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Acute iron intoxication, Chronic iron overload

How it works

Deferoxamine has a high affinity for ferric iron and forms chelates or stable water-soluble complexes with iron and other trivalent metal ions eg, aluminum. It removes free and bound iron from haemosiderin and ferritin, increasing the excretion of iron in urine and bile.

Common side effects

Blue colored lips, Blue colour of skin, Blurred vision, Convulsion, Shortness of breath, Flushing, Hearing disorder, Skin rash, Skin redness, Tachycardia


Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)