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Deferoxamine mesylate injection
DEFEROXAMINE - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

DEFEROXAMINE - INJECTION

(deff-er-OX-uh-meen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Desferal

Uses

This medication binds to iron allowing excess iron to easily be removed from the body. It is used in the treatment of iron poisoning and high iron levels. This medication has also been used to treat high levels of aluminum.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection by a health care professional. Use this medication as directed. The dose and length of therapy is based on your condition and response.

Side Effects

Irritation may occur at the injection site. Diarrhea, stomach upset, burning when urinating and leg cramps have also been reported. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: rapid heart rate, fever, itching, skin rash, vision changes, trouble hearing, flushing or dizziness. This medication may turn your urine a reddish color. Do not be alarmed, it is expected. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: kidney disease, urinary trouble, blood disorders, allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication is found in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may use, including: vitamin C. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include rapid heart rate, change in the amount of urine, paleness, and coma.

Notes

Laboratory tests may be done while using this medication to monitor its effects.

Missed Dose

It is important for each dose to be used as scheduled. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) away from light. Do not store in the bathroom.