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Generic name Deferasirox
Pronunciation de-FER-a-sir-oks
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Exjade®
Drug type  Iron chelator
How the drug is given As a tablet for suspension (a tablet to dissolve in
liquid) to take by mouth

Deferasirox is FDA approved to remove excess iron that is in the body because of blood transfusions. Deferasirox works by attaching to iron molecules in the body so they can be excreted (removed from the body) in feces.

Side effects needing medical attention: Hearing loss; vision problems; decrease in urination; fever; unusual bleeding or bruising; lack of energy; loss of appetite; pain in the upper right part of the stomach; yellowing of the skin or eyes; hives; rash; difficulty breathing or swallowing; swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet or ankles.


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last updated on Monday, October 15, 2012