Side Effects of Iron Injections

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Iron injections are used to treat people with anemia and can sometimes bring unwelcomed side effects. Although rare, the injections have sometimes caused serious allergic reactions that even resulted in death. There are a number of other, less serious side effects that people should be aware of.

Doctor giving a patient an injection
Doctor giving a patient an injection

Side Effects

According to MedicineNet.com side effects of iron injections could be flushing, headache, tingling of the hands or feet, nausea, shivering or dizziness.

Woman with a headache
Woman with a headache

Additional Effects

Many patients who receive iron injections complain of itching and redness around the injection site. It is known to leave muscles aching and slight bruising.

Man scratching an itchy arm
Man scratching an itchy arm

Safety

Experiencing these side effects is not uncommon, but if the pain and irritation become unbearable, it is necessary to call a physician. If you experience shortness of breath or fever, seek medical attention immediately.

Man in bed taking his temperature
Man in bed taking his temperature

Precautions

While receiving the injections on a normal basis, it is important to keep regular contact with a doctor. Informing him of the side effects will help you know what reactions are normal and which ones to take more seriously.

Doctor consulting patient
Doctor consulting patient

Staying Healthy

To guarantee extreme health throughout iron injections, sure to get constant blood work done to ensure all blood levels are where they are supposed to be. Also be sure to inform a doctor of any other underlying illness you might suffer from.

Patient having blood drawn
Patient having blood drawn

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