Deferoxamine - parenteral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Deferoxamine is used to remove excess iron in your body. Iron may build up in your body after repeated blood transfusions.

This medicine may also be used to remove excess aluminium in your body.
How do I use this medicine?
This medicine may be given intramuscularly (into the muscle), intravenously (into the vein) or subcutaneously (under the skin).

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you. You may also be taught how to reconstitute and administer this medicine by yourself.

Use Deferoxamine exactly as directed by your doctor . Do not administer more or less than instructed by your doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses. Your doctor also needs to regularly monitor your response to Deferoxamine.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have severe kidney disease as Deferoxamine may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Inform your doctor if this medicine is going to be given to a child below 3 years old. If your child is using Deferoxamine, he may need to have regular monitoring of his weight and height.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. Your doctor may need to do some routine blood tests such as kidney function tests, liver function tests, and blood aluminium level test. Your doctor may also want to give you regular eye tests and hearing tests before you take this medicine and thereafter depending on your doctor’s advice.
What side effects could I experience?
Deferoxamine may cause dizziness and some problems with your eyesight or hearing. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.

This medicine may cause any of the following side effects: muscle pain, joint pain, fever, rashes, headache, nausea and pain, irritation and redness at the injection site.

Deferoxamine may also cause a reddish brown discolouration of the urine.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
- medicines for nausea or vomiting e.g. prochlorperazine

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on deferoxamine - parenteral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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