Dealing With Iron Infusion Side Effects

Why Have An Iron Infusion?

Iron is beneficial as it can boost metabolism. Tiny particles allow oxygen molecules to be transported to the tissues in the body, and oxygen levels in the body’s organs, muscles and other tissues will become lower without this adequate iron supply. All of this will result in a feeling of tiredness. 
People have less iron in their system for various reasons. If you have undergone dialysis, it can reduce the amount of iron, and it is also possible to naturally just have less iron in your system. Sometimes the body’s digestive system is unable to extract or absorb iron from digested food. A fast or sudden production of red blood cells can also create an iron deficiency.
Because the body is just not absorbing enough iron, changing your diet or taking exercise are of no help and will not really improve the situation. Because iron is not being absorbed, those all important deliveries of oxygen are not reaching the muscles, and the metabolism needs to be restored by means of occasional intravenous infusions.
Iron Infusion Side Effects
Most iron infusion side effeccts are not severe, although your doctor will be able to determine whether the treatment should be changed in any way. The following are some of the common side effects, and in most cases, you will not need to adjust your dosage amount. 
* Hypotension
This is one of the most common side effects of an infusion, and dizziness or lightheadedness are both common, along with low blood pressure. Fainting is also a possibility, and these feelings are often heightened when standing.
* Muscle Cramps
Because of the increased amount of iron in your body, your body goes through a period of adjustment, which can sometimes lead to muscle cramps. Your doctor can give you medicine for the pain if the cramps are severe, although usually there is no concern for alarm.
* Irregular Bowel Movements
Diarrhea and constipation are common iron infusion side effects and medication b may be prescribed to alleviate the effects. 
 * Nausea
An upset stomach and a decreased appetite are common, although again typically not serious and your doctor may be able to prescribe medication.
* Headaches
If you experience a severe or mild headache, you should first determine whether it is one of the iron infusion side effects, or whether it is caused by something else.
Anemia can be debilitating and extremely distressing and if you do need to have an iron infusion, the possible and usually mild side effects are much more preferable to having an iron deficiency. Most side effects are not serious and can often disappear by themselves; however, if you are concerned or they persist, or are severe, you should always talk  to your doctor who can prescribe appropriate medication.


Matt does work for Integris Health—the largest hospital network in Oklahoma. They have world-class doctors who perform many life-saving procedures like organ donation.

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