Iron infusions are usually prescribed by doctors to treat iron deficiency anaemia. The body needs iron to make haemoglobin, a pigment in red blood cells. Haemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Iron also helps muscles store and use oxygen. If your iron levels are too low, you may feel tired and not up to your normal routine. In more extreme cases, you might experience dizziness, headaches, a low body temperature, pale or yellow “sallow” skin, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, or shortness of breath and chest pain, especially during or after physical activity.
A common way to treat iron deficiency anaemia is to take an oral iron supplement. This works for some people but others find that iron supplements don’t return their iron to adequate levels. This could be because the iron supplement has side effects which cause discomfort (e.g. stomach upsets) or is not being absorbed properly in the gut. In these cases, your doctor might consider an intravenous iron infusion. This is a more immediate treatment than supplements or dietary changes, and can be helpful in situations where anaemia is severe.
An intravenous iron infusion involves having a needle placed into a vein (usually in the back of your hand or arm) and attaching it to a drip that delivers the iron-containing medicine mixed with saline. This fluid is slowly dripped into the vein and mixes with the blood in your body.
Doctors at Turn The Corner manage intravenous iron infusions which deliver iron in the form of iron carboxymaltose. The procedure takes only 15-30 minutes, however you will then need to stay in the Clinic for up to another 30 minutes to make sure you do not have a reaction to it.
Please visit our Appointments page to book a time for an initial iron infusion consultation with one of the best doctors of Brunswick and Northcote. If you have had an iron infusion before, a 15-minute appointment should be sufficient; if not, please book a 30-minute appointment.
The doctor will discuss the treatment in detail with you so you are fully informed and, if appropriate, make a subsequent appointment with you for the procedure itself.