Intravenous Therapies: Myers Cocktail

Myers’ Cocktail is a formula of intravenous vitamins and minerals that was pioneered by the late Dr. John Myers, MD. Many of his patients who found relief with these infusions sought continued treatments from Alan R. Gaby, MD, a renowned nutritional medicine expert who became one of the major proponents of this treatment. Working with these patients, Dr. Gaby found that Dr. Myers had been successful in treating a surprisingly large number of clinical conditions with this nutrient infusion. The “Cocktail” includes magnesium, calcium, B-vitamins (including B12), and Vitamin C and is given by a slow IV push or slow infusion to achieve concentrations of nutrients that are not obtainable with oral administration.

For certain patients, this treatment can be seen as a multivitamin administered  directly into the bloodstream. If patients  have  difficulty digesting food or for another reason do  not receive full benefit from taking vitamin pills, they may respond well to  an IV nutritional regimen. For other patients, this therapy provides a targeted treatment for a variety of medical conditions.

Who needs it?

Dr. Gaby’s clinical experience with over 15,000 infusions of Myers’ Cocktail has suggested that it can be clinically effective against acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasms, colds, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies, chronic depression/anxiety and other disorders.

A recent randomized controlled study conducted by Yale investigators evaluated the effect of the Myers’ Cocktail on patients with fibromyalgia. They found that weekly infusions led to clinically significant improvement in tender points, pain, depression, and quality of life directly following treatment, with sustained improvement even after four weeks from the last infusion, but the results did not achieve statistical significance in this study.

Safety

Myers’ Cocktail uses vitamins and minerals that have known nutritional benefits and low potential for serious side effects. Patients who receive treatments may experience a sensation of heat, which is likely due to magnesium. Magnesium may also cause lower blood pressure with lightheadedness if administered too rapidly. Some patients, such as those taking digoxin, should avoid treatment and a physician’s evaluation is needed to ensure its safety. All IV infusions share the risks of pain, infection, or inflammation at the injection site.

Myers’ Cocktail is a formula of intravenous vitamins and minerals that was pioneered by the late Dr. John Myers, MD. Many of his patients who found relief with these infusions sought continued treatments from Alan R. Gaby, MD a renowned nutritional medicine expert who became one of the major proponents of this treatment. Through these patients, Dr. Gaby found that Dr. Myers had been successful in treating a surprisingly large number of clinical conditions with this nutrient infusion. The “Cocktail” includes magnesium, calcium, B-vitamins (including B12), and Vitamin C and is given by a slow IV push or slow infusion to achieve concentrations of nutrients that are not obtainable with oral administration.

For certain patients, this treatment can be viewed as a multi-vitamin that is given directly into the bloodstream. If a person has difficulty digesting food or for another reason doesn’t receive full benefit from taking vitamin pills, they may respond well with an IV nutritional regimen. For other patients, this therapy provides a targeted treatment for a variety of medical conditions.  Schedule an appointment.

References:

  1. Gaby A (2002). “Intravenous nutrient therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail””. Alternative Medicine Review. 7 (5): 389–403.
  2. Ali, A; Njike, VY, et al. (2009). “Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy (Myers’ Cocktail) for Fibromyalgia: A Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study“. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 15 (3): 247–25.

In addition to the above listed infusions we provide other individualized formulas. We also work closely with several practices across the country to provide continuity infusions during patients’ travels. If your physician prescribed a specific nutritional IV formula, we may be able to provide it for you. Please contact us directly at 202-833-5055 if you have questions.