Iron Infusions (No referral required)

  • Iron Infusions at CBD Doctors Melbourne

Please note that no referral is required in order to have an iron infusion - only recent Iron Studies and Liver Function Test results are needed.

More than one million Australians are diagnosed with an iron deficiency. Those affected by low iron may suffer from lowered immunity, frequent headaches and other related medical issues. CBD Doctors Melbourne offers Iron Infusions as a service to both patients of the clinic as well as external patients, providing quick and effective treatment by our experienced doctors and nursing team.

The Doctors provide iron infusions to patients with iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia who do not tolerate oral iron medications. Special attention is provided to patients that feel tired and how low iron or have medical condition that requires higher ferritin level - for example restless legs or cardiac disease.

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About Iron Infusions

  • About Iron Deficiency

    Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia are common conditions treated in general practice. They can be the cause of many symptoms, particularly chronic tiredness.  For sufferers of anxiety these symptoms may worsen if an iron deficiency coincides.

    Apart from using iron supplements for treatment, there is also a need to investigate the cause of iron deficiency. Women are more likely to be iron deficient than men due to regular blood loss through menstruation. Gastrointestinal diseases and chronic blood loss can also contribute to low iron stores.

    Over the course of the last decade, iron infusions have evolved due to the type of iron solution used. There were higher rates of allergic reactions, and as such the procedure was only permitted in hospital day-units under specialist care.  The process involved long waiting lists and required patients to take pre medications. Now the procedure is quick and considered low risk.


    The cost:

    If you have a referral letter from your General Practitioner you will only need a single appointment.

    Appointment fee: $240 (Medicare rebate of $113)

    Medicare Cardholders Out of pocket

    • Patient self provided Iron Ampoule:  $40
    • Practice provided Iron Ampoule: $90

    Non-Medicate Cardholders Out of pocket

    • Patient self provided Iron Ampoule $40
    • Practice provided Iron Ampoule $400

    (Please note total amount for non-Medicare card holders is $640 including the appointment fee. Some Insurance Companies don’t cover iron, or they cover as little as $50. We strongly recommend that you talk to your insurance prior to making the appointment at CBD Doctors Melbourne)



  • What we offer

    At CBD Doctors Melbourne we provide infusions for iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia.

    We would recommend that you call to book an appointment.

    It is a short procedure where we inject iron carboxymaltase intravenously over 30 minutes. We not only provide infusions for our patients, but we are happy to take referrals from other general practitioners and specialists.

    If you are low in iron and can’t tolerate tablets, please talk to your GP who can refer you to our team. They will talk to you about possible causes and provide your latest blood test results.

    Iron infusion appointments with a doctor takes up to one hour and you will need to stay 30 mins after the infusion. If does not affect driving. In rare cases we may be required to keep our patients longer if there are rare side effects.

    Please read side effects below and call us to make an appointment.


    Common: injection site reactions.

    Uncommon: high temperature, fatigue, peripheral oedema.

    Exceptionally rare: although exceptionally rare skin staining at the site of injection due to iron leak may be difficult to treat and could be permanent.

    Hypersensitivity:  Uncommon: hypersensitivity reactions. Rare: anaphylactoid reactions.

    Vascular: Uncommon: low blood pressure, flushing.

    Gastrointestinal:  Common: nausea. Uncommon: vomiting.

    CNS:  Common: headache, dizziness.

    Musculoskeletal: Uncommon: muscle aches and pains, back pain, arthralgia. This is usually 24-48 h after the infusion and is short

    Respiratory: Uncommon: shortness of breath.


    Uncommon: itch, urticaria, rash.

    Uncommon: high temperature, fatigue, peripheral oedema.

    Common (≥1/100, <1/10), Uncommon (≥1/1,000, <1/100), Rare (≥1/10,000, <1/1,000)

    Skin may be stained if iron accidentally leaks outside of the vein. If could be permanent as it is very difficult to treat. Please speak to your doctor.

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