Our experienced team at Eastlink Family Medical are now offering iron infusions for our patients. To determine if you require an iron infusion, please book an appointment to see your doctor.
What is an iron infusion?
Iron infusions are used to treat low iron levels in the body. When your body does not have enough iron in the body, you will not have healthy red blood cells and your blood will carry less oxygen. This condition is known as anaemia. An iron infusion involves delivering iron directly into the blood stream through an intravenous (IV) drip.
An iron infusion may be required for patients who:
- Are not able to take iron orally (tablets or liquid)
- Are not responding to iron tablets/liquid
- Have chronic kidney or heart disease
What should I do before the procedure?
Continue with normal intake of food and fluids (there is no need to fast), continue with regular prescribed medications and be prepared to have a small IV drip put into your arm. Make sure to consult with your doctor before the procedure if you have any concerns.
What are the benefits?
An iron infusion is a rapid way of delivering iron to the body. The physical benefits of an iron infusion include increased energy and easier breathing. You should start to feel these benefits within a few weeks of your final infusion treatment, and they may last anywhere from several months to a few years.
Is it painful?
You will be required to have a small needle inserted into either your arm or hand, however the actual iron infusion itself does not hurt.
How do I know if I am low in Iron?
The only definitive way to know if your body is low in iron is through a blood test. Symptoms of low iron however may include tiredness, dizziness, difficulty thinking, breathlessness and appearing pale. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with your doctor.