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A 34-year-old female asked:

how long does an iron infusion take? will my doctor put the iv in my arm? if i currently have pneumonia can i still get the infusion done? thanks

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Dr. Patrick Connerly
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Depends: Duration of the infusion is determined by how your veins tolerate the medication and by the type of iron used. But , normally 2-6 hours. It can be done during an infection if the infection is being controlled .

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