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Deferoxamine

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Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Desferal®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Desferal®;PMS-Deferoxamine

    Uses
    • It is used to get rid of iron when too much is in the body.
    • It is used to get rid of aluminum from the body in long-term kidney disease.
    • Deferoxamine binds to iron and gets rid of it from the body.
    • It binds to aluminum and gets rid of it from the body

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given as a shot into a muscle, vein, or into the fatty part of the skin.
    • It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
    • It is given as an infusion under the skin over a period of time.

    Missed Dose

    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Most of the time, this drug will be given in a hospital or doctor's office. If stored at home, follow how to store as you were told by your doctor.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to deferoxamine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have very bad kidney disease.

    Precautions

    • If you have any eye problems, talk with your doctor.
    • Have an eye exam.
    • If you have hearing loss, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have a hearing test before starting this drug and then every year.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Talk with your doctor before taking multivitamins, natural products, and diet aids. These may have vitamin C in them.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Change in color of urine to red.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Leg cramps.
    • Muscle or joint pain.
    • Irritation where the shot is given.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Sudden change in eyesight.
    • Sudden change in hearing.
    • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Seizures.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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