An intravenous infusion is when medicine is given directly into the blood stream via a small intravenous cannula. Our current intravenous infusions are as follows:
- Iron Infusions
- Bone Health Infusions
- Antibiotic Therapy
- Intravenous Hydration
- Vitamin C and B Group Vitamins (Not covered by Southern Cross)
An iron infusion is recommended for patients who have been diagnosed by their healthcare professional as being iron deficient and would benefit more from having an infusion compared to tablets or injection into the muscle.
Iron deficiency is when iron stores are low or depleted (anaemia). There are many causes for this and further investigations may be made by your GP or Specialist.
Iron is an essential mineral and adequate levels are required for the normal production of haemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen in the blood. Iron is stored in the liver, spleen and bone marrow, and it helps the immune system to fight infections. It is essential for child growth and optimal brain functionality in children and adults.
Iron deficiency can cause lethargy, fatigue and in more severe cases, anaemia which can cause a pale complexion, dizziness, shortness of breath and a reduced capacity for exercise. In pregnancy, iron deficiency can cause restricted foetal growth.
Iron by infusion allows for rapid restoration of the body’s healthy iron levels with relatively few side effects.
It can be administered in as little as 15 minutes, to a limit of 1,000mg per week. It can also be given during pregnancy, after the first trimester. Depending on your iron requirements, you may require two infusions to fully restore your iron levels.
Side effects from iron infusions are uncommon and most people will not experience any. When side effects do occur, they are generally mild and may include nausea, dizziness, headaches, upset stomach, low phosphate levels & muscle or joint aches or pains. There may be some irritation at the cannula site for a number of days following the infusion. In very rare cases where the cannula becomes dislodged during an infusion, the skin around the injection site may become permanently discoloured (however, risk is less than 1%).
Prior to receiving an iron infusion with us, you must see your doctor to obtain a prescription and a referral to Infusion Healthcare. Book below and we will see you at our infusion lounge soon.
Immune Support Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) and Magnesium Infusion
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient used by our bodies.
It is involved in the repair of tissue, adrenal support, and as an antioxidant assisting our immune system.
For adequate levels of Vitamin C, a balanced diet is recommended. Oral supplements may be helpful, however our digestive system limits how much vitamin C is absorbed.
IVC is an infusion of Vitamin C, administered directly into the bloodstream allowing for higher levels to be reached than when taken by mouth almost 100% bioavailability!
Although not considered to be a mainstream medical treatment, research shows that higher doses of Vitamin C may assist in the following conditions:
- Viral infection (chronic/acute)
- Bacterial Infection
- Immune support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Wound healing, repair, and collagen production
Intravenous Vitamin C is not recommended for people with kidney problems, G6PD enzyme deficiency or known allergies to vitamin C.
An initial consultation with an RN is required for all IV infusions to assess if this treatment is right for you: Cost $45. Includes Observations, blood test and medical/lifestyle assessment.
A B Vitamin dose may be added after your first IVC infusion. Inquire for further details.
Please note IVC is currently not covered under the Southern Cross infusion benefit.
Bone Health infusion
Zoledronic acid also known by its trade name Aclasta is a bisphosphonate medicine used to treat bone conditions such as osteoporosis and pagets disease,
It slows down the breakdown of bone by preventing osteoclasts (bone eating cells) from dissolving your bone.
It has been proven to strengthen bone by increasing bone density ad reduce fracture rates.
An infusion is only required every 1-2 years or as advised by your medical professional.
A kidney function blood test will be taken by your doctor to ensure this medication is safe prior to ordering an infusion.
Side effects although rare can range from headache, flu like symptoms, to an allergic reaction. Discuss further with your medical professional to see if this medication is suitable for you.