Iron Infusions (IV)

NIIM offers intravenous iron administration at the NIIM IV Clinic in Hawthorn, Melbourne.

Who should have an iron infusion?

People who suffer from iron deficiency anemia and do not respond to, or cannot tolerate, oral iron therapy may benefit from an intravenous iron infusion.

Your doctor will determine if an iron infusion is appropriate for you. Iron Infusions are by prescription only. Patients undergoing iron infusions at NIIM must have a doctor’s referral.

The medication is covered under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in some circumstances. Infusion service fees applies. Patients are advised to discuss costs with their referring doctor.

What can I expect at the appointment?

A NIIM IV Clinic nurse will place a cannula (a plastic tube) into your vein, usually at the elbow. The intravenous iron drip will be administered through the cannula over approximately 20 minutes. Nursing staff will monitor you during this time to ensure the drug is well tolerated. Following the infusion, you must remain in the IV clinic for monitoring for a further 30 minutes.

Are there any risks or side effects of intravenous iron treatment?

The medication is generally well tolerated, however some patients may experience mild, transient side effects that last for a few hours up to two days, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Discoloration of skin at the administration site
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Facial flushing
  • Gastroinstestinal symproms such as nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, constipation

Rarely, patients may have an allergy to the iron preparation and this can result in an anaphylactic reaction. For this reason patients are monitored by nursing staff during and following the infusion.

How to make an appointment.

To make an appointment for an intravenous iron infusion, please contact NIIM Clinic reception on (03) 9804 0646.