What is an iron infusion?
Who is likely to be iron deficient?
- Women – blood loss due to monthly periods, pregnancy and breastfeeding
- People over age 65 often due to poor diet
- Vegetarians and Vegans
- People who have trouble absorbing iron (some medications can interfere with iron absorption including coeliac disease)
Iron deficiency is diagnosed by a blood test. People who suffer from iron deficiency anemia and do not respond to, or cannot tolerate (stomach upsets, constipation), oral iron therapy may benefit from an intravenous iron infusion. The aim of the iron infusion therapy is to replenish body iron stores and to remedy anaemia, a reduced level of haemoglobin due to iron deficiency.
Are iron infusions safe?
What are the side-effects of an iron infusion with FCM?
It is unusual to experience any significant side-effects from an iron infusion with the newer iron containing medications. Some patients may experience a headache or feel nauseated. Less commonly some patients experience flushing, a disturbance in taste, itchiness, discoloration of skin at the administration site, fever and chills.
Rarely, patients may have an allergic reaction to the iron preparation. For this reason patients are monitored by nursing staff during and following the infusion.
How long does the iron infusion take?