About Iron Therapy
Deficiency in iron can cause anemia and other diseases or conditions. Symptoms of insufficient iron include anemia, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
Iron Deficiency Anemia occurs when the body does not have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells that gives blood its red color and enables the red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues.
Low iron levels are usually due to blood loss, poor diet, or an inability to absorb enough iron from food.
Some people may be at greater risk of iron deficiency anemia than others and require parenteral administration of iron:
- women of childbearing age
- pregnant women
- people with poor diets
- people who donate blood frequently
- infants and children, especially those born prematurely
- vegetarians who don’t replace meat with another iron-rich food
Treatment will depend on the cause and severity of anemia. Iron supplementation can help restore iron levels in the body. Severe iron-deficiency anemia may require a blood transfusion, iron injections, or intravenous (IV) iron therapy.
Intravenous iron therapy is usually given to people who need iron, but are unable to take iron supplements by mouth or require immediate treatment for iron-deficiency anemia.