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Brand name: Desferrioxamine Mesylate (DBL)

Desferrioxamine Mesylate (DBL) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) desferrioxamine. On this page you will find out more about Desferrioxamine Mesylate (DBL), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: desferrioxamine

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Desferrioxamine Mesylate (DBL) 2 g powder for injection, 1 vial

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What this medicine is 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.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to cream powder or lyophilised plug.
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
1 x 50mL vial: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 2 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 April 2018

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