Iron Infusion - Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Iron Infusion FAQs:

How do I book in for an iron infusion?
-> You can Book Online with Dr Aung Thant (select "book appointment", answer the promts, then select "iron infusion", then select a time).  
-> Alternatively, feel free to give us a call on 07 5538 8811.
-> We will give a courtesy call to confirm your appointment one day prior.
-> If you are a new patient, please fill in this registration form prior to your appointment.
-> Please bring your recent blood test results.
-> If you don't have a script for Ferinject from your GP, you can get it from our doctor here on the day of your iron infusion. There is a Chempro Chemist next door.

Can I get an iron infusion at Chevron Advanced Medical?
Yes, if you have been recommended by your doctor for an iron infusion, you are welcome to book with us (unless you are pregnant). A referral is not required, however, there should be a valid medical reason for requiring an iron infusion. Please allow around 1 hour for your appointment. We are located in Chevron Island near Surfers Paradise, with free 2P street parking. 

How much does an iron infusion cost?
-> New patient consult + iron infusion on the same day = $170 (Medicare rebate is $75, so out of pocket cost is $95).
-> Discounted fee for subsequent iron infusions = $150 (rebate is $75, so out of pocket cost is $75).

Please note: you will also need to purchase Ferinject from a pharmacy, with the cost of Ferinject varying depending on which chemist you go to (usually around $50).

Can I get an iron infusion during pregnancy?
If you are pregnant, we are not able to do your iron infusion here. Due to the small risk of anaphylaxis, for your safety it is in your best interest to get your iron infusion in hospital or with your obstetrician. Foetal CTG monitoring may be required during an iron infusion in pregnancy.


Iron infusion Gold Coast


What is iron deficiency? 
Your body needs iron to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Iron also helps your muscles store and use oxygen. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

What is iron deficiency anaemia?
When the amount of iron in the body gets too low, the haemoglobin levels can fall below normal. This is known as iron deficiency anaemia. You can have iron deficiency with or without anaemia. 

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency? 
The main symptom of iron deficiency is lethargy. You can range from feeling mildly tired to exhausted, affecting your quality of life. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath, hair loss; inflammation in the corners of your mouth; stomach pains; skin colour becoming more pale.

What causes iron deficiency? 
As well as treating your iron deficiency, it is important to find the cause.

Common causes include...
- Increased need for iron, for example in pregnancy.
- Decreased input: inadequate intake or poor diet; inadequate absorption such as with celiac disease; bariatric surgery.
- Increased output: menorrhagia; GI bleeding which can occur with diseases of the bowel and stomach or secondary to medications such as NSAIDs or blood thinners.

What are my treatment options?
Iron can be taken via oral, intramuscular or intravenous routes.

- Oral iron supplements are preferred if tolerated. Your iron will slowly rise over months. You can get side effects such as bloating, constipation and dark stools. If you have celiac disease or other disorders of absorption, this may not be effective.
- Intramuscular iron is an option if oral iron is not suiting you. It is usually given into the gluteus muscle, but has a high risk of staining the skin, which can be permanent. You may need weekly injections for a month or so depending on your individual case.
- Intravenous iron is the fastest way of replenishing your iron stores. This is administered into your vein with normal saline via an iron infusion. The benefits of an iron infusion must be weighed against the risks.

What are the risks and side effects of an iron infusion?
Iron infusions are generally considered safe, especially with the newer preparations available, such as Ferinject. The main risk is anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction to the iron. Your doctor will be able to deal with this medical emergency. The most common side-effects are: headache; dizziness; flushing; feeling sick or nauseas; muscle pain or spasms; a reaction at the site of the infusion; and a small risk of skin staining at the site where the needle is inserted.

What are the benefits of an iron infusion?
As mentioned above, an iron infusion is the quickest way of replenishing your iron stores. This means the symptoms of iron deficiency will resolve much faster, such as increased energy levels. If you are anaemic, an iron infusion could allow you to avoid a blood transfusion.

How much iron do I get?
You will normally receive 2 vials of Ferinject 500mg on script. The dose of Ferinject administered will depend on whether you have had an iron infusion before, the extent of your anaemia and iron deficiency, your weight and personal history of asthma or eczema.

How long does it take for an iron infusion to kick in?
You may experience side effects for around 2 days, after which you will improve quickly. Most patients report positive benefits after a couple of weeks.


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