Iron Infusion Clinic
We offer iron infusions at Boronia Medical Centre. Please call our clinic to arrange an appointment with one of our iron infusions doctors. Dr Huseyin Ibrahim and Dr Katey Goldsmith offer this service at Boronia Medical Centre.
Why is iron important?
Our bodies need iron. Iron is used to make haemoglobin – the part of our red blood cells that carries oxygen around our body. It is also important for muscle strength, energy and good mental function. If your iron levels are low this may make you feel tired and not able to do normal daily activities. As the amount of iron in the body falls even lower, the haemoglobin level drops below normal. This is known as iron deficiency anaemia.
Why might I need IV iron?
The most common way to treat iron deficiency is to take iron by mouth as a tablet or liquid. This works well for most people and is usually tried first. Some people may need iron to be given straight into the body through a vein. This is called an Intravenous (IV) iron infusion. The iron is given through a needle and dripped (‘infused’) into your vein. Sometimes 2 iron infusions (given at least 1 week apart) are needed to fully top up iron stores. The infusion is made up of iron, not blood.
Are there any side effects with IV iron?
Generally, when side effects do occur, they are mild and settle down on their own. The most common side effects are temporary and include:
- Headache, feeling sick or vomiting, muscle or joint pain
- Changes in taste (eg. metallic)
- Changes to blood pressure or pulse
-Skin staining (brown discolouration) may occur due to leakage of iron into the tissues around the needle (drip) site. This is not common but the stain can be long lasting or permanent. Inform the doctor or nurse straight away of any discomfort, burning, redness or swelling at the needle (drip) site.
-Although very uncommon, some people may have a serious allergic reaction. In rare cases this can be life threatening. You will be closely monitored while IV iron is given, and for 30 minutes after. Sometimes side effects (eg. headache, muscle or joint pain) can start 1 to 2 days later. Mostly they will settle down by themselves over the next couple of days. If they worry you or interfere with your daily activities contact your doctor for advice.
How do I arrange an iron infusion?
You will need to make an initial appointment with one of our doctors to review you history and results. If you are eligible for an iron infusion, the doctor will provide a script and book you in for the procedure on a seperate day. We do not provide iron infusion for pregnant women or children <14 years of age.
How much does it cost?
Upfront cost is $180 (GAP = $ 108.30 after medicare rebate). You will also be required to purchase the IV iron (Ferinject) from your pharmacy which is available on the PBS.