Iron Infusions at Reydon Street
Iron Infusion information for patients requesting iron infusion.
it is important that you read this fully and access the links before you attend your appointment.
Before the appointment:
If your current iron deficiency anaemia has not been investigated and managed by one of the Reydon Street Medical Centre GPs, pelase obtain the following from your GP or specialist:
- Letter of referral providing details of the cause of your deficiency
- Copies of results for Full Blood Count (FBC), Iron Studies, Vit B12 and Folate, and Kidney and Liver function.(E/LFTs) from within the last 3 months.
You will need to bring 2 vials of “Ferinject (TM) ” (Ferric Carboxymaltose) on the day of your infusion. Please obtain the prescription from the doctor referring you for the iron infusion.
Continue taking all of your normal medication, however please stop taking any iron tablets at least 7 days before the infusion
The Day of the iron infusion
At all times, you must be well on the day of your infusion.
During COVID-19 you must not have any symptoms of possible Coronavirus or any respiratory infection. Please bring a mask to wear while you are in the clinic.
- What to wear – dress in loose, comfortable clothing – Please wear a short sleeve top Meals – you may eat as normal prior to the infusion
- Please drink 2-3 glasses of water prior to your appointment
- You can drive yourself to and from the appointment as long as you do not feel unwell or experience any problems during the procedure.
- Most people will be able to return to work after the infusion
Don’t bring any children with you to the appointment as it is not safe.
The infusion procedure:
A tube will be put into your arm to enable the iron solution to be given (“drip” / “iv” / ”cannula”). Some attempts at inserting this drip may be unsuccessful and if a suitable drip cannot be inserted the infusion may be rescheduled or you may be referred elsewhere.
The iron infusion will take approximately 15 minutes (Ferinject (TM) / Ferric Carboxymaltose only)
The nurse will take regular observations throughout the infusion and for approximately 30 – 45 minutes after
If any side effects are experienced during or following the infusion, please inform the nurse immediately
What symptoms may they experience?
Common (these may continue off and on for up to 1-7 days)
- Temporary changes in taste (e.g. metallic)
- Headache, feeling sick or vomiting
- Muscle and joint pain
- Itchiness, rash
Uncommon (NOTE: Severe side effects are rare. You will be closely monitored by the nurse and /or doctor during the infusion of iron.)
- Burning, swelling and/or discolouration at injection site
- Permanent skin discolouration at the injection site and the area around. This skin staining can be significant, look quite unpleasant and be permanent. This can occur even if the drip is correctly inserted into a vein. Although this is rare please click the link to see some examples.
- Shortness of breath
Following the infusion:
You may be required to wait 30 – 45 minutes for observation, so expect to be in the practice for 90 minutes or so.
- The iron will take a few weeks to have its full effect and your doctor will check your blood iron levels in 6 weeks
Please check with your GP before re-starting any oral iron tablets (if advised by your doctor to take iron tablets you must wait at least 7 days before starting).
Sometimes mild side effects can start 1 to 2 days after the infusion and include headache, mild fever, joint and muscle aches.
- Report any side effects to your GP.