IRON INFUSION CHIRNSIDE PARK

Iron Infusions – Now available at Chirnside Park Family Clinic

WHAT IS AN IRON INFUSION
WHY HAVE AN IRON INFUSION
WHAT HAPPENS DURING
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
HOW MUCH IRON IS NEEDED
HOW TO BOOK

This article provides some useful answers to commonly asked questions about iron infusions. It does not take the place of talking to your GP about why an iron infusion may be the best form of iron supplement for you.

What is an iron infusion?

What is an intravenous (IV) iron infusion – An intravenous (IV) iron infusion is a procedure in which iron is delivered to your body intravenously, (into a vein through a special needle).

The most common way to treat iron deficiency is by taking iron liquid or tablets orally. These approaches usually work well for most people and are usually the first  recommended approach to treatment.

Some patients may require an intravenous iron infusion. The infusion is made up of iron and saline, not blood and is usually brown in colour.

Why would you need an iron infusion?

Iron is important to your body – If your iron levels are low (a condition called anaemia) it may make you feel tired and not able to do normal daily activities.

Your body needs iron to make haemoglobin – the part of our red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body. Iron is also important for muscle strength, energy and good mental function.

Iron deficiency symptoms may include:

  • Tiredness – May range from general tiredness to chronic fatigue
  • Joint pain – Inflammation
  • Headaches – Mild to severe
  • Dizzy spells
  • Shortness of breath
  • Infections due to low immunity.

You may need an iron infusion if you/your:

  • Need to increase your iron levels quickly (e.g. before or after surgery, in pregnancy or to avoid blood transfusion)
  • Are unable to take iron in liquid or tablet form
  • Body is not absorbing the iron from tablets or liquid
  • If you have chronic kidney disease or chronic heart failure

Your doctor will explain the options available to you.

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What happens during an IV iron infusion?

The iron infusion is given through a needle that is directly placed into a vein (usually in the back of your hand or arm). The iron fluid is slowly dripped into your bloodstream and mixes with the blood in your body.

An iron infusion involves:

  • A briefing to ensure you understand the process
  • An investigation of your medical history to ensure you are suitable
  • Let your doctor know if you are:
    • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
    • Have asthma, eczema or other allergies
    • History of high iron levels, hemochromatosis or liver problems
    • Any medications you may be taking
  • A staff member will monitor you closely throughout the process
  • You will be in a room with a comfortable chair
  • The process may take 20 to 30 minutes.
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There is nothing special that you need to do to get ready for the day of iron infusion (e.g. you don’t need to fast). Unless you have an unexpected reaction, you will be able to drive home and undertake normal activities immediately after the infusion.

Before leaving the centre, ensure that you have our contact details if you have any questions or concerns.

Iron Infusion – Helpful Information:

  • Bring some entertainment so you can relax during the procedure
  • You may use the bathroom
  • You may bring a friend or family member for support
  • You may eat or drink during the procedure
  • You may want to have time to rest after the infusion

How much iron will you need?

Your doctor will discuss with you the options available in relation to your individual situation. The amount of iron required to restore your iron levels to standard normal levels will be recommended.

It may take more than one infusion to bring your iron levels up to healthy recommended standards.

What are the potential side effects of an Iron Infusion

Your doctor will explain to the potential side effects of an IV iron infusion. If side effects do occur, they are generally mild and settle down on their own within a few days.

Iron infusion side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Changes in taste (eg. metallic)
  • Changes to blood pressure or pulse
  • Feeling sick or vomiting
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Allergic reaction (very uncommon but may be life threatening)
  • Skin staining (brown discolouration) may occur due to leakage of iron into the tissues around the needle (drip) site. This is not common but the stain can be long lasting or permanent.

Please inform your doctor or nurse straight away of any discomfort, burning, redness or swelling at the needle (drip) site. The above symptoms may start 1 to 2 days after the infusion. Please contact your doctor immediately for advice.

Information from: Healthline.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

If you experience chest pain, trouble breathing, dizziness or neck/mouth swelling – Seek urgent medical attention or call “000”.

The healthcare professional administering your infusion will be fully trained on how to deal with an adverse reaction.

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How do I book an iron infusion?

Please book in a session with your doctor to discuss your iron levels and learn more about the options available to you.

If you have any questions, or would like to book an appointment:

Call (03) 9726 6290
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Our GPs see patients from all over Northern Melbourne for Iron Infusions including Chirnside Park, Lilydale, Wonga Park, Croydon North, Yering, Coldstream, Mount Evelyn, Kilsyth, Croydon, Warranwood, Warrandyte, Warrandyte South, Montrose. Park Orchards, Ringwood, Ringwood North and Ringwood East.