Why your doctor may prescribe iron
Your body needs it...
Iron and a hormone (a body chemical) produced by the kidneys called erythropoietin (eh-rith-roh-POY-eh-tin), or EPO,
together help make the red blood cells (RBCs) that carry oxygen throughout the body.
When the kidneys fail, your body can no longer produce enough EPO on its own to create those RBCs, which is why dialysis
patients are given extra EPO added to their own.
Without enough iron you may suffer from iron deficiency anemia, a low amount of healthy RBCs commonly found in CKD.
That's why an intravenous iron like Venofer (iron sucrose injection, USP) can be so important.