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Intravenous Iron therapy. - November 28th 2011, 06:08 PM

I was just wondering if anyone on here has had IV Iron before? I just want to know what it's like/what side effects you experienced/ how well did you feel afterwards/what drug brand did you have?

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Re: Intravenous Iron therapy. - November 30th 2011, 12:42 AM

This is from an online artical that may clear up alot!

As far as side affects:
Allergic Reaction

According to MayoClinic.com, iron deficiency anemia is a condition of the blood in which there is an inadequate amount of iron. Iron is necessary to help the body produce hemoglobin which carries oxygen throughout the body. Often, the first clue to a diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia is low hemoglobin. Without enough hemoglobin, patients often feel weak and tired. The first step to treating iron deficiency anemia is with oral iron supplements. This often increases iron levels after a few months. When oral iron is unsuccessful, the next step is intravenous iron replacement therapy. This type of iron therapy is given in a hospital or office setting. Infed and Venofer are two common iron preparations. One of the greatest concerns when receiving intravenous iron is the potential for anaphylactic reactions; these usually occur within the first few minutes of iron infusion and are similar to severe allergic reactions. Anaphylactic reactions usually involve many body systems, but the most concerning is the respiratory system, as without prompt treatment, fatal respiratory or cardiac arrest may occur. Patients must report unusual symptoms during iron infusion quickly to avoid a potentially fatal reaction. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.


Venofer is often given to patients with chronic conditions such as cancer or kidney failure. According to Venofer Healthcare Professional Site, no severe hypersensitivity or anaphylactic reactions occurred during a total of seven drug saftey studies. Occasionally, hypotension, or low blood pressure, may occur immediately following Venofer infusion; this is usually related to the dose and rate of administration of the drug. Side effects that may occur after completion of Venofer infusion include diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, swelling of the legs, headache and fever.

Some fatal anaphylactic reactions during Infed infusions have been reported. Infed.com advises that a test dose be administered prior to administration of the full dose of Infed, and that appropriate resuscitation equipment and personnel be available. Sometimes, a delayed reaction to Infed may occur 24 to 48 hours after the infusion, which may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, disorientation, chills, headache, fever and body aches. Other side effects include itching, rash, bloody urine, weakness, altered taste and sweating. It is important for patients to quickly communicate any side effects to the doctor.

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Re: Intravenous Iron therapy. - November 30th 2011, 12:44 AM

Thanks for the info. But I wanted someone's experience of it I'm having CosmoFer which is different to VenoFer. I've tried looking up 'experience on cosmofer' but no luck
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Re: Intravenous Iron therapy. - November 30th 2011, 09:56 PM

hey, i've had a few different IV therapies, but not iron in specific.

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