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Kelfer 500 Capsule

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Product introduction

Kelfer 500 Capsule is a medicine used in the treatment of chronic iron overload caused due to frequent blood transfusion. It helps removes excess iron and reduces the risk of it causing organ damage.

Kelfer 500 Capsule may be taken with or without food. Take it regularly at a fixed time each day to get the maximum benefit of the medicine. Take it as long as the doctor has prescribed it. Do not stop taking the medicine unless the full course is completed.

The most common side effects of Kelfer 500 Capsule include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and urine discoloration. If any of these side effects bother you or if you experience any other symptoms which you think is due to the medicine, inform your doctor.

Uses of Kelfer Capsule

Benefits of Kelfer Capsule

In Treatment of Iron overload

Iron overload, as the name suggests, means excess of iron in the human body. Too much iron can cause organ damage, which can lead to conditions such as cancer, irregular heartbeat and cirrhosis of the liver. Symptoms are related to conditions that arise from iron overload such as high blood sugar levels (diabetes), darkening of the skin, abnormal heart rhythm or arthritis. By using Kelfer 500 Capsule, this excess of iron can be decreased to safe levels by removing it from the body through stools. This helps to reduce the risk of organ damage and prevents further complications. Take Kelfer 500 Capsule as prescribed by the doctor to get the maximum benefit.

Side effects of Kelfer Capsule

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Kelfer

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Urine discoloration

How to use Kelfer Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Kelfer 500 Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Kelfer Capsule works

Kelfer 500 Capsule traps and removes excess iron which is then excreted mainly in the stools. This reduces the risk of organ damage.

Safety advice

It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Kelfer 500 Capsule. Please consult your doctor.
Kelfer 500 Capsule is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
Kelfer 500 Capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
It is not known whether Kelfer 500 Capsule alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
There is limited information available on the use of Kelfer 500 Capsule in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function tests is advised in these patients while taking this medicine.
There is limited information available on the use of Kelfer 500 Capsule in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of liver function tests is advised in patients with liver disease while taking this medicine.

What if you forget to take Kelfer Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Kelfer 500 Capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

All substitutes

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Quick tips

  • Kelfer 500 Capsule is used to reduce excess iron from the body.
  • Kelfer 500 Capsule may cause your urine to turn a red/brown color. This is the iron being removed from your body and is nothing for you to worry about as it is quite harmless.
  • Inform your doctor if you also have upper stomach pain, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes).
  • If you are taking any antacid, take them 2 hours before or after Kelfer 500 Capsule.
  • In order to prevent nausea, try taking Kelfer 500 Capsule after eating some food.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Pyridone derivative
Habit Forming
Therapeutic Class
Action Class
Iron chelating agents

Patient concerns

Hello doctor I have thallassemia major since birth and due to iron overload of repetitive blood transfusion i have diagnosed with diabetes 3 yr ago -at the time of diabetes diagnosis my sugar level is 650 mg/dl. Now according to my case what could be the state of my diabetes type 1 or type 2 ?
Dr. Amit Modi
Hello, Diabetes in thalassaemia is thought to be caused mainly by iron overload, from repeated blood transfusions, damaging the pancreas. Insulin secretion may be reduced, possibly because iron is directly toxic to the insulin producing pancreatic ?-cells. So it is type 1 DM .
Hello doctor i have thallasemia major since birth and due to iron overload of repetitive blood transfusions from this disease i was diagnosed with diabetes 2 yrs. ago Now my query is can i control my sugar by controlling iron/ferritin?
Dr. Ashwin Porwal
Internal Medicine
No you have to take insulin or Oral hypoglycemic agents for it

User feedback


Q. What is Kelfer 500 Capsule used for?

Kelfer 500 Capsule is used to reduce iron overload caused due to frequent blood transfusions in patients suffering from thalassemia (inherited autosomal recessive blood disorder) when other drugs like deferoxamine are inadequate or contraindicated

Q. How does Kelfer 500 Capsule work?

Kelfer 500 Capsule is a chelating agent. It binds to excess iron in body, promoting its removal from the body and preventing iron toxicity.

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