Myers' cocktail

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Myers' cocktail is an IV (intravenous) vitamin and mineral mixture used by Baltimore Johns Hopkins Hospital physician John Myers containing magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins and vitamin C that is claimed to be beneficial for a broad range of conditions. The treatment is common among naturopathic doctors in the United States and Canada.[1][2][3][4]

Myers' cocktail is included in Quackwatch's index of questionable treatments.[5] Evidence to support its use is largely anecdotal with very few scientific publications supporting its use.[6] Medical experts warn that intravenous vitamins, such as the Myers' cocktail, do not have any benefits and should be considered modern-day snake oil.[7][3]


  1. ^ Verner, Amy (12 July 2010). "Run-down execs and celebs embrace the vitamin drip". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ Kirkey, Sharon (21 July 2015). "Hooking up to an IV drip is the latest health fad, but critics say there is little proof it works". National Post. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Gavura, Scott (24 May 2013). "A closer look at vitamin injections". Science-Based Medicine. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  4. ^ Ali, Ather (Mar 2009). "Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy (Myers' Cocktail) for Fibromyalgia: A Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study". J Altern Complement Med. PMC 2894814.
  5. ^ Barrett, S (2011-03-24). "Index of Questionable Treatments". Quackwatch. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  6. ^ Dennis, Tammi (6 July 2009). "Michael Jackson reportedly got a Myers cocktail. So what is that exactly?". Los Angeles Times. Tribune. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  7. ^ Payne, Elizabeth (1 August 2015). "Popular intravenous therapy raises eyebrows". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 10 July 2016.