabolism or breakdown of the alcohol in your system,” said Morse.
At the Remedy Room, Dr. Mary consults with all of her patients and even runs a few tests before she ever administers a treatment. So if you're sick or you've had a rough night and would like to try the treatments, she says to always do it in the care of a licensed medical professional.