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DBwithUC
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   Posted 3/8/2011 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I got the 1st of two planned IV iron infusions yesterday. FERAHEME (http://www.empr.com/anemias/feraheme/drug/7476/) administered in 2 minute IV push. Will have it again in two days.
 
SO how fast does the body make red blood cells, and how long after therapy should I feel more energy if this is going to work for me? Is it days or weeks?

DBwithUC
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   Posted 4/13/2011 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I did not get any replies, but I thought I would try again.
 
Blood work about 3 weeks after the 2nd of two infusions showed my hemoglobin up to 9.6 from 8.0 and my usable iron up to 41 from 10. The low end of the normal windows are 13 and 45 respectively. So, while I improved a bit on hemoglobin, it is likely the improvement was modest because the level of iron was still just below normal.
 
My question is, does anyone know how much rise in iron is normal a few weeks after infusions? I would have assumed that my doctor would have looked at my iron level (10) and chosen a dosage and number of infusions that were intended to bring me well into the normal range. But I did not even get into the normal range.
 
Maybe the amount of improvement in iron really varies by person, but since absorption is not an issue when they are putting it right into you veins, I would not have thought so.
 
Anyway. I will do two more infusions of Feraheme. Any comments or relevant information or pointers would be appreciated.

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   Posted 4/13/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
That sounds like a good improvement to me. I am sorry, I don't know the answer to your questions, hopefully you get some response.
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