An intravenous (IV) iron infusion is an effective way to manage iron deficiency where iron deficiency is clinically indicated.
Iron is an essential component in your blood that is carried within the haemoglobin of your red blood cells. It is responsible for carrying oxygen from your lungs, to the rest of your body.
What is an iron infusion procedure?
An iron infusion takes approximately 45 minutes and involves an IV infusion of iron and continuous monitoring by a practice nurse.
Are there any side effects to having an iron infusion?
In general, side effects from iron infusions are uncommon. When side effects do occur, they are typically transient and mild and may include nausea, dizziness, headaches, stomach upset, low phosphate levels & muscle or joint aches or pains.
There may be some irritation at the cannula site for a number of days following the infusion. In very rare cases (where the cannula becomes dislodged during an infusion) the skin around the injection site may become permanently discoloured (reported risk is < 1%).
How do I know I need an iron infusion?
Low iron levels may cause tiredness and affect mood and cognitive function. As your iron stores become depleted, your haemoglobin level drops, causing iron deficiency anaemia.
Your GP will refer you for a blood test to check your iron levels. Following review of your blood test results, your GP will determine if you are a suitable candidate for an iron infusion.
If you decide to proceed with an iron infusion, your GP will write you a prescription for the iron that you must bring to your infusion appointment. This can be purchased from your local pharmacy.
If you have already spoken to your GP, and an iron infusion has been recommended for you, please contact our reception team via phone or email and you will be unable to book this procedure online.
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