Who should have an iron infusion?
People who suffer from iron deficiency anemia and do not respond to, or cannot tolerate, oral iron therapy may benefit from an intravenous iron infusion.
Your doctor will determine if an iron infusion is appropriate for you or not. Iron Infusions are by prescription only. You will need an assessment with the GP beforehand to determine the cause of iron deficiency. Infusion service fees applies. Patients are advised to discuss advantages, side effects and costs with their referring doctor.
What can I expect at the appointment?
A clinic nurse or Dr will place a cannula (a plastic tube) into your vein, usually at the elbow. The intravenous iron drip will be administered through the cannula over approximately 20-40 minutes. Nursing staff and GP will monitor you during this time to ensure the drug is well tolerated. Following the infusion, you must remain in the Clinic for monitoring for a further 30 minutes.