Tel: 9579 3866 | Fax: 9579 2220

82 Mackie Road
Bentleigh East 3165

INTRAVENOUS IRON INFUSION

Iron deficiency is a common disorder causing a variety of symptoms such as low energy and poor concentration. Once a clear cause is established, replenishing the body’s iron stores is necessary. Iron can be given orally in the form of tablets or intravenously (IV). Oral iron tablets ie Ferrograd C, are effective if taken for 3-6mths but are commonly associated with gut side effects such abdominal pains, constipation or diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, bloating and dark bowel actions.

When oral treatment is unsuitable or iron levels need to be elevated more rapidly, IV iron infusions can be recommended. Ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) also known as FERINJECT® is an intravenous (IV) iron preparation, a medicine that is used in the treatment of iron deficiency conditions such as iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA). In particular, Ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) is an iron preparation that has characteristics that allow larger single doses to be administered over a shorter infusion period compared with previously used IV iron preparations.

Infusions at the clinic are available. Each treatment will take approximately 60mins. You will be monitored closely during this time. In addition to the consultation fee charged by your doctor a facility fee of $50 will be charged for each attendance. This fee is not Medicare rebatable.

There are small risks of usually minor side effects such as “flushing” and cold feeling in arm with this treatment. Very rare reactions can include anaphylaxis, which if untreated can be life-threatening. We are equipped to treat such reactions here. Less commonly some patients experience flushing, a disturbance in taste, itchiness, fever and chills. It is possible to experience staining of the skin at the injection site due to the medicine leaking into surrounding tissues. If you have concerns about any possible side effects, please consult your GP. If during the procedure you experience any discoloration, discomfort, pain, changes in breathing or heart rate, please inform the supervising nurse.

There is no particular preparation needed for the iron infusion. It is helpful if you have had plenty of fluids to drink so finding a vein for the infusion can be easier. You are able to eat beforehand and take your regular medication. You will be able to drive home after the iron infusion and continue with normal activities. It is possible to feel dizziness, chills, fevers or a minor rash in the days following the procedure but these are uncommon and normally mild side effects. Generally, you will no longer need to take iron tablets after the infusion, please check with your doctor. Your GP will provide you with a pathology order form as you will need to have your iron levels checked 4-6 weeks after the procedure.

What are the fees involved?

The fees for Iron Infusions can be found here.

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