IV Iron Infusion: Is it for me?
Do you struggle with low energy and keep on being told “you’re fine.”? Do you have challenges seeing improvement in your iron bloodwork, despite your best efforts with iron supplementation? If so, this article is for you.
What is an IV Iron Infusion?
Simply put, an iron infusion is a procedure in which iron is delivered directly to the bloodstream by intravenous (IV) access. IV iron bypasses the gut, allowing iron to be fully absorbed and utilized by your red blood cells. This IV route of administration eliminates the common drawbacks of oral iron such as poor absorption, abdominal pain and constipation.
How Do I Know if I Have an Iron Deficiency?
Bloodwork is needed to confirm an iron deficiency. We recommend testing for the following:
Hematology Panel (also known as CBC + differential)
Schedule an IV iron assessment with one of our naturopathic doctors if you have a ferritin <50ug/L. Book Appointment
What are Symptoms of an Iron Deficiency?
One of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency is fatigue. Other symptoms of iron deficiency can include:
reduced exercise tolerance
dizziness or light-headedness
cold hands and feet
afternoon napping or increased need for sleep
Who is at Risk for Iron Deficiency?
Anyone can have an iron deficiency, however it is more common in the following populations:
Athletes, or individuals with high activity levels
Vegetarians and vegans
Heavy blood loss (heavy menstrual flow, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel disease)
Chronic disease (complex chronic illness, auto-immune, cancer)
What are the Different Types of Iron?
Iron Isomaltoside (Monoferric). Requires 1 infusion. Dose ranges from 500-1000mg.
Iron Sucrose (Venofer). Requires 3-4 infusions. Dose of 250mg. Safe in 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy.
Your doctor will decide what type of iron is right for you.
What are the Side Effects of an Iron Infusion?
Iron in high dose can be inflammatory. As such, it is possible to have flu-like symptoms following the infusion. This is similar to how you would feel after an immunization. Individuals prone to allergies may also experience a minor skin reaction. Adverse events do not happen in every individual. If they do arise, they are closely monitored and attended to by our trained naturopathic doctors.
Is There Anything I Should Let the Clinic or Doctor Know, Prior to My Infusion?
Please let the clinic and your doctor know if you have any of the following:
Challenging veins (i.e. need to be poked multiple times for bloodwork)
History of fainting
If you would like to book an appointment for an IV iron infusion, please book with one of our doctors here or contact our clinic at 604-566-3345. Note that recent bloodwork, within the last 3 months, is needed for an iron infusion.
For information on how to prepare for an IV therapy visit, click here
Dr. Catherine Multari, ND Naturopathic Physician
Clementine Natural Health