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

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

Allergic reaction, Fever, Abdominal pain, Leg cramps, Tachycardia, Difficulty in urination, Diarrhoea

Available Medicine

Content on this page was last updated on 18 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)