An IV Boost of Vitamins and Nutrients

Decades ago, John Myers, MD, started the use of intravenous (IV) vitamins and minerals to treat his patients’ various medical problems like fatigue and infection. After his death in 1984, other practitioners began modifying his formulation, using different balances and concentrations of vitamins and minerals. Despite the number of variations on the original formula, it is still known as the “Myers’ cocktail” due to Myers’ pioneering efforts in the field of IV nutrition.

Over time, as the formulation saw more widespread use, the effect the Myers’ cocktail had on a range of clinical conditions was apparent and dramatic. Among an estimated 800-1,000 patients who were administered the (modified) Myers’ cocktail intravenously in an outpatient setting over an 11-year period, “[c]onditions that frequently responded included asthma attacks, acute migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, and seasonal allergic rhinitis.”1

By comparison, oral and intramuscular (IM) administration of nutrients are not nearly as effective as IV administration. For example, “an antiviral effect of vitamin C has been demonstrated at a concentration of 10-15 mg/dL, a level achievable with IV but not oral therapy.”1 In other words, some significant benefits of certain vitamins and nutrients, like vitamin C, can only be accessed intravenously.

Alan R. Gaby, MD, one of the first practitioners to modify the Myers’ IV regimen, has written about some of his personal clinical experiences with Myers’ here.

If you are interested in the potential benefits of Myers’ or other IV nutrition therapies, talk with your doctor or connect with one of our pharmacists for more information.


Gaby AR., Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myer’s Cocktail”. Alternative Medicine Review. 2002; 7(5): 389-403.

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