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[QUOTE=shefab;3111483]Hi, I just found this board. I have malabsorption after having had 70% of my small intestine removed due to ischemic small bowel. I have had trouble finding info and forums through the gastro message boards on chronic anemia, so I am glad to find this one. Does anyone here take IV iron infusions? I am struggling to keep my iron saturations up with oral Niferex. I am currently at 5% (normal I think is 20-50%).

So the bowel resection is how my anemia started. I had an emergency hysterectomy at the same time and looking back I think it probably saved me. I can't imagine still having periods with an iron saturation of only 5%![/QUOTE]

I am currently on my third session of Ferrlicit infusions as a result of long term anemia due to small bowel bleeding. Each session consists of 8 infusions spread out over a 4 week period, 2 infusions a week. The infusion takes roughly one and a half to three hours depending on if the patient has any need for pre injections such as benedryl for allergic reactions. The nurses can also change the push so it takes a bit longer. I struggled with my first 4 until i found out that i was indeed allergic to the drug. I experienced shortness of breath, dizziness, itchy-rashy skin, and sore joints. After that i was given Tylenol and a bag of something that I was told is the equivelent of Benedryl. The benedryl does make me extremely loopy and eventually knocks me out cold for the remainder of the infusion but the side effects are rather minimal after that. Tight back, slight irritablility, so my wife tells me, and a slight change in sleep pattern. I have always driven myself home afterwards but i don't recommend it if you do get the benedryl because you are going to be out of it. If anyone else out there has experience with the drug Ferrlicit, I would love to hear from you. All in all it does get my raise my hgb and allows me to build healthy red blood cells so i can't complain.

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