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A 28-year-old female asked:

I am very anemic due to my crohn's disease. supplements are not working. is it possible to get an iron infusion? what is it like?

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Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Hemotolgy doctors will do intravenous iron infussions in the chemo centers. Just a small needle stick and wait for the medicine to slowly drip in. Will not hurt me a bit.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Absolutely: If you dont respond well to oral iron supplement, intravenous iron supplement will be indicated. It is just like getting intravenous fluid- but instead of Normal Saline or other solution, you will get iron. It is safe and in general, people tolerate well. There is risk for allergic reaction, but is not common and if it does happen, your doctor can manage it well. Discuss further with your doctor.

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