There are many reasons why you may be iron deficient, and surprisingly it is very common even with a good diet. 75% of people may be iron deficient, yet have a normal haemoglobin level on their blood tests. Talk to your GP if you think you might be at risk of iron deficiency or have symptoms of:
Every patient will need a minimum for 2 appointments with Dr Wong on separate days. The first is to assess the patient, provide information and a prescription. The second appointment is for the infusion, and will be for at least 1 hour, some patients may need longer. Some patients may need additional appointments prior to an infusion, depending on their circumstances.
The iron infusion medicine is a prescription only medicine that can be purchased from Bulimba Pharmacy once a patient has been properly assessed and determined to be iron deficient.
Bulimba Pharmacy is located on 200 Oxford St, Bulimba and can be contacted on 07 3399 3930.
It may take about 6-12 weeks after you complete your iron infusion to feel better. The improvement will be gradual, but many people report feeling more energetic, sleeping better and improvement in mood and memory.
If you decide to replenish with oral iron supplements, bear in mind it will take about 6-9 months to get the same effects. Other side effects such as constipation and nausea will make it difficult for many people to take their oral iron supplements consistently.
Iron infusions are generally well tolerated and routinely administered outside of a hospital setting. A total iron dose of 1000mg may be given at a single administration. Dr Wendy will decide what dose you require based on your weight and blood test results. If a second infusion is required, it can be repeated as soon as 7 days after your last infusion. Usually only a total of 2 infusions are required.
Since Dr Wong has switched to the current ferric carboxymaltose formulation, there have been fewer adverse reactions reported by patients. This infusion is routinely administered outside of a hospital setting and in adherence to the product information administration guidelines.
Common side effects include headache, dizziness, hypertension, flushing, nausea and injection/infusion site reactions. For a full list of reported side effects, please view the PDF below.
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All medical procedures carry some risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. Before proceeding with an iron infusion, you should discuss your particular situation with Dr Wendy Wong.