Intravenous (IV) iron infusions
An intravenous (IV) iron infusion may be needed to restore iron levels in our body if they fall too low. Why? Because our body depends on iron to function. Iron is used to make haemoglobin – the part of our 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 (Read our article on tiredness and iron deficiency). As the amount of iron in the body falls even lower, the haemoglobin level drops below normal. This is known as iron deficiency anaemia and needs to be treated.
How is iron deficiency treated?
The most common way to treat iron deficiency is to take iron by mouth as a tablet or liquid. This works well for most people and is usually tried first. Some people may need iron to be given straight into the body through a vein. This is called an Intravenous (IV) iron infusion. The iron is given through a needle and dripped (‘infused’) into your vein. Sometimes 2 iron infusions (given at least 1 week apart) are needed to fully top up iron stores. The infusion is made up of iron, not blood.
When might an iron infusion be needed?
An 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
We have doctors who are experienced in performing Iron Infusions at our practice.
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