IV Iron Infusion – What are the potential side effects
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:
- Feeling sick or vomiting
- Muscle or joint pain
- Changes in taste (eg. metallic)
- Changes to blood pressure or pulse
- 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.