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Iron Infusions

A common way to treat iron deficiency anaemia is to take an oral iron supplement. This works for some people but others find that iron supplements don’t return their iron to adequate levels. This could be because the iron supplement has side effects which cause discomfort (e.g. stomach upsets) or is not being absorbed properly in the gut. In these cases, your doctor might consider an intravenous iron infusion. This is a more immediate treatment than supplements or dietary changes, and can be helpful in situations where anaemia is severe.

An intravenous iron infusion involves having a needle placed into a vein (usually in the back of your hand or arm) and attaching it to a drip that delivers the iron-containing medicine mixed with saline. This fluid is slowly dripped into the vein and mixes with the blood in your body.

Sage Medical’s intravenous iron infusions deliver iron in the form of iron carboxymaltose. The procedure takes only 15-30 minutes, however you will then need to stay in the Clinic for up to another 30 minutes to make sure you do not have a reaction to it.

Please do not book an iron infusion without first having a consultation with a GP to discuss suitability. Please book a 30minute appointment for this initial consultation, unless you have had an iron infusion through the clinic before, when a 15 minute appointment should suffice.

The doctor will discuss the treatment in detail with you so you are fully informed and, if appropriate, make a subsequent appointment with you for the procedure itself.