deferoxamine - injection, Desferal
GENERIC NAME: DEFEROXAMINE - INJECTION (deff-er-OX-uh-meen)
BRAND NAME(S): Desferal
USES: This medication is used along with other treatments (such as causing vomiting with syrup of ipecac, stomach pumping) to treat sudden iron poisoning. It is most effective when given as soon as possible after the iron was eaten. This medication can also be used to help get rid of iron in patients with high iron levels due to many blood transfusions. Deferoxamine is an iron-binding agent that belongs to a class of drugs known as heavy metal antagonists. It works by helping the kidneys and gallbladder get rid of the extra iron.This medication is not recommended for use in children less than 3 years old (see also Precautions section).OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to treat high levels of aluminum in dialysis patients and people with aluminum poisoning.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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