The desferrioxamine - A drug used to rid the body tissues of excess iron that accumulates as a result of repeated blood transfusions in certain types of anaemia, such as aplastic anaemia and thalassaemia. It is also used to treat iron poisoning, and may be used to treat excess aluminium in people on dialysis.

The drug is administered by intravenous injection or by subcutaneous infusion. It may be given with vitamin C to boost excretion of the iron. Side effects may include gastrointestinal disturbances, dizziness, and skin reactions.


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