About Myers’ Cocktail
Myers’ Cocktail is a formula of vitamins and minerals that was pioneered more than 30 years ago by the late Dr. John Myers, MD. The “cocktail” is infused intravenously and may help improve energy and alleviate a host of acute and chronic ailments. Many of Dr. Myers’ former patients who found relief with these infusions sought continued care and treatment from Dr. Alan R. Gaby, MD, a nutritional medicine expert, who modified and popularized the original protocol.
The Myers Cocktail typically consists of B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin C but additional ingredients may be added to the protocol depending on the patient’s diagnosis and overall health.
Who benefits from it?
Dr. Gaby’s clinical experience with over 15,000 infusions of the Myers’ Cocktail has suggested that it can be clinically effective against acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (include chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasms, colds, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies, chronic depression/anxiety, and many other disorders.
What is the duration of treatment?
Duration of treatment varies but most patients receive infusions once a week. According to some experts, IV delivery of nutrients increases serum concentrations to levels not obtainable with oral or even intramuscular administration. Over time nutrients taken up by the cells after IV infusion may eventually “leak out” again, but perhaps some healing takes place before this happens. If cells are repeatedly flooded with nutrients, the improvement may be cumulative, and patients may become progressively healthier. In this case, the interval between treatments can be gradually increased.
Is it Safe?
Myers’ Cocktail uses vitamins and minerals that have known nutritional benefits and a low potential for serious side effects. Patients may experience a sensation of warmth or flushing, which is likely due to infusion of magnesium. Magnesium may also lower blood pressure and has the potential to cause lightheadedness, if administered too rapidly. Slowing the rate of infusion, usually minimizes or completely resolves these issues. Some patients may also have a temporary taste of vitamins in their mouth shortly after they receive an infusion. Patients who take medications such as digoxin (Lanoxin), diuretics, beta-agonists, glucocorticoids, or who have had diarrhea/vomiting, should inform their Practitioner, as treatment may not be appropriate for these individuals.
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