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FERINJECT INFUSIONS

Ferinject Infusions

What is Ferinject?

It is special form of iron which can be given directly into your blood stream to replenish iron stores which are essential for the production of haemoglobin. It is used for people who are unable to take oral iron, are unresponsive to oral iron or who need rapid replacement of iron prior to surgery.

Can the infusion have any harmful effects on me?

It is uncommon (approximately 1%) to have a reaction to this solution and normally these are reported as minor, such as a mild headache, nausea or diarrhoea. Serious allergic reactions are rare (>1:1000).  If the Ferinject leaks outside the vein, it can cause a stain, similar in appearance to a bruise, however, while not harmful, this may be permanent.

How is it administered?

The iron is given via an intravenous cannula which goes directly into your vein and is absorbed into your body.

How long does it take?

You need to allow 90 minutes for the entire process, including 15-20 minutes with the doctor, 30 minutes with the nurse and 30 minutes of waiting after the injection.

Can I have someone accompany me?

Yes, however please do not bring children with you. Children cannot be allowed in the room while the injection is taking place as they will not be able to be supervised and it is important there are no distractions or sudden movements.

Are there any after-effects?

Some people feel a little tired and the urine will be a darker colour as approx 5% of the iron is excreted through the kidneys the day after the infusion. Some people also experience a decrease in their phosphate level and this can make you feel very tired and your muscles and your bones can ache. If this happens, please let the clinic know – a blood test to check is recommended and you may need some supplemental phosphate. Increasing your intake of foods high in phosphate is helpful in the week before and following the iron.

How long does it take for my haemoglobin levels to improve?

Most people notice any symptoms of low iron (anaemia) such as tiredness, shortness of breath and dizziness get better within a few days although the full effect may not be for several weeks.

Should I have follow up testing?

Yes, in 6 weeks time, a blood test to check the haemoglobin and ferritin (iron) levels is recommended. Depending upon the cause of the iron deficiency and your response to the therapy, further testing may be recommended in 6-12 months time.

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Opening Hours

MON      8.00am - 6.00pm
TUE 8.00am - 6.00pm
WED 8.00am - 6.00pm
THU 8.00am - 6.00pm
FRI 8.00am - 6.00pm
SAT 8.00am - 11.30am
SUN 9.00am - 1.00pm

Address

Morningside Plaza
(next to Coles)
Shop 7-10, 38 Junction Road
Morningside, QLD 4170