Why do I need iron?
Iron is used to make red blood cells that carries oxygen around our body. It is also important for muscle strength, energy and good mental function. If your iron levels are low this may make you feel tired and not able to do normal daily activities. As the amount of iron in the body falls even lower, the Haemoglobin level drops below normal. This is known as iron deficiency Anaemia.
Why might I need Iron Infusion?
Iron Infusion might be needed if you:
Are not able to take iron tablets / liquid
Are not responding to iron tablets / liquid or not absorbing them
Need to get your iron levels up quickly (eg. before major surgery, late in pregnancy or to avoid blood transfusion)
If you have chronic kidney disease or chronic heart failure (your doctor should explain why you need Iron infusion and the other options).
What is an intravenous iron infusion?
An intravenous iron infusion is a simple procedure that can be performed at our clinic. The procedure involves a needle being placed into a vein in your arm for the iron solution (iron and saline solution) to drip (‘infused’) into your blood stream. This procedure will take about 30 minutes. We use Iron Carboxymaltose (Ferinject). It can be given as medium dose over about 15 minutes.
Why do I need an iron fusion?
It is one of the treatment options to replenish iron levels. Iron infusions are performed on patient when their blood test prove that they are iron deficient or anaemic, and for people who do not respond to or cannot tolerate oral iron therapy such as iron tablets.
IV iron infusion is a fast and effective way of treating iron deficiency
Your doctor will determine if an iron infusion is appropriate for you.
Are there any side effects?
The iron infusion is generally well tolerated; however, some patients may experience mild, transient side effects that may last from a couple hours up to two days.
Side effects include:
• Dizziness and headache • Discolouration of skin at the administration side • Muscle and/or joint pain • Facial Flushing
Any side effect will generally ease over a few days.