Deferoxamine binds to iron and removes it from the blood stream.

Deferoxamine is used to treat iron overload caused by blood transfusions in adults and children at least 3 years old.

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  • Desferal
  • More common
    Bluish fingernails, lips, or skin
    blurred vision or other problems with vision
    convulsions (seizures)
    difficulty with breathing or fast breathing
    fast heartbeat
    hearing problems
    redness or flushing of the skin
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    Diarrhea
    difficult urination
    fever
    leg cramps
    nausea
    stomach and muscle cramps
    stomach discomfort
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    vomiting
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    decreased urine output
    depression
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    itching
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
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    muscle twitching
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    rapid weight gain
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  • (deferoxamine mesylate) injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution