Deferoxamine

Deferoxamine is used to remove excess iron from the body. It should not be used in people with severe kidney disease.

Deferoxamine Overview

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Deferoxamine is a prescription medication used to remove excess iron from the body. Deferoxamine belongs to a group of drugs called iron chelators. These work by binding with excess iron so that it can be removed from the body.

This medication is available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV), muscle (IM), or under the skin (subcutaneously) by a healthcare professional.

Common side effects of deferoxamine include injection site pain, rash, and fever.

Deferoxamine can also cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how deferoxamine affects you.

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Uses of Deferoxamine

Deferoxamine is a prescription medication used to remove excess iron from the body.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

 

Deferoxamine Brand Names

Deferoxamine may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Deferoxamine Drug Class

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Side Effects of Deferoxamine

Serious side effects have been reported with deferoxamine. See the "Drug Precautions" section.

Common side effects of deferoxamine include the following:

  • injection site pain
  • rash
  • fever
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting

This is not a complete list of deferoxamine side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.