What is an Iron Infusion?

An iron infusion is a procedure in which iron is delivered into your body intravenously, meaning into a vein through a needle. They are usually prescribed by doctors to treat iron deficiency anaemia.

Usually iron deficiency anaemia is treated with dietary changes and iron supplements, in some cases though, doctors may recommend iron infusions instead.

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How to prepare for an iron infusion?

Your doctor will give you specific instructions when preparing for your first iron infusion treatment. You may feel nervous about the treatment, help reduce any anxieties by talking about the procedure with one of our doctors first so they can make you more comfortable.

How long does an Iron Infusion take?

An iron infusion will usually take about an hour. You should expect to remain seated for this time, in some cases it can take longer, depending on the level of treatment your doctor recommends.

What are the side effects for an iron infusion?

You may have some side effects after the procedure, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Itchiness

Iron Infusion procedure are privately billed, you will have an out of pocket cost, please contact reception to discuss.

For more information on Iron Infusion

Medicines Information Service



Oxford University Hospitals NHS Information

View Iron Infusion patient leaflets

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