Iron Infusions in Singapore
An intravenous iron infusion is a way to increase the body’s iron levels quickly. It’s a more immediate treatment than supplements or dietary changes. A doctor may prescribe an Iron Infusion in situations where anaemia is severe.
Why is iron essential?
Iron is essential for the body to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the body, builds new cells, and produces energy.
If your iron levels are low, you may feel tired and breathless, have brittle nails, hair loss, difficulty concentrating, frequent headaches, and mouth ulcers.
Before the infusion
The doctor will take a thorough history and physical examination to assess the cause of your anaemia. The reason for low iron levels must be thoroughly investigated.
What is an IV Iron Infusion?
Intravenous iron infusions give iron directly into the bloodstream through a vein. A cannula is placed in the vein and attached to a drip that contains an iron/saline solution. The fluid is slowly “dripped” into the vein and mixes with the blood in your body.
Why might I need IV Iron?
The most common way to treat iron deficiency anaemia is to take iron tablets or liquid. However, an iron infusion may be required if you are;
- Unable to tolerate iron tablets/liquid
- Unable to absorb iron by the gut
- Not responding to iron tablets due to chronic health problems
- Have chronic kidney or heart failure