Iron is used to make 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. As the amount of iron in the body falls even lower, the Haemoglobin level drops below normal. This is known as iron deficiency Anaemia.
Iron Infusion might be needed if you:
Generally, when side effects do occur, they are mild and settle down on their own. The most common side effects are temporary and include:
Inform the doctor or nurse straight away of any discomfort, burning, redness or swelling at the needle (drip) site. Although very uncommon, some people may have a serious allergic reaction. In rare cases this can be life threatening. You will be closely monitored while Iron Infusion is given, and for 30 minutes after. Sometimes side effects (eg. headache, muscle or joint pain) can start 1 to 2 days later. Mostly they will settle down by themselves over the next couple of days. If they worry you or interfere with your daily activities contact Elite Medical Centre for advice. If you have chest pain, trouble breathing, dizziness or neck / mouth swelling, please seek urgent medical attention / call an ambulance (000).
You need to tell your doctor if you:
You may wish to talk with your doctor about the following:
There is nothing special that you need to do to get ready for the day of iron infusion (eg. you don’t need to fast). Unless you have an unexpected reaction, you will be able to drive home and do your normal activities. Before leaving Elite Medical Centre, ensure that you have:
You will be charged for $100 out of pocket.
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