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Just in time for New Year’s hangovers, Chicago doc opens hydration clinic


By Laura Bianchi, Crain's Chicago Business
Posted: December 28, 2012 - 2:00 pm ET
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Forget the hair of the dog or your brother-in-law's favorite morning-after remedy.

Just in time for New Year's, Dr. Jack Dybis, a trauma and general surgeon at Evanston Hospital, has opened Chicago's first hydration clinic, Revive, at 222 W. Ontario St., Suite 450.

For $99 the medical staff will sooth your nausea, headache and cotton mouth with intravenous fluids, vitamins and medications as needed.

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“Paramedics and residents have been doing this for decades for colds and flu,” said Dr. Dybis, who treats those maladies and jetlag at Revive, too. “You start feeling better right away.” Treatments last about an hour.

Has he used it himself? “Yes, but not for a hangover,” he said. “I'm hooked up right now because I'm getting some B-complex for a cold.”

Dr. Rahul Khare, an emergency medicine doctor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who has treated his share of inebriated patients, confirms that the treatments work. "In reality, hangovers go away by themselves. But these clinics can make you feel significantly better in a shorter amount of time," cutting the recovery by two to three hours, he said. Dr. Khare says most people will feel better within 30 minutes of receiving fluids and medications.

He cautions that there are risks, however minor. "Putting an IV in a couple times a year is OK but putting them in a lot—you only have a few veins, at it increases the risk of infection." Most important, he says, is the possibility that the clinic could enable a person to be a functional alcoholic.

Dr. Khare, who notes that such clinics are thriving in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, predicts we may see more pop up in Chicago.

Many physicians are diversifying, Dr. Dybis said, because they are working longer hours, making less money and dealing with more bureaucracy.

“My dream is to be successful enough with this so I can free up time to do medical missions abroad” where there is less red tape and more hands-on surgery, said Dr. Dybis, who will continue his surgical practice here.

The River North location was an obvious choice, he said, because it's a high-population center with a lot of restaurants, nightclubs and bars.

Hours of operation for the New Year holiday are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues., Jan. 1 and Wed., Jan. 2. Regular hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Parking is included in the fee at Ed Debevic's at Wells and Ontario, but if you can drive there after a night on the town, you may not need Revive.


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