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Okay, okay, let's just get this out in the open: I was hungover. Like, REALLY hungover. It was the morning of our friend group's Friendsgiving celebration, and I woke up nauseated with a pounding headache, regretting the last few drinks of the evening immediately upon opening my eyes. 

My boyfriend, on the other hand, woke up bright-eyed and ready to run a 5K—his first actual race since his knee surgery 12 months before. I hid under the blankets as he laced up his running shoes and headed out the door. I woke up just as hungover when he returned an hour later, after coming in third in his race with a time of 18:24 ("Overachiever," I grumbled to myself from under the pillow). 

There we both were—my body totally hungover, his body attempting to recover after the most physical exertion he'd experienced in a year—wondering how to nurse ourselves back to health. Thankfully, all we needed to get back to our normal selves was a trip to Hydrate Medical.

What Is Hydrate Medical?

In case you haven't heard of it already, Hydrate Medical is a premier concierge hydration service that (according to its website) offers IV hydration treatments are 100% absorbed and will leave you feeling rejuvenated in just 45 minutes.

Whether you're hungover, recovering after a tough workout, dealing with jet lag, or getting over the flu or some other illness, IV hydration treatment can help replenish your body with the fluids and nutrients it needs so that you can feel better, faster.

Choosing Our IV Drip Treatments

Our first step was to choose the treatments we wanted, so we headed to the Hydrate Medical site and checked out the IV drip options.

Given that my hangover was one that neither blue Gatorade, nor Pedialyte, nor a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich could resolve, I knew I wanted the most effective hangover drip Hydrate Medical had to offer. I went with "Hydrate Epic Hangover,"  which features:

  • 1 to 2 liters of IV fluids
  • Super B
  • Vitamin C
  • B12
  • Glutathione
  • Antioxidants
  • Amino Acids
  • Minerals
  • 3 medications
  • 30 min of oxygen therapy


Since my boyfriend was just trying to recover after a race that had left his body sore and dehydrated, he opted for the "Hydrate Athlete" drip instead, which features: 

  • 1 to 2 liters of IV fluids 
  • Super B 
  • Vitamin C 
  • B12 
  • Glutathione 
  • Amino Acids 
  • Minerals

Our Hydrate Medical Experience  

We arrived at the convenient Dilworth location, climbed up the steps to the entrance, and were greeted by two friendly staff members. They led us to a bright, quiet room with two comfortable looking lounge chairs, where we both sat and got comfortable (although, in the interest of transparency, I had to excuse myself to go to the bathroom and throw up first). They brought us bottles of water, put on some calming music, and confirmed the drips we'd each be getting. 

They brought in both of the IV bags, then inserted the rescpective IV needles into each of our arms. My drip was accompanied by 30 minutes of oxygen therapy as well, so they brought in an oxygen tank and inserted the "nasal cannula" (read: tiny plastic buds that went in each nostril to allow oxygen to flow into my nose easily). 

The oxygen therapy itself was intended to help relieve the headache associated with my hangover, in addition to boosting my energy levels. The rest of the drip I was getting was supposed to detoxify and revitalize me, so I could get rid of my hangover and get back to my normal activities for the day. 

I was pretty skeptical about all of this, but given my total inability to function with this crippling hangover, the drip seemed worth a shot. So, I was definitely shocked to find that by 30 minutes into the treatment, my nausea had subsided and my headache had gone from an insufferable stabbing sensation to a dull, barely noticable thudding. For the first time all day, I felt my stomach rumbling, and I was ready to eat some food. Instead of wanting to crawl back into bed, I felt ready to go to the store to pick up our Friendsgiving supplies. 

My boyfriend had a similar experience. When we arrived, his body felt rundown and ache-y after running so hard that morning, in addition to being dehydrated and tired. He had spent the morning with ice packs on his injured knee. By the time he finished his replenishing drip treatment, he felt less sore and more energized. When we got home, he didn't feel like he needed to ice his knee anymore. 

The Verdict: Man, This Stuff Actually Works  

I walked into Hydrate Medical totally hungover, and I walked out a normal human being. My boyfriend walked in sore and rundown, and he walked out comfortable and energized. We're no doctors, but we definitely think these treatments worked for us! 

The price tag is admittedly a little higher than picking up a pack of Pedialytes, however. You can try the Hydrate Epic Hangover treatment for yourself for $159, or the Hydrate Athlete drip for $179. 

Have you tried IV hydration treatments before? Have questions about our experience? We want to hear! Leave a comment below, or reach out to us at @workforyourbeer on social media.