Iron infusions are medical procedures in which iron is administered directly into the body through an intravenous line. This type of administration is used when a rapid correction of iron deficiency is necessary or when oral administration of iron is not effective or well tolerated. Iron infusions allow a faster and more efficient absorption of iron in the blood, thus contributing to increasing the level of iron in the body.
PERFUSION/ INJECTIONS WITH IRON
Do you feel tired, have headaches and low resistance to any type of effort, do you frequently suffer from dizziness, insomnia, loss of appetite? These are all signs of an iron deficiency. This mineral is vital in the body.
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It transports oxygen to the muscles and brain, playing an important role in our physical and mental performance. It is involved in regulating body temperature, in gastrointestinal processes, in supporting the immune system. Iron deficiency drastically reduces our quality of life, but it can also be dangerous for children or pregnant women (who risk infections, premature birth or low birth weight of the baby).
What are iron infusions?
Iron infusions are medical procedures in which iron is administered directly into the patient's circulatory system through intravenous therapies. Iron is an essential mineral for the production of hemoglobin and the transport of oxygen in the body.
Benefits of intravenous iron infusions
Intravenous iron infusions are used to treat or prevent iron deficiency in the body. They offer a quick and efficient way to deliver iron directly into the bloodstream. Here are some benefits of intravenous iron infusions:
Rapid recovery of iron levels: Intravenous iron infusions allow faster absorption of iron compared to oral supplements. Thus, the level of iron in the body can be restored more quickly, which can lead to the improvement of symptoms associated with iron deficiency, such as fatigue, weakness and pallor.
Effective treatment of severe iron deficiency: In severe cases of iron deficiency, especially when oral treatment is not effective or well tolerated, intravenous iron infusions represent a more appropriate option. They allow the administration of a larger dose of iron directly into the blood, ensuring a rapid correction of the deficiency.
Treatment of iron deficiency anemia: Iron deficiency anemia is a common form of anemia caused by iron deficiency. Intravenous iron infusions are effective in treating this condition, helping to restore the normal level of hemoglobin and the number of red blood cells.
Relief of symptoms associated with iron deficiency: Intravenous iron infusions can help reduce symptoms associated with iron deficiency, such as persistent fatigue, muscle weakness, difficulty concentrating, and pale skin.
Treatment during pregnancy: Iron deficiency is common during pregnancy, and intravenous iron infusions can be used to effectively treat this deficiency and prevent associated complications, such as premature birth or low birth weight.
How do iron infusions work?
Iron infusions are a way to deliver iron directly into the bloodstream. This allows a fast and efficient absorption of iron in the body. Here's how iron infusions work:
Preparation of the solution: A doctor or medical staff prepares a sterile solution containing iron. There are different forms of iron used in infusions, such as iron gluconate, iron sucrose, iron carboxymaltose, etc. These forms of iron are soluble in water and can be administered by intravenous infusion.
Venous access: An intravenous catheter is inserted into a vein, usually in the forearm or hand. It provides an access route for the administration of the iron solution in the blood.
Administration of the iron solution: The iron solution is administered gradually by intravenous infusion. This means that the solution is slowly released into the vein, at a controlled rate, to prevent adverse reactions and to ensure adequate iron absorption.
Iron absorption: The iron in the solution is transported by the blood and distributed throughout the body. It can be used by cells to synthesize hemoglobin (the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen) or for other metabolic processes that require iron.
Monitoring and surveillance: The patient is monitored during the infusion to detect any adverse reactions or complications. Also, the level of iron in the blood can be checked later to assess the effectiveness of the treatment.
Iron infusions offer an efficient way of administering iron in case of severe deficiency or in cases where oral treatment is not effective or well tolerated.
Indications for Ferrlecit 62.5 mg
Ferrlecit is administered to treat iron deficiency in the body, which may occur due to an inadequate diet, medical conditions or poor absorption of iron from food. Intravenous administration of iron gluconate helps to quickly correct iron deficiency.
Ferrlecit is used to treat anemia, a condition in which the level of hemoglobin or the number of red blood cells in the blood is low. Anemia can be caused by iron deficiency or other reasons, and the administration of intravenous iron gluconate can help restore normal hemoglobin levels and improve associated symptoms.
Feelings of fatigue and weakness
Ferrlecit can be administered to help reduce fatigue and weakness associated with iron deficiency or anemia. By supplementing the level of iron in the body, the supply of oxygen to cells and tissues can be improved, contributing to the increase of energy and vitality.
Ferrlecit infusions can be used during the recovery period after surgery to help restore iron levels and support the healing process. Surgeries can cause a loss of blood and, therefore, iron, and the intravenous administration of iron gluconate can be beneficial for the patient's recovery.
Supporting the health of the immune system
Iron is an essential nutrient for the proper functioning of the immune system. Infusions with Ferrlecit can contribute to increasing the level of iron in the body, thus supporting the immune system and the body's ability to fight infections.
Contraindications for iron infusions
There are certain situations in which the administration of iron infusions may be contraindicated. It is important to consult your doctor before starting treatment with iron infusions, as he can assess your health and take into account any individual factors. Here are some common contraindications for iron infusions:
Allergy or hypersensitivity to iron: If you have a known allergy to iron or to any of the components of the iron solution, iron infusions may be contraindicated.
Iron oversaturation: If you already have an excessive amount of iron in your body (iron oversaturation), additional administration of iron by infusion may be contraindicated and may worsen the problems associated with iron oversaturation.
Certain medical conditions: There are certain medical conditions in which the administration of iron infusions may be contraindicated or require special precautions. These may include severe kidney disease, active infections, severe liver disorders, or other serious medical conditions. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and decide if administration of iron infusions is appropriate in these situations.
Iron infusions are contraindicated in oncological pathology: at the first administration, work with small amounts to test if there is an allergic reaction of the patient, then apply the doses recommended by the doctor and the duration of administration is longer, 25-30 min.
Hereditary disorders related to iron metabolism: Certain rare genetic disorders, such as hemochromatosis, can lead to an excessive accumulation of iron in the body. In these cases, the additional administration of iron by infusion may be contraindicated.
Drug interactions: Some drugs can interact with iron infusions and affect the effectiveness or safety of the treatment. It is important to tell your doctor about all the medicines you are using, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements.
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Frequently asked questions for PERFUSION/ INJECTIONS WITH IRON
Intravenous iron may be recommended for several conditions, including:
Iron deficiency: Iron infusions are used to treat iron deficiency in the body, which may occur due to an inadequate diet, medical conditions or poor absorption of iron from food.
Anemia: Iron infusions are used to treat anemia, a condition in which the level of hemoglobin or the number of red blood cells in the blood is low. Anemia can be caused by iron deficiency or other reasons.
Patients who do not tolerate or do not respond to oral iron administration: Some people may have difficulty tolerating oral iron supplements or may have a deficient absorption of iron from the gastrointestinal tract. In these cases, iron infusions can be recommended to ensure an adequate intake of iron in the body.
An iron infusion session takes place in a medical unit under the supervision of specialized medical personnel. The procedure involves the following general steps:
Preliminary assessment: The doctor will perform a preliminary assessment to determine the need for intravenous iron and to assess the patient's general state of health.
Patient preparation: The patient will be prepared for the procedure, and the intravenous line will be placed in a blood vessel.
Administering the infusion: The iron solution will be administered slowly and gradually into the vein through the intravenous line according to the doctor's instructions. The medical staff will monitor the patient during the infusion.
Post-administration monitoring: After administration of the infusion, the patient will be monitored to detect any adverse reactions or possible side effects.
It is important to consult your doctor for specific information regarding the iron infusion procedure, as this may vary according to individual needs and recommendations.
Iron infusions are generally considered safe, but some adverse reactions and side effects may occur. These may include:
Allergic reactions: Allergic reactions to injected iron may occur, such as hives, itching, skin rashes or breathing difficulties. It is important to inform the medical staff immediately if you have such symptoms.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Some people may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain after taking iron infusions.
Injection site reactions: Redness, swelling or sensitivity may occur at the injection site.
Hypotension or cardiovascular reactions: In some rare cases, iron infusions may decrease blood pressure or cause cardiovascular reactions.
It is important to communicate any adverse reactions or side effects that you notice to the medical staff who supervise you.
The duration of an iron infusion session can vary depending on several factors, including the dose of iron administered, specific medical protocols and individual patient response. In general, an iron infusion session can last over 30 minutes. Your doctor will be able to provide you with specific information about the expected duration of the iron infusion session in your case.