IV iron (Ferinject) can supply your body with up to 1000mg of iron
If you have been prescribed Ferinject by your doctor, it will be administered in two possible ways:
By injection, directly into a vein in your arm
By infusion, diluted and given directly into a vein in your arm through a drip
Your doctor or nurse will decide on the most appropriate way to give you your treatment and discuss all the benefits and risks with you.
Ferinject has benefits and risks, as with all medicines and may cause side effects in some people. The most common side effect you might experience from treatment with Ferinject is nausea.
Other common side effects reported by 1-10% of patients from clinical studies include: headache, dizziness, feeling sick, flushing, skin rash, low blood phosphate levels and skin reactions where your injection was given. There is a small (uncommon) risk reported by 0.01-1% of patients which includes long lasting brown discolouration of the skin which can occur due to leakage of Ferinject at the injection site. Inform staff immediately if there is any discomfort, burning, redness or swelling during the infusion. There is a low risk with all iron treatments given directly into your arm that you could experience a reaction known as an anaphylactoid reaction. This can cause symptoms such as swelling of the face, mouth and tongue as well as potentially causing difficulty breathing. Your doctor or nurse who is treating you will monitor you for this (during and for at least 30 minutes after your treatment), and will provide treatment if required. Please tell your doctor or nurse if you feel unwell, or think you may be experiencing any side effects whilst you are being treated with Ferinject.
If IV iron is recommended for you by your healthcare professional
Infusion Healthcare provides IV iron services for the healthcare sector in Auckland and surrounding areas.
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