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Deferasirox

INFORMATION

Uses

Deferasirox is used in the treatment of iron overload and transfusion dependent thalassemia.

How it works

Deferasirox belongs to a class of drugs called iron chelators. Deferasirox works by binding to excess iron in the blood and removing it from the body through stool.

Common side effects

Nausea, Protein in urine, Rash, Abdominal bloating, Abnormal kidney function test, Abnormal liver function tests, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Headache, Indigestion, Itching, Stomach pain, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Always take deferasirox tablet on an empty stomach by dissolving into a glass of water.
  • Do not chew, crush, break or swallow the tablets as a whole.
  • Deferasirox may cause dizziness. It is advisable not to drive or operate any machinery until you feel normal again.
  • Avoid taking deferasirox if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding.

Frequently asked questions

Deferasirox

Q.What is deferasirox used for?
Deferasirox is used for removing excess iron from the body due to repeated blood transfusions in patients with beta thalassemia major (a blood disorder)

Q.How does deferasirox work?
Deferasirox works by binding to excess iron in the blood and removing it from the body through stool.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)