Iron infusion is a process in which iron is transferred to your body intravenously. It is usually prescribed to people who have iron-deficiency anemia and where it can't be treated with iron supplements and dietary changes. For example, you will be asked to undergo iron infusion if you can't take iron by mouth, and you need to increase the iron levels in your body quickly to avoid certain medical complications.
You may need one to three sessions of iron infusions, which are usually given about one week apart. The dosage and frequency of iron infusion will depend on which intravenous iron product your doctor prescribed and on the severity of your anemia.
An iron infusion typically occurs at a doctor’s clinic, a hemodialysis center, or a hospital. Chesapeake Oncology Hematology Associates offers iron infusion in all of the office locations.
As iron infusion is done intravenously, you may feel a small pinch in your skin and also a slight pressure where the intravenous needle is inserted during the procedure. Your doctor may give you a test dose before performing iron infusion to ensure that you don't develop any adverse reactions from the iron. In such cases, he will stop the procedure.
There may be minor side effects associated with iron infusions, such as headaches, temporary changes in taste, and shortness of breath. Rarely a patient may develop an allergic reaction during the infusion, which may require additional medications to treat the reaction and discontinuation of the iron infusion. Please consult with your doctor if you experience any side effects.
Most iron infusions are completed within an hour. Depending on the iron product used, some infusions may take up to 3 hours. During this time, you are expected to remain seated. Keep in mind that a slow infusion rate helps in preventing undesired complications.
The number of iron infusions can vary from patient to patient. It may take many rounds of iron infusions to bring your body’s iron levels up to the desired levels. For this, you will have to receive iron infusions over one or a few weeks.
Iron infusions are considered medically necessary for patients who receive hemodialysis and for those who have low levels of iron due to chronic kidney disease or chronic blood loss. Our office staff will obtain prior authorization for treatment from the insurance company if needed. However, your insurance may only partially cover it. You will need to check with your insurance provider to assess your coverage.
If you are looking for an iron infusion treatment for your anemia or any other medical condition, please contact Chesapeake Oncology Hematology Associates.