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deferoxamine Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- change in vision
- fast heartbeat
- feel dizzy, faint
- loss of hearing
- muscle cramps
- pain, swelling where injected
- skin flushing, redness
- stomach pain
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- red coloration of urine
deferoxamine May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- preparations containing iron
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
- gallium-67 - used in certain diagnostic tests
How to Use deferoxamine
This medicine is for injection into a muscle, slow infusion into a vein, or infusion under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 3 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- difficulty passing urine or very little urine
- kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to deferoxamine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This does not apply.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or health care professional as soon as you can if you notice any change in your sight or hearing.
You may get drowsy or dizzy or have problems with your vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
While you are receiving this medicine, do not take any vitamin C products unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
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Last Updated: April 9, 2009