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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Desferal (Overview)

Desferal is a topical steroid which is a kind of skin-related medication.


Dr. Patricia Foster
2 doctors shared insights

Desferal (Overview)

Desferal is a topical steroid which is a kind of skin-related medication.


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Can sickle cell be treated with desferal and vitamin c?

Can sickle cell be treated with desferal and vitamin c?

No, but---: Desferal is a chelating agent that binds iron. Usually sickle patients accumulate too much iron from blood transfusions and desferal will help in this complication. Vitamin c only helps to mobilize iron and does not actually treat sickle cell patients. Hope this information helps. ...Read more

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What is deferoxamine?

What is deferoxamine?

Iron chelator: Desferoxamine is used to chelate excess iron in someone who has received multiple transfusions or has a genetic abnormality causing excess iron absorption. ...Read more

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Does deferoxamine lower your sodium?

Does deferoxamine lower your sodium?

Slightly: According to the website rxmed.Com, "although primarily effective in raising iron and aluminum excretion, Deferoxamine may also cause a slight increase in the excretion of sodium and calcium.". ...Read more

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Does deferoxamine cause frequent coughing?

Does deferoxamine cause frequent coughing?

NOT usually: Deferoxamine for injection is indicated for the treatment of acute iron intoxication and of chronic iron overload due to transfusion-dependent anemias. Common side effects are: diarrhea; dizziness; headache; mild stomach pain; nausea; stomach upset; vomiting. Also severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of tongue) cough not listed. ...Read more

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When can deferoxamine can be given to thalasemia patient?

When can deferoxamine can be given to thalasemia patient?

Transfusions: Desferoxamine is used to chelate excess iron in someone who has received multiple transfusions. Thalassemia by itself is not a reason for this treatment. Only if the person needs regular transfusions and had iron load or to prevent iron overload, this medication would be useful. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for iron overdose?

What is the treatment for iron overdose?

Iron overdose: Acute iron overdoses can be treated with Deferoxamine (desferal) intravenously. Chronic iron overload can be treated with either Desferal or Deferasirox (exjade). ...Read more

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Can iron chelation drugs cause a rash?

Can iron chelation drugs cause a rash?

Iron chelation: Yes, especially if you are taking Desferal subcutaneously. But oral medications can cause a rash as well. Please discuss this with your doctor to see if a change in medication is appropriate or if you could be helped by allergy medications. ...Read more

Dr. Ruth Campbell
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Deferoxamine (Definition)

Deferoxamine is a topical steroid which is a ...Read more