Coomera Town Medical Centre offers a convenient, safe and affordable place for your iron infusion.
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Iron is essential for the body to make haemoglobin (Hb), a pigment that makes red blood cells red. When the amount of iron in the body gets too low, the haemoglobin levels can fall below normal. This is known as iron deficiency anaemia. You can have iron deficiency with or without anaemia.
Common causes of iron deficiency include:
– Increased demand for iron, for example in pregnancy.
– Decreased intake or absorption: inadequate intake or poor diet; inadequate absorption
– Increased loss: menorrhagia; GI bleeding which can occur with diseases of the bowel and stomach or secondary to medications such as NSAIDs or blood thinners.
People who are at the highest risk of iron deficiency include females due to menstrual loss and childbirth, people with kidney failure, those who are taking blood-thinning medication and those who have trouble absorbing iron due to different health conditions.
Symptoms of iron deficiency Anaemia:
The main symptom of iron deficiency is lethargy. Symptoms can vary in degree ranging from tiredness and slight dizzy spells to more serious cases which lead to chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, inflammation, and severe headaches. You can range from feeling mildly tired to exhausted, affecting your quality of life.
The main symptom of iron deficiency is lethargy. You can range from feeling mildly tired to exhausted, affecting your quality of life. Symptoms can vary in degree ranging from tiredness and slight dizzy spells to more serious cases which lead to:
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There are three main recommendations to counter iron deficiency:
– Improving diet through eating foods high in iron (red meat, eggs, tuna, seafood, peanut butter, iron-fortified foods)
– Iron supplements – usually in the form of tablets or drinks
– Intravenous (IV) Iron infusions
An iron infusion is a procedure which takes approximately 40 minutes.
When you are given an infusion, a needle is placed into a vein (usually in the back of your hand or arm) and attached to a drip that delivers the iron– containing medicine mixed with saline (a sterile saltwater solution). This fluid is slowly dripped (infused) into the vein and mixes with the blood in your body.
Iron infusions are generally considered safe, especially with the newer preparations available. The most common side-effects are: headache; dizziness; flushing; feeling sick or nauseas; muscle pain or spasms; a reaction at the site of the infusion; and a small risk of skin staining at the site where the needle is inserted.
There is a risk is of anaphylaxis, or severe allergic reaction to the iron.
At Coomera Town Medical Centre our practitioners are well equipped to deal with this medical emergency.
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An iron infusion is the quickest way of replenishing your iron stores. This means the symptoms of iron deficiency will resolve much faster, such as increased energy levels. If you are anaemic, an iron infusion could allow you to avoid a blood transfusion.
We perform iron infusions using Ferinject. This is one of the safest products currently available. A script for 500mg or 1000mg Ferinject is preferred. We offer a discounted fee if you bring your own script for Ferinject from your doctor.
The chemist nearby keeps stock of both the 500mg and 1000mg Ferinject vials. You can purchase the Ferinject just before your appointment.
The dose of Ferinject administered will depend on the extent of your iron deficiency, anaemia and your weight – this will be calculated by our doctor. If your own GP or obstetrician requests a specific dose, this will be administered. The maximum dose of Ferinject is 1000mg per infusion.
All patients must book a consultation with an Iron Infusion Doctor before having the procedure. Please call …