How is Iron Deficiency Treated?

Once your doctor has understood your symptoms and looked at the results of your blood tests they will be able to confirm if you are iron deficient or have iron deficiency anaemia, and recommend the best treatment for you. One treatment option may be to increase the amount of iron in your diet by eating more iron-rich foods like red meat, liver, enriched cereals and leafy greens.1 When planning meals, this guide may help you choose food that is rich in iron.

Your doctor may also decide that you need extra iron given through

  • Oral iron supplements,1 available over-the-counter or on prescription, or
  • Intravenous iron,2–4 where iron is delivered directly into your blood stream.

Some treatments may be more suitable for you than others, depending on your level of iron deficiency and any other medical conditions that you may have. Your doctor will be able to discuss the treatment options available with you and advise you on the most suitable treatment option for your condition.3,5 

It may take different lengths of time for you to feel better, depending on the treatment. It is best to find out from your doctor when you can expect to notice a positive effect.3,6,7 If you are having problems with your treatment and experiencing side effects, or finding that your symptoms are not improving, go to see your doctor again for advice.