Iron is one of the incredible minerals in the human body. It is one of the components of haemoglobin that helps the blood carry oxygen around the body.
If you do not have enough iron, your body cannot make haemoglobin, and you may develop anaemia. This is known as iron-deficiency anaemia, the most common type.
What are the symptoms of anaemia?
There are several symptoms that may occur in all types of anaemia. They are:
- Feeling tired
- Fast heartbeat
- Feeling cold (including the sensation that your hands and feet are colder than usual)
- Difficulty breathing
- Infections (caused by problems with the immune system).
What is intravenous iron supplementation?
Intravenous (IV) iron supplementation is a method of delivering iron by infusion with a needle into a vein.
Are there side effects of intravenous iron?
The side effects of IV iron are usually minimal, but can include the following:
- Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
- Dizziness when getting up suddenly
- Tummy pains, including nausea and cramps
- Problems with breathing
- Skin problems, including rash
- Chest pain
- Low blood pressure
- Anaphylaxis (a severe reaction that can include difficulty breathing, itching, or a rash over the entire body)
How effective is intravenous iron?
When you should start to feel better depends on your particular situation. Normally, it takes from a week to a month before you start to feel better. If you have any questions or concerns, chat to the GP.