The complex when injected breaks down into carbohydrates and the trivalent iron hydroxide which is stored in the form of ferritin (depot iron) in the liver, from where it is transported in the form of transferrin to the site of erythropoiesis. Haemoglobin formation and replenishment of the iron depots takes place more rapidly and efficiently than with oral administration. Continuous oral administration causes a mucosal block preventing further absorption of iron.
Prevention and treatment of iron deficiency anaemia in horses.
For intravenous injection by a veterinary surgeon only.
Foals: 10 mL (200 mg)/week.
Yearlings, adults: 20 mL (400 mg)/week.
Duration of treatment depends on the severity of the iron deficiency. Up
to 10 injections may be necessary.