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CKD Stage 4 - Iron infusions

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I am 55 years old with a GFR ranging from 20-24. I have recently (2-1/2 weeks ago) had bilateral partial knee replacements done. (Both at same time) Things have gone well, but my blood count is low and appears to not be coming up on it's own. My H & H are 8.1 and 23.6. I have now been ordered to have a series of iron (Venofar) infusions. I know very little about this and I am hoping that someone can share their experience with me. I begin my first infusion tomorow and have one a week for 3 weeks. So if someone has quick commentary I would appreciate it.
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replied April 14th, 2011
Hello and thank you for your post on e health forum.

From the history it seems that you have iron deficiency anemia and your doctors have suggested Parenteral iron therapy for correction of the iron defecit.

Iron therapy (Venofer - iron sucrose injection) is used intravenously to replenish body iron stores in patients with iron deficiency anemia.

Iron sucrose is a medication superior to oral iron in achieving a rise in Hb ≥1.0 g/dL and achieving significant high iron stores in the body and is much safer than other parental iron preparations currently in use.

I hope this information here is helpful.

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