IV iron better than oral iron after childbirth in low income settings: Lancet
In a new study researchers have found that iron infusion is highly effective in iron deficiency anemia following childbirth in low-income settings compared to oral iron tablets.
this phase III clinical trial, postpartum women in Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam received either an iron infusion or oral iron tablets to treat their iron-deficiency anaemia. The study found that 80% of the women who received an iron infusion had normalised levels of haemoglobin after just six weeks, compared to 51% of women who were given the oral iron tablets. Importantly, the women who received the iron infusion continued to have better haemoglobin and ferritin levels after one year, indicating that the iron storage in their bodies had been regenerated.
"This is an important finding, particularly for women who have subsequent pregnancies but do not seek medical care between births," said Claudia Daubenberger, Head of the Clinical Immunology unit at Swiss TPH. "Providing an iron infusion during their time at the hospital is a powerful strategy to deliver a straightforward, effective and longer-lasting iron supplementation before discharge."
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