Myers' cocktail is an intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy that lacks sufficient scientific evidence to support its use as a medical treatment. The term, Myers' cocktail, is included in Quackwatch's index of questionable treatments.
Medical experts warn that intravenous vitamins, such as the Myers' cocktail, do not have any benefits and should be considered modern-day snake oil. Injecting vitamins into the bloodstream is potentially harmful due to risk of infection and possible allergic reaction. In 2018, Kendall Jenner was rushed to the hospital due to a bad reaction from a Myers' cocktail.
The name is attributed to Baltimore physician John A. Myers. Prior to passing away in 1984, Myers allegedly administered vitamin infusions to patients. Despite claims to the contrary, the original formula is unknown.
Naturopathic doctors in the United States and Canada often administer the IV drip in clinics and health spas. Health critics advise healthy individuals to avoid unnecessary IV therapies due to unfounded health claims and risks associated with bypassing the GI tract.
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