Intravenous medication therapy has a multitude of uses ranging from fluid stabilization to the administration of medicine. One of the primary purposes of IV-based therapy is to help maintain homeostasis within the body. Healthy individuals can regulate ADH, the hormone responsible for controlling bodily functions such as blood pressure and osmolality, normally; however, individuals that do not have proper function must rely heavily on intravenously administered medication or fluids.
One of the most common conditions treated with IV-based administration is dehydration. Dehydration can happen to any individual, but it is a cause for concern especially in the elderly due to the extended time their bodies need to acclimate to different conditions. The elderly should not fear the use of IV-based medication; this administration will be much faster than taking the medication in any other form.