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Iv Iron Infusion Protocol
Neuron protection: Thiamine of vitamin b1 is an essential co factor in glucose metabolism so that if a person does not have adequate amount and a glucose load is given it can cause neuro toxicity manifested as delirium and occular abnormalities as seen in alcoholics being refed in the hospital. This is called wernick, korsakov syndrome. Diabetics with borderline nutrtional reserve could develop the same problem. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: Rarely contrast dye can knock loose some intravascular deposits which can lodge in narrow vessels and change the function of the part supplied. This has been reported rarely with the ophthalmic vascular supply. Have you ophthalmologist see this immediately to determine the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
23 yr old male, Diamond Blackfan Anemia, refractory to steroids, regular blood transfusions every 2 wks, oral iron chelation therapy. life expectancy?
Expect a full life: Thos illness is manageable. Be grateful. Plan for a life of normal length, seeking meaning and love like everyone else. No one has guarantees but you owe it to yourself to become fully informed about your illness and I think you will discover that the odds are very much in your favor. ...Read more
Bw came &dr refer to hemo for infusions said tcib 345 uibc 330 iron serum 15, saturation 4 & ferritin was 7. Hemoglobin 10.1. Is this low Y infusion?
It depends/clarify,,: Your tibc and uibc are in range while your iron and ferritin are not. Depending on your reference ranges for the lab, they should be 50-170 ug/dL or 9.0-30.4 umol/L for iron in females and 15-150 ug/dL for ferritin in females. The hemoglobin is also somewhat low though not much. These would point to a deficiency of iron in the blood. More tests are needed to see if this is iron anemia. ...Read more
Possibly: If you are deficient and symptomatic (recurrent infections), they can possibly help your body fight infections better. Just because you have an igg deficiency does not mean your are immune deficient, however. Many people with low numbers have normal function and really are asymptomatic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the benefits/side effects of oral iron vs intravenous iron? My hematologist wants to start me on intravenous iron.
75y old(single kidney+chronic kidney disease),creatinine (~250),hemoglobin (~9.5),red cell count(3.6),Iron serum(107). Shall we use Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) injection?
That depends: If you have true iron deficiency anemia, you'll know your iron injection is helping you before the hemoglobin goes up, and your labs will confirm this. If it is not a true iron deficiency, it won't touch you anemia. I see that you have had a recent blood transfusion; as a pathologist and sometime blood banker, transfusion is a treatment of last resort and you need to be told why it was given. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm severely anaemic and i'm having my first iron infusion tomorrow what should I expect during and after the procedure?
I would not expect a: You should not expect any problems from the iron infusion. My concern will be more to find the cause of your iron deficiency? Have you had a problem of excessive bleeding? If so, get that corrected , so that you do not have to live with this problem on a long term basis. ...Read more
How low must one's iron level be in order to be given Iron Infusion Injections?? My hemoglobin is at 9.6. Is this critically low or not too bad?
Not critical: Your hemoglobin is low but no where near critically low. Try taking oral iron and multivitamins. If after doing that for six months, there is no improvement, then it would be time to discuss intravenous iron treatment with your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Had an iron infusion 2 days ago & now im super hungry/ gained 2.5kgs in 1 day!!! Im really scared as i have an eating disordr. Do iron inf cause w/g??
No: You may well have an eating disorder. Need for iron infusion, without obvious blood loss, at your age, suggests either malabsorption or poor nutrition. 2.5kg weight gain in one day is not normal. Your medications suggest behavioral health issues and this matter is best discussed with your doctor or a psychiatrist. ...Read more
I'm having an iron infusion next week but had no info at all, what does it involve, how long does it take also are there side affects?
Depends: Side effects and duration of infusion depend upon the pharmacologic type of iron being infused. Older pharmacologic types were associated with allergic infusion reactions that necessitated a longer infusion. Newer pharmagologic infusions are rarely if ever associated with an infusion reaction and can be given intravenously over 15-20 minutes. ...Read more
How effective is iron infusion in raising blood count? How soon can one expect to see improvement?
Several weeks: If you have anemia due to low iron, increasing your iron level will help in the production of new red cells but it takes time for the bone marrow to release these cells. Normally red cells live for 120 days, bone marrow can increase the production if needed as in case of anemia due to iron deficiency, but only after iron is available. From that time it may take 2-4 weeks to start improving. ...Read more
Had allergic reaction to an iron infusion. Tried iton tablets and body just won't absorb them. What is the next step to help me feel better?
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
Wanted to know what are the side effects if any of having a iron transfusion? I was told.I would have to have a iron infusion.
Well tolerated: Not too many side effects in general. Just like any other medicaton, allergic reaction can happen in different manifestations- including hives, skin rashes, increase blood pressure, or decrease blood pressure, shortness of breath, back pain. That is why prior to iron infusion-a test dose will be given to make sure no allergic reaction. Otherwise, it is tolerated well by majority people.Don't worry. ...Read more
Yesterday had iron infusion. Today l feel tired and nauseous. Is this normal. I'm also suffering from bad anxiety how can l learn to relax?
Infusion reaction: Sometimes patients may have some mild symptoms like slight fever, muscle aches and tiredness 1-2 days after infusion. You should discuss anxiety symptoms and treatment with your PCP. Read about deep breathing and relaxation techniques at the following link: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/relaxation-techniques-for-stress-relief.htm ...Read more
I had an iron infusion due to low iron, so low i could not walk across the floor to my den. Now, my feet don't want to walk. What is the problem?
You need to get : In touch with your internist or whomever is responsible for giving you the infusion. I am not aware of other medical conditions you have, but your complaint or problem is serious enough to be looked into immediately. ...Read more