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Benefits Of Iron Infusion
What are the benefits/side effects of oral iron vs intravenous iron? My hematologist wants to start me on intravenous iron.
I doubt it: If you believed all the claims made for lactoferrin supplement pills, you'd be reading uncritically. There are some real studies that support the use of this germ-killer to make episodes of bacterial diarrhea shorter in children. If you are being treated for iron deficiency, please make sure you understand why & that the cause has been addressed. Stay proactive & good luck. ...Read more
My iron is low. Hemoglobin low side of normal,ferritin 7, saturation 9%. Dr suggested iron ivs. Is this safe? Risks side effects and chances of thwm.
It's your call: I think they're safe enough, the chances of serious harm from them is low, and you'll feel better faster. Some folks do get sickish during the infusion. I do trust that a cause for your iron deficiency has been sought adequately -- I've seen colon cancer missed in a woman in her 20's with fatal results. If you're deficient due to monthy loss, talk about supplements; if from reflux, Rx'ing this. ...Read more
Learn about it: When a thal major patient is dependent on transfusions, it's great for quality of life but ultimately is disastrous if the iron cannot be removed using chelators, which are much better than they used to be. I encourage you, if this affects you or a loved one, to learn all you can about the subject, with your physician recommending resources. ...Read more
Vit C: Vit c and water soluble vitamins have low risk of toxicity, oral vit c can cause loose bowels. ...Read more
Should i carry on taking calcium supplements whilst having iron injections / infusions? Will it affect the absorption of the iron?
Do I qualify for a iron infusion therapy with a hemoglobin of 9 and iron of 21 L and iron sat of 5L?
First things first: You must ask first why you are iron deficient. Heavy periods? Pregnancies? Could you be pregnant now? Non-supplementing vegetarian? Bleeding stomach ulcer / cancer? Iron infusions are not for casual use, though they are easier on the gut than iron tablets. There are injectable forms too. Do yourself a favor and focus on the big picture. ...Read more
Probably none: I have seen conflicting studies. Many suggest that it is arginine which may be included as a supplement that releases a small amt of nitric oxide. Which may increase endurance. Seen other studies that say eating nitrates for breakfast may raise levels later in the day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
At what point erythropoitin supplementation given to patients deficient of erythropoitin?What are the side effects?
Depends.: For dialysis pts - if symptomatic as a result of anemia it may be reasonable to use epo at a HGB of 11 g/dl. Otherwise 10 is the standard. For other diseases anemia associated with epo levels in the 100-500 range is typically the trigger. Side effects are headache, hypertension and influenza like syndrome. In cancer patients there is a risk of blood clots. ...Read more
Rephrase question: Plase rephrase your question. What steps are you reffering here. Iron dextran infusion is indicated if you can't tolerate or if you do not respond to the oral iron replacement medication. You are going to be given small dose as a testing dose prior to the iron infusion to make sure that you do not have allergic reaction. It is otherwise a well tolerable therapy. Discuss with your doctor further. ...Read more
Tpn: The administration of TPN is life sustaining for the thousands of people that require it to live. The side effects are effectively followed by nutrition support services that exist in several major institutions across the country. The most severe side effects are related to line and access infections; some of the other side effects are due to the long-term effects of micronutrient deficiencies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the pros and cons of using injectable concentrated amino acids with electrolytes and b vitamin supplement?
Con=infection: Why risk it? All the things you listed are very absorbable via oral route with no risks of infection.I doubt a reputable dr is offering this injectable cocktail. ...Read more
Mostly GI Distress: Side effects from taking iron supplements are most often diarrhea or constipation and epigastric abdominal discomfort. Taken after a meal, side effects decrease, but there is an increased risk of interaction with other substances. Black stools are not uncommon, but harmless. Liquid form can discolor the teeth and intramuscular injections can be painful and leave a brown discoloration. ...Read more
Vitamin A toxicity: Vitamin a is stored by the body and can lead to significant toxicity. Usually problems come from supplement overuse, but liver and some fish oils are also high in vitamin a. Problems include liver toxicity, increased intracranial pressure, hair loss, skin discoloration, bone density loss, excessive skin dryness, nausea, decreased appetite, weight loss, itching, lip fissures, anemia, and even death. ...Read more
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