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Extravasation Of Venofer And Treatment
What do you advise if I'm having 10 venofer infusions over 10 days. What is this doing to my body and other organs?
Venofer injections: You're getting Venofer (V) due to your being severely iron deficient. The best person to ask the question of why you are receiving V is from the physician (P) who is ordering for you. That P knows you best of all and can answer your questions much better than any one here. The P knows your iron saturation, your ferritin level and the reason for your getting all those doses of it. Good luck. ...Read more
Not likely: There are no studies focused strictly on this issue, but none of the side effects of these medications list it as a problem or complication. However, the underlying condition under which these medications are given (such as kidney disease, certain anemias, etc.) may predispose someone to ovulation or conception problems. Associated conditions may be the problem, not these medications. ...Read more
Are venofer and ferritin ivs the same chemically? I seem to have different results from these iron infusions, with better results from the slow drip.
No: Venofer is an IV iron supplement, ferritin is a blood test used to estimate iron stores. I suspect that you mean ferrlecit, (sodium ferric gluconate) which is another form of IV iron. Both of these drugs work well in general. Specific patients may differs. Discuss with your doctors. ...Read more
Need more info: Venofer--I think you are referring to intravenous iron--should not cause swelling. You should be in touch with the doctor who gave you the medication for a check-up. ...Read more
Elevated ferritin levels, but I'm chronically anemic-missed 6 venofer injections, what are possible causes? Is lupus possibility?
What's going on?: If you have an elevated serum ferritin, then you are almost certainly not iron-deficient and should not be receiving injectable iron. It can kill you. I am not joking. Please get with someone who knows how to work up an anemia properly. I'm betting on one of the milder thalassemia variants, but there are literally hundreds of other possibilities. ...Read more
My absolute eosinophils count went from a 288 last month and this month its1, 239. Is this a sign of blood cancer? I am 56 and get Venofer IV monthly.
During IV infusion of venofer, some blood got into the IV tube as I moved hand and went back in as I adjusted hand. Could this cause a problem?
Hello. I am 31 weeks pregnant. My hb levels are low since last 3 months. 9.9 have taken iron sups and venofer. Can there be any other reason for it?
Lack iron: Lack of iron and pregnancy is the most likely cause of low blood count. Blood tests will show if you've gotten enough iron or not. If you have enough iron then other blood tests will show other reasons for low blood count including thalessemias, lack folate (folic acid) or vitamin B12 for example. ...Read more
M 23 weeks pregnant. My hemoglobin level is 9 out 0f 11.doc advised me venofer injection in the form of drip. Can I skip this injection? I dnt want it.
Drip more effective: You may not take iron by injection, though it is more effective than taking iron supplements by mouth. Some people also get upset stomach and constipation with oral iron. If you skip the injection, it is important that you take iron and multivitamins by mouth regularly. ...Read more
Hx venofer 2009-12. Currently ferritin 139, TIBC 343, iron 59, % sat 17. Some of same Sx retuning (hair loss, ridged nails). Should I take oral iron?
No: You are not iron deficient. See a dermatologist for diagnosis. You might have alopecia areata or another cause for your symptoms. ALSO note that iron deficiency, if very severe and prolonged, may cause thin nails which are caved in like a spoon. Not ridges. Hair loss is listed in older texts as due to low iron. But in the only rigorous study of it it was clear that iron deficiency is not a cause o ...Read more
Very low iron even w/ Venofer. HGB and HCT normal. MCV is normal but RDW is 19.2%. Folate, (folic acid) B12, etc = normal. Could this be myelodysplastic syndrome?
Is it definitely iron deficiency? What is the level of iron, TIBC and ferritin level. How about the WBC and platelet.
What is the retic count.? It is difficult to diagnose MDS without a bone marrow picture which can also evaluate the
bone marrow iron and special tests for MDS. Discuss with your PCP. She can refer you to a hematologist. I hope this
will help you. Take care ...Read more
What is the thought on iron deficiency. Fifteen yr old has had two rounds of venofer and ferritin peaked at 77. Has dropped again and is now 24. She has slowed recently on growth she is very athletic. She doesn't se to have heavy periods. Was not able to
See doc: Iron deficiency is from lack of intake, excess loss (e.g. Bleeding from urinary, gyn, GI sources), and poor absorption, e.g. Celiac sprue (true autoimmune inflammatory reaction to proteins in wheat, rye, barley, spelt, some other grains), inflammatory bowel disease, such as crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, or some occult source of blood loss. ...Read more
Dx iron deficient anemia; tx 300mg infusions venofer/mon. Hgb never > 12.3; prior 2 3 cycle, was 11.8; GI series ok; bone marrow biopsy needed. Jw?
Not yet: Your doctor should review the iron studies before venofer given--also review of blood film under microscope and hemoglobin electrophoresis; involve an hematologist. Good luck. ...Read more
Is venofer infusion safe for treating anemia when you are 34 weeks pregnant and on asprin for preclmpsia risk? Does it cause blood clots?
High-risk pg: You obviously are having a complicated pregnancy, How stressful! However, any treatments used are designed to be sure that you and your baby have the best possible chance. Do you trust you doctor? You can get a second opinion in your country or on Healthtap Concierge. Be sure you have adequate records uploaded for the OB doc to review and give you more detailed advice. ...Read more
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dramamine (dimenhydrinate) is the most commonly used one. Other are Diphenhydramine (benadryl) and meclizine.
In order to prevent sea sickness you need to take them before you start feeling sick, preferably before you get on a boat. Meclizine has less of a drowsiness effect, the rest may make you drowsy. ...Read more