Diagnosing and preventing further iron loss is important in correcting iron deficiency, but so too is repleting iron stores with iron replacement therapy.
- Correcting the underlying cause and minimising further iron loss is essential when treating iron deficiency.
- Oral iron replacement is first-line therapy for repleting iron stores. It is generally effective and well tolerated.
- Intravenous (IV) iron replacement should be considered in patients who have not responded to, or who are genuinely intolerant of, oral iron therapy.