Iron infusions are a common treatment for individuals who suffer from iron-deficiency anemia, a condition that occurs when your body does not have enough iron to produce red blood cells.
While iron infusions can be an effective treatment option, it is important to understand the potential side effects associated with this treatment. To speak to a doctor about these symptoms, contact us.
Here are some common side effects of iron infusions:
Nausea and vomiting
This is one of the most common side effects of iron infusions. Some patients may feel nauseous during or immediately after the infusion, which can lead to vomiting.
Another common side effect of iron infusions is headaches. This can be due to changes in blood pressure and/or the rapid infusion of iron into the body.
Muscle and joint pain
Patients may experience muscle and joint pain after an iron infusion. This is usually mild and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Although rare, some patients may experience an allergic reaction to the iron infusion. Signs of an allergic reaction include rash, hives, itching, shortness of breath, and swelling of the face or tongue. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
While uncommon, there is a risk of infection associated with any infusion. It is important to ensure that the equipment used for the infusion is sterile and that the injection site is properly cleaned and dressed.
Changes in blood pressure
Rapid infusion of iron can cause changes in blood pressure. It is important to monitor your blood pressure during and after the infusion.
It is not uncommon for patients to feel tired or fatigued after an iron infusion. This can be due to the body’s reaction to the infusion or the underlying anemia itself.
It is important to note that these side effects are generally mild and can be managed with proper care and attention. If you experience any severe or persistent symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.
At Shire Doctors and Dentists, our medical professionals are experienced in administering iron infusions and monitoring patients for potential side effects. If you have any concerns about iron infusions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.