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Brand name: Desferrioxamine Mesylate (DBL) TM

Active ingredients: desferrioxamine

What it is used for

Chronic Iron Overload. Desferrioxamine mesylate is used to promote iron excretion in patients with iron overload as a result of multiple blood transfusions frequently used in the treatment of some chronic anaemias and thalassaemia. Long-term therapy with desferrioxamine mesylate slows accumulation of hepatic iron and retards or eliminates progression of hepatic fibrosis. Patients under the age of 3 years with small degree of iron overload have relatively poor iron mobilisation with desferrioxamine mesylate. The drug is not normally given to such patients unless significant iron mobilisation of 1mg or more of iron per day can be demonstrated. Desferrioxamine mesylate is not indicated for the treatment of primary haemochromatosis as phlebotomy is the method of choice for removing excess iron in this disorder. Acute iron poisoning: Desferrioxamine mesylate is an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, standard measures used in treating acute iron poisoning, which may include induction of emesis, gastric lavage, suction and maintenance of a clear airway, control of shock with intravenous fluids, blood, oxygen and vasopressor and correction of acidosis.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intravenous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Lifetime is 2 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White to cream powder or lyophilised plug.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient desferrioxamine

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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