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Do You Need IV Vitamins?
My physician recommends intravenous vitamin therapy for women's health issues (fatigue, hot flashes, improving memory). Do you agree with this approach? If not, could it be harmful?
Answer (Published 1/11/2007)
I do not agree that intravenous vitamin (IV) therapy is needed for the hot flashes, fatigue and memory problems associated with menopause. In fact, other than the use of IV vitamin C for surgical wound healing, there is almost never an indication for IV vitamins.
The vitamins I suggest for women experiencing menopausal symptoms should be taken by mouth. They include vitamin E in the form of mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols (400 IU or 80 mg daily), which can help relieve hot flashes, and B vitamins, which can help women cope with stress, including the stress of unpleasant menopausal symptoms. I would recommend a B50 complex with 400 mcg of folic acid, and a B100 complex if stress levels are very high.
Other nutritional approaches that may relieve menopausal symptoms include the following:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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