Are you feeling tired, lethargic with low energy? You could be low in iron, also known as iron deficiency and an iron infusion may be an option for you.
Do you know that iron can be replenished rapidly through your vein, which provides a fast and effective way of treating iron deficiency? The infusion is done with an iron solution known as Ferinject TM or Monofer TM in our clinics in Brisbane and Logan areas.
Patients with low iron may experience the following:
Iron is a chemical element and it is the most common element on Earth.
Iron is also present in all cells in the human body. It is very important in maintaining many body functions, including the production of haemoglobin, the molecule in your blood that carries oxygen. Iron is also necessary to maintain healthy cells, skin, hair, and nails.
Iron from the food you eat is absorbed into the body by the cells that line the gut; the body only absorbs a small fraction of the iron you ingest. The iron is then released into the blood stream, where a protein called transferrin attaches to it and delivers the iron to the liver. Iron is stored in the liver as ferritin and released as needed to make new red blood cells in the bone marrow.
When red blood cells are no longer able to function (after about 120 days in circulation), they are re-absorbed by the spleen. Iron from these old cells can also be recycled by the body.
Too little iron can interfere with these vital body functions and lead to sickness.
Unfortunately, iron deficiency is rather common in Australia, especially in women, infants and the elderly.
Other less common causes of iron deficiency include:
Treatment of iron deficiency involves taking iron rich food and oral iron supplements.
However, not everyone can tolerate oral iron supplement. It is not uncommon that oral iron supplement gives unpleasant side effects such as constipation or nausea. Occasionally the iron deficiency is so severe, that iron infusion is the only practical solution.
Iron infusion (with FerinjectTM or MonoferTM) is a quick and effective way of delivering iron directly to you, through your vein. Most patients report improvement in their symptoms after the infusion, within a few weeks.
If you feel tired, it is important to consult us at Top Health Doctors. Tiredness has many causes, and it is important for you to be thoroughly investigated. If indeed you are found to be low in iron, iron infusion may be the right path for you to recovery.
The first consultation is for us to review your medical condition and previous investigations (including blood results such as iron studies and your haemoglobin level), and if appropriate, consent you for an iron infusion. If you are referred by your GP to us for an iron infusion, it will be appreciated if you bring along the relevant blood tests including your iron studies, FBE and ELFTs. We shall evaluate your iron replacement requirement based on your blood test results and your weight.
The second consultation is for the actual iron infusion. The iron infusion process generally takes 15 -30 minutes and in general, you have to be monitored for a further 30 minutes in the clinic, after the infusion.
Our experienced team routinely provide iron infusions. Book now with our trusted team
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