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Deferoxamine Mesylate; Desferrioxamine
Often used for:
Iron overload, acute iron poisoning
Deferoxamine is a medicine that removes excess iron in the body caused by blood transfusions or the body absorbing too much iron. The body has no way to get rid of the extra iron. This extra iron can build up in organs and cause damage over time.
Deferoxamine is a type of medicine called a chelating agent. It binds to iron in the body. Then, the body removes the bound iron through urine (pee).
Deferoxamine is given as an infusion into a vein, muscle, or skin. It is often given using a portable infusion pump over a period of 8–12 hours. But it can take up to 24 hours.
Your child will have regular blood tests to monitor kidney and liver function.
May be given into a vein by IV
May be given as an infusion under the skin
Not all patients who take deferoxamine will have these side effects and there might be others not listed. Some side effects can be severe. Please report any symptoms or side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Find more information on side effects.
Be sure to discuss all questions and instructions with your doctor or pharmacist.