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An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more


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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.

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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

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What are the side-effects of IV iron? Will I have to get a port for infusions or will they use a regular IV? I'm getting them 1x/week for 8 weeks.

What are the side-effects of IV iron? Will I have to get a port for infusions or will they use a regular IV? I'm getting them 1x/week for 8 weeks.

IV iron: Studies show IV iron can cause nausea and vomiting, swelling, strange taste, headache, dizziness, joint pain. However, please remember the benefits of replenishing your iron supply may vastly outweigh the risks which can be monitored. Good luck to you ...Read more

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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

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My HB is 7.7, iron is 12 ferritin is 5. Do I need iron infusion as my dr has said?

Ans: Yes. You will if you drop below 7. Now the real question is where is the blood loss coming from? You must be very tired? Better find the cause of the bleed ...Read more

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How quickly will my heamoglobin rise after a ferinject iron infusion containing 500mg of iron?

How quickly will my heamoglobin rise after a ferinject iron infusion containing 500mg of iron?

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 more

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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

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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.
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Had an iron infusion 2 days ago & now im super hungry/ gained 2.5kgs in 1 day!!! I'm 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

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How long does an iron infusion take?

How long does an iron infusion take?

Iron Infusions: There are a number of different injectable iron products on the market. The dose also has an impact on the infusion time. Again, depending on the product used, infusion times can range from 30 minutes to 4 hours. ...Read more

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I am currently having iron infusion in the last 2 yrs. What possible illness do I have?

Iron deficiency: Anemia, but if things have persisted that long you should have had a thorough evaluation for sites of chronic blood loss. ...Read more

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How effective is iron infusion in raising blood count? How soon can one expect to see improvement?

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

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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?

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?

Tough issue: Have you tried iron with vitamin C? Another potential solution is to use eat food with acidic property cooked in a cast iron pan. ...Read more

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How long til I feel better from iron infusion? I'm on 2 of 5 (200mg venafer each, total 1000mg) I am iron deficient ferritin 10, sat 9, but no other l

A few days: You should feel better when your iron stores increase which is typically a few days. Good Luck. A reflection of your hemoglobin going up will take 2-3 days as well. ...Read more

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Hi im anemic and my doctor want me to do iron infusion and colonoscopy, why?

Need more info: I suspect that your doctor has found that you have iron deficiency anemia. This is a very straightforward diagnosis to make. The colonoscopy is helpful to make sure that you are not losing it in the bowel. If oral iron is not helping then you might need IV iron to rapidly make up for what you can't get from pills. ...Read more

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Can I drink an alcoholic beverage after having my first iron infusion?

Probably: Unless you needed the iron infusion because of bleeding from your stomach. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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

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Is it normal to still have joint pain 2 weeks after an iron infusion?

Not surprising: I certainly would not consider a joint effusion two weeks after an iron infusion normal, but it is not unheard of nor is it surprising. If there is some underlying reason for inflammation in the knee, such as a meniscal tear or arthritis, the iron infusion can exacerbate the pre-existing inflammation in the knee. This will cause the infusion to stick around longer. If you have other symptoms, I may seek further advice from orthopod. May need joint drained and fluid sent for analysis. ...Read more

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I had a iron infusion on Monday I feel so exhausted and weak is this normal and when will I start to feel better?

I had a iron infusion on Monday I feel so exhausted and weak is this normal and when will I start to feel better?

Hemoglobin: What is your hemoglobin level? Your weakness may be due to anemia. It will take a few days to weeks for the body to make enough new red blood cells to correct the anemia and relieve the symptoms. Keep doing physical activity as tolerated. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Still got joint pain 7 weeks after iron infusion, but my dr wants me to have another one. Surely this will just make the joint pain worse.

Iron infusion info: Hard to give information because no diagnosis given. All iron infusions are iron-carbohydrate nanoparticles. They can differ in size and configuration and in release and clearance. Common uses for infusion are gastric bypass, kidney disease, and failure to absorb oral iron. They can cause reactions. So if you can`t discuss with your md he could refer for second opinion re arthritis. ...Read more

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I have very low iron my doctor did give me iron supplements but my #'s weren't really going up so I started iron infusion.?

On the right track: We detect, confirm and follow iron deficiency anemia by Ferritin levels. Your doctor will do that for you. Most importantly why are you iron-deficient? Are you losing blood? From where? Is it from the gastrointestinal tract or during menstruation? Thank you for asking. ...Read more

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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

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. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering if I should work out even though I am completely exhausted due to being anemic? I am having a iron infusion on friday or wait?

Hi I was wondering if I should work out even though I am completely exhausted due to being anemic? I am having a iron infusion on friday or wait?

Don't overdo it.: Exercise to the point where you are not overly exhausted. If you have iron deficiency, the iron infusion should work very quickly. You will likely notice improvement start after about 2 weeks, and should be back to normal by around 6 weeks. ...Read more

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My hemoglobin is at 2 and I don't want a blood transfusion so my pcp recommended iron infusion. Will it help?

My hemoglobin is at 2 and I don't want a blood transfusion so my pcp recommended iron infusion. Will it help?

Blood transfusion: Blood transfusion is recommended for Hemoglobin less than 6g/dl except in exceptional circumstances. In your case Hemoglobin is 2 and this is an indication of blood transfusion. ...Read more

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