Deferoxamine (Injection)

Introduction

Deferoxamine (de-fer-OX-a-meen)

Treats iron storage diseases and iron toxicity (too much iron in the blood).

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Desferal

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to deferoxamine or if you have severe kidney disease.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, into a muscle, or into a vein.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.

If a dose is missed:

  • This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store this medicine at room temperature, away from heat and light. Do not freeze.
  • Throw away any medicine if the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking vitamin C.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
  • This medicine may turn your urine red. This is normal.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Skin rash, itching, or hives
  • Slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • Ringing in the ears or trouble hearing

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Blurred vision, trouble seeing at night, or trouble seeing colors
  • Stomach pain, diarrhea

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

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

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