Iron

Infusion

What is an iron infusion?

Iron (Ferinject) is an intravenous iron replacement treatment for patients who have low levels of iron in their body. Ferinject is not a blood product.

How does Ferinject work?

Ferinject contains iron in the form of many tiny particles of iron with sugar coating. This means that the iron is released steadily and is taken up by appropriate storage sites and used in your body. Iron is required by the red cells in your body to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is required to help carry oxygen and provide it to tissues in your body.

How is Ferinject given?

Intravenous iron is injected into a vein in your arm through a cannula or needle. Ferinject is infused over approximately 15minutes.

When will I feel better?

The time taken for your haemoglobin levels to improve is different for everyone. It will depend on how iron deficient and anaemic you are and how efficient your bone marrow is at making new red blood cells.

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For an Emergency

If you are receiving chemotherapy or immune therapy and if you become unwell and/or have a temperature of 38 degrees or above.

PRESENT IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.

For non-urgent treatment related questions, please call Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic on (07) 5479 0000 during business hours.